Gebruder Manns is german band which is a rellay good one. I´m looking foreward to more music with them and here´s an interview with them done in the middle of august 2021


Please tell me a little bit History of the group? 

-Annika: The foundation of this band goes back to the early 90ies  - students in Göttingen, wanting to do a band. None of us ever had played in bands before, never had an electric guitar before, 4 drum lessons. We soon figured it would be cool to have an all girls band. And that’s what we did. There was quite a nice music scene in Göttingen at the time and we soon started to do our first gigs, playing songs we wrote ourselves. Never covered any socalled heroes. We had some nice successes, were chosen to participate in a band contest that the Guano Apes had won the year before. That was huge for us -  600 people… we didn’t do as well as the Apes that night, but won the “price of the audience”. The jury thought a bit differently… :)))  

Then life tore us apart, Mary left for Hamburg, others got children, the rest off to Berlin...none of us had band activities in the meantime, when an old friend of ours had a beer too much with our former drummer and they came up with the idea of having a reunion concert with all the other bands we hung out with. Six months and five rehearsals later we finally played together again at the “Summer of 96”. That really was a blast. We did the old songs and one or two new things. What was intended to be a one-time-reunion thing suddenly turned out to be an eye opener: How could we ever have lived without rock’n roll for such a long time? So we went on rehearsing, even though half of the band lived a four hours drive away from Göttingen. But time had changed many things and we came to split up with the drummer. But that was no reason not to go on -  we were on fire again and found our actual drummer Sabine in Berlin where the bass player Karin lived anyway. So why not transfer the rehearsals to Berlin. We called her, we met in Berlin to play together and it was fun and a perfect match. From then on we continued to meet in Berlin every 5 or 6 weeks and developed our playing and our music to the next level. 


Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Earlier bands? Other bands on the side?

-Annika: I’m 53 years old, have two teenage daughters (listening to terrible music), live with my partner who is a musician too in a  flat with quite some guitars and vinyls... I’m very much into anything that touches creative processes: music, photography, writing texts and songs. Things that also help me in my job as a teacher for German and French language and literature. A bad thing about me: Too much chaos, too much melancholy

Sab: Age 53, no kids, not married, working for GVL GmbH (Society for exploitation of neighbouring rights) / still smoking weed / Karras, Übermutter, All I've Got / ScheissKind, Nervous Germans


I can hear much different influences but mostly metal, some hardcore and some rap music? Favorites from the past?   Rage Against The Machine?

-Annika: RATM sure is a band that we all flipped on at the time (and still do). I saw them on festivals and freaked out on dancefloors - I was never into true metal but loved all the crossover, industrial (NIN)  and also a lot of Rap //  Hip Hop -Oldschool hardcore rap. To sum it up: everything that you can find on the “Judgement night- sampler  - Deftones -  Limp Bizkit 

Sab: 90s Hardcore, Metal, Crossover, Emo, Grunge 


Gebruder Manns are you satisfied with the name? How did it came up? You weren’t afraid that some other band would be named like this?  What does it mean?Which is the best bandname you know? 

-Annika: The band’s former name was Cup C -  meaning the bra size… what fit us quite well in an ironic way when we were young didn’t seem to fit anymore now. We wanted to do some german lyrics at one point so we were looking for a German name. Gebrüder Manns was the name of an old grocery store in Berlin, the company sign of which you can still see attached to the building where it used to be. The meaning of Gebrüder ist a bit difficult to explain but it means brothers with a reliant down to earth connotation. So: more than just brother. Brothers running a company in a very solid way. Since my last name is “Manns” the girls thought it would be a fun name, slightly ironic -  since we’re not brothers at all -  and not as mean as metal bands like to put their names.  Hell raiser -  burning flames - 

The best band name I know will be our next name… but in the meantime we stick with the Gebrüder.. 


What´s the best thing with playing live? Do you miss in these covidtimes? Have you planned any new gigs?

-Annika: Getting to know new people, other bands, sweating, giving and getting energy from the crowd, being in something like outer space -  feeling things happening. The best thing!!! 


And where is best to play? And the worst place?

-Annika: There are no bad places to play. We loved every gig. Even the one in front of just two butches   just watching us from the bar, not caring for our music at all. :::)))  

Sab: Best to play: enough space to set up my drum kit, stage monitoring, ventilation – Worst: no backstage


How is to play this sort of music in Germany right now?  Which types of bands do you have concerts together with? 

-Annika: We are just at the beginning. We had one show in February 2020 just before Covid. We played in an old punk rock institution in Berlin - “Clash”  -  a hell of a cool place, great crew and crowd. We supported NH3. a punk-ska-band from Italy. After that we were ready to rumble, but then Covid hit the planet...


How would you describe your music in three words?

-Annika: Groove -  heavyness -  punch  

Sab: 90s Crossover 


What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle? I know you don+t play punk but some influences from hardcore I think I hear?

-Annika:  That question is for Sabine. She IS punkrock. Marie too. 


Which song/album or group was it who took you into `music and be playing yourself?

-Annika: Rollin’s Band  - The end of silence.  Biohazard  -  Mata Leao. Deftones -  Around the fur 

Sab: My uncle had a drum kit in the cellar at my home, and he played guitar and piano as well, so he teached me how to play. My stepfather loved The Rolling Stones, CCR, and a lot more rock bands from the 60s/70s, so this was the kind of music I did listen to when I grew up. 


What shall a young girl/boy do today to shock their parents as the way we did when we were young? They have already seen everything 😉?

-Annika: Oh, God you are so girls are 14 and 15 now! I would love them to shock me with some political engagement or with “Stay home and read a book”. They can shock with bad and cheap german rap  sneakers, humiliating sex and Gucci as only topics. I made a song about that: “Louis Vuitton is fucking your brain”. Today they think that they have already seen everything, because the media seems to make everything accessible to them. When it comes to the big themes:  love -  life -  death -  they will get punched by reality. 

Sab: Listen to Techno/Electro


How is it to live in Germany right now? Politically?   Fascists? 

-Annika: It’s a horror to see right wing forces make their way into the very midst of our societies again. That is the same all over Europe. 

Göttingen has always been a city with a strong anti-fascist scene. This has worked pretty well in the past. Nazi groups didn’t dare to show up for a long time, after some serious fights against them in the 90ies. There are new tendencies though- fascists showing up downtown, provoking, there’s also attempts  to intimidate workspaces or places of collaboration of political forces against racism and fascism in our town.  

Sab: In Germany a social and political change is taking place, I think in autumn there will be a „green“ Government for the first time. A democracy must be able to withstand extremes on both the right and the left. 


Is there any good bands from Germany right now?  Is the punkscene/metalscene/hardcorescene big? How is it in your hometown?

-Annika: There is quite a strong hardcore scene in Göttingen.  

Sab: There are some good hardcore bands in Berlin like Punishable Act or Crucial Point, and there is an interest in metal/hardcore in Germany, as you can see at the big festivals like Wacken or Rock am Ring.


What do you know about Sweden?  Have you been here sometime? What is typical Swedish?

-Annika: I once had a swedish friend who was also very impressing with words: In less than 2 years he had learned a brilliant German - Better than most mother tongue speakers. Unbelievably original and funny, the guy. Other than that: Clichés: Beautiful country -  happy free people  -  alcohol is too expensive! 

Sab: I'd played at the Swedish Rock Festival in 2007 with my band KARRAS, that was awesome. And I'd been on holiday in Sunne for kayaking. Typical Swedish: Chokladbollar (Schokokugeln)


Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?

-Annika: Meshuggah!!!!! Soooo goood, sooo deeeep, sooooo evil! Seems that all good metal bands are swedish. :::)))) Of course Arch enemy. Many others that I knew, but didn’t even know  they were swedish. 

Sab: When I was touring with my band All I've Got, we've played with Grace.Will.Fall (Swedish Hardcore), great live band! Best bands: Refused / Meshuggah 


Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you?  Never in German?

-Annika: The lyrics were usually done by Marie on most of the older tracks. During Corona I started  writing whole songs. Sometimes I wrote only nonsense lyrics with a phonetic character and Mary then started to rewrite it and make real lyrics. On some songs it’s partially mine, partially Marie’s. I did one song completely in German (one against the rising of fascist parties in Germany) but till now it’s the only one in German. It’s really hard to write good german lyrics. Marie also has some cool danish stuff, that seems to be the perfect language for metal. 


Is there any subject that you never will write anything about? Or isn´t anything sacred?

-Annika: I would not know what? Maybe raise my voice for people who’s pain I cannot measure -  but anything else should go. 


Politic and music, does it go hand in hand?  Which is your most political song?  Is it important to get out your opinions in music?

-Annika: I think a band / music is a perfect tool to get out opinions to a broader public, if you have some range. I would not be interested in doing music that has no real sense -  no statement. Neither listening to it nor making it myself. I think all our lyrics are about something substantial in life. But that must not necessarily be politics. But hey, in the end, everything is politics. 

The problem is that the right movement has very well understood how to instrumentalize music for demagogy. A rising number of bands with German lyrics and heavy sound are fishing in the grounds of people that are deceived by life, deceived by a non-successful German reunification, by politics in order to spread their venom against a tolerant and welcoming Europe, giving them the feeling of belonging to a stronger group. That is a very dangerous development that we have been witnessing for quite a while now. 

Sab: I think it's important to make clear on which side you're on, and to denounce grievances. 


Best political band/artist?

-Annika: RATM

Sab: Dead Kennedys, RATM


Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can change anyones life, I mean people who listen to music?

-Annika: I am sure that music can save lives. 

Sab: Especially when you're a teenager, music and lyrics can have a big influence. 


Your favorite record cover all time?  And do you have any good record stores in your hometown?

-Annika: We have some cool record stores, yes. And finally vinyl is having a renaissance. That is a great turn in the industry of plastic conserved music. 

Sab: The Clash – London Calling // Record stores Berlin: Dodo Beach, VoPo Records


Is it important to get out physical records of your stuff? Why or why not? Vinyl, CD, cassette, what do you prefer if you could choose whatever ? Or is it OK with only Spotify etc?

-Annika: It definitely is a whole different feeling listening to music on vinyl. The whole process is a different one, more active, more attentive, you touch it, you choose physically, you see the artwork, you get in closer contact to the lyrics if they are on the booklet. I really enjoy that as a moment of concentration and not distraction. A moment of really appreciating the elements rather than giving them a minor role as accompanyment to whatever you’re doing. I enjoy both ways. The benefits of publishing on spotify etc. are undeniable though -  for a poor band without a record deal!  

Sab: It is important, still a lot of magazines and radio stations want us to send Cds. 

I personally like it, to read the lyrics in a booklet of a CD.


Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and under some gig? And have you had some positive reaction that you´re an all girl band or is this a negative side?

-Annika: Being an all girls band has always had the great advantage of constantly being underestimated. So you almost always have a surprise effect. 


How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on  your concerts? Which is the biggest band you ever have played together with?

-Annika: Varied.  Extremely varied.  Sometimes I miss people that would come to see bands that really play the music we play. We often have people in the audience who come because they wanna see women play. But we’re not there because we’re women, but because we play this music. 


Please rank your five favorite records, five favorite concerts and five most important things in life?

-Annika: Is it allowed to ask questions that are impossible to answer to?  ::)) 


1. Deftones “Around the fur”,  2. Faith no more “Angel dust”, Queens of the stone age “ Songs for the deaf”, Slayer “ God hates us all”, Tool “Aenima”

Concerts: Henry Rollins, RATM, Faith No More, Biohazard, Cromags, 

Things in life: friends -  family - music  - resiliance -  ideas how to go on 

Sab: Records: Fugazi – 13 Songs, Tool – Aenima, Pantera – Cowboys from Hell, Helmet – Betty, Slipknot – Iowa // Concerts: Einstürzende Neubauten (Berlin, 1986), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Essen, 1982), Cypress Hill (Berlin, 1994), Faith No More (Berlin, 1989), Tool (Berlin, 2019) //

Important things: Music, Love/Relationship, Self-confidence, Mental and physical health, Courage


First, last and most expensive record ever bought? And the most embarrassing in your collection? Do you buy many records now or is it only Spotify?

-Sab: First: Beatles – Revolver / Last: Body Count – Carnivore / Expensive: Pixies – Live Bootleg 1988 (60,- DM) // I still buy CDs


Is it boring with interviews? Are there many  interviews?

-Annika: Compared to the ones we did with Metal hammer and Rolling Stone your questions are by far the coolest. ::))) No bore. 


Is music a good way to get out frustration and become a nicer person outside the music??

-Sab: Of course, playing drums helps to reduce aggression. Through years of experience in bands you are able to handle conflicts in a different way. You are more willing to compromise, and you learn to appreciate teamwork.

Future plans for the band?

-Annika: Conquer the world- establish a metal kingdom and abolish suppression, oppression and hatred.