It’s a great day at SWIT Towers today. Not only do we get to show the world the new video for “Third Hand” by one of our very favourite bands – POSTMAN – but we also got to interview them as well, and I can honestly say it’s one of the best and most considered responses we have had.
Here is “Third Hand” from the album “Home” by POSTMAN out now on CUT SURFACE and find the interview below.
camera: Karol Kagan, Yoh Morishita. video edit: POSTMAN.
Hello good people of POSTMAN, as you know we are big fans so delighted to do this interview with you!
Firstly, where did you get the goat?
D: From the neighbor of our friend Magdalena, who took the photo.
“Home” was one of our LPs of last year, were you happy with the reception it received?
C: It felt like people appreciated our music for the right reasons.
D: It seemed that most people who heard it liked it, but it’s not so easy to get it out there.
E: The concerts were fun and beautiful. I was satisfied!
POSTMAN has a very specific style/aesthetic, if you have a one-line manifesto what would it be?
P: The stage is our office.
When did your musical journey begin?
E: In elementary school where I learned to play flute and later a bit guitar. I had to play at school events a lot.
C: I really didn’t care much about music, until Michi started to play guitar when we both were 14, and we were really into hard rock, like AC/DC.
M: I wanted to play drums at the age of 10, but had to play the accordion. Stopped soon and hated music for quite a while.
C: I’m not going to say I played piano in elementary school. I really didn’t like it.
D: As a boy, I was dismissed from the kids’ choir at my church. And I never learned an instrument, before programming music with pure data when I was 22. but I always liked music, so I became a Drum’n’Bass DJ when I was 16.
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
D: a-ha’s album – Hunting High And Low, from my older sisters record collection. It was one of the first records I listened to as a kid, and I still like it very much.
E: I am afraid it was something from the Beatles’ “Let it be”. It was the only record my parents had.
M: EAV – 300 PS. I was able to understand what they sang because they sing in German and I thought they were funny. I also liked the video I saw on the Austrian television program called “Wurlitzer”.
C: Pet Shop Boys – Go West. I liked it because it was catchy and because of the bicycle helmets.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written and why?
M: work1 because of the lyrics about making effort to like something you don’t like yet, in combination with Clemens’ singing, especially live.
E: My favorite POSTMAN song is home. I love to play it. I love the text.
D: Maybe tokyo², because of the “electric guitar” sound on the keyboard, but home is in my top5 as well.
C: The song I like singing the most is desert¹, it makes me feel like a crooner.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
D: The art university scene of the last 10 years here in Linz, bands like Incest Cats, Flubber 3D II, Ohmu and every band with Roland Laimer. Because they all had some kind of concept behind it. And New Order, because they were also 4 people.
C: I subscribe to everything he said. Because they were our friends, we thought we could to it as well. And have to add The Velvet Underground, to be honest.
E: I agree with the others. The people who made music around and at the art university made me think less about technique and play more minimal if necessary.
Architecture, as evidenced again in the new video for Third Hand, is a big influence on your music, can you tell us more about that?
C: I wasn’t very interested in architecture, but I like to have a clear concept. So in the very beginning, we chose the quotes found in S, M, L, XL as a foundation in our music. Since then I developed an interest in architecture.
D: I guess I got interested in Architecture because it is one tool or one possible language for space. Like the approach of the Bauhaus, that all art is leading towards architecture, and in return change art itself and society with it. Architecture is just an aesthetic way to find a form for space. Shape or style is not the most important factor of space, it’s the possibilities it opens up. Like the place where most of us used to work, and where we meet. Or the cellar room in the art university where we rehearse. And the places where we could play, or organize other concerts and exhibitions as well. Also, my Mum, because she designed and built the house in which I grew up, even so, she isn’t a trained architect but worked as a saleswoman. I used to draw plans with her as a child.
E: I started to take photos from very boring rooms and made futuristic rooms out of them by manipulating them in Photoshop. I also liked to take photos and drawings from buildings which I found beautiful. So architecture had first an impact in my works at university before it found the perfect place in music through POSTMAN.
Do you have a favourite architect/building?
E: I like Wohnbau (social housing) from the 70s and suburban buildings from that time. My favourite building in Austria is Wohnpark “Alt Erlaa” in Vienna.
D: Neues Rathaus (new city hall) Linz. Because of the green terraces, which were public, but are shut down now by the current city government. But yes, Alt Erlaa is great. Every tower has a swimming pool on top!
C: Kürnberg Sporthalle. And, more generally, the aesthetics of the American diner.
M: Smalltown football fields with its small stands. And the old train station in the village I grew up.
Austria seems to be at the centre of a European renaissance of clever pop music, have you any thoughts as to why that might be?
E: Not really.
D: I didn’t know. Maybe geographically.
C: I think there is a scene with lots of great people who support and influence each other, and I am proud to be a part of it.
What other bands there are tickling your fancy?
P: La Sabotage, Tents, The Boiler, Crystal Soda Cream, Wedance, Yamagata Tweakster, Dot Dash, Ana Threat, Musheen, Bruch, Gran, Imposition Man, Wrong Body, Lady Lynch, Lonesome Hot Dudes, Neta Polturak, Dives, Dazed Pilots, Lime Crush.
Many of whom we adored as fans, which are now our friends.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
E: Landscaper – Tents.
C: Shivers – Boys Next Door; Landslide – Stevie Nicks
D: Mad – La Sabotage; Hard Rain’s gonna fall – Bob Dylan, I like the clarity of the words.
M: Clemens Denk – Stein(Spring Version); Great Release – LCD Soundsystem, the two most beautiful piano ballads I’ve ever heard
Do you feel political?
E: Fuck our government. Fuck FPÖ and all this patriot-racist bullshit appearing these days in Europe.
Greedy asses who spread poison among the society. I am very sad that there are too many people believing these lies. But it seems to me that a lot of people are happy with being racists.
C: The political situation in Austria is very depressing.
D: We don’t shout it from the stage, but that’s how we feel. You have to pick your side. Ours is on the Left. How I see it, based on historical evidence, Left means sharing the wealth of our planet equally among all humans. And Right means a small group, who thinks it holds a privilege for different reasons, keeps or takes the wealth for themselves. That should not sound very appealing to most citizens unless they are racists. But the problem for them is that right-wing politicians of all shades are not the going to share a nation’s wealth among the nation’s citizens. They are going to take what they can and then share it with their peers, the elite of industry and economy. Racism is just marketing.
M: Yes, I hope that what we do and how we do it, gives others an idea of our point of view concerning politics and society without saying it explicitly.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you recently?
E: Somebody wanted us to play dinner music for 3 hours.
C: After another concert, a girl told us that she liked it because it reminded her of The Hives, but we are not cool enough to wear two-piece suits.
What sound is December? What colour is January?
E: December: Reverb D moll / January: grey
C: Grey / Grey / Grey
What’s the best phrase you’ve picked up in another language?
E: “Every time I think of you, I want to smoke a cigarette.” – Tuxedomoon
D: “Mucho trabajo, pocito dinero.” from a cleaning lady in the hospital.
C: “Never for money, always for love.” – Talking Heads
Are you working on new songs?
What’s your idea of success?
E: To not do stupid jobs besides music. If there are good jobs, it is ok, as long as we get some gigs and are able to go on tours.
C: When artists who I appreciate, appreciate our music.
D: We basically reached all goals that are possible for us in Austria. Namely, being invited by Fritz Ostermayer to the radio show “Im Sumpf” (in the swamp).
Which of these activities are you most likely to be found doing: (a) making a soufflé, (b) tinkering with a motorbike, (c) doing the ironing, (d) putting up shelves?
What question would you like to be asked that you never are and what would your answer be?
E: Do you have a cat? Yes.
Does the path of excess lead to the palace of wisdom?
E: No idea.
C: No, the path of excess leads to the palace of regret.
D: No, the path of Excel leads to the palace of wisdom. (I use LibreOffice though.)
Finally, what is your animal spirit?
M: Galapagos tortoise
C: Hugh Grant
P: Thank you for the questions!
The band kindly put together a playlist of the bands they mentioned above as well, some fantastic tunes on here!