A Conservative Radio Station for Analogue Electro Sounds
Me and my German language interpreter, Oze, spoke to the vocalist of Welle: Erdball when they played at Tech Noir March 31 in the year 2000. The German band, which was born in 1992, consists of three members: The Commodore 64, Alf and the vocalist Honey. The guys look upon Welle: Erdball as a virtual radio sender sending information and music. Their mission is to be a radio station and this is all they do for a living.
Welle: Erdball visited Stockholm in February 1999 as well and they seem to have a lot of fans in Sweden. The crowds were very enthusiastic now as well as then.
- The Swedish audience is good, very good and... honest.
Welle: Erdball will be playing at festivals like The Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig for example. Honey gladly establishes that Sigue Sigue Sputnik will play there as well.
That Welle: Erdball are conservative when it comes to music doesn't come as a surprise when one listen to the analogue synths. Their major influences are the legendary Kraftwerk, Jean-Michel Jarre and German New Wave from the early eighties. They seem to be sceptical about the new electro and industrial stuff being released.
- We make our own thing. We have a wall between Welle: Erdball and the rest of the bands.
The new single "Starfighter" is harder than most of the material Welle: Erdball have released. Honey says that the forthcoming album is varied:
- Starfighter is very hard. Some songs are very hard and others are very soft.
In September, the new album, "Wunderwelt der Technik" will be released. I'm very curious and looking forward to hearing it...
Welle: Erdball on stage at Tech Noir. Photo by Sami Sinervä.