Hey!
Iím very sorry that it took so long. Originally, our bassplayer wanted to do the interview but he forgot about it and after I reminded him he did totally waste. So now, I took care about it myself. Iím sorry that you had to wait so long...

This is what Dan wrote to me in February 2015 and Aggressive interview is the one which is following.
 

Please tell me a little bit history of the group?
-In spring 2013, I decided to form a new constellation. I did some music before in other bands but it was all not going the way I wanted, so I tried another way. In the moment, there is no powerful English singing Oi! combo around in the area where I live. I like music that is rough very much so I had the idea to form a mixture between old English Oi! And some hard American HC/Oi. Said and done. I talked to David and he appreciated the idea from the first moment I started to talk about it. With Gawo on the bass, my mate from another band we were playing in, we first started with a 3 man constellation. David on guitar, Gawo playing bass and me hitting the drums and singing. Everything fit and after the first rehearsal, we already finished the first 3 songs. Then I found out that singing and drumming is fucking difficult. We had to find a drummer so that I could concentrate myself on singing. It took a while and we had Timo from PŲbel und Gesocks behind the drumkit. After a year, some gigs and our first promo record, Gereon at second guitar joined us. Aggressive was now complete and we went into the Studio to record SPIT BLOOD last summer.

 

Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Have you been in any other punkbands before?
-David is the youngest member of Aggressive.  He was playing for Lost Boyz Army before. Then he quit and is now playing for Aggressive,  VJ and his own melodic HC Band called Behind The Sun.
Gereon is in the late 30s. He was doing some hard Metal stuff in a Band called Rost. After that he did some quiet stuff in The Reverie and was also working for a sludge instrumental project.
Gawo played for Mittelklasse. Then he joined my HC band Under Fire. I recruited him to play with me in Aggressive.  He is in the beginning 40s and the grandpa of our combo.
Timo is a special guy. He is in the same age as me. He loves to play drums. And he loves drinking even more. He is a very funny and harmful guy, especially when he is drunk. We always have a laugh with him cause he has a delicious kind of humor in his being.
I am in the end 30s. I try to sing as good as I can. Iím also writing the lyrics for Aggressive. I have a strict character. Thatís sometimes good but often bad for the people around me but I donít really give a shit about that. As the most musicians, I love to be on stage. I was playing for Under Fire before and on side, Iím doing in a small alterative/sludge project called Krell.

 

You have listened a lot to both hardcore and streetpunk I think ? Am I right? Favorites from the past?
-Ok. I can only speak for myself now. I like oldschool hardcore like Madball, Blood for blood or Cromags very much. I also listen to newer HC like Devil in me for example.
I love 80s streetpunk and Oi. Especially rough sounds. 4 Skins, Condamned 84, all that crap from the past that was recorded in some cellar on midband tape with an old cassette recorder...

 

Aggressive(it suits you really fine), are you satisfied with the name? How did it came up? Which is the best bandname you know?
-That was very easy. When I was recruiting musicians for the band, I already had the name. I wanted to do an aggressive sound like Combat 84 or 4 Skins or the first BŲhse Onkelz tapes. I wanted to perform music in which you can feel some energy rolling down your neck that let your hairs rise. My personal aim is to offer live music where you can almost touch the aggressive atmosphere that is floating through the air in this moment. If we can realize this someday, my mission is done and I will say with pride that we are a fucking good band. But itís a long way to that point...


Whatīs the best thing with playing live?
-Touring around, seeing the world, meeting a lot of people, playing music, doing something for the scene, making people happy or angry ;)

 

And where is best to play?
-I prefer small club shows where you are eye to eye with the audience so that everybody can transfer the party to each other. I like it when the crowed is part of the show. I wish that someday we have some nice small club parties where the crowd is exploding like on a Terror gig for example.

 

How is it to play this sort of music in Germany?
-Our music is nothing new. There are a lot of bands who play the same style as we do. Especially in the states. In Germany,  we have a lot of German speaking Oi bands but nearly no English talking ones. You can only find harder English music when you look to the German hardcore scene. Our Style is a mixture out of Oi and HC. So we fill the hole between this two genres. And till now the feedback is quite good.

 

How would you describe your music in three words?
-Rough, loud, aggressive

 

What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?  
-Of course it is a lifestyle. There are so many different shades, categories and ways of punk. Some are more mainstream, some are not. But itís still a rebellion. Even when times have changed and it is no longer a crime to be a skin or punk for most of the people. If you live the shit from the bone- itís a lifestyle!

 

How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff?
-Itīs music evolution. Itís a technical evolution. You canít stop it so you have to deal with it.

 

How is it to live in the Germany now? Politically?
Itís cool to live in Germany. We have everything we want. You cannot die because of unemployment or being homeless when you donít really want it. The state and the social system will help you if you lose your job or have an accident. Itís all paid.
But there is a lot of bullshit going on here too. The government is lying, the media is lying, the rich slave the poor, there is always a good and a bad side of the coin, like in every other country too. We have our own problems and our own solutions. In that point, there is no difference between the rest of the world.

 

Is there any good bands from Germany now?  Is the punkscene big?  How is it in your hometown?
-The german subculture scene is huge. We have tons of bands. Nobody can even know all the bands from even one area. There are always new combos coming up when old ones quit.
I live in DŁsseldorf.  We have very good punk n oi bands like Broilers, 4 Promille, Toten Hosen, Rogers, and so on... The music scene is very strong in Germany.

 

What do you know about Sweden?
-I know Ikea if that is what you expected ;)
I like Sweden.  You are a proud country with old traditions and fresh ideas. Your school system for example is one of the best in the world. You have a disgusting taste of serving and eating rotten fish, you have a very beautiful landscape and quite good cars (Volvo). The prices on luxury items like alcohol and tobacco are very high but I donít give a damn cause I donít live there ;)

 

Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?
-Everybody knows Perkele. I heard there are a lot of good Metal bands coming from Sweden but I canít remember any of them. And there is a lot of RAC bands but that is not my kind of music...

 

Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you?
-I do the lyrics myself. Itís all about life, itís all about things that happen to me or my friends. I donít like it if bands go the funny way about everything and the most important thing to do is drinking, having fun and to care about nothing . I write about the happenings that make me think about and Iím glad that I have to say that most of our songs are negative. But this is called Aggressive and not a fucking unicorn combo or something...

 

Is there any subject that you never will write anything about?
-Iím tired of doing political statements to anybody only because I have cropped hair and boots on my feet. Of course, everybody has his own believes and you have the right to stand for them. But please, leave me alone with your fucking opinions about your point of view. If you are friendly and you donít try to fuck me up with your leftwing or rightwing bullshit, youíre welcome. But if you are acting like an asshole, then you are an asshole for me and you can take your "good willing force to form a better world" and fuck off.

 

Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand?
-See above ;)

 

Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can change anyones life, I mean people who listens to music?
-It definitely can! When I was a young boy, music was such a big influence in my life. It made me think. A lot of stuff that was said in song lyrics was twisting my mind. Sometimes in a positive- and sometimes in a negative way. I think, music played a role in forming my character when I became an adult.

 

 Why donīt you sing in German?
-English is the common "World language". I like speaking English. I have a lot of friends around the world who cannot speak a word in German. So why should I sing in German when there are so many people who canít understand a fucking sentence? We do music for everybody who likes the style that we perform. It doesnít matter if you are German, British, Malaysian or from anywhere else. English is multinational.

 

Are you satisfied with Sunny Bastards? Is it important to get out your records a physical records?
-Sunny and Chris from Sunny Bastards are good friends of us. So it was just a matter of course that we find a place on their label. They are really good friends and fair partners. We are happy with them.

In Germany, vinyl has a big comeback nowadays and there is a huge boom on collecting vinyl in rare and limited editions. So itís quite important to produce an album in hardcopy.

 

Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and under some gig?
-We always have a lot of fun when we are playing gigs. As I said before, Timo is a very funny guy. He is always acting funny when he is drunk. He canít speak English so he is trying to talk with hand and feet when we play with bands from other countries. Last year we were supporting BISHOPS GREEN from Canada. Timo accidently sat down on a piece of awful smelling cheese that was lying on the table for dinner. So his trousers were stinking like hell. He tried to explain that to Greg Huff from B.G. He only could explain himself in German so he always stick his hand in his ass pocket and then held it in Gregís face that he should smell the cheese. Greg thought he shit his pants or other pervert stuff and tried to escape but Timo was behind him. The whole scene was so fucking brilliant, we still laughing about it today....

 

How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on your concerts?
-This is a Skinhead band. What do you think the audience looks like? ;)

 

Please rank your five favoriterecords, five favoriteconcerts and five most important things in life?
Fav. Records:
1. Judas Priest: Screaming for vengeance
2. BŲhse Onkelz: Kneipenterroristen
3. Madball: Look my way
4. Cock Sparrer: All of them
5. Many more, I canít count them all

Fav. Concerts:
1. Such a Surge and Thumb 1994
2. Madball 1995
3. Biohazard 1996
4. Cock Sparrer Reunion Tour
5. Every Punkrock Holiday in Tolmin Slovenia

Important Things:
1. To be happy
2. Health and protection for my family and friends.

 

Is it boring with interviews? Is it much interviews??
-We did a few interviews already. Itís only getting boring when people always ask the same questions. Online interviews are easier and more efficient because you have more time to think about it before you answer.

 

If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with your band. Which five have you been chosen?
-1. Stomper 98
2. Lions Law
3. Hardtimes
4. Close combat
5. 4 Skins and many more...

 

Futureplans for the band?
-We are already working on new stuff for the next album. There will be a Super Sound Single in Split with WARRIOR KIDS from France coming out this year. And we try to organize a little European Tour in May.  Letís see if we can make it all happen...


Something to add?
-Thank you for interviewing us and doing the review on our new record.
For anybody who read this shit to the end.
Support your scene! Support your lifestyle and your culture! Go and visit gigs in your city! Form a band and stay true!
Thanks!
Stay aggressive!
Dan