Today we have a “Meet The Band” with The Wrong Society. Out of Hamburg and sounding every bit as good as any track on the Teenage Shutdown Series. There are a few songs here of the torment felt by love gone wrong. As well as the quest for that perfect one and really that’s the purpose of rock ‘n’ roll , getting back to the roots , trying to capture those feelings and put it all into 2 minutes and 35 seconds of catchy guitar licks that all gets you singing along. The Wrong Society do all that and more , these guys are the kind of band that I can play all day long , I’m a garage rock fanatic and if you suffer from the same kind of desire to yearn for music that makes you say “shit ya, that’s what I’m talking about”…give The Wrong Society a listen
Much thanks to our friends at Market Square Records for helping us snag this Meet The Band…
Hi our name is….
The Wrong Society
our sound is……
Moody 60s influenced Garage Punk
Kai Becker (Guitar), Arne Kron (Bass), Bernd Ratjen (Drums), Karsten Scholz (Organ)
We are from…….
Who are some that have an influence on you
60s Garage bands with a moody B-side
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
The band started out in late 2012 with Arne (26, Bass) , Bernd (30, Drums), Kai (41, Guitar) and Karsten (46, Organ). We’re 3 years older now older now and have grown as well.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
Kai and Arne write songs for the group. They make them up in the darkness of their homes, write down the lyrics and chords, and then we try to play and sing them. Usually we’re „done“ on the first night, concerning sound, structure and who is about to sing what. 90% of the song is ready after that initial rehearsal, later we’d do some refinements.
When we record our songs we use old recording equipment, either in a studio or in our practice room. We play the songs live and add vocals later. After that the songs are mixed in an analogue studio called „Yeah Yeah Yeah!“ in Hamburg. Then they’re mastered and published.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
So many challenges – sound, old gear, time, money, digitalization, will, hope, hate, love, ego, beer, girls, boys, sleep, disappointment, … we haven’t figured out to overcome those challenges yet. We just try to take them at the time.
1st concert you went to and age.…
Beastie Boys / Run DMC 1986 in Hamburg, I was 15.
coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…
The Velvet Underground „White Light / White Heat“
some albums that you listen to the most....
Moody Masterpieces like The Contents Are, The Rising Storm, The Summer Sounds, The Bachs, 7th Seal, All Of Thus, Schibbinz
60s Texas Psych Albums …
„Now sound“ like The Frowning Clouds, Os Noctámbulos, The Viceroyes, Paul Messis, The Higher State, Woods, Los Tones, Dead Ghosts, Night Beats, The Teamsters, The Youth, The Phantom Keys, The Neumans, The Ar-Kaics, Holy Wave, The Thanes, The Baron Four, everything Chyldish … too many to count really, there’s lots of great music around! Under a pile of shit.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be …
The Rolling Stones or The Okmoniks. Or The Mummies?
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Do what you do, but never forget where it’s coming from and keep on asking about that!
your thoughts on the state of music in 2015…..
Creepy… plus: all good music has already been done. You just need to dig. On the other hand, there will always be great new music, no need to worry. Just keep digging and buy vinyl.
Our plans for the rest of 2015/2016…..
Keep alive, play some shows, write new songs and hopefully publish them on wax.