Gerre - Tankard
Even though it has been a ludichristmas
season, I was still able to cajole my buddie Andreas "Gerre"
Geremia to answer a few questions about his Thirst
for true Frankfurt thrash. He openly embraced my inquest concerning Tankard's
latest incipient bubbling brew retaliation. His twisted sense of humour
is quite amusing.
MettleAngel: Congratulations on another thrashin' release. I am so grateful that Tankard has remained so consistent for over two decades, always delivering the goods in spades, and in your case, with steel reserve. Everyone expects the beer themes to pour out in the lyrics, but I noticed this time you branched out a bit, and wrote some fun songs, with a different content. What was the impetus behind songs like 'Hypertension', 'G.O.L.A.W'., or 'Zodiac Man'?
MettleAngel: So Olaf is the subject of the band's frustration, and you like to fuck with him. I thought 'Zodiac Man' was more Sci-fi, and followed the 'Alien' theme. What is the overall meaning of life expressed by 'Stay Thirsty!'? You mention in the lyrics, that you want to bring back the '80s. Do you miss this timely era of metal and thrash?
MettleAngel: I too have a non quenching lust for metal; and especially, a voracity for thrash! Speaking of 'Stay Thirsty!', you just completed a video for this song. Briefly describe what the video entails, where you filmed it, who produced it, etc.
MettleAngel: I most definitely will. I have really enjoyed all the Tankard videos! Let me ask you this, do you feel with the recent thrash resurgence that more and more people are embracing the 'beauty' and the beer essentials for which Tankard stand?
MettleAngel: My hats off to you for this timely endeavour! This is why I have remained loyal to the band for over two decades, as well. As part of this new trend of thrash fans, especially among our youth of today, I have come to realize that the new album will also be available on vinyl. Some Tankard album have been reissued on vinyl. Where might a die-hard fan purchase these versions on vinyl?
MettleAngel: So am I! I have most of the early Noise Tankard titles on vinyl. I am always striving to secure more. I did not get the four album picture disc set, unfortunately. I'm endeavouring to get Thirst on vinyl, though! One facet for which Tankard have been commonly associated, is that they have always been honest and open about expressing their political beliefs, even if in a tongue and cheek fashion. Given the most recent Presidential election in America, what are your feelings on us electing Obama? I mean, we obviously have stopped playing the victims of 9/11, to a certain extent; since he is, himself, a Muslim. Do you think us Americans, who in no way personally, reflect our government over the last ten years, finally have made a step in the right direction toward healing and peace?
MettleAngel: Obama will do what he can, but it is really up to each and every one of us to make a sincere effort to create a better tomorrow. This will come when we truly serve as a united state of healing and peace. As Americans we need to focus on freedom and not domination of other nations.
MettleAngel: In closing, as you chose to release your new CD at such a crazy time of year, a time when everyone is concentrated on giving and receiving; not realizing this is essentially, a time to be forgiving and then receiving the blessings to follow, I want to discuss the Bangin' Around The X-mas Tree albums, this X-mas Project you worked on, way back when was quite landmark. With the influx of Holiday Metal titles like Headbangers Christmas, or the Twisted Christmas release, a few years back, briefly comment on your experience while working on this album which featured members of: Rage, Headhunter, Mekong Delta, Holy Moses, and Living Death.
MettleAngel: X-mas Project 2 was in 1993, there was an earlier version in 1985. That's cool, I'm forgetting shit all the time, and I don't even drink, ha,ha, ha! Yeah, you did some cool songs like 'Oh Tannenbaum', 'Alle Jahre Wieder', and 'Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht', (the German version of 'Silent Night'). I definitely remember Grinder. Their albums: Dawn For The Living and Dead End are thrash masterpieces. They were only on your label Noise Records for one album - Nothing Is Sacred. Once they became Capricorn and developed a more Sacred Reich style, I began to lose interest. Thank You, Gerre for taking the time to indulge me during such a chaotic time of year! Any closing comments?