In this installment, I present you a very interesting interview with Animo Aeger; a band that is very hard to reach, actually. Dive into the core of their music and find out curious insights. Oh, and there is a free download waiting for you..
Hails Animo Aeger! It’s highly appreciated to have you for a discussion. I gotta admit that it was hard to find you on the internet, though. Could you share why you have chosen to stay away from social network websites and others alike?
Nowadays the easiest way to present yourself or a band is to create a Facebook-profile, but if you ask me, that just doesn’t fit our style; actually, it doesn’t fit Black Metal in general. Furthermore, there’s nothing that we would need to share with “fans,” since we do neither gigs nor fancy stuff like merchandise-raffles. Nevertheless, at the time we are thinking about putting up a simple homepage, so people can get an idea of what Animo Aeger is actually all about. And, as you may have noticed, we have finally gotten a BandCamp-page.
How would you outline Animo Aeger’s background? What brought you together to breathe life into such indefinable genre?
Greis and I have known each other since 2000. Back when we founded the band we didn’t play our instruments very well, but in the beginning Animo Aeger was supposed to be a mixture of dirty punk and even dirtier BM anyway; later even some grind influences found their way into the mangy pap. Elements of that can be found on the “Wolfsvisionen” demo, the first one which got released, although in a very limited edition. The style we’re playing now developed over the years, you could say that we grew into it.
You have shaped a very distinctive style yet rooted in black metal. Lunacy is clearly portrayed through the deranged vocals and instrumentalism, which is uncommon, avant-garde-ish, if you will. What inspires you to express your creativity in such a manner?
It just happens. Of course, there is thought behind the music, we know what atmosphere shall be created, which feelings shall be triggered, but there is absolutely no concept behind the vocals.
In fact, Animo Aeger is the one band in which I just can lose control over what happens with my voice, release the spirit of the moment. If I did so in all the other projects it would sound pretty much the same and all the work put into trying to create something novel would be in vain.
While listening to “Fieber” or your debut album “Impuls”, I found a little resemblance with the early Bethlehem. This is primarily due to the vocal technique you incorporated. Was Bethelehem an inspirational source for you during the recording process of the those two records?
Not at all, actually. We hadn’t been listening to Bethlehem at the time we recorded the debut-album, so that’s nothing more than coincidence; although, many accuse us of trying to copy their style. In fact, I was first confronted with this question when a friend told me about the similarity of their lyrics to my own, after he listened to one of the first demos of my solo project Vrångbild. Before that I didn’t know this band very well.
One of the main characteristics that I noted while getting familiar with Animo Aeger was the complexity of the lyrics as well as the choice of writing them in your mother tongue. As far as I could grasp, they deal with life-related topics and internal experiences, if I am not mistaken. Would you elaborate on this?
The lyrics on these albums pretty much express my own interpretation of lunacy, but they also involve quite common aspects of everyday life, such as scorn for the constant readiness for total consumption, and, in this case, I’m not speaking materialistically, but rather of the unwillingness to see things for oneself instead of preferring the comfort of cognitive dependence, as well as of a special kind of suffering in social contexts most human individuals would claim to be perfectly fine with. This has been and still is the essence of our material, in a nutshell.
In relation to the previous question, is there any specific reason why you have chosen to write your songs in German?
That’s mostly because German is the language I know best, of course. Because it’s my mother tongue, I can express every nuance of my feelings or thoughts in precise manner without having to struggle so much with language itself or being want for the right words. Our lyrics are maybe the most remarkable aspect of our concept, because they are pretty experimental. There are a lot of really banal expressions which are meant to be metaphors far from that typical, and, if you ask me, quite ridiculous pathos which is customary in the Black Metal-genre. I suppose this is another reason one might either like or hate our style, besides the vocals.
In the end of 2014 your second full-length “Storchenwahrheit,-wirklichkeit” was out through Eternal Rabies Kult. However, I have noticed that it’s available in tape format only. Is it intentional that you omitted CD and digital distribution? Should we expect more in the near future?
I really like the tape-format, but, to be honest, I wouldn’t have chosen it if the label we wanted to work with hadn’t been all into tape-stuff. The reasons for working with ERK are personal in the first place. We know the guy who runs the label quite well; he and I even played in some bands together ten years ago. Anyway, if everything goes as we’re planning, we’ll be recording our next EP between November and December this year, which we do hope to release on CD.
Let’s take another direction. Have you considered a complete lineup and playing live? Or you are more comfortable with your current situation?
There is no way there will be Animo Aeger live shows in the foreseeable future. We haven’t played live for nine or ten years, and there’s no chance we’ll look for live musicians and practice in month to get the old songs together, just to realize that it’s impossible to conjure up the same atmosphere as on the recordings. Since I’ve been living in Sweden for several years, it’s been hard enough to focus on the songwriting when there is such a geographical distance between the only two members, a fact which makes a rehearsal fairly exclusive.
Looking in retrospect, are you satisfied with how the things went? Do you have anything that you would have changed with Animo Aeger if you could have?
Looking back at Animo Aeger’s genesis I don’t see any inexcusable mistakes. Maybe we should have been more consistent in making clear that we do not want to have anything to do with certain politics, if you know what I mean. Animo Aeger is a 100 percent apolitical band, if one can say that, when the members are obviously into left-wing politics; but this doesn’t mean we are idealistic philanthropes who desperately want to win everybody’s favor, either.
No more questions to ask. You may conclude this interview as you wish.
I’ve said everything there was to say. Thank you.