They are young… They are furious… They are able to kick ass by their music… They… They are fucking thrash metal maniacs from Germany! Dust Bolt – one among new bands who brought kick ass thrash metal into masses!
Hi! Tell me about Dust Bolt. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
That was long ago. We just liked the idea of having a unique and somehow unusual name. Dust is something dignified and detailed – bolt something brutal and strong. I think it fits!
“Mass Confusion” album was released several days ago! How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Totally! I´m really happy this album is out now. And I do not feel as I wanted to change anything. We have the total control on anything we do. So anything you hear is exactly 100 percent the way we wanted it to sound. I never put that many efforts and work in anything I did in my life. We are still in the growing process as musicians and humans but we learned a lot in the last years. We found as new musical power as a band together and our own way to put that into the songs. I think everybody has such a strong relation to each song which really makes it an experience everytime we play them.
Tell me more about “Mass Confusion”? Album ideas etc…
I had the idea for Mass Confusion already before the song existed. I don´t sit down and think for song titles or lyric ideas. They all come into my mind by time. I remember walking through the city just watching all these people and asking myself “what the hell are we doing here?” That´s what made me think about the term that we might live in a state of confusion. As you can see on the artwork, the one perceiving the confusion still has struggles with his role and has to go through several fights with his self and with others. I think it sums up the album in a good way. It contains thoughts and stories on how the things are now, but also lots of personal contents.
This is you third album, released on Napalm records. Do you still remember how did they caught Dust Bolt into their roster?
Well we recorded Violent Demolition on our own risk. And as we got it recorded we had some friend helping us bringing the CD to labels. Napalm immediately liked it and luckily signed us. We really enjoy working with them. They support any idea we have – that´s something really special.
Where do you take all inspiration from? Your themes are typical, like Corrupt Politics, War, Disease etc. Why do you took so close to your heart all of these things?
I don´t plan anything. If you are a creative person ideas come to your mind all the time and you sometimes lose control. But that´s excactly what you have to do in that moment. Let go all control and just let things happen. That´s what we did when we went into the rehearsal room every night jamming together. In all different moods and states. For example, I knew lots of people would be upset by the track Exit because it´s something the didn´t expect or even didn´t want to hear. But it´s something I really felt at that moment. And that´s the point: music (at least for me) is a way to deal with issues, express your emotions and an instrument on the way to find truth. I mean, I´m screaming. Why should I ? If I scream, then because I´m telling something that makes me wanna scream.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Dust Bolt’s sound?
Young, energetic – the new generation.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We are actually on the road very often at the moment doing festival shows. I don´t know the term relaxing 😉 We all have to make our living next to band of course, so there´s actually no time to relax. But the feedback of the crowds has been amazing. We can´t wait to start our club tour in September, this is gonna be rad! We didn´t do any new songs yet no. It´s just a few months since we recorded Mass Confusion. We now spend some time to rehearse some songs we didn´t play live in a time. Some stuff of the rist album as well. But no new songs yet! I´m currently using the time to do some other musical projects I wanted to do in a long time.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
I can´t really point it out. I´m a music lover. I listen to Thrash Metal, hardcore punk and crossover Thrash a lot of course. Also old school Death metal. But I don´t care for Genres of musical categorizations. If something is real and passionate I like it. I´m also into 60s and 70s rock and punk music, such as blues. Good music is good music.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
I´d love to have vocals by Lee Spielman from Trash Talk, that´d be awesome!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Touring, touring, touring, practising, rehearsing, touring, touring…
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Not really. Three of us live together in an apartment together with you others. All musicians and crazy funny people. But there´s not much time left beside our jobs/ studies and the band. All free time we have, we spend with music as well actually. We do everything together. One thing that would come into my mind is cooking. And getting wasted.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
I grew up in a musician´s family, but that´s a complicated story haha. My mum always supported me and she the first one who gets to listen to the new songs after the studio e.g. She´s probably the biggest Dust Bolt fan. And I think it´s the same with the other relatives from the other boys. If we play in Munich, actually all of them come out watching us and wearing Dust Bolt shirts haha 🙂
How’s the metal scene in Bavaria right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days? Also is this true there are almost no Germans anymore, and main part of people are Syrians and Turkish?
Good and bad somewhow. aha. On the one hand we don´t have many small live events or underground shows anymore. You know, these concerts that cost 3€, you do not no any band before but EVERYONE´s there to hang out. I really miss that. We have many concerts in Munich, which is around one hour away from us, but there all in bigger venues. Therefore the metal scene is great, I just miss the small underground. On the other hand, there are so many GREAT bands from our area it´s crazy! Some people already called it the Bay(ern) Area Thrash. I think Thrash will rise again and there´s a new generation just waiting for their moment.
And no it´s not true. Who the fuck said that? I don´t care for nationalities. I don´t care where somebody comes from or how he looks like or whom he loves. We should tear down our human built borders and boundaries and start living again. Being open to everybody. I think people should be thankful and grateful for new input instead of fearing the unknown. There´s so much we all could learn from each other if we would talk and listen to each other in an open way.