Plastic Mars is a german punkband which sings mostly in English but they do some songs in german too…an interview is done now in September 2023 with group…enjoy!


Please tell me a little history of Plastic Mars, how you met and why you did start to play together and when ?

-We are Plastic Mars a german punk rock band based in Limburg an der Lahn (Hessen) very close to Frankfurt am Main. The band was formed in December of 2017. I met Maddin at a local Punk Rock Festival in Limburg and we decided to make music together. Shortly after that we found Marius via a online music platform. So we started as a Trio (Ronny - lead vocals & guitar, Maddin - drums & backing vocals, Marius - bass & backing vocals) and began to write our own material. Step by step we bought some recording equipment and figured out how we could produce some demo tracks on our own. Meanwhile in 2019 we found Chris (guitar & backing vocals) who completed the band. Shortly after him joining Plastic Mars we booked a professional recording studio to record 5 Tracks (out of 10 pre-produced song sketches) for our first EP called „Here We Go“ (released in May of 2020).

We had played some smaller gigs and one festival before covid hit mother earth and made it impossible to continue playing live. So, we decided to not loosing time and got signed by Timezone Records to record our debut-album called „Up To Our Necks“ in 2020 (released in July of 2021). At this time we had a lot of fun to shoot some DIY music videos, too for our YouTube channel.

It was still impossible to play live, due to covid. So we began to write new songs again.

In 2022 we searched and found a new professional recording studio as we wanted to sound a little more organic on our next record. Then in June of 2023 we released our latest EP called „Not Like You“ including 5 brand new tracks.

Luckily the pandemic is over now and we already played some really cool gigs and made new fans! The Show Must Go On!


Have it been the same members all the time, or have it been many lineup changes?

-Yep, it’s still the same lineup! No changes!


Plastic Mars is the name, where did it came from and you wasnt afraid that some other group would be named so?

-Ronny, our singer, had the idea for the name of the band. One day he sat in his home studio and looked at a rubber on his table with the lettering „mars plastic“. He thought: „When you flip the words - it’s a great name for my punk rock band!“

Of course we googled the name and luckily there was no other band called like that.

We didn’t want a overblown, too serious name. It should sound cool and punk rock!


Your song Drowned is about how people drowning in their cellphones, is that something do when theyre on a concert with your band?

-We are very happy that it’s not the case at our shows (at least we couldn’t spot people in the audience drowning in their cellphones, while we performed our set from the stage).


Is it important to give out the record as physical releases do you think? Would it feel like you have released a record if you only release it digital? I think you have done it with your latest releases? Will they come as physical, why or why not?

-We think that physical records still matter for the fans. At least as a piece of merchandise. But does the majority of your fanbase listen to your songs via CD or Vinyl? We don’t think so. Streaming is real! And as much as we love the CDs and Vinyls from our favorite bands and identify ourselves as „oldschool“ we have to accept that most of the people consume music on streaming services like Spotify, etc.

For our latest record „Not Like You“ (EP, 2023) we decided to release it digital and, yes, we feel like we have released a record.

Record Companies are not that important anymore and the small ones can’t do anything for us Newcomer-Bands at all. The interest in CDs isn’t that big, too. The costs for vinyl productions are hilarious. So, what can you do as a DIY-Band when you already paid so much money for the recordings in a professional studio and the promotion campaign for the record all by yourself? Well, we chose to release digital. There is always an option to press the record on CD or Vinyl later on. We would love to do that when we have the necessary change!


Do you play any covers when you play live? If you do, which then?

-Nope, no covers.


Please tell me a little about what your songs are about?

a)   Coca Queen: Coca Queen is a fictional story and first it sounds like the “funny cocaine punk rock lyric”. However, there is a tragic meaning behind it. The song is about a toxic relationship on drugs which lasted only as long as one of both had money to buy the drugs.

b) Im Sorry: The song is about forgiveness. Imagine you’re in a serious relationship, but at some point you’re beginning to cheat on your partner and of course, one day you get busted. You begin to realize that this was a big, painful mistake and you ask for forgiveness.

c) Scherben: The song is about people who deviate from the way (what was the case especially during the pandemic) and crawl down the rabbit hole to become obsessed with conspiracy theories, but in the end to get back on track. Leave the Bullshit behind, people!


Is it important to get out your opinions in your music, or do you only sing about “trivial things”? Which is your most political song or shouldnt you put politics into music?

-Every person is political, for sure. We don’t think that a band has to be political. We try to sing about themes that matter and even if we sing about fun stuff, we try to leave a message behind the song. If we think there is a need to put out our opinion to several themes, then of course we do and we did!

Our most political songs are IN OUR OWN HANDS, WOHLSTAND UEBER ALLES and SCHERBEN.


Do you think that your lyrics can have effect on other people who listens to them…any example on it? Have you changed anyones mind?

-We don’t know if our lyrics effected other people, but we know that music is able do that. Music is powerful and can change people’s minds. We feel that way as we listen to our favorite bands and songs.


How is it to play this sort of music in Germany and which type of bands are you having concerts with?

-In Germany it’s hard to get the chance to play clubs or festivals for our target audience - for people who love Punk Rock. It depends very much on where you live and how good you are connected. There aren’t that many Punk Rock Scenes anymore. But, we don’t want to complain!

Mostly we play concerts with Rock Bands in general or Heavy Metal bands.


Do you have any footballteam that you support? (I support Arsenal and a Swedish team which is called GAIS)….have you ever done a song as a tributesong to any team or something similar?

-Maddin and Ronny support the german Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund (BVB 09). Marius and Chris aren’t interested in football, at all.

We try to separate being a Punk Rock band on one hand and being football fans on the other hand. So, never thought about that. It’s not the vibe of our band.


How would you describe your music in three words for people that havent heard you? Say it in three words?

-Authentic - Positive - Catchy.


I like beer and also make beer.. If Plastic Mars would do a beer ,what would it be named and which sort of beer would it be? Or maybe youre straightedge?

-We like beer, too! Definitely it would be a Pilsener and maybe we would call it „Plastic Hops From Mars“.


And how is it to live in Germany now? Racists, the cost of living, and is people going to Sweden nowadays to buy things or isnt it so much cheaper here anymore?

-What can we say? Weather could be better - summer could be longer! :-)

And Germans are way too serious… Costs of living got pretty high in the last years. We don’t know if there are more racists in Germany than in other countries, but as long as any kind of discrimination still exist in society, we have a lot to do to stop the hate! Never heard about Germans who buy stuff in Sweden because it’s cheaper. Maybe it’s the case - we don’t know. We always heard that alcohol is brutally expensive in Scandinavia.


Which is your own favorite song among your own songs? And which song is the people choice?

-We can’t pick one song over another as our favorite one. They are all our Babys and we love each and everyone of them. We think the people like SHOUT IT OUT and NOT LIKE YOU a lot!


Whats the biggest difference when you plays live nowadays if you compare when you first started to play in a band?

-Many more bands than 15 years ago! But Rock Music isn’t that popular at the moment.


And have you opinion about punk changed through the years? What do punk mean to you, only a musicstyle or a lifestyle?

-Hm… Not easy to answer. Maybe Punk Rock is a little bit more „polished“ and well produced today. Because technology got better and good recording gear got cheaper, so bands are able to sound better on their records now than years ago on their raw sounding demo tapes and simply got used to that perfect sound. Nothing against raw, crappy sounding demo tapes. Those were great!

Punk means to us: Do what you want!


You do your song in both English and german?

-Yes, both!


Which language is best to sing in, german or English?

-English. Mostly sounds better and people outside from Germany are able to understand the songs and connect with the band.


Which is the best gig you ever have done? Are you only playing in Germany?

-Once we played in a big sold out big top (Circus without animals)! That was pretty cool and very special! The people went nuts!

Until now we only played in Germany. We would love to play concerts in other countries!


What do you know about Sweden? What is typical Swedish? And what is typical german?

-Only stereotype stuff.


Have you ever been here? Any good bands from Sweden that you like?

-No, but we would love to visit Sweden. We like many kinds of music and Swedish bands always deliver! We like The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, The Hives, Refused, Ghost and of course Roxette!


Your audience when you play live, which type of people comes, age? Much dancing? Sweaty?

-All kinds of people and ages. Mostly young people. We like it sweaty - at the stage and in front of the stage!


Whats the best of playing live?

-To connect with the audience!


Which was your first record, the latest you bought?

-Ronny: I just can speak for myself… My first record was Manowar „Fighting The World“ on tape and my latest record was AC/DC „Power Up“ on CD.


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?

-The Rolling Stones

The Clash

The Cure


Rise Against


Futureplans for the band?

-We try to play as much as we can to build a strong fanbase. It would be very cool to build a small fanbase in Sweden, too!



-Rock’n’Roll is dead! Long live Rock’n’Roll!