We featured “Collision” by Dutch indie rockers Taxidermist as one of our tunes of the day a few weeks back. We’ve been chatting to the band since and we caught up with them to find out a little more about their influences, as well as what’s happening for them now and next, not to mention Chuck Testa. (I told you not to mention Chuck Testa – Ed.).
What was the first tune you loved and why?
Peter(Drums):’Love Me Do’ by The Beatles, mostly because of the harmonica solo. Also, it was the only single still working in the jukebox.
Wouter(Bass): “Blues Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley. I was a kid and it’s the first song I wanted to listen for the second time, so I played it again and again and again (which is a lot of work with a cassette).
What is your favourite song/piece of music that you’ve written and why?
Jan (Guitar): “Bravo Plankton” – (on our ‘Desert Calm album) Slow, heavy epic. Just what I like.
Wouter: As a band: “Norah”. It’s gonna be on our next album. The melody line is just beautiful: it keeps popping up in my head.
How do you know when a tune you’ve written is complete?
Stijn(Vocals/Guitar): I’m easily satisfied with an idea, spontaneous song or a jam. I think you should appreciate things as they come. We become more critical when it’s time to get ready for recording a track as a band. We all have ideas about what makes the song better, but don’t necessarily always agree. Sometimes things get decided as we’re about to enter the studio.And then during shows there’s always the option to change something, we like it that way!
Jan: For me it’s when i sit down to listen to a new track and feel proud of what we have created.
Wouter: I don’t, as tracks keep evolving, even after they’ve been recorded…
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
Wouter: “One Sunday Morning” by Wilco. Such an easy track to listen to, I can keep on listening.
Stijn: “Marshal Dear” by Savages.
Peter: “The Witchita Line Man” By Glenn Cambell.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
Jan: I grew up on Guns ‘n Roses and Iron Maiden, after that Anathema and lately it’s been Radiohead and dEUS. All of those influence me indirectly.
Wouter: Radiohead, Wilco and Balthazar – the way these guys make music and put different ideas together.
Your band/artist name- how did you come up with it and what does it mean to you?
Wouter: We took it from the movie “Taxidermia” which is a kind of freaky Hungarian arthouse film.
Jan: I have yet to finish watching that.. (see link above and enjoy!)
Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?
Peter: Anything by Burt Bacharach, not a care in the world kinda music.
Jan: Have you seen that video “Marble Machine” by Wintergatan? The idea that these guys took the time to craft this beautiful piece of work, this enormously elaborate machine just to play this song instead of just playing it on instruments that are readily available makes me really happy. Plus it’s a really uplifting and catchy tune!
Wouter: Timber Timbre with “Black Water.” Just because I want to play it every time the sun starts to shine.
What is the best new band that you’ve heard recently?
Jan: Not really new but you might not know of them: Tides from Nebula and Atlantis. Oh and Monomyth’s new album “Exo “is fantastic!
Wouter: The Slow Show.
Jan: Good answer!
Stijn: I wanna give a shout out to Automatic Sam, who’s singer Pieter plays on some tracks on our upcoming album.
What’s your favourite radio station?
Wouter: Some shows on 3FM, and now and then I listen to Studio Brussel, but have to do that through the internet.
Jan: Pinguin On The Rocks – An internet radio station that plays alternative rock. No news, no DJ’s just music.
Who would win a fight between a drummer and a bass player, and why?
Jan: Whoever wins gets to answer this question.
Wouter: Always the bassplayer, as he can hit and run…
Peter: I agree. The bassplayer, as the drummer is already hanging backstage with the ladies.
What question would you like to be asked that you never are? (and what would be your answer?)
Jan: Did that rhino just order a drink? (NOPE. Chuck Testa).
Wouter: Do you think it’s okay if I drive and unload the gear?
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Wouter: Wilco – “One Sunday Morning”
Jan: Anathema – “Eternity Part I” or maybe ‘Coming Right Along’ by The Posies or something by Buckethead perhaps or Mozart’s “Requiem”…. Oh fuck it, I’ll decide when I’m dead.
Peter: ‘Lucky Man’ by Emmerson, Lake and Palmer
What’s next for Taxidermist?
The band have a new album coming out in September and are kicking off a club tour. Check their facebook page for more details.