The Intersphere perform a dynamic brand of alternative rock with a rousing progressive edge. Based out of Germany, The Intersphere’s compelling music is now making its way here into the States courtesy of Long Branch / SPV Records. Hold On, Liberty! is their magnum opus, 11 stirring tunes that are as intensive as their are memorable. Here is an interview we conducted with frontman Christoph Hessler to find out more about a band ready to take on the world at large with their highly charged lyrics and dazzling melodies. The words of wisdom and sonic progressions commence now…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Intersphere, and how long the band has been together.
Hi, my name is Christoph. I am the singer and guitarist from the band The Intersphere. I write most of our songs. Our band was founded in 2006.
Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We got to know each other while we were students at the Popakademie in Mannheim. It’s a great place to meet fantastic musicians. Mannheim is normally well known for German singing acts such as Xavier Naidoo and Sšhne Mannheims. But in Germany there is also good rock scene. Check out Dioramic and Long Distance Calling.
How did you wind up signing to SPV/Long Branch Records?
That’s easy. We showed our new record to a lot of companies and SPV offered the best deal.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Hold On, Liberty?
There is no special concept behind Hold on, liberty! but the album title has 2 different meanings for us.
On the one hand it’s a request to think about what liberty really means nowadays. There is an excessive use of the word in our society and politics but you really have to balance liberty against security, regulations and privacy…
On the other hand it’s a kind of guiding principle for us. It was the first time we signed a record deal with a big record label and it is very important for us to decide on all the important questions..such as choice of songs, artwork, pictures and so on…
Select two songs from Hold On, Liberty and what inspired the lyrics.
Capitall is a song about capitalistic megalomania, avarice and the forthcoming financial collapse. Most of the song ideas and lyrics come up with daily life stories and observations…truth is stranger than fiction…I have a small note book which is always in my pocket…and there are so many things people write and say out there, that are worth to write a song about…
Parallel lines deals with the questions what would have happened, if you had taken different decisions at important times of your life.
What could one expect from a live The Intersphere show?
High energy, heavier and noisier than on record, dynamic and emotional borderline experience…high musicality, real songs and catchy melodies…
What was it like playing the Rock am Ring Festival and who were some of the other bands you performed with?
It was a great experience to play such a big stage. Everything was very professional e.g. a 5 minutes changeover and it worked. It’s very different in comparison to club stages which we are used to play on our tours. On this evening we shared the stage with Slayer, Machine Head, Papa Roach…
Has The Intersphere ever played here in the States or plan to do so in the future?
Unfortunately we haven’t got the possibility to play concerts in the states but we hope so in the future.
Who did the cover art for Hold On, Liberty, and how much input did you have on it?
Dromsjel is the name of the artwork-designer. It took a really long time because everything’s hand drawn. We’ve been working with Dromsjel for 3 years now. He’s a real artist. The more you allow space for his weird ideas and phantasies, the better his work. So we only talked about the music, colours and motifs.
Which member of The Intersphere is most likely to possess a Slayer CD in their collection? What about Taylor Swift?
I have the Decade Of Aggression live Album from Slayer! I listened to a lot of metal in former times. Some of the Swedish death metal bands belong to my all time favourites. At The Gates – Slaughter at the Soul, Entombed – Wolverine Blues…
I don’t know any song of Taylor Swift. Thomas, our guitarist learned to play that kind of american fingerpicking country style on his tele. Maybe he’s most likely to possess a Taylor Swift CD…
With Germany being world famous for their beer, what is your all time favorite brew and why?
Bitburger is the shit because you’ll never suffer from headaches after a booze…
What’s up next for The Intersphere?
Touring, Touring, Touring, Festivals, Touring….
Any final words of wisdom?
…let it beeeeee….
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)