Als ich zum ersten Mal die Lollypop Rec. Anzeige mit den abgebildeten HATE PINKS sah, war mein Interesse sofort geweckt! Das sah schon aus als wenn es mir gefallen koennte, und der Name gab den Ausschlag zum Kauf. Das Debuetalbum -Sehr gut Rock`n`Roll- dudelte Tagelang rauf und runter. Songs wie –I am phoning aphone- oder der Titeltrack verfolgten mich Naechtelang. Ich hatte mir schon vor der letzten Ausgabe vorgenommen die Band einen Interview zu unterziehen…hatte aber Bedenken. Die gerade erst erschienene neue MCD hatte ich noch nicht! War natuerlich Kinderkacke, aber ich wollte ein Interview so aktuell wie moeglich halten! Nach 3 Wochen Urlaub fast ohne Musik hoeren, hatte ich mein Vorhaben so gut wie vergessen. Spaetestens als Ralf mir die zweite Scheibe der HATE PINKS zum reviewen zuschickte, musste ich aber reagieren. Wieder so ein Kracher aus Marseille! Hab mir dann erstmal die Website der Band angeschaut, ein paar dumme Fragen aus dem Kopp gesaugt und sie sofort mit der Anfrage gemailt. Olivier, der Saenger der Band, war so dermassen cool, dass er wirklich schon knapp eine Woche spaeter die Antworten mailte. In meiner doch sehr kurzen Karriere als Papiertiger ist das noch nicht vorgekommen. Tja, und einsilbig hat der Gute auch nicht geantwortet. Was will ich mehr? Natuerlich die Band live erleben. Was im Februar naechsten Jahres sicherlich klappt! Was soll ich noch groß schreiben um meine Begeisterung auszudruecken?
Abel gab ihren Debuet die Hoechststra…aeaeaehhh…punktzahl und ich…hab mich ihm beim Zweitling einfach angeschlossen. Viel Spass mit dem Interview und hoert mehr Euro Punk wie the shocks, dean dirg, taxi, 4teen killers, und die ganzen anderen geilen Bands von um die Ecke bei. Das ist die Zukunft, wenn die US Punx bald alle in Bushs Umerziehungslagern sitzen oder in sinnlosen Kriegen geopfert wurden!
The combination of Pink and France wake up prejudices in simple minds! It would be funny to hear some prejudices from the french side against germs!
Let me think. French people think Germans always drink beer and after that when they are drunk they put on their Lederhosen and start to dance sitting on a chair while they sing hailihailo! All Germans eat sausages in their BMW cars while they try to forget the two world wars they caused. Oktoberfest is the definition of the legendary German sense of humor. Come on, what can you think about a people who gave Derrick and Nina Hagen to humanity? Beat on the Bratwurst!
The whole world likes it french! What are your favorite?
“J’aime mes saucisses avec du camembert s’il vous plait.», « Mon dieu, où est papa schultz ?». The first was « I love my sausages with camembert » the second « Mein Gott, wo ist Papa Schultz ? ». “Tout art est forcément politique” means: “Ich liebe mein Frühstück.”
Normally France is well known for good cooking and the haute couture! When I saw your LP Cover for the first time, it almost make me blind. Tight stretchy trousers and stripped ties. Tell the truth! It’s your master plan to ruin the good call of your country in the fashionable world?
We dress in a way we love. We hate the haute couture stuff. Jean Paul Gauthier is a piece of shit, so is Pierre Cardin. Only a little German punk can think the French punks dress in Yves Saint Laurent. On our next album we got a song called “fashion is crime”. What do you think we care about the good call of France? France sucks.
I wonder about the short time you climbed up nearly into the international Punk Rock heaven. First gig in two years. Now four records with fantastic reviews and uncounted gigs later. Are you surprised? What more could happen?
We started the Hatepinks right after the end of my band, The Gasolheads. It was helpful to use the contacts we made with Gasolheads, but we never though about putting out an album, or doing an European tour only 6 months after we began practicing. We don’t care. We only want to do short, angry and funny songs, to play in good places and to record our shit for cool labels. The only think we would love to do besides that is to play in the United states. Just to see how things happen in the country of those stupid Hamburger eaters.
To get a little bit closer. Please tell us a short band history, who’s in the band, how long and old and facts like that? That question isn’t very witty but I guess it’s your first interview with a German zine, so it’s the duty before the pleasure!
Huggie Von Pinkbird play the guitar, he is 32 and work as a sound engineer in a studio for boring contemporary music. Colonel Nass Le Pink is 29, he plays the bass, he is a doctor, he studies Arab History. Rémy Der Pinkbeat is 30, jobless, he makes a living by buying vintage guitars on Internet and selling them at double price to poor little rich rockers. He really doesn’t care much about anything. He is a drummer. I’m Olivier Gasoil, 32 years old, singer, I work in a public library.
I guess the HATE PINKS are in love with real `77 underground Punk Bands. How did you discover that sound for yourself? Don’t you think it is too boring to play that old style today and how are the reactions of the audience?
Huggie and Rémi were playing together in Dollybird, a power-pop band, in a Jam/The Beat/Kinks kind of way, I was playing in the Gasolheads, which were a 77-garage-turkish band, and Nass was doing the Plastic Congelators, a very primitive band, something nearly the Gories. The Hatepinks are a mix of all those influences. No it’s not boring at all to do that stuff, this music is the only music which combine the anger with the melodies, you can also add some humor, in a Dickies/Angry Samoans/Ramones way. The audience is not something we really care about, but they seem to enjoy what we do when we play.
What do you think about the new wave of `77 Punk Bands which are flow over now?
It’s like every wave or fashion , you got good bands and you got mediocre bands. It becomes boring to see tons of bands with silly sunglasses, dressed like Elvis Costello or Captain Sensible, spiky hairs and keyboards instead of crispy guitars. But at least it’s funny. Way funnier than skate core or new metal. The Spits are better than NOFX, the distraction are better than Offsprings, better the Briefs than a new ska band. Exploding Hearts, The Shocks, Motras, The Stitches, The Minds, Melted Men… it goes on. All good bands. It’s funny, fresh and catchy. And it’s still punk, with energy and anger. Fashion is crime, ok, but boredom is a bigger crime. I’m a gimmick and New Wave Punque is Fuquing shit!
The pix and the flix on your website show you as a real experienced live band. Could you tell the awkward thing that happened to you on stage? Do you strike the skins and tones with your sun glasses on?
Once in Austria, we were ready to play, the audience was there in front of the stage, staring at us, I was almost like “Go! We are Le hatepinks baby, We hate your world yeah baby! 1-2-3-4!”. Suddenly Huggie look at me and say “One second I have Diarrhea! I have to go to shit!”. So we had to wait for Huggie to finish his thing while people yelled “What are you waiting for?! Lazy cunts!”. They did not understand. I should have tell them what was happening. Poor Huggie! Yes Rémi der Pinkbeat and I never leave our sunglasses.
Why you compare yourself with a parasite like the tapeworm? Do you like the thought to crawl up into others assholes and guts? It’s a little bit pervers, isn’t it?
I was only thinking about your asshole, not your guts. The perversion is a view of the mind. It’s an allegory: we are parasites, we don’t care about you. We are the tapeworm up your ass. It’s not funny. It’s a social song. Our next album will be named “Kartofel Destroy” and it will be very social.
In other songs you want others to smack your silver badge, want to sniff glass and your friends are assholes. What’s going on with your relation to the human race, your friends and yourself?
Ok the thing with the silver badge: it’s a song about a sexy cop who wants to fuck you instead of beating you up. Its’ another social song. Sniffin glass: again it’s an allegory: I want fucking speed! Amphetamines are so hard to get nowadays. And my friends are really assholes, but they think the same about me. My relations with myself are ok, thank you. You really love the Human race? The state of the world today makes you want to dance around with flowers in the hair? Are you some kind of fagot Buddhist or what?
When I think about the German and French punk scenes, I guess it’s almost like the connection between our countries in general. Reserved! Could you describe the present situation in the french punk scene?
We always had a good relationship with the German scene: our booker is German, Heartbreak booking, we toured with The Motras and the Shoemakers… The scene in France is good. Great bands like Neurotic Swingers, The Zoomen, Jerry Spider Gang, The Magnetix, Cowboys from Outerspace, Anteenagers, The Fatals… and a lot of new bands are emerging. Good labels: Lollipop, Reflex-o-Matic Vibrator Records, Yakisakana… but Germany is way better when you come around places to play and fanzines, in France we don’t have that much of good fanzines, Dig It!, Larsen zine, SDZ… not that much…
After France and Germanys peace alliance, the connections get more and more friendly What’s your opinion about Islamic radicals and the anti terror war?
Our opinion about whaaaat? Ok, here is our opinion: the American government is pure shit. Dangerous shit, with a fascist project for the whole world. Americans should start a revolution. Islamic radicals: it’s exactly the same. Arabs should start a popular revolution too. Why can’t all those people dress in pink, wear black skinny jeans with white plastic sunglasses? They could dance the pogo in a funny way and they could listen to the Damned. They could sniff good drugs. I think our project for the world is way better.
I don’t want to be shameless, but it seems the HATEPINKS are no twens anymore. From where do you get the motivation to tour through small clubs and play Punk Rock instead of getting a serious job and earn a lots of cash?
We all have serious jobs. Only Rémi can afford not to work, because his parent are very rich and he doesn’t feel ashamed to ask his father 20 euros to eat his daily pizza. Punk rock is not a job. We never wanted to make money out of it. It’s only a way to affirm our identity and to expose our ego. It’s also the best way to tell the world you hate it.
Was it an advantage to be mixed and produced by your own band member Huggie von Pinkbird?
It’s free, it’s good and it’s pleasant. He produced a lot of good records. He is very good at it.
Your seventies Punk sound is really authentic. Do you use special equipment to get it?
Woaw! What a boring question! Yes we have special equipment : a vintage Gretsch guitar from the Fifties, an old Gretsh drum kit and we records on an old 8 tracks analog recorder. And after that we use computers to the mix.
Any idea why you cover Bad Brains –red bone in the city-? Because they are more Hardcore than the Pagans and the Plastic Congelators you covered on “Sehr gut Rock`n`Roll”!
We were always big fan of the Bad Brains. Their later Reggae/hardcore stuff is maybe not as good as the real punrock sound they offered at the beginning. “Redbone in the city” is an old song, not to be found on the albums, you can find it on the “Black dots” record, which is a recording of an early Bad Brains rehearsal. We also covered the Swell Maps on our split single with The Distraction. We tried to cover a song from the German band PVC, but we failed. It sounded bad. Our next album will include “Catman”, a Gene Vincent cover.
I read that you plan to go on your second Germany tour. Do you like to play in Germany? With how many shows do you recken?
Yes we love to play in Germany. This February tour will be 10 days long. And it’s planned to com back later next year.
Okai! Thanx a lot for the interview! I hope we will meet at your tour! So long all the best!
Bleibt mir noch anzumerken, dass die Hate Pinks im Dezember eine Split EP mit den Shankin Nasties auf Relax-o-matic vibrator records rausbringen werden.
13 bd Falcot