The Green River Burial: Intensive Frankfurt Hardcore

Based out of Frankfurt, Germany, The Green River Burial unleash a super intensive brand of hardcore that will rip your face off!  They have opened for the likes of Suicide Silence, Architects UK, and Sworn Enemy.  Judging by what’s heard on their Bastardized Recordings debut entitled Separate & Coalesce, it won’t be long until The Green River Burial is headlining their own shows throughout Germany and beyond.  Here is a recent interview we conducted with The Green River Burial to find out more about this compelling new band on the rise…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Green River Burial, and how long the band has been together.
We’re four guys from Frankfurt in Germany, playing guitar (Mo), bass (Phil), shouting (Mert) and drumming (Tom) and we’re united for one and a half years now. Originally, TGRB was founded at the end of 2008 by Phil and Mo, but after some lineup changes we finally are totally happy with the constellation now.

Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
The band is based in Frankfurt and we can say that we have a growing Hardcore scene over here. The city used to be famous mainly for its electronic music scene and the huge amount of dance clubs, therefore it’s been a hard start for us as a band a few years ago. But these days we got 2-3 local promoters who are putting up really cool Hardcore shows frequently (most of them in the 11er club) and we couldn’t be happier about that. We became friends with lots of local bands like Left Me Breathless, Shattered Lions, Driven By Entropy, With Every Step… just to name a few.

How did you wind up signing to Bastardized Recordings?
Actually with a lot of luck… We played some shows with Six Reasons To Kill and Bloodattack by the end of 2010 and since the four of us already have some of the Bastardized-releases at home in our cd-collection, we believed that they would be the best partner for us to release our debut full length. We got to know Marco (owner and founder) and some of the guys working there personally from time to time and stayed in contact with them during the whole songwriting and recording process. This way we could get to know each other closely and could make our decision based on experiences we already made. It was just perfect, we sent him the album when it was done and a week later we signed the contract at his office. It’s like working with a close friend who supports you in any kind of way. We couldn’t be happier.

Is there any story or concept behind the album title Separate & Coalesce? 
Separate & Coalesce is our debut album and thereby our first official release. At the same time it is the first record we wrote in our current line up, which is the most stable and pleasing one for us to be in. We had a lot of line up changes in the past and literally “separated” the band but we managed to “coalesce” it with new elements, new members and made it a better piece. Separate & Coalesce can be seen as a metaphor of the band itself and the changes it went through to become the great thing it is today. Furthermore it can be seen as a guide through hard times, where you have to leave the past behind and bare your heart for changes. It’s never too late to fix your broken mirror image with new cullets – and this is just the way to grow up and carry on with your life. We have to learn to accept this, that’s the point where the lyrics of Separate & Coalesce are about.

What could one expect from a live The Green River Burial show?
Intense and passionate performance, a massive wall of sound and most importantly: a good time.

What was it like opening for Suicide Silence and did you get to meet and hang out with them at all?
It’s always an experience to open up for big bands as you can get an image of how the bands behaves and what kind of habits they have. There are quite huge differences, some bands treat you like shit and not even let you enter the backstage area at all, others are likely the most friendly guys we ever met – and in this case, Suicide Silence were pretty cool dudes to hang out with. We spent half of the night together and had pure fun as they were our normal friends. Maybe it’s because we didn’t met the big rockstars yet or their massive consumption of pot played a major role in there, who knows… 🙂

Who did the artwork for Separate and Coalesce and how much input did you have on it?
The artwork was conceived by us and brilliantly implemented by Dave from Coma Graphics. The design process involved almost a year of close contact, weekly communication and frequent updates. In the end putting so much time in it just turned out to be worth it, since we got a really unique artwork which represents us as a band in such a subliminal way. That’s exactly what we were looking for.

Has Matthi from Nasty ever performed any of the songs live with you and how did Matthi being on your new album come about?
We met the Nasty on a show one year ago for the first time. Due to several problems the local promoter put our slot behind the headlining band (Nasty), and most of the crowd already left the venue without giving a crab about us. One of the very few people standing in front of the stage were the four of Nasty – and it turned out that we both were very blown away by each other. They were blown away because they couldn’t believe that a band is still going crazy although it was 3 am and nobody is watching. We greatly appreciated that, and our night with them ended with Jägerbombs. From there on we have been friends and always enjoyed playing shows together. Matthi also immediately agreed to take over a part on our album, we think there will be some good opportunities in the future that he can perform it live on a show with us.

Any chance The Green River Burial might show up to play here in the States?
We always wanted to and are currently working harder than ever on making it happen the next year. Stay tuned for updates, America, we’re coming for you.

Any final words of wisdom?
Sometimes it’s better to light a candle than to complain about the darkness.

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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