Thursday, 15 January 2015

INTERVIEW: Alveole


Alveole are an Alternative Metal/Rock Crossover band from Nürnberg (Nuremberg, Germany). Relatively new on the scene, the band are made up of Silvia Goldhammer  on vocals, Sebastian Ruetzel on guitars/vocals, Alan Koehler on drums, Fabian Ruetzel on keys and Baan on bass.

In August 2014, the band released their debut album Rhythm of Absurdity featuring 9 incredible tracks:

  1. Birdie
  2. Together
  3. Do you use a knife
  4. Irreparable Self Extinction
  5. Summer In My Mind
  6. Never Fall
  7. Slave
  8. The Golden Ships Of Carnage
  9. Volume Addicted
Describing themselves as:
Defying the fetters of genre and category, Alveole is solely concerned with magical moments in their sound as well as honesty and ingenuity in their lyrics. The pains and blisses of relationships, the sometimes personal and introspective feelings of each band member, but also socially critical themes are being painted in the most intriguing verses and in the most powerful and often anthem-like choruses.
And magical moments they create with this album! When I first heard it, it was like a breath of fresh air. Incredibly catchy riffs, stunning vocals and stacks of layers and depth.  The pastels and grey visual theme throughout their photographic images and album art compliments the music and packages it perfectly, giving a sense of commercial viability.  I love listening to this album.

Lead vocalist and the main lyricist Silvia Goldhammer took some time recently to talk to Femetalism about the band, their album and their plans to tour in the future. A great interview ...

Hi Silvia - can you tell us how did Alveole get together?

Alveole started as a fun-project of only three members: Our guitarist Sebastian R, our first drummer Sebastian S and me. One evening hanging out in some bars and getting drunk we three decided to start making music together. Things developed fast and some weeks later we jammed for the first time and realised that we were made for each other. At this time a 4th member, Fabian on the keyboard, joined the band.  The next 2 years we spent in the rehearsal room writing songs. In August 2014 our debut “Rhythm Of Absurdity” came to the world.

Can you tell us some more about each member of the band?

Right now Alveole consists of 5 members. We work together very good and I am glad that we are all friends spending time together, laughing a lot and helping each other out.

So let me start with introducing Sebastian: Our guitarist is our organising and recording talent, spending thousands of working hours in his home studio supporting Alveole. All in all Sebastian’s whole life is dedicated to making music, which impresses me massively.

His little brother Fabian is our chaotic comedian and Pianoman. He is always funny and makes us laugh a lot during our rehearsal sessions. By intuitively adding wonderful melodies to our song structures he does a great job.

Baan is our Bass-Player. He joined Alveole in August 2014 but was a close friend before & has been making music with Sebastian & Alan for years. Baan spends his leisure time crafting bass-guitars by himself for creating the perfect sound.

Alan is our new drummer. He was added to the band’s lineup right at the same time Baan was.
Alan comes from Spain, loves playing drums and is a percussion-equipment-shopping-addict. On his Youtube channel you can have a look at his drumming videos:

And what can I tell about myself? I am Silvia, a self-employed graphic designer and artist. I am the singer of Alveole, but I also love playing drums since I was 14 years old. My dream is, that one day all my creative output coming from music, arts and design will unite in one big, coherent mega-project that will save the world. I am interested in politics supporting the ideas and actions of Amnesty International, Attac, Femen, Peta & Green-Peace.

But what matters most in my life besides all arts and politics is my little “family”, containing my boyfriend and my three rescue-chinchillas.

How did you decide on the name Alveole?

Alveole is a term coming out of the science of medicine, meaning an air sac. There is a story behind choosing this very special term as our Band name: Our guitarist, Sebastian, was brought to the hospital because of a sickness concerning his lung two years ago. This was a very hard time for each bandmember showing us that health is the most important thing in life. Everything is fine as long as you and the ones you love most are well. Today Sebastian is in good health again, but we have learned our lesson: Never take anything for granted.

How would you describe your sound?


First of all I have to say, that when we started making music, we really didn’t have any plans about what kind of sound we would create. We never had any conversations like: “Come on, let’s sound like the band xy.” We just played, improvised,  jammed and worked hard and the result was “Rhythm Of Absurdity”.

But I am sure about the fact, that each band member brought in different influences. I am fascinated by pop vocals, R’n'B sounds and new metal, Sebastian is a metal and prog addict and Fabian plays his piano in a classical way, and creates very movie-soundtrack-like melodies. Because of that mixture we call our own, unique genre “New Crossover”.

You released your debut album Rhythm of Absurdity in August this year. Can you tell us about the album? 

We worked on the Album together with our first Drummer Sebastian S.. The melodies and compositions were composed by the whole band, so we all are the songwriters.

The lyrics for the songs all were written by myself, except of “The Golden Ships Of Carnage”.

My lyrics are always reflecting my own feelings and memories and just like my own emotional constitution my lyrics’ atmosphere is very quickly turning from “high” to “low”. I easily combine “Britney Spears-like-pop-song-words” with “fucking-metal-fist-in-your-throat-curses”.

When I designed the artwork for “Rhythm Of Absurdity” I wanted to create something that would just mirror our sound and lyrics visually. So, when you have a look at the album-cover you see a darken background and glossy-candy-colors in front. That’s again the combination of  high & low, pop culture & underground, male & female, fashion & anti-fashion, lady & freak, beauty & beast... I think “contrast” is something very dominant in my life and my artistic opinion.

You have also released your first music video for the track Do You Use A Knife?.  Can you tell us about the video and why you chose this song to create the music video?



“Do You Use A Knife” is our fastest track and it’s lyrics are quite political. It is about our society and economy making it hard to survive.

I think “Do you use a Knife” has a rebellious attitude and an energetic and driving sound to mesmerize the listeners. We had some good ideas how to catch that song in a visual way. So that's why we chose it as our first music video.

Making a music video must be a great experience.  How was it for you?

Making a music video always sounds like a big deal. But you have to know, that we had zero-budget for the video. So we went to our rehearsal room, covered the walls with black cloth, rented three GoPro cams and started to shoot.

We had a lot of fun doing it, but it was also really exhausting and after the video shoot was over, I spent 6 weeks with the post-production before we could release the video.



So you can see: making good promotion is a lot of work.

What motivates you to create your music?

Making music feels like something very natural for me. I think making music, painting, designing, writing … it all comes out of my inner self and it feels as natural for me as drinking, eating and sleeping. If I had no band, no audience and no one looking at my paintings or buying my graphic-designs, I would go on creating my arts just for myself. So I don’t need motivation. As long as I am breathing I will go on creating my stuff, even if it makes no sense at all, even if no one liked it. Being an artist or musician is something you can’t choose. And if you are no musician no one ever will be able to motivate you to become one.

Where have you drawn your musical influences from for the band?

As I have already explained: each member of the band is influenced by different music and we bring it all together in our sound.

Speaking for myself: In my youth I really loved gothic music: goth rock, 80ies, synthie pop, wave & EBM. And I was a huge fan of new metal acts like Limp Bitzkit and System of A Down. This has, of course, influenced me as a person and as a musician. I still love that kind of music.

In general I love great female-voices, so my vocals and the way I sing is not only influenced by female fronted rock bands, but also by R’n’B Singers like Christina Aguilera & Alicia Keys and Singer/Songwriters like Sia, Alex Hepburn, Zola Jesus and many more great women.

If anything was possible, who would you most like to tour with and why?

This is a very difficult question, of course there are too many great musicians out there … I think right now the band I would like to tour with most is “Placebo”, ‘cause Brian Molko is one of the hero's of my youth and their new album “Loud like Love” blew me away.

If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you most like to perform and why?

I would love to tour the United Arab Emirates, ‘cause there you can find the most beautiful hotels of the world, nice people and sunshine every day … and my best friend lives there.

What are you planning next for Alveole?

2015 will be the year we want to hit the stages. We want to tour Germany and present our album “Rhythm Of Absurdity” to the people.

Thanks so much to Silvia for talking to Femetalism.  I loved talking to you and learning more about the band.  We are looking forward to seeing some touring from the band soon and I am keeping everything crossed for a trip to the UK one day.

Take a listen then grab a copy of the album here:



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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.