Five Minutes With

MUSIC FEATURE: Five Minutes With…Pabst

Forging elements of grunge, garage-rock, punk and power-pop, Berlin trio Pabst are back with their sophomore album DEUCE EX MACHINA. We caught up with the band ahead of the release to find out more about their formation, influences and what they aim to achieve. 

Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself and your band.

Hey we are Tilman Erik and Tore, in our late twenties and we have a band called Pabst.

How did the band form and how long have you been together?

We formed somewhere in 2016, basically out of discontent with ourselves trying to make electronic music. We wanted to pick up guitars and drums again and so we did. If I’m doing the math correctly, we’ve been a band now for about three and a half years. 

Can you remember the first time you realised you wanted to make music?

Not exactly. But it was probably something along the lines of listening to music that was so good it changed our perception in some way, or being dragged to a live show at a young age that turned out to be a life changing experience.

Who and what are the band’s main influences?

That’s tricky…most of our conscious influences you can’t really hear in our music. We’ve also been compared to a lot of bands that we didn’t even know at the time of comparison. Something that we can all agree on, is that we are driven by a faint and idealised memory of our youth, the urge to relive a moment that we have realised too late was special.

What do you aim to achieve as a band?

Very interesting question. On a foundational level it’s most of all financial independence (which means not having to work day jobs but being able to focus on music only) and artistic freedom. If we went a few steps further it would be something like forming a collective consciousness that worked towards a greater good, sustainability, peace, equality, and acceptance. Or some hippie shit like that.

For those who are yet to see you live, what can they expect from a Pabst show?

With the purchase of a ticket you can expect us to literally stand on stage playing our instruments. This is our promise to you. Everything else depends on everyone’s mental and physical state. To the question what WE expect: volume, madness, mosh pits, stuff breaking, sweat dripping, everyone forgetting there’s tomorrow, or an outside world (no one getting seriously hurt of course, stay safe everyone!).

What’s next for Pabst?

Next we’ll be releasing some more singles and videos, followed of course by out new album DEUCE EX MACHINA on 19th June. We then hope to play our tour through Germany and other parts of Europe as scheduled in November and December. Fingers crossed!

Pabst‘s new album DEUCE EX MACHINA is due for release on 19th June 2020 via Ketchup Tracks/The Orchard, available to pre-order HERE.

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