|Interview by Burt Wolf with Jub, singer, composer & lyricist for GOLD FUR EISEN.
Interview done October 26th, 2003.
COULD YOU PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BAND & HOW YOU GOT TOGETHER?
GOLD FUR EISEN was born in 1996. There was my idea to start a band with a material image. The lyrics
should be talk about the German history without fear. And "hot topics" don't exist for us. In the first weeks to
still on the same place. 1997 we found a drummer, Mirco. He was an evil guy with a tattooed body, pierced nose,
ears, tongue, dick. But he was a crazy & heavy drummer. He was the right man for us. In the same year we met
Sven. A 2-meter guy with long black hair, who don't speak. This line up produced the first CD "KIEN was born
in 1996. There was my idea to start a band with a material image. The lyrics GOLD FUR should be talk about
the German history without fear. And "hot topics" don't exist for us. In the first weeks to the reason the second
album It was a shock, but went was recorded with out a drummer. After the release of "HEIMAT" Sven leaves
us. It was a shock, but went other ways. He said "No more music" & "No more people", because he was an
extremely misanthrope. In the last extremely misanthrope. In the last show, for my Metal Festival "Bands two
years, I worked many time for distribution our releases, for my radio show, for my Metal Festival "Bands Battle"
& other things. But since three months Deddy & I working on new material. The ready songs are called material.
The ready songs are called "Wegwerfen (Ballade Vom Mull-Land)", "Throw Away (Ballade Of the "Wegwerfen
(Ballade Vom Mull-Land)", "Throw Away (Ballade Of the Garbage land)", "Der Gast (Ballade Uber Die Reflektion
Einer Ausstellung)", "The Guest (Ballade About The Reflection Of An Ecposition)", & "DerSoldner (Ballade Von
Der Gewohnlichkeit Der Gewalt)", "The Mercenary (Ballade About The habit Of The Violence)".
WHY WAS THE NAME GOLD FUR EISEN CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME & WHAT DOES IT
He was chosen, because he beats a bridge to the German history. During the liberation wars of the Germans
against the strange rule of Napoleon 1813-1814 the king of the Preuben called the people to help the army with
money & other things. And the people came & gave the last - decoration, cloths, silver cutlery & so on - for
buying uniforms & weapons for the soldiers. It was the birth of a strong German nation. And in the literature this
situation was called "And then they came & they gave gold for iron..."
TAKE US THROUGH YOUR PROCESS YOU GO THROUGH TO
CREATE YOUR MUSIC?
The music will build around the lyrics. First there are the words, then grows
the music in me. It can be a long process. Deddy & Sven worked different.
My influence to create the music are pictures of the story I have to tell. It's
like a movie in my head. And the music is the score.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE STYLE & SOUND OF
GOLD FUR EISEN?
We have definitely our own style. You can find every kind of Heavy Metal in our sound. There is Black, Death &
Thrash Metal & you can hear True Metal, Oi or epic sounds in our songs. All these things support the meaning of
COULD YOU GIVE A LITTLE INFORMATION ON YOUR RELEASES "KEIN MORGEN" & "HEIMAT"?
What could I say. "KEIN MORGEN" is our first CD (the first release is the demo "HEIMKEHRER"). The music
is very rough & strange. The lyric speak about alcoholism, dying society, nationalism. You can find in every song
many irony. "Sie War 10" is about child abuse. The fucker describe, what he do with the little girl. There fore we
had problems with an lawyer. "HEIMAT" is more different, how you can hear it. But because of the image of the
band & the direct lyrics we have had problems with great fanzines, which refused to review the CD. Political
correctness is in Germany everyday, censorship too. But the little zine an the webzines gave very good notes to
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER RELEASES OUT?
Yes. I have told it yet. "HEIMKEHRER" was our first release. "KEIN MORGEN" was released as tape in Litauen.
And you can find GOLD FUR EISEN on two samplers, Ukraine & Belgium.
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE IMPROVED FROM "KEIN MORGEN" TO "HEIMAT"?
Yes, we have. There are more style in "HEIMAT'. The songs have better melodies. But each CD has his own
character. "KEIN MORGEN" was a good bye to the future. The music is more aggressive, monotone. "HEIMAT"
is a reflection of our homeland with love & hate. That's one reason, why the music is between soft moments &
COULD YOU PLEASE DESCRIBE THE COVERS & MEANINGS BEHIND BOTH OF THESE
The meanings I told already. The covers are a part of the concept of the terms. The both old people on "KEIN
MORGEN" are alcoholics. They lived in a homeless house. I cannot say, whether they alive yet. They have had
on this "no morning" on the next day & they have had "no morning" in meaning of the future. The front cover of
"HEIMAT" shows the ideal of an homeland. The girl is the youth & the innocence of young generation & nature.
The young guys demonstrate the strength & the power of the people. The old man is the past & the wisdom. All
the things stand in harmony. The back cover shows the real situation in Germany.
WHAT IS SOME OF THE SUBJECT MATTER IN YOUR SONGS?
About "KEIN MORGEN" I have told already. "HEIMAT": the first song is "Auf Der Jagd" (On The Hunt), it's the
story about a strong & wild wolf who is endangered by gay city dogs. The alone hero dies, if the wimps & losers
unite. That's the situation all over the world. "Stoertebeker" tells an episode of the life of the North German hero
Klaus Stoertbeker. He was a pirate in the 13th century. He was a Robin Hood on the sea. "Heimkehrer 46", A
German soldier returns from the 2nd World War, broken & disillusioned he fears the future. "...Und Alles Nur..."
is a splatter orgy. You can see the song as an isolated story, but you can hear the song as a continuation of
"Heimkehrer 46", because a man kills his wife. She hasn't wait for him in the time he was so far away.
"Deutschland" is a view on the never ending problem of the Germans with a strong united country. "Feuer"
describes the state of an amok running person & his joy in seeing skulls & stomachs burst.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE SONG THAT BEST REPRESENTS THE BAND, WHICH SONG
WOULD IT BE & WHY?
That's very hard to say. I'm sorry, but the songs are very different. You wouldn't get the right idea of the band if
you only hear one song.
DOES GOLD FUR EISEN PLAY OUT A LOT? PLEASE DESCRIBE WHAT ONE OF YOUR LIVE
SHOWS IS LIKE?
Our live activities ended as Sven was leaving the band. It was 2000. Since this time, we grieve us to distribute the
releases of GOLD FUR EISEN & write new material. The most things I have said in answer 2.
DO ANY OF YOUR SHOWS STAND OUT FOR ANY
REASONS? WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU'VE
There was a show in Neubrandenburg, Germany (Northeast). A
friend of our drummer brought material to smoke, which was
unbelievable. Two hours before the show, I take two pulls & I
was four hours stoned. On the stage i doesn't remember the lyrics,
the timing, the place for the pistol shot & so on. It was terrible.
The bands we've played with are German underground acts. We
were always the headliner. The bands called DEAD REMAINS,
VICIOUS CIRCLE & other bands where I forgot the names.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT INTERREGNUM MUSIK?
INTERREGNUM MUSIK is three things in one. There is the radio show INTERREGNUM
(www.interregnummusik.de), the underground festival BANDS BATTLE & the management of GOLD FUR
EISEN, DEAD REMAINS & PAINFUL DEATH. The time for other both bands gets shorter & shorter. Our
whole power we put into the festival, the radio show & GOLD FUR EISEN.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOU HAVE CURRENTLY BEEN LISTENING TO?
I like many music styles. The best time for music was in the 60's. In these decade was it all there already. Hear
bands like THE WHO, THE YARDBIRDS, THE MONKS, THE SMALL FACES, THE LIVERBIRDS & so
on (I can't listing all the great bands from this time). It was unbelievable power in this sound. The 70's were great
too. ATOMIC ROOSTER, URIAH HEEP, BLOOD ROCK, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, HUMBLE PIE...
These list would be without end too. In Heavy metal music I prefer Black metal, Grindcore, NWOBHM & all the
fucking Glam metal. But I like many of the other styles too.
HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THE GERMAN MUSIC SCENE TO THE MUSIC SCENE HERE IN THE
I don't know the Metal music scene in the U.S.A. I have heard that Heavy metal in the U.S.A. is dead. In
Germany rules the Scandinavian invasion. Bands from Sweden, Norway, Finland are on the top of the sales. The
German bands have many problems to get label deals. The underground scene is very big. In every club you can
find a Heavy Metal concert on every weekend. But the politicians band more & more the Black metal gigs,
because they maintain that Black metal is right wing music. You can band in Germany every thing, when you
says : it's a right wing phenomenon.
WHO DO YOU FEEL ARE SOME OF THE BETTER BANDS, LABELS & ZINES IN GERMANY?
Forget the big fanzine, which rules the market. They are extremely politically correct. They start campaigns
against bands, which doesn't suit them. That hits international bands too. Bands with a big major label in the back
& a bigger advertisement in the zines are the lovely child of the self called guardians of the Heavy Metal scene.
Our festival BANDS BATTLE presents every year 30 underground acts from Germany & other countries
(Slovakia, Czech republic, Poland, Columbia, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium...). We don't make a difference.
Heavy metal is Heavy Metal. And this kind of music provokes & has nothing to do with correctness.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF GOLD FUR EISEN DO
WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
We are in this time two members. Deddy is a guardian of a jail with
murderers & rapists & I'm writing for a newspaper.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES & OR TV
I like old horror films from the British HAMMER STUDIOS. They
had the big time in the 60's. Or the old material from the
USA,40's & 50's. They were produced very nice horror &
science fiction shit. And I like historically correct movies about the Indians, for example SOLDIER
BLUE (1969). It is one of the most brutalist movies ever. In Germany the censorship cut seven
minutes from the movie. My favorite TV series is THE X-FILES. I don't like shows.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE FROM GOLD FUR EISEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Next year should be the release of the third CD. And we are looking for new musicians. It's hard, because many
guys fear the image of the band.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING NOW THAT
Before the interview I have slept. And now I will write reviews for my radio show.
THANX A LOT FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DO THIS INTERVIEW. ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO ADD
TO CLOSE OUT?
Write to GOLD FUR EISEN & get in contact with our band. Best greetings, Jub!