Überyou comes from Switzerland and plays a really good sort of punk and punk is a varied style so why don´t you give the group a try so can you decide yourself what kind of music they play…december 2022


Please tell me a little history of the group, members and what you do when you don´t play music, what do you work and which ages are you in? 

Überyou was formed 15 years ago, after drinking too much beer in New York. Most of our jobs have something to do with music, like organizing shows, work for venues and so forth. We’re still a very young band going slowly towards our 40ties.


Have it been the same members all the time, or have it been many lineup changes? Please tell me a little about every member? Earlier bands?

Tom, our other guitar player, joined the band shortly after the band was formed. We had two changes on drums, due to work and education plans. But we’re still very good friends and Luki or Lars, the former drummers, fill in if Kajo can’t make it to a show.

Most of us did play in other bands before Überyou and some are still doing so. Something is always cooking, which we think is a good thing because it prevents the band from burning out.


Überyou is the name, where did it came from and you wasn´t afraid that some other group would be named so? Why a german name when you sing in english?

Actually the name is half german and half english…Marc our Guitar player was suggesting “Overyou” first. This kinda felt a bit too serious and strong, so we choose to replace “Over” with “Über”, which sounded a bit funnier and cooler to us. But we didn’t really thought about a deeper meaning (no, also not about Freud). We just thought, well, that's a good sounding and catchy name.


You call you record for Silver Lining….where did it came from?

It stands for the hope and the belief in something good to come, even in troubled times. That's what the record is about, and what our band stands for. Never give up and make the best of it.


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?

All our records, and even EPs and stuff, were always released on vinyl. We are all great vinyl lovers and we really dig special artworks and packaging! So yes, to us it would feel weird not to release the record physically. We put a lot of love and effort into this record and that deserves a proper finish.


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

Yes sometimes, if we feel like it. It stretches as far as “Bastards of Young” from The Replacements to “Don’t Stop Believing” from Journey. Actually we played a lot of covers over the years. The best way to figure it out is to come to our shows. Sometimes we don’t even know ourselves if we play a cover and which one it will be.


Please tell me a little about following songs


This song is about history always repeating itself. The learning effect of humankind is very limited and unfortunately the battles for power of the powerful, which are fought on the shoulders of the poor, are also obnoxious but nevertheless omnipresent.


It is a call to rebellion against the bad habit that nowadays a small loud minority determines the political discourse and that we cannot simply accept it when xenophobia of egoistic idiots becomes socially acceptable and one offers a platform to such self-absorbed and mostly with inferiority complexes covered "loudmouths". And all this always under the cover of the so-called freedom of opinion. We are clearly against censorship, but we are even more against the fact that populist xenophobes are given a platform to let their opinions pass as socially acceptable.


This is a tribute to the good nights with the best friends and the difficult waking up the day after.


Is it important to get out your opinions in your music, and is it a good way to get out frustration too? Politics?

We think playing in a punk rock band should be a political statement itself, meaning to stand up for equality and to not accept people being disrespectful to others because of their origin, social status or sexuality. We wouldn’t exactly call ourselves a band on a political mission. But most of our songs are about things that affect or bother us. And sometimes those are political things. So yes, in that sense it is important. And music definitely is a good way to get out frustrations! It makes no sense to keep those bad feelings inside if you’ve got a mic you can shout’em into. And if you do that for three minutes and end the song with a smile, even better!


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? 

Yeah for sure. Like other bands and their lyrics influenced us and our lives. We’ve been told by some people - sometimes friends, sometimes total strangers - that our music helped them through difficult times. This is very touching and rewarding! But even if someone is listening to our music, having a good time driving around or having a shower, it means the world to us.


How is it to play this sort of music in Switzerland and which type of bands are you having concerts with? Which is the most peculiar band you have been playing together with? 

We have a lot of friends still coming to our shows, which we really appreciate and enjoy. On the other hand, in Switzerland most of the venues are very professional and kind of clean. Everything is very organized. It basically doesn’t lack anything…besides a certain edge. That's why we love to tour and go to different countries where you never really know what to expect. We played with a lot of different bands. Most peculiar or special to us…mhhh… for example a cuban folklore band or an indonesian theater group in the middle of the jungle.


Photo:Tobias Garcia

How would you describe your music in three words for people that haven´t heard you?

Good times, high fives. Oh shit, that was four words.


I like beer and also make beer.. If Überyou do a beer , what would it be named and which sort of beer would it be? Or maybe you´re straightedge?

Didn’t you see the word “Beer” in Übeeryou? We actually had special beers made for us twice by good friends that are brewers. What was the name again? ÜPA i guess, which was an IPA for sure. And we did a beer for the release of our last album “Night Shifts”.


And how is it to live in Switzerland now? Racists, covid? Have you also been in that times there people mix up Sweden and Switzerland?

Haha…yes that happens a lot…and most of the time people are disappointed that we’re not the ones building the Volvos haha.

But seriously, we really can’t complain about living in Switzerland! A lot of stuff we’ve been able to do as a band probably wouldn’t have been possible without knowing that we always can go back home to a secure job etc. This absolutely doesn’t mean that everything about Switzerland is perfect! Like almost everywhere we’re facing a more and more polarized society. Covid definitely didn’t make that better. Racism and Sexism were and still are a big problem. But sadly, those things are rooted very deeply in society. So unfortunately they won’t go away overnight.


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

That’s a tough one…I’d say for us, “These Walls” is still one of our favorites, because it has a lot of positive energy and is really fun to play. So we usually end our set with it.


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

People got older, and there’s only a few young kids coming to shows. But you never know, maybe the next punk wave is on the way?


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

Everything is always changing. But for us Punk means friendships around the World. A bunch of open minded people organizing stuff and having a good time together. This DIY Scene we’re part of, means a lot to us, and we always tried our best, to put our part of effort into it in Switzerland. 


What do you know about Sweden? What is typical Swedish?

We all know Sweden as a beautiful country, with nice cities and mind blowing countryside. Awesome music that comes from Umeå, Malmö and Sweden in general. Very friendly and well dressed people and we also heard that the Ikea-Catalog has more copies spread over the world than the bible.


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

We’ve actually played one single show in Örebro many years ago. It actually was more of a weekend trip with friends that we could combine with playing a show.

There are too many good bands from Sweden! Ian, our singer, also promoted shows for a lot of really good Swedish punk bands in the past. Bands like Sista Sekunden, Masshysteri or Terrible Feelings just to name a few. And of course bands like The Hives, The Hellacopters, The International Noise Conspiracy have always accompanied our work.


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

Nowadays, it sometimes feels like the crowd is getting older with us and it’s still the same people that were there ten years ago…haha.


What´s the best of playing live?

The free beers and the place to crash on someone's floor. Seriously, we love the exchange of energy with the crowd, it's a give and a take. We see ourselves as a live band and that's what we live for.


Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during a livegig with your band?

Uhh..there’ve been many! For example we played a show on a beach in Cuba where local cowboys were riding their horses into the ocean while we played. Another Show in Cuba the wood of the stage cracked while we played and people tried to fix it while we were still playing. In Brazil we played a house show in a tiny living room and all of sudden the crowd decided to do a circle pit around the entire house which made the crowd run out through one of the doors and reappear seconds later through the other door.


Is there any good bands in Switzerland today? New bands which is good? Old bands which is still good?

Yes there are. There is this pretty new band called “Ruined” which we all like a lot. And there’s “The Peacocks” that have been around for about 30 years. And they’re probably still the best Swiss live band! Uh, also check out “Capital Youth” from Geneva, great music, great people.


Which is the record that you always must have in the tourbus?

Since we almost have everything in our pockets, that's a hard question. If we have to choose it would probably be something from Iron Chic. This band is just good times and makes you want to drink some beers.


Do you buy much records, or is it only Spotify and those type of things to listen to music? Is there any good record shop in your hometown?

Unfortunately, for Punk Rock there is no really good record store in Zurich anymore (except for maybe Jamarico). So we always like to check out record stores (and spend too much money…) in other cities when we’re on tour. But friends of us have mailorders (https://www.heavyweight-music.com/) and labels (https://inhumano.org/) in Switzerland.


Which was your first record, the latest you bought and the most expensive you have bought?

For me (Vico), the first was “Energy” by “Operation Ivy”, the latest was “The best of all possible worlds” by “Elway” and the most expensive probably was “Separation Sunday” by “The Hold Steady”.


Do you care about reviews? Which is the most peculiar you ever had, with this band or any other band you have been to?

Of course it’s always very interesting to know how a record that you’ve put a lot of time and passion into is received by others! I don’t really recall a good example for a peculiar one…maybe because I tried to forget it…but I’m sure we’ll get one or the other in the future..


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?

Fucked Up

The Hold Steady

The Ramones

Bruce Springsteen

Die Toten Hosen


Futureplans for the band?

Still trying to go out and play as much and as far away as we can. It’s definitely not getting easier as we grow older…



Always carry a Biberli


Anything more to add to the interview?

Not really, except for saying thank you to your part in keeping the scene alive by having started Skrutt Magazine almost 40 years ago and still going strong!