Retoure - TekNoir
Retoure - Eelco
First, could you introduce your band, as I think little
people reading this would know your band?
Wycombe consists of two guys, Martin and me, coming from Rostock , a
city in the north of Germany . Since 1996 we ' re puzzling and
experimenting with synthetic sounds, supported by guitar sounds and
other hand played instruments of guest musicians.
The bands name, High Wycombe , could you tell me a bit
more about that (I know it ' s a common question...)
In search of a cool band name I found that name in a
book about the German naval forces during World War II.
Wycombe has been mentioned there as an American base. Even the sound
of that name and the history fascinated us.
You delivered your fourth album with "Retoure". How
long did it take you to prepare and write it?
On "Retoure" we released not only
complete new songs, but with "Fight" and "Neila" also older unreleased
tracks in new revised versions. The track "Captive" was already
released on our first album "Reverse The verdict".
It took four years
to present „retoure” after the album „code74“ was released. In the
meantime we spent a lot of time with the project concise. Furthermore,
it needed some time until both of us were satisfied with the tracks on
do you think the artwork represents your album?
two washing machines on the front cover symbolize this mixture of old
and new songs. In contrast to classic electro/ebm artworks we used
this artwork to express the difference of our music to old-style dark
electro/ebm. In our opinion untypical elements in the music require an
The cover is very suspicious and
should stimulate contemplation. For instance the machines need some
rotations to get clean the laundry. So you have to listen to the
complex music repeatedly to get a clear structure. ;-)
The artwork is very
white and sterile, do you think this album
' feels ' the
The cover shows less the complex
musical structures, than rather our attitude to life generally.
Furthermore, the music of high wycombe sounds very cold and frozen.
And because we live in the cold north on the baltic see, we want to
show it too.
The songs cause different feelings.
There are complex structures with melodic phrases in songs like
"geometrical" or "oblivious" too. Often these differences alternate
even within a song, like perhaps in "their law".
On "Impulse!" there
was the small club hit "No Escape". What do you think will be the hit
on this new album?
Perhaps "geometrical" or "stalker"
or the remix of "runner’s high" from x_dynamics.
But we have to admit
that the whole album „retoure“ was written for listening and it is
primarily not club-orientated.
I can imagine you
' ve got a wide
variety of bands you like? Could you name a few of your biggest
inspirations? (of course, non-music, like artists or writer or
whatever are o.k. too)
like Haujobb, Front 242, Frontline Assembly, Skinny Puppy, - an
endless List. Most of all we like their unconventional releases -
Haujobb´s "Solution for a small planet", FLAs "Flavour of the weak" or
the "male or female"-project from Front 242 members. Other important
inspirations come from Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, beefcake,...oomph!,
Die Krupps, Nitzer Ebb, Laibach...
Often science fiction movies like
"Alien" and "Matrix" and literature like “1984”, “Brave new world”,
etc. inspire us for lyrics, speech samples and sound effects. In the
same way current and critical topics concerning our society are
reflected in our songs.
"Retoure" is a very
unconventional album. It has its own face, and can
' t be
compared with the majority of electro bands around. How do you feel
about that? Is it your goal to show what you ' re capable of?
It’s not our goal to show that. We create what we like.
The music we’re listening to influences our own songs. By the way, it
is also a nice side effect having an own face.
A lot of people tend to link your band to the older EBM
bands like Front 242, Frontline Assembly, Skinny Puppy etc. Bands that
are now partly gone and forgotten, which leaves room for new bands. Do
you think High Wycombe is capable of filling in these ' blank ' spots?
a big compliment for us to be compared with these bands, but from our
point of view it would be presumptuously to put
High Wycombe on a
stage with these cult bands. Changes of our musical preferences will
always change our own music. We use the sounds we like, and this could
also lead to very different new songs.
have no special “High
Wycombe” sound or use some samples a couple of times. But the way of
producing the songs and the working method will always be the same.
These elements could be the recognition effect of our music. And if
these elements have such a high significance for the listeners, we are
much more enthusiastic if we are compared with some great musicians.
Where do you want to go with High Wycombe ? Is it "just
for fun" or are you aiming to get the band spread worldwide?
It’s very important
to have fun making music. But this does not exclude the goal to get
the band spread worldwide. The current vast positive resonance to our
album motivates us and we keep on working on videos and planning our
How about concerts? What does an HW show look like?
Until now we never performed live. While Christian already rehearses
with his second project "concise" we’re also planning our first live
show for this year. We will test synchronised stage light and some
ideas which differ from bands only standing behind their keyboards.
Thank you for the interview!