10 questions with… GURR

1. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?

LL: Haha – honestly, I have no idea. Unfortunately, I don’t belong to this club of artists who have „synastesia“ and can see colors/artwork when hearing music. But if you really hold me down to it, I would say Gurr is a pastel-pink!

AC: I’d say it’s a bright color like red or orange, kind of a bright red square fitting in awkwardly between the pastel colours.

2. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?

LL: Probably my own fear and my perfectionism. I definitely learnt a lot from Andreya in this area though because she is much braver than me with sharing her songs/lyrics.

AC: I love making weird bits of songs that have nothing to do with anything listenable, but recently I realized I share them with friends and then delete them again. It’s really dumb. I once talked with the guy from Purity Ring who does all the beats and producing and he said, literally, when he works on new stuff and he doesn’t like it after 3 days he deletes EVERYTHING. It’s true though, the real struggle is to revisit stuff and then fish out the ideas that could really work in a song.


3. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?

LL: I would loooove to play Primavera one day. Also because I really tried to go last year but I forgot we were playing a show on the same day so I had to sell my ticket again one week before.
AC: I would love to play a Pitchfork Festival because when I indulge in the YouTube videos it always seems like a cool hangout.

4. What do you consider your biggest musical success?

AC: Realizing we did this first album on 3000 euros and came this far.

5. What inspired you to start making music?

LL: My older brother showed me “Fell in love with a girl” from the White Stripes when I was around 14 years old. I had a vague idea I wanted to play drums before but seeing Meg White really pushed me over the edge. Luckily, I had a cool music teacher who taught me my first drum beat and then it was really easy to find a band because there was only one other drummer in my high school.

AC: My parents had always sung songs with us but when Spice Girls became famous my best friend and I founded our first band, the “Sunny Girls”. We already printed merch (mandalas on tea cups) and I wrote a song that Laura sometimes sings back to me in my Frankonian accent when I’m in for a treat. Ever since then it was always kind of in the back of my head. With discovering Le Tigre, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Be Your Own Pet at the age of 16 it really urged me to form a band.

6. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?

LL: It sounds cheesy but probably Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday.
AC: Elvis Presley really, or go to a Beatles show back then. Just wanna experience the craze.

7. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?

AC: Movies and books 100%… Countless. Music is an influence because it does something to you and your emotions or head and I think it’s the same for any other art. Love for sure is too. And life struggle, like how to pay rent or how to overcome teenage angst in your 20s.

8. What do you like to do other than music?
AC: I can imagine I would try to be a writer. It’s also one of my lifetime dreams to have the opportunity to write for TV or movies or to direct. Super self-indulgent. But if my heart is in it I am down for anything really.

9. What is the most misjudged album in the world?

LL: I don’t understand why Ulrika Spacek are not more successful. I think “Modern English Decoration” was probably my favorite album this year, but I doubt it will be on many “best of 2017 lists”.

AC: Every second, third, or fourth album of any band. Isnt it like the first album is always the best? I hate this because sometimes I fall in love with a band at their second album, just because it happens to be out that time. Doesn’t make it less good for me than their first, even if it’s musically shit.

10. What’s in your fridge?

LL: Everything that doesn’t get moldy when you are on tour. So at the moment it’s some beers and a lonely pack of oat milk.
AC: A sweet potato, left over Skyr and a little bit of fresh spinach, which all will go bad.

Gurr will play Berlin on December 16th at Festsaal Kreuzberg. More info, here. They will also release a new album in 2018.

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