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Interview von: arne mit Andras, am: 25.11.2011 ]

„Music For Animals“ ist der fünfte Longplayer der Budapester von SUPERBUTT. Mit hoher Energieleistung, viel Intensität und ordentlichem Druck geht es durch zehn Tracks, die Fans zwischen System Of A Down, Dog Fashion Disco, Clawfinger, Linkin Park und den Stone Temple Pilots gut reingehen dürften. Mal dominiert der zwanglose Rock, dann derbe Southern-Grooves, später Post-Grunge, und irgendwann finden die Osteuropäer immer in melodisch-eingängige Refrains.


Musicscan: Who am I talking to? Could you please shortly introduce yourself?

Superbutt: Hi there, I’m Andras Vörös (Vörös András, as we would say because we put the family name first in our obscure language), the singer of the metal band with the weird name Superbutt, from Budapest, Hungary.

Musicscan: Superbutt never was that kind of band that was about to branch out or become popular in Western Europe – so, could you please tell us your explanation why you always have been that kind of an underground-band over here, beside being well-known in your home country and in Eastern Europe?

Superbutt: Well, there are two possible answers. One: we suck. Two: we probably haven’t really focused on it hard enough and were just happily bathing in the small lake of our own country, sometimes taking a short swim into the sea of the international market but never trying very hard. Let’s hope the right answer is more the second than the first, but the truth is maybe somewhere inbetween the two.

Musicscan: Let's just shortly deal with the promotion of your releases. I know promotion is quite easy when you have promoters or a big budget that makes it easy to promote bands and albums. As for Music For Animals – would you say it's harder to spread the name of your band throughout the West-European music scene? I know that in the Hungary, Superbutt are by far more popular than they are over here in Germany…

Superbutt: Yes, of course, it’s definitely harder because we need to build up a lot of new connections that we already have in Hungary, but not in Germany or other countries. But hey, that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? New challenges are always a lot more thrilling than sitting around in the warm mud doing nothing new. If you are not moving towards something new constantly, that’ll only mean that you become apathetic, bored and depressive and soon enough you’ll lose even what you have achieved before. So, harder or not, it’s a lot of fun trying something new and we enjoy it to the last bit!

Musicscan: Which directly leads me to my next question: What does it mean to you when your records are released outside of Hungary? Is it kinda like a bonus? What is the "target market" for you guys?

Superbutt: At this point, it’s definitely Germany and Europe in general. We achieved almost everything we could in our home country, which doesn’t mean we are huge stars, but we have played all the possible stages, from small clubs to the biggest festivals, we have been on TV with video clips etc., and we can say, that most people who are into this kind of metal, know our name already. From here, if we want to have more, we either have to change our style and try to address more people with more pouplar music, which we don’t want to do, because this is the music we love to play, or we can change our focus and try to address audiences with the same taste in new territories. This option is way more motivating than selling yourself for a bit more money and popularity that will go away soon anyway (because being popular is never forever), so, that’s what we are doing.

Musicscan: For a band like Superbutt – are you interested in the listeners´ expectations or don´t you think about that when writing songs for a new record? You already gained a lot of interest in your home-country, so people probably have expectations...

Superbutt: Not really, honestly. Since we cannot be put in any box, meaning we are not playing a certain genre (like thrash-metal or hardcore or heavy metal), there are no cliches that we have to use. The only expectation from anyone is that the material should rock and that’s why our own expectations are very simple too: as long as we can identify with our full hearts with what we play, we’re happy, and that’s it.

Musicscan: Is it an exception in these days that bands play the music they really want to without focusing on what the fans expect? What do you personally think about that in general?

Superbutt: No, I don’t think it’s an exception. I think 99% of the bands play what they like without focusing on any external expectations. It’s a pity that it’s the rest 1% that 99% of the people know about and listen to...

Musicscan: Growing up, was there anyone that you would look up to and say “Oh I wish I could be like so and so…I wish I was as big as him?” If not on a famous level, do you remember seeing bands when you were younger that you looked up to that had an impact on how the sound and style of Superbutt turned out?

Superbutt: Oh, yes sure. Can anyone grow up without idols? Of course I had mines too, but luckily, I grew out of them. That doesn’t mean that there are no people, that I wouldn’t respect a lot (I could say names like Henry Rollins or Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet and I could list many others too), but I’m happy to be who I am and wouldn’t want to walk in anyone else’s shoes but my own. At the same time, I think I’m very lucky because I have the honor of even being friends with some of the people I looked up to when I was a beginner, such as the guys from Clawfinger and Meshuggah, Zoli Teglas and the guys of Ignite, or the mighty Page Hamilton of Helmet for example.

Musicscan: Rock, hardcore, and metal have always been emotional and raw genres, but there has been a surge of bands focusing on the mainstream and commercial success. How would you classify the state of "your music scene" in between rock and metal right now compared to the time, when you started with Superbutt? What has changed? Where do you think its going?

Superbutt: What has changed? I did! But the scene remains the same. There will always be young kids who want to express a different opinion, start up their own revolution (or just want to get more chicks) and form bands so that they can rise above the so called „faceless masses of average people“. Most of these kids will stay amateurs and they will be happy taking music for what it is. Some others will succeed quickly and then disappear quickly and they will be bitter for the rest of their lives. Yet others will sweat blood trying and when they finally learn that they are no better than the faceless masses, because at the end of the day, nobody is, that’s the point when they can become not only successful (whatever that means) but happy as well. Does this eternal thing ever change? I don’t think so.

Musicscan: Music For Animals shows up a band that seems to be vital and fresh once again. Could you please tell us what especially happened in between the release of You And Your Revolution and Music For Animals.

Superbutt: Very simple: by the time YAYR came out, our „golden days“ in Hungary were over, meaning that we couldn’t grow any further within the boundaries of our style. Like I said above, nobody had any intention to try to play more popular music just so we can have a bit more success, but my old mates were also too tired or just afraid of starting over from scratch and become a semi-amateur band again, but this time in Germany or any other new territory. I wasn’t though, so here we are, fresh and better than ever, right?

Musicscan: Do you also think that this new record marks a brand new start for the band? Could you please tell us in how far and what especially makes a difference in regards of your earlier work? Will this be your break-through-record for the Western parts of Europe? ,-)

Superbutt: Yes, it is definitely a brand new start and no, it’s not going to be a break-through record. There’s no such thing as breakthrough, in my opinion. OK, maybe there is, if you have a lot of money and a whole „star-factory“ behind your back, but let’s not forget, that the quicker you come, the quicker you’ll go. So, I’d rather call this a slow, organic growth or a building process that doesn’t bring success overnight, but as long as you enjoy what you do, what’s the problem? It’s important to remark, that we all have civil jobs at home and these jobs not only pay our rents, but we even enjoy doing them mostly, so we do not need to rely on Superbutt to be our main source of income. Therefore, we have time and we can carry on playing music until the end of time, regardless of success, fame and money, as long as it’s fun.

Musicscan: From my point of view Music For Animals is the most manifold record of your career. Concerning the different sounds it's definitely more fascinating and diverse. Was it an intention to make it that powerful, aggressive, and more manifold or was it just a "simple" musical development?

Superbutt: Making it powerful and aggressive was certainly an intention, because that’s the kind of music we like. It’s funny, that we are abolsutely not aggressive personalities in real life, but that’s maybe because we can let all the anger out through music. As to the diversity of sounds within the music: it was brought in by the new musicians and I can’t be thankful enough to them for this, because it’s definitely a step forward. Don’t get me wrong, I love the old stuff too, but we’ve been playing that for almost ten years and if you come up with the exact same things every time you release a new record, not only your audience will get bored but yourself too. At this point however, I enjoy the new elements in our music very much, and I’m glad that we’re moving somewhere and not only run around in circles.

Musicscan: What different thoughts are being brought out through your music and especially the lyrics this time? Have you mostly stuck to the same topics from song to song, or have you progressed to different subject matters?

Superbutt: Hmm, I could talk about that for hours if you get me started, but let’s rather not because you’d be bored to death. Let’s just say the the lyrics cover mostly my bitter(sweet) ideas about life, about going somewhere where you never arrive, fighting for something you never get and yet finding the beauty in this whole thing sometimes.

Musicscan: What about the relationship between music and the lyrics on Music For Animals? What´s more important or are they of equal importance?

Superbutt: My thoughts about the world are reflected in my lyrics, while the musicians express the same with their rythms and melodies, so I guess they must be equally important at the end of the day. Even if for most people it’s the music that counts and they hardly focus on the lyrics, but that’s OK, have no problem with it. After all, this is a band, not a poem reading society, so I can accept the fact that the words are probably only important to me and a few other people, and I’m happy whenever I get some reaction from these few.

Musicscan: You´re going to be on tour in support of Music For Animals over here in Germany pretty soon. What are your expectations for this upcoming tour?

Superbutt: We don’t have any more expectations of these particular shows than any others. Yes, sure, it’s nice if we have some people out there at the show, it feels great when the reactions are good (yes, we understand the word Zugabe!), but otherwise it’s not a „now or never thing“. We have been on the road before and we will be in the future too, these are just a bunch of shows in a row that we hopefully will enjoy as much as we always do.

Musicscan: What about your experiences in Germany so far? Did you like it over here? Any places you want to see again?

Superbutt: Oh yes, sure we do! Berlin is brilliant, vibrating, alive, full of culture, it’s probably my favourite city in Europe right now. But other places, like Köln or Hamburg are also great, and we have some smaller towns too, where we already feel almost like home, because we have so many friends. So, yes, you guys will have to bear us more because like it or not, we will be back as often as we can.

Musicscan: In what direction can your fans see Superbutt heading towards? After touring, are you going to go straight back into the studio, or do you plan on taking a break to write new material and get back in the swing of composing?

Superbutt: To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure, because we haven’t talked about it with the others yet. I know that Attila and Nedo (guitar and bass) have already written a couple of new riffs, but speaking of a new record would be too early at this point, only a few weeks after Music For Animals came out. Let’s focus on what we can do with this material right now, and get back to the same question in a year, OK? Thank you very much! Andras