Drunktank from the Hague in Netherlands have recently released their new record "Return Of The Infamous Four" on the danish label 5 Feet Under Records among others. We asked singer and guitarist Pim a few questions about the release.
Why did you choose this title for the record?
Drunktank took a break for more than a year due to two bandmembers leaving two years ago. Fortunatly Ray and me (Pim) found two great new warrios to help us in our quest. With Fox and Dorian we were a four piece again. Our last album “The Infamous Four” was released in 2010 so this new album felt like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Also because we have a comic theme a title fitting for a second issue felt appropiate. So therefor “Return of The Infamous Four.”
When did you start working on this album, how long did the process take from the first step to the final product? Was it hard to write new material for this record or did it come naturally for you?
The songs were written in a period of almost 8 years because we had some bandchanges and personal quests getting a bit in the way. The recording process started in December 2018 and we had our CD/LP in hands in May 2019. Stokedlevel at that point was over 9000!
Some songs were written in one go and others took much longer. But all songs feel like we made them the best we could at that point.
Where did you record the album, and who produced it? How did the cooperation go between the band and the producer?
The drums were recorded in the “Popcentrale” in Dordrecht with Dennis Boot from ‘When all light dies’ and ‘Pene Corrida’. For the guitars and vocals we made a homestudio using a Kemper Amp and two mics for vocals.
Cederick Forsberg aka Lord Shred, Shredmeister, Shrederick, mighty lord of Shred (all nicknames curtosy by us lol) from Blazon Stone and Rock A Rollas mixed and mastered our album.
We produced the album ourselves but with help from Cederick. He is an outstanding musician and supernice dude! We owe him eternal gratitude.
Are you trying to express something through your music?
It’s a good mix between social and environmental consciousness, self empowerment and just fun lyrics about having a good time. There is kind of a returning theme which is doing something head on and full force. Strike with the power of lightning for example in stead of taking it easy.
Since we are closing in on the release date of the album, how has the response from the press been?
We had some really cool reviews! 8.8 out 10 and another was an online review which was totally awesome. Our lyricvideo’s and real video have been shared on a lot of websites. Also a lot of big players from the scene have given their stamp of approval.
You've already released the first song(s) online for your fans to hear, how has the new material been received from the fans so far?
The response has been amazing so far! All the new song, espcially the ones we did videos for, our being loudly sang along to at our shows. That for us is the biggest compliment there is to get!
Who did the artwork and what is the idea behind it?
Benjamin Paulus from http://www.benjaminpaulus.nl did amazing work. I had a good idea of what I wanted for the artwork. I send him actual stickfigure drawings and a big text of what I wanted. During the design process we had a lot of contact but his first sketch was so sick it didn’t need much. In the end he made something absolutly awesome which I and the band totally agree upon. The response on the artwork has been huge.
The idea was born with the first album. On that cover, which was made by Christian Haremboure of King&Jester design, we had this idea of four “superheros” but with drinking and smoking suits. On this album we took that even further. And also we love Iron Maiden and their covers all look like one whole piece. You also see a returning theme on Descendents and All covers.
We love that idea of albums having a similar feel and look. Therefor we made an effort to have a certain style on each album.
How would you compare the material on this release to your previous material?
Our first album was straight up skatepunk with a hint of metal. This album is more of a skatepunk heart but metal flooing through its veins.
We tried to write singalongs with lots of dual guitar work and riffs.
What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind new music do you listen to these days?
For me growing up was with Guns n’ Roses, Metallica and Dire Straits. When I got older I got into skatepunk through our drummer. After that Iron Maiden got introduced and the love for both metal and skatepunk was born. Both genres are still listened to a lot. New music which I listen to is Skull Fist, Enforcer, Lost Society, Evil Invaders (so loads of thrash metal), Gloryhammer, Blazon Stone (Pirate Metal arrghhh) but also new skatepunk bands such as Human Project, Adrenalized, Cigar, Day Oof.
3 inches of blood should be mentioned because its one of my all time favorite bands ever!
Have any of these bands been source of inspiration for the album?
For sure! Iron Maiden is probably something a lot of people will hear in there but also 3 inches of Blood. And also our skatepunk roots coming from No Fun At All, Lagwagon, Pennywise, Venerea and Satanic Surfers.
Furthermore all those bands we see live give you small ideas subconciously.
In your time as musicians, what is your biggest musical achievement so far and what has been your biggest experience through the years?
Recording this album is quite an achievement. From being almost without a band and not recording a lot of songs we wrote to making it finally happen. And doing a lot of it on our. Being involved in the artwork, making videos and recording a lot of music ourselves feels like a big achievement. But also playing supportslots for bigger bands in the scene and playing festivals like Jera on Air and Punkrock Holiday.
Making the video for the song ‘We want more’ was an amazing experience. Working with Roderik Patijn on that video was great. We had so much fun in that whole process. Check that one out on youtube.
Could we expect any European tour and maybe see the band in action here in Denmark any time soon?
We would love to tour a lot but combining personal life/families/work with touring is not easy because of time management. We want to but sometimes it’s just not possible. We have been to Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany in the past and recently to Slovenia to play Punkrock Holiday. We have shows in The Netherlands, Belgium and Finland planned and will be playing some awesome festivals next year throughout Europe. Going on tour for a month isn’t possible for us now.
What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
Opening up for Iron Maiden in our hometown! That would be so sick.
But realisticly a tour in Japan, Canada or USA would be supercool and something we would love to do.
That’s all we’ve get this time, do you have anything that you'd like to add or say?
Drunktank damaging ears and drinking your beers since 2003 so keep your eyes peeled for a show near you!
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We would like to say thanks a lot for your time. And we wish all you guys all the luck in the future whatever it might bring.
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