We Butter The Bread With Butter's Marcel Neumann Talks Of US Debut

Deathcore act We Butter The Bread With Butter will be making their U.S.A. debut soon enough on an upcoming tour and with the release of their third album "Goldkinder" there is no telling as to just how far these guys will take their musical aspect and approaches to life. Guitarist Marcel Neumann does the talking of the band's U.S.A. run and album release.

1. Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in We Butter the Bread with Butter, and how long the band has been together.

Marcel: Hi, I am Marcel, the guitar player of We Butter The Bread With Butter. I write most of the songs and create the live shows. The band exists since 2008.

2. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Marcel: There are probably some unknown stories about us. But if they are unknown there is a reason for it for sure. I can tell you some secrets about the band members itself. Can, the drummer, is also a really talented piano player. He played big classical concerts before he was on tour so much. He is also almost fanatic of watching movies or riding roller coasters. Max, the bass player, has Spanish roots. I bet he can also dance Tango if he wanted to. Furthermore he is our art guy. The one who is interested in literature and painting art. Paul, the singer,  is actually a chef. But he quit his work for the band. And he is the only one who doesn't live in Berlin. And I don‘t have any secrets... Besides music I am mostly interested in good vegan nutrition and Final Fantasy.

3. Why did you want to go from being a duo to a full band? Do you regret making these changes?

Marcel: We would never regret that! It was the best decision ever. It‘s the only way to put on a good live show.

4. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Marcel: We are based in Berlin. There are many music scenes. Unfortunately you have to say that there are very split up and everyone is interested of doing their own thing. We haven‘t any roots in one of these scenes. We were always very open minded and wanted to look across these barriers.

5. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Marcel: Actually there is no big story behind it. The name describes a really normal thing - something everyone does everyday. Just like we are. Pretty normal guys . We don‘t want to represent this fake hard brutal thing. So this name is more authentic than a band name full of blood and brutality.

6. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Marcel: We are getting inspired by music that creates something which wasn't there before. We like music that is able to touch many people all around the word. So we are open minded to everything from classical to pop or rock music. There are no special bands we can name - from Muse to Metallica, from Chopin to Lady Gaga, from Linkin Park to Jessy J.

7. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Marcel: Mostly we create little timeless stories.  We like to keep our private opinion private and let people just enjoy music. On the new record GOLDKINDER we tried out some more lyrical theme. Now we also have songs about a love story or an insecure man. But that‘s just because it fitted better to the music. At first we write a song and afterwards we listen to it and what it tells us. The lyrics should only support the music.

8. Was your songwriting and recording process any different than usual for this CD?

Marcel: Yes, it changed a bit. First of all we needed much more time than on the other records because after writing more than 80 songs we weren't satisfied with the sound at all. It needed some time to find our final sound. So we started over and over again until we created something totally new. That's always our biggest motivation. The creation of something that hasn't been there before. When we reached that point we really knew that this is more We Butter The Bread With Butter than ever before. The songwriting process itself didn't change - except that Can and I wrote together on most of the songs. We wrote and recorded everything by ourselves (like before). What we give to the people should be 100% by ourselves. It was an exhausting time but absolutely worth it.

9. You guys shot a video for the song "Alles was ich will" can you tell me about the song and the video's concept and why did you want this song to be made into a video? Do you have any other videos in the works?

Marcel: It‘s a straight heavy forward rock song. The lyrics are about doing absolutely what you want to do and becoming everything or everyone you want to be. When we finished this song we totally knew that this should be the opener for GOLDKINDER.  We really like the heavy sound of the song and therefore we wanted to have this one as a music video. The lyrics are really good represented in the video and we wanted to have a kind of dark and surprising video for our first one. It also represents Paul, the singer, in a very good way. We just released a new music video for "Meine Brille". You can take a look on Youtube. Its even more epic! There are some more videos in the making and we hope that we can visualize more songs from the new album.

10. Why did you want this album and your previous EP to be released independently?

Marcel: It was very important for us to go our own way. After our first experiences in the music business we knew that we could only do it by ourselves. You win the freedom of full creativity and you can just let go so much.

11. How has the bands sound evolved from your previous releases onto Goldkinder?

Marcel: Our sound is getting more heavier now. It's not always just fast and tricky anymore and has more emotions in it. The lower tempo brings a bigger heaviness in our music and so we had the chance of arranging bigger melodies around.

12. How would you say all of your releases compare and differ to Goldkinder?

Marcel: Like I said before: GOLDKINDER is heavier and in a lower tempo but therefore the music has more space to create feelings. It‘s not about technical skills or how fast you can play an instrument. It‘s more about creating a certain atmosphere for the listener.

13. Is there any story or concept behind the Goldkinder title?

Marcel: The idea of the title GOLDKINDER was to have one word that expresses the emotion of the full record. The word GOLD stands for things like grown, valuable, precious, rarely and unusual... KINDER for things like: growing up,being adventurous, seeing the light of day, the creation of something new.

14. Who produced Goldkinder and what was it like working with them?

Marcel: We produced GOLDKINDER by ourselves. Like I said we want to present everything 100% by ourselves. Can and me are a really good combination in songwriting cause we often think totally different. That creates an interesting writing process. We can break and push each other.

15. Who did the cover art for Goldkinder and how much input did you have on it?

Marcel: Actually the cover was a lucky accident. We had an own organized photo shooting where we wanted to try out some looks. A friend of us, Andrea Schindler, came by and just took a photo with her Polaroid camera. Right after it was released we knew that should be the cover (on that point we didn't even have all songs written). The good point about it was that Andrea is also a graphic designer. So she didn't only take the cover photo she also designed the whole booklet. We told her what we had in mind and she realized it perfectly.

16. Select two songs from Goldkinder and what inspired the lyrics.

Marcel: "Viva Mariposa" - We thought that the music sounded very Spanish so we decided to put some Spanish phrases in it. Mariposa means butterfly and the story is about a boy who heard that you have butterflies in your stomach when you fall in love. So he, naive as he was, ate two butterflies to get this feeling of being in love for the first time. The animals survive and a fight of life and death begins. The boy wants to keep this feeling and the butterflies want to escape desperately.

"Kind im Brunnen" - The music sounds very dark. So we thought about a dark story. There is a fountain deep in the forest. Every full moon night a beautiful melody is heard out of it and children of the nearby village are getting drawn by this melody. In the end it is shown that a child is trapped in the fountain and it can only escape if a new child takes his place.

17. You guys you will be touring in the USA is this the band's first time over?

Marcel: Yes it is and we are really looking forward to it. We are more than excited to play our show in the states.

18. If so, what do you hope to expect from the USA and it's fan base?

Marcel: We hope that we will meet some open minded people who can enjoy music for what it is. And of course we are really curious if the USA is like we imagine it to be.

19. What would be one thing that you just have to do once your in the USA?

Marcel: Riding a motorbike on the route 66 with Metallica or Iron Maiden in my ear or cuddling a bear in the Rocky Mountains.

20. What are the other plans you guys have for this year?

Marcel: After coming home from the USA we will play a 2-months Europe tour and in December some dates in Russia. I think we really come home at Christmas.

21. What is it you'd like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Marcel: That was something totally new. So heavy but with big melodies instead of  brutality.

22. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Marcel: Of course we have a website where are many information about us and our music: www.wbtbwb.com. You can also go to our Facebook page. We keep people updated nearly every day with news, concerts or just pics from our tourlife: https://www.facebook.com/WBTBWBofficial and you can find music on our Youtube channel as well.

Or you come out to a show and experience the real live feeling with us. We always try to put on a great show with new stuff. And of course we are there to say hello and get in touch. In the US you can buy merch on MerchNOW.

23. Any final words of wisdom?

Marcel: We always like to thank people around the globe for supporting us. That means the world to us. 

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