What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
We are Rewind Rewind from Hamburg, Germany and we formed in November 2019. The group consists of vocalist/bassist Sergio Gosewisch (from Arkansas, USA), guitarist/backup singer Rafael Alfonso Sanchez (From Koblenz, Germany), and drummer Tim André Trachte (From Hamburg, Germany). Sergio and Rafael formed the band after finding each other on a musician’s group on Facebook. They met a couple of times shortly after messaging back and forth, and they bonded instantly after finding out they shared the same taste in music. After Sergio and Rafael wrote enough songs for an album, Sergio asked Tim to join the band in February 2020. Tim and Sergio had already played on a very short-lived progressive rock project.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
We recorded this album by ourselves with a little help from a good friend of ours. Sergio and Rafael recorded bass, and guitar at Sergio’s apartment. And the drums and vocals were recorded in Tim’s basement. Our friend Daniel Rehder, who is a genius music college dropout, helped us mix and record our album. He captured the band’s sound and made our album sound spacey, nostalgic, and warm. Just like we wanted it to sound.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
We are influenced the post-punk movement of the 70’s and the new wave sound of the 80’s. Specifically, we are very influenced by bands such as Joy Division, Motorama, Josef K, Wire, and The Cure. We also admire people like Lou Reed, Ian Curtis, and Courtney Barnett. They are outstanding lyricists and they always talk about how they really feel. Non-music-wise, we admire people who fight against racism, homophobia, sexism, and environmental activists. There is so much more that can be done about those issues. We are not a political band, but we do care about the things happening in the world.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
We use a very minimalist punk approach when we write, but we like to mix it up with lots of modulation effects. Our guitars use a lot of chorus, reverb, delay, tremolo, etc. Those effects make our band sound very atmospheric, but the vibes of the songs almost make you feel like you are listening to some sort of surf indie band. Especially, when we play live. That is what many of our friends have told us. I think you can hear all of our influences in our music, but we think we have our own moody, and spacey sound.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Albums: Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, Jeopardy by The Sound, and Hunky Dory by David Bowie. We’ll add a fourth one… Marquee Moon by Television.
Books: The Second Coming by John Niven, Filth by Irvine Welsh, and all the books from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. That was a hard one to answer…
Movies: Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction, and Reservoir Dogs.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
We like to play perform live more than to play at a studio because we sound a different live. We sound a little bit more aggressive than what we sound on our record. We also like to see people enjoying themselves when they listen to our music.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
We played our first gig in front of 8 people. That is because we played a live stream gig and it was just the most peculiar thing we have ever done. It was weird standing on stage because the only people in the audience were our girlfriends, and a couple of our friends. We had to stare at camaras, and basically talk to the people on the internet. It did not really feel like a gig, it felt more like a band rehearsal.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
We think the most unique tracks on our album are our single “Closure” and “Malfunction”. By “Closure” you can almost feel the mood Sergio was in when he wrote the song. The guitars sound very dreamy, yet sad but happy at the same time. The bass line in the song is so simply written but it sound very sound and it combines with the drums perfectly. “Malfunction” is the product of the minimalistic song writing. The effects on the guitar our cool, and we don’t play any guitar chords on it. The riffs are very catchy, and the modulation effect of the guitar makes you feel like if you are floating in space. The disco drums on the chorus gives it also something different.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We just want to keep on writing music, and eventually find a record label to represent our music properly.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
If we could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?
We would love to play open a show for Fazerdaze, or a cool band like the Hawaiian Gremlins or Soccer Mommy. That would be cool. It will probably never happen though…
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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