INTERVIEWEE: Madelaine Kühn / Tranquillizer
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Tranquillizer is a mixture of Melodic Death and Black Metal, influenced by diverse other subgenres and partially enriched with the use of a trombone. Founded in 2008, we started playing concerts in eastern Germany.
So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
To be honest, the EP production was quite simple and the quality is not so high. But it was our first small release so I think it´s okay. On the full length album you can listen to Melodic Death and Black Metal sometimes hit by other sub genres.
The band has been around since 2008 and have only released 2 recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?
From the beginning we started playing shows. That was our focus. We started two recording sessions before our EP but we had to abort because of leaving members. During the time many musicians leaved. Since three years we have a self confident line up. It's the first time , we feel as a whole band. For that reason we needed time to produce the LP.
What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
In general, human being. We have lyrics about war and death, but also about love. All lyrics of our LP are written to show us that all will come to an end. Whatever Life, friendship, the world. Nothing lasts forever.
What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tranquillizer'?
Some time ago I found the term in a book and while I red the description about it I had to think on my best girlfriend, which once told me, that music is like a tranquillizer. The band especially the singer let´s off steam in place of yourself and this helps to come down. Yeah, that´s why I think tranquillizer is a good fitting name for a metal band, cause who let´s off steam better then a metal band?!
What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think our shows are energetic. Good shows to let it all out and to mosh. But in every concert you will find time just to listen, for example when the trombone starts to play.
I remember two great shows: the " Wonnemond Open Air" - Great Festival and one show with Illdisposed from Denmark in our Hometown.
Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Of course: 2015 we played our " Des Endes Anfang Tour" with some concerts in Germany and Poland and 2016 we will continue the tour with club and festival shows.
Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We have not received any interest. We are looking for a label. We'll see what happens.
On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death and black metal?
We have not discovered the whole world but we have positive feedback from Poland, England and also some friends in Argentina and Czech Republic.
Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
With this line up it's possible to create something really epic! We are just starting!
What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I think i can name bands like Dissection or Behemoth but we are also sometimes influenced by sub genres like Metalcore. We are open-minded.
What are some of your non musical interests?
Our Vocalist is a sick motorcycle racetrack rider. In his spear time you will find him with his GSX-R on the track, pushing for lap times. Our guitarist Fabian and our drummer have a fable for computer games and our other guitarist Aleks and myself are the sports fans in our combo. He likes to play soccer. I´m more attracted to volleyball.
Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Go out and support your local metal scene!