The Innsbruck-based hardcore/punk band T.B.C. What? was founded in 1986 and played its first concert at Christmas in 1988 at “Zirmbach Alm”, a rather cosy, traditional place in the Tyrolean mountains. The founding members were Lemy (vocals and guitar), Kermit (bass), Roberto (drums) and Gonzo (guitar). In 1990 the first album “Rette deinen Arsch” was published on tape. In 1991 Gonzo’s little brother Fredi joined the band and substituted Lemy as second guitarist. From then on Lemy concentrated on singing only. In 1992 the second album “Angriff der Killerkakerlaken” was published also on tape and in 1994 the first CD “Lärm, Tumult und Trubel” was released. After playing about 50 concerts Kermit left the band in 1995. He was substituted by Hubsi with whom the fourth album “B.S.E. What?” was recorded in 1996 on tape. In 1998 the second CD “Zehn Jahre Bitumen” was published, celebrating the 10th stage anniversary of the band. Drummer Roberto left the band in 1999 in order to fly helicopters in Canada. It took quite a while to find a new drummer. Between 1999 and 2006 the band tried its luck with a few drummers but wasn’t successful. Most of the time Rene Gadner helped out. Around 2006 Lippo joined the band playing keyboard and experimenting with the drum computer. As nobody was really happy with the drum computer it was a relief for the band when later in 2006 Christof completed the band again. Another substantial change for the band occurred in 2007 when Lemy handed over the microphone to Lippo who as a consequence put the keyboard aside. After this time of “consolidation” the album “Barhocker” was published in 2009. Unfortunately, Lippo decided to leave the band in 2009 after the presentation of the album due to private reasons and the band had to start the search for a new vocalist. In 2010 Thurni joined the band and since then the band has been playing in this formation. At the end of 2016 the album “So geht’s nicht” celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band was released.

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?-

-GONZO: age 49, married, four kids, electrician, interests: finding music, lost his driving licence 5 times

FREDI: age 44, married, no kids, electrician, gesticulates wildly with his hands, former bands: “Mörtl Simulated Pussy Lickers” from 1986-1989

HUPSI: age 45, single, 1 kid, logistician, interests: outdoor sports, constantly knocks over beer and other things, former bands: “Mörtl Simulated Pussy Lickers” from 1986-1989

CHRISTOF: age 41, no information on family, job: “asphalt mafia”, interests: protection of nature, very stubborn, former bands: “LEECH” 1992-1998, “ART.231” 1998-2002

THURNI: age 39, in a relationship, three kids, electrician, interests: football (supporting the local football team Wacker Innsbruck), hyperactive, side project: SKA-project since 2019


I can hear much different influences but mostly punk, early hardcore and a little bit of metal? Favorites from the past?
-That’s right, the influences are mostly punk, hardcore and a little bit of metal. Favourites from the past are: at the beginning “The Accused”, “Circle Jerks”, “Bad Brains”, “Suicidal Tendencies”, “Anthrax”, “Gangrene”; later on “Gangrene”, “Bad Religion”, “The Exploited”, “Razzia”, “Tankard” and in the last years “Rykers”, “Madball”, “Dying Fetus”, “Ministry”.


T.B.C.-What? are you satisfied with the name? How did it came up? You weren’t afraid that some other band would be named like this? Which is the best bandname you know?

-We are satisfied with our band name. Originally, the idea for the band name was “The Bloody Chicken Heads” and everybody asked “What?” So we decided on “T.B.C.-What?” We are not afraid that some other band would also use this name, why should they? The best band name we know is our alternative band name “Das künstliche Gelenk” (= “The artificial joint”).


What´s the best thing with playing live? What´s the biggest difference if you compare with 33 years ago?

-The best thing with playing live is the audience that goes crazy and the band feeling (being together). The biggest difference in comparison to 33 years ago is that the technique (sound) became better and that the audience is more experienced and more critical.


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

-The best place to play was on a boat at Lake Constance in 1997. There is not really a worst place for playing, we have seen everything and considered no location as really bad.


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

-In our area the scene is pretty small but still the gigs we are playing are always ok, even if sometimes scarcely visited. We mainly have concerts together with punk, hardcore or metal bands, sometimes also with rock bands.


How would you describe your music in three words?

-We would describe our music with three words as not categorical, loud, fun.


What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?

-For us punk is a lifestyle with no connection to various fashion trends.


Which song/album or group was it who took you into punk/hardcore?

-These song/albums/bands took us to punk/hardcore: GONZO “Bad Brains”, FREDI “T.B.C.-What?”, “Tankard”, HUPSI “T.B.C.-What?”, “Iron Maiden”, CHRISTOF “T.B.C.-What?”, THURNI “Rykers”, “Bad Religion”.


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

-To really shock us a young boy would have to start playing electric jaw’s harp ;-)


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

-In general it is ok to live in Austria right now although politically we experience a strong turn to the right in the people’s opinions.


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

-Good bands in Austria we know right now are “Insanity Alert”, “Only Attitude Counts”, “Spyder Crew”, “Analphabeten”, “I.Q.’69”, “Silius”, “Stockkampf”, “Punchline”. The punk/metal/hardcore scene in Austria as well as in our hometown is not big but still alive.


What do you know about Sweden? Have you been here sometime?

-None of us has been to Sweden but we have already shared the stage with some swedish bands like “Clawfinger” and “Bonafide”. By the way, Kermit had a girlfriend in Sweden once and visits the Sweden Rock Festival every year.


Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?
 -“Hammerfall”, “Fudo myo”, “Raised Fist”, “Millencolin”, “Amon Amarth”, “59 Times the Pain”, “The Hellacopters”, “Satanic Surfers”, “Royal Republic”, “Clawfinger”


Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you? Which is best to sing in deutsch or English?

-Our lyrics are normally written by the vocalist but sometimes also by other band members. Mostly they are influenced by politics, life in general or things that piss us off. Singing in German or English is ok for us, in Swedish it would be quite difficult though ;-).


Is there any subject that you never will write anything about?

-There is no subject we will never write anything about.


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

-In our opinion music and politics don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Nowadays listening to punk music does not require living a punk lifestyle, meaning it does not make you a punk anymore, that is not realistic. Our most political song is “World Wars” from the album “Lärm, Tumult und Trubel”. You don’t always have to express your opinion in music but if something annoys us we will comment on it.


Best political band/artist?

-For us the best political bands or artists are Konstantin Wecker, “Dead Kennedys”, “Jello Biafra”.


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

-Music can change your emotions in the moment for the time you are listening to it, lyrics can only stimulate you to change your life.


Your favorite recordcover alltime? Who does your recordcovers? And do you have any good recordstores in your hometown?

-Our all-time favourite record covers are: Sepultura “Arise”, T.B.C.-What? –“Lärm, Tumult und Trubel”.

Our album covers were designed by different artists. Unfortunately there are no longer any really good record stores in Innsbruck.


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 ?

-We definitely think that it is very important to release physical records of our music because it is nicer to be able to hold something in your hand, to touch it. And you can later digitalize it anyway.

We prefer tapes (cassettes)  ;-)


Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and under some gig?

-One time we were all so drunk that we performed three different songs and our drummer got so mad that he got up and left the stage, therefore efficiently terminating the concert.


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?

-Our audience is sometimes naked in front of the stage, many times older truthful fans. Therefore we are very happy when we see a 15-year-old punk among our audience every now and then. So you can see, what we are missing a little bit on our gigs is the young generation.

We cannot list only one band, we played with Madball, Sick of it All, UK Subs, Hard-Ons, Clawfinger and Knuckledust.


Please rank your five favoriterecords, five favoriteconcerts and five most important things in life?

-Records/Concerts/most important things

Christof: Dying Fetus - ? (title unknown)/Milking the Goat Machine/dope

Gonzo: Ministry – Rio Grande Blood/Biohazard in Innsbruck with an audience of 50 people/beer and dope

Fredi: Suicidal Tendencies – Art of Rebellion / Biohazard in Munich/life itself

Hupsi: Circle Jerks – Wonderful / Bad Religion – Generator Tour / outdoor sports and dope

Thurni: Madball – Set it Off / Bad Religion – Against the Grain Tour / family


First, last and most expensive record ever bought?

-First / Last / Most expensive record:

Christof: Rykers – First Blood / Debauchery - ? (title unknown) / Belphegor – 35 euros although the CD was packed into a gas mask

Gonzo: Motorhead - ? / Mars Volta - ? / do not remember, music cannot be measured in money

Fredi: Tankard – Tankwart / Jingo de Lunge - ? / do not remember, music cannot be measured in money

Hupsi: Kim Wilde - ? / Madball – For the Cause / do not remember, music cannot be measured in money

Thurni: Roxette – Joyride on Vinyl and Michael Jackson – Bad on CD / Rykers – The Beginning / do not remember, music cannot be measured in money


Is it boring with interviews? Is it much interviews?

-Normally it is not boring to do interviews, most of the time it is very funny because you learn a lot of new stuff of the others and you relive the good times you had together, even if we actually should be practising ;-). We do not have a lot of interviews, only one or two per year.


Do you care about reviews? Which is the most peculiar you ever had, with this band or any other band you have been to?
-Reviews in magazines are always cool and the critics have never been so bad that they affected us in a negative way.


Which bands do people compare you to, is it boring that people compare you to other bands or is it understandable?

-People hardly ever compare us to other bands, maybe sometimes the singer’s voice. It is understandable that people normally try to compare what they hear to songs of other bands.


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?

-Thurni: Bad Religion

Gonzo: Slander

Fredi: Gangrene

Hupsi: Gorilla Biscuits

Christof: ABBA


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

-Music is a good way to release frustration; we think that applies to most musicians. That does not necessarily mean that you become a better person outside of music.


Which is the most odd question you ever have got in an interview?

-The oddest question we ever got in an interview is the question above ;-)


Which is the question you want to have but you never get. Please ask it and answer it?

-Do you need financial support? Yes, immediately please.


Futureplans for the band?
-Future plans for the band are: next gig, next album, to rock the stage as long as possible


For yourself?

-Future plans for ourselves: less drinking, longer lives, more drinking ;-)



-Wisdom words: No panic about T.B.C.-What? and don’t forget the beers. Las famosas últimas palabras.


Something to add?

-THX to all the people who supported us and to those who still do.

By the way, since November all of our “old” albums are available for download on all the common music platforms (amazon, spotify, itunes,...).