Frittenbude : Jägermeister WHT Interview

Finally: as mentioned yesterday there’s a first German band at the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour in Frankfurt and it’s also coming from Bavaria. So Frittenbude (translates as ‘chips stand’) were the ideal (e-mail) interview partners for a south-German specialities and spaetzle graters. Somewhere in between more serious topics such as Bollywood, their home label Audiolith plus the ideal ratio between partying and age came on the table. And singer/rapper Johannes “Strizi” told us, that there might some new solo material by him very soon!

Servus together! This year marks five years of Frittenbude – we congratulate! Do you celebrate with some typical Bavarian dishes besides the obligatory chips?
MARTIN: Bavarian, I should actually now this as a butcher’s son – Lebakaas (meat loaf)? Blutwurst (black pudding)? Leberspätzle (liver spaetzle)? Obatzda (Bavarian cheese creme)?
JAKOB: Maybe we drink “Hirn” (brain).
STRIZI: Since we are becoming fat more and more, there will definitely be nothing of the above. I would really prefer this new meat, which is no meat, but exactly tastes like it. Note: Tofu?)

Cooking has become a big male trend again. Do you sometimes cook for each other?
M: A clear NO.
S: I like to cook a lot, unfortunately mostly too much and as people confirm way too well. My huge beer belly, which is actually a meat belly, comes from this. But for these two rascals I won’t cook. That would be even better…
J: I experienced that Martin can better order than cook. And if it really comes to him cooking for me, I will think about it twice before. But I once ate a Bolognese made by Strizi and he sometimes tells me about his pasta maker and spaetzle graters. I’m really pleased about not knowing, whether I can cook or not. But if you consider warming up a Bavarian veal sausage, we quite often cooked for each other already.

The veal sausage is pretty proscribed outside of Bavaria. Could he please hold a plea for this calf’s head dish?
M: I allow myself a veal sausage every three weeks. Everyone should have tried it once at least. Our FOH guy from East Frisia (coastal Northern Germany) was scared of it, too, when he was forced to eat one. But we was amazed! He wanted to have one the next week again and maybe he’s already addicted…
J: Exactly… our mixer once called it a “complete meal”. Whatever is in there, it tastes fantastically! But I wonder, why the sausages are white.
S: Everyone, who likes eating meat, likes Bavarian veal sausages. It’s as simple as that. I defies me, that people are disgusted by it. Maybe it’s because they claim they are made from brain. But I can only comment that with: Guys, you should look, what’s in your wienerwurst first! The combination of a veal sausage, pretzels, sweet mustard and a wheat bear, oider (Bavarian slang for: ace)!

Lately, Jakob and Martin were busy recording and touring with Ira Atari and pandoras.box. What did you, Johannes, do to fight boredom and loneliness?
M: Hannes? Are you sad and lonesome?
S: No, I didn’t get these things. There are other things, too, which make fun apart from music. I had to completely switch off to deal with what happened in the last year, visited some old friends and watched flamingos and kingfishers at Delta del Ebro. Furthermore, I was productive myself, too. Maybe you can listen to some things soon – if I’m happy with them.


Frittenbude : Bilder mit Katze (Video)

What inspired the mass choreography in your video “Bilder mit Katze”? Bollywood?
M: Errr no, it was more the Vogelhochzeit or the rainbow fish…
S: Yes, definitely the Vogelhochzeit.

In the opening scene on the street, we think, we can see you as the friends of the main actor (but maybe we are wrong).  Is that the general position you want to take over for your fans?
S: You are wrong. These are the real friends of the actor and Cpt. Clepto. Later, we briefly appear in the train. (Note: Then, we are wrong, yes, but at least we recognised the later before.) I consider us to be the big brothers of our fans, cuddling with them and being at hand with help and advice for them.
J: Yes, you are wrong. And Martin doesn’t even appear in the video, because as usual he got a double.

Today, a term very often, if not inflationarily used is “kultig” (iconic). “Bilder mit Katze” is a hymn to your label Audiolith. Did you ever have concerns about this may being a bit too much or did the “family” need such song?
M: Yes, they were there in the beginning. But our love is honest and sincere. The so-called “family” doesn’t need this of course. It supports the identification with the whole Audiolith-complex. Also for us.
S: To be frank here: we never thought about it. Now I have to say, I wouldn’t write it again as I did. It would be more something like: “Du kaufst der Frau, die du liebst, ein Shirt von Frittenbude, aber das, das doppelt so teuer ist als die anderen, und dir selbst auch noch zwei…” (“You buy the woman you love a shirt of Frittenbude, but the one twice the price as the others and also two for yourself…”)

Back to Bollywood: What do watch and listen to at the tour bus?
M: We once won a recreational love energy CD ROM at a Swiss TV show with Papa Wango. It features spiritual instruments such as guitars and flutes. We always listen to that when we’re in a bod mood. At every other time everyone is pupating himself in his iPod…
S: Word!
J: Sometimes I put on wale sounds or various meditation CDs. The music on them sounds almost as the most fresh and hippest current sound.

In another song, “Und Täglich Grüßt Das Murmeltier”, you sing  (although in a different kontext): “Doch wir sind längst schon über den Zenit hinaus.” (“But we are past our best by now”) Your music subsists to big parts on your nocturnal experiences at clubs. Do you think, you’ll ever get to old for such?
M: Yes, and in my eyes sadly way too early.
S: We consider the whole thing very objectively and soberly. I will turn 30 this year and you start thinking about such things at that point. But no one can cast out the partying of me. That’s too important for me. And apart from that a party’s is best when you have it with a not only mix-aged bunch of people…
J: Sometimes in life you turn younger, too.

On April 21 Frittenbude will play with Tom Deluxx for the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour at Yachtklub in Frankfurt am Main. You can win tickets for it on our site and via das-wirthaus.de or Facebook.

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