POZ Interview: We Butter The Bread With Butter
PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman sat down with We Butter The Bread With Butter at SXSW a month ago. We chatted with the band about SXSW, their recent US tour, their new album, pushing into the US, and more. Check out the full interview below!
POZ: Can I get your names and what you do in the band?
MN: My name is Marcel [Neumann], I am the guitar player and songwriter of the band We Butter The Bread With Butter.
PB: My name is Paul [Barztsch], and I am the singer.
POZ: So is this you guys’ first time at SXSW?
MN: Yeah, the first time. We’ve played our own show [in Austin previously], but this is the first time.
POZ: When did you get into town?
MN: Just today, in the morning. We walked around, tried to get a look at everything.
POZ: Did you get a chance to see any bands? Or will you while you’re here?
MN: Maybe after we load in. Right now we’re just walking around, seeing all the exotic stuff.
POZ: It’s kind of crazy here!
POZ: So you guys are just at the very tail end of a tour with Lions Lions and Honour Crest. How’s that been going?
MN: Very good. The beginning was quite hard because we hit all the blizzards on the eastern side [of the US]. We cancelled a show in, I think, Iowa, because our bus couldn’t move.
POZ: I live in New York, it’s been one hell of a winter.
MN: But since we’ve been on the west coast everything is awesome. The shows have been great.
POZ: How has the audience been? Have the fans reacted well? Just because I know you guys are kind of different from what Lions Lions and Honour Crest do.
MN: Yes. This is our goal, to be different from anyone else. But their audience was awesome. Seeing them try to sing our songs in German. I don’t know why but they really get into the language. It’s fun.
POZ: Do you find that you guys have a lot of fans of your own over here? Or is it more winning over the other bands’ fans at this point.
MN: I mean, this is our headliner tour.
POZ: Well, yeah. That’s fair.
MN: So most of the fans have been there for us.
POZ: I guess I just ask because you really haven’t toured the US much.
MN: This is our second tour [here]. It’s very interesting because the audience is very different from Germany, but it’s great to see people come out so far away from our home. They knew our music for six or seven years. This is very amazing. Awesome.
POZ: Ok, so the album [Goldkinder] came out last August I believe? Was that a worldwide release? I know you did it independently.
MN: It was a worldwide release, with some day’s difference — the 9th in Germany, the 10th in…
POZ: So, pretty close. So it’s been out for a while, are you happy with how it’s been received at this point?
MN: Oh yeah, because we knew that this record was going in another direction than we did before, and we knew that a lot of people wouldn’t like it. But we also tried to reach out to a very different kind of audience, and somehow, it started working. The audience is different. They’re more into music, and not just into seeing another scene metalcore band. It’s more about being real fans of one band’s music. It was a very risky step, but it was worth it.
PB: The crowd changed really hard. The first time we played here, we had a lot of “mosh kids” and hardcore kids. This time, [the crowds are] full of party people. They want to party with us. It’s really cool.
MN: Full of “rock and roll people”.
POZ: Was that something you were conscious of when you were writing the album, that you wanted to take that turn? Or is it just how it came out.
MN: It was totally… Like, we didn’t want to do something that does not express ourselves. Just doing the same stuff we did on the last two records wouldn’t satisfy us as musicians, so we just did what we really wanted to do. Yeah! That was kind of the writing process, yeah.
PB: This music is 100% us.
MN: I think it’s more We Butter than ever before. It’s really what we love to do, and we don’t care what others think about it.