Raucous, bluesy sing-alongs from Juju Lund and David Nilles of Paper Spook, whose lo-fi punk urges the listener to join the spook wave revolution. Here we talk to the duo about building bodies of work one song at a time, world peace, and Kermit's tiny af legs.
BangOn Team: Tell us a little about your band/project. What’s your sound?
Juju: After David left his former band and I got too bored of my projects, we started to play music together. Paper Spook recalls the era when punk was still a rebellion– the good old times when bands just wanted to piss off your parents, haha.
David: We go back to the roots of 70s New York punk rock and give it a fresh start. You know, 'What would they do today?'. We use a drum machine and synthesiser loops instead of a full band. Add some early Alice Cooper vibes to it and you got what we like to call spook wave.
BOT: How do you go about songwriting?
D: As soon as Juju writes some new lyrics we sit together, jam a little, and put a song together. Then I spend a couple of hours in our little bedroom studio, recording the backing tracks on our drum computer. That‘s basically it.
J: I like to think about songs as tiny pieces of a completely new universe. Every song within one project (EP/LP) is always part of an absolute artwork. Unique pieces that make the whole thing special. So I plan the whole thing and every little piece of it first. That makes the entire process easier.
BOT: Who are your biggest influences?
J: Alice Cooper. Every record is an artwork. He is an artwork. Brilliant. I love him. (Devotional silence.) And as a female artist Debbie Harry and Siouxsie Sioux. So strong, so sexy and so damn creative.
D: When it comes to playing guitar I really admire the simplicity yet effectiveness of Ace Frehley‘s and Johnny Thunders‘ style. Sound wise it‘s constantly changing. I listened to a lot of Iggy Pop / Stooges, Richard Hell, Adam Ant and Le Tigre records that got me inspiration for our recording sound. But that‘s just a few of them, to list all of them it would be way too long a list.
BOT: What’s been your lowest and highest point as a band?
D: Low points were definitely the multiple car breakdowns on our last tour– we even had to cancel a show. And the constant uncertainty of it to happen again.. We‘re still working on the high points, though. Haha.
BOT: What’s your ultimate aim?
D: An unlimited supply of fresh apples.
J: World peace.
BOT: You have the chance to play one song for a legend of your choice. What do you play?
D: “Popsickle“. Or Nina Hagen‘s “Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen“.
J: “Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen“! That's perfection!
BOT: What does Berlin do for you musically?
J: I was kinda stuck in a little rock'n'roll universe before I moved to Berlin. When I came here, I went to the Berghain every Sunday. It is basically the same. People are dressed the same, believe in the same values, we are all sick of society and spend too much money on new tattoos. My ultimate aim is to connect the punk kids and rave kids within my music. I think that is what Berlin needs the most– a connection between all these great underground artists. Make it a scene, support your local girl and boy gang!
BOT: What do we have to look forward to in the coming months from you?
D: We‘re having some shows coming up in Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and of course in Germany, that we‘ll announce soon. Also, we‘re currently recording our debut album.
BOT: Which muppet would you take in a fist fight?
D: The cookie monster. Unlimited supplies if I win.
J: The cookie monster is not part of the puppets. Or is it? I've only watched the episodes with Alice Cooper and Debbie Harry. Maybe Kermit. His legs are tiny.
D: I'll go with a stick fight against the two old dudes from the Sparkasse commercial then.
Catch Paper Spook on April 7th at Bang On's (iron) maiden show, Clash Symbols #1 with Voodoo Beach and Snøffeltøffs.