A few weeks ago at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the past few weeks, we've been releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, The Maine, Anberlin, and tons more!
In today's installment, Mercedes of Courage My Love details her thrill-seeking activities, and German duo Captain Capa help us Americans understand the cool electro-punk scene happening in Germany now.
Watch the interviews and read a short write up below!
Courage My Love
From: Ontario, Canada
--- Her Identical Twin ---
My twin sister and I – she’s in the band, she’s the drummer…Yeah we’re identical twins…We don’t look exactly alike, but I’ve had people come up to me and I’ll be like, “Oh, what’s your name?” and they’ll be kind of bummed out . They’ll be like, “We met you like half an hour ago.” And I’ll be like, “Nah dude, that wasn’t me! I promise.” --- The Band Name ---
So we went to this old repertoire theatre and we saw this 1936, Black and White, sci-fi movie called Things To Come, and it’s a line from the movie. So the movie’s kind of post-apocalypse. These parents are standing overtop of their kids, wondering what their future will hold and the father is just like, “Have courage my love,” to his wife. So we thought, that’s kind of cool. I like to think of it as a call to our generation, to our youth because a lot of problems from previous generations have fallen on to our shoulders. You have to have courage to make a difference in this world, and you have to have courage to be the change that you want to see in the world.
--- Runner-Up Band Names ---
I always wanted to be in a political punk band called Marie Antoinette…Or we were sitting in my friend’s basement, and Phoenix thought about, what about Catches like Matches. I think we were lighting matches or something. But Courage My Love stuck.
--- Thrill-Seeking ---
My boyfriend lives in Malibu, so there’s all really cool stuff to do in Malibu. Just this year, he’s been pushing me to do all that cool stuff. We’ve been surfing, we’ve been parasailing, we’re gonna go cliff diving, we’re gonna go skydiving which I’m terrified of, but it’s gonna happen…Somebody stop me! I’m going crazy over here!
EXCLUSIVE content in the audio below!
Hannes & Maik
--- Their Sound ---
Hannes: I would say basically it’s like electronic pop music. That’s the big overall wording for it, but we have lots of influences from independent music and old emo rock stuff. So it’s a really wild mixture, but it all comes together with electronic instruments.
--- How they got on Warped ---
Hannes: It came together because we grew up with music like that, we grew up with Warped music. With Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, stuff like that. and parts of that are still in our music so I think we might be, music-wise, we might be the connecting dot between the EDM scene that’s going really crazy right now, and the kind of emo-influenced Alternative stuff that’s going on at Warped. I think we fit in here really well. That might be how we found our way
--- Self-Taught Musicians ---
Hannes: We’ve known each other since kindergarten like since really really early. Then we went to this festival together where we saw electronic bands performing for the first time, and we saw what was going on onstage, and we’re like, “This is so much different than all the punk bands we did before, and it looks like so much fun! It looks like the musicians have actually, they’re playing with stuff on stage.” We wanted to do that. We just bought ourselves some synthesizers and without any knowledge of it, we just started doing it, and it worked out so well.
--- The German Music Scene ---
Hannes: We have a strong scene of like electronic punk music going on, which is really crazy because I haven’t seen it in any other country. We have political-influenced bands that are really close to the punk rock scene but they make electronic music and that’s the scene where we kinda came out from.
Maik: I think we have a good independent scene in Germany. I like it.
Hannes: Yeah. Every band knows each other and every festival is like a family meeting.
--- Other Warped Bands They Suggest ---
Hannes: Bad Rabbits