People keep saying that Indie rock will be making a comeback soon… Well, the Austrian band Please Madame could actually prove this to be true. They’ve just released their new single “Same Again”, which is currently making waves far beyond their hometown Salzburg and demonstrates how well a guitar melody can be the essence of an ear-worm.
We had the chance to catch up with Please Madame singer Dominik and talk about live shows, touring, the future of guitar music and much more:
You’ve just released your new single “Same Again”. Can you give us a little background story on how the song came to life?
‘Same Again’ was the first song we have written in the sessions for our new album. It was a weird time back then, there was a lot going on and we had just released our, back then, new album “Young Understanding”. It was the beginning of summer and we just went back to the cabin at my grandma’s house in Salzburg to try and write new material. It didn’t go as planned over all, but ‘Same Again’ was here to stay – funny, because normally we are pretty fast on deleting old projects if we don’t feel the spark.
What are the biggest challenges you face in the digital age?
We pretty much grew up with technology and consuming music digitally. As long as we know we’ve been listening to music on our mp3-devices with 256mb capacity. Still, we always bought CDs – for us an album was and is something special. The biggest challenge today for us is: How can you get even more people to listen to your music in this jungle of media and bands and artists? We think we got a hang of it at least a little. But there is still more to do.
What makes a live show special for Please Madame?
The beauty about us is that we have been best friends our whole life. A live show is not only a show, it’s a gathering of 4 friends who love to make and play music together. We love what we do and our joy is best expressed on stage. That is really what we love to do and we have been told it shows 😉
Do you have a songwriting routine or ritual?
For us songwriting is about having a vision. Either one of us comes in with an idea or even just a few chords or even less, sometimes it is just a lead line or a vocal chop. After that we try to get the small idea into a bigger idea – once we are done shaping it, the vision turns into a song. It is not really a ritual or anything like it but we love to write songs away from the pressure and stress of society and other stuff. So for this record we got together and went to places where we could be all alone. We think it made a lot of sense.
Name 3 artist social media feeds that you dig and tell us why.
We don’t really have preferred feeds that we watch on a regular basis. We are more the kind of guys who love to watch people going crazy on drums and guitar. If we would have to name one feed it would be the feed of Vulfpeck. Absolutely love those guys – they are awesome.
Where do you see guitar-based music in 10 years from now?
We think that grunge will make a comeback. It will be big again in a few years. Also, we would hate it, but Nu-Metal will be relevant again. Jokes aside: In the last years you could hear the guitar making a small comeback. There are fewer and fewer big radio hits without a guitar. If it will ever shine in its old glory – who knows.
Your “Angry Boys, Angry Girls” Tour is coming up later this year. What are the most important factors in keeping a tour hassle-free?
Keep everyone fed – that’s rule number one. We get cranky if we are hungry. We always find it very relaxing to sleep in nice hotels or apartments. You know, if you’re on the road for 7-8 hours, set a show up and then play it with merchandising afterwards and meeting fans it can be really stressful – yeah, we love to do all of that but if you have to sleep in an 8 pax room with shitty beds we are not going to be happy.
What is the role of intuition when producing music?
Intuition is everything for Please Madame. If you are too formulated and mathematic it will never be as alive. Of course there is music that needs stuff like that – we are more focused around what feels right. We give ourselves a lot of freedom in that aspect.
What is next on Please Madame’s bucket list?
After all this Covid-19 madness we want to play shows again, meet people, release music and see the world. We love being to able to play music and give people something they can hold on to – that is what we are going to do for the rest of our lives we hope.
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