So this edition of New Blood is dedicated to Germany-based Hold Down. Some time ago I wrote about their demo: ”Hold Down plays hardcore that is both aggressive and very catchy. The band certainly has a flair for a proper hardcore sound without any cheap tricks. They stick to the basics of the genre but still keep it fresh and powerful.” I think this sums up the band pretty well and if you ask me, they certainly one of the most interesting upcoming bands from the Germany right now. Read the short interview and learn what they’re all about!
So this edition of New Blood is dedicated to Germany-based Hold Down. Some time ago I wrote about their demo: ”Hold Down plays hardcore that is both aggressive and very catchy. The band certainly has a flair for a proper hardcore sound without any cheap tricks. They stick to the basics of the genre but still keep it fresh and powerful.” I think this sums up the band pretty well and if you ask me, they certainly one of the most interesting upcoming bands from the Germany right now. Read the short interview and learn what they’re all about!For those unfamiliar with the band - what do you want people to know about the band and your music or message? How did you all meet and how long have you all been a band?
Hello everybody. Me ( sören/ voice) and our former drummer, now guitarplayer mathias, come from the same part of town in the cologne area and we had been playing in another band together before we came up with the idea to start Hold Down last year. We all have known each other for a few years except for our drummer Emilio from Guatemala, who just recently moved to Germany and joined us to finally get things started.
What's the toughest struggle for the band like yours? What's the biggest wall to get over?
Don´t know about the other bands but in our case the biggest struggle was and still is to get a dedicated crew together. It took us a while to find the right guys and we currently don´t really have a bassplayer, so that kind of slows us down in some ways. Another aspect is the fact that I moved to Bremen (300kms from cologne) a while ago and we do not get to hang out and play as much as we want to, but that´s life.
For those who have not heard anything from you how would you describe band's playing sound?
That´s a tough one to answer. I would rather recommend you to download our first output on this page to find out on your own. But I reckon our sound could be described as mainly midtempo orientated hardcore with the odd fast riff and some groove to it.
What have you released so far?
we just recently recorded our first songs as a demo which we didn´t really release in that kind of way. We just wanted to record those songs quite soon after we founded Hold Down to get it started properly. We posted them as a download on our myspace and it can be found here on hardboiled as well.
Who are your strongest musical influences and why?
Beside the all time classic bands from the 80´s/90´s who have defined the Style of Hardcore Music and paved the way for many great Bands, I would say that we´re mostly influenced by (mainly european) hardcore bands like bleed into one, solid ground, no turning back…just to name a few. Those Bands, among others, are the ones who have been working hard during the last years to make European Hardcore as strong and alive as it is today and they stick to the old nyhc-style without loosing their unique sound which is very important to me. That´s the music that we all like, but there are so many good bands around which makes it hard to break it down to a few names. I definitely don´t want to compare us with those great bands in any way, that would be just ridiculous, but since we listen to that kind of hardcore all the time it influenced our approach to play music and made us start something by ourselves.
Where do you draw your inspiration from when it comes to the lyrics?
When approaching a new song, I´m mostly influenced by my own surroundings and my own life. I don´t write lyrics about politics that take place on the international level because in my opinion there are so many things that go wrong in front of our own eyes, fucked up things happen and there are boundaries to get over for everyone of us. There´s a lot to do and countless aspects worth to think and write songs about. Beside the contradictions and problems that we have to face sometimes, there´s a lot of positive energy left inside. Friendship for example is a big part of life, and so there might be one or two songs about that as well.
Tell me about band's performance element – what should kids expect from your live show?
Well, I can´t come up with impressive tales concerning life shows since we haven´t played a single one with Hold Down yet. We don´t have a bass player right now which makes it impossible to play, but are currently setting things up and there are some shows coming up around may. I would say people can expect the things to happen, they do themselves. We´re not afraid to demonstrate the energy we have and if the people want to go mad we will definetely appreciate that. But I think it´s more realistic to say that the people should not expect too much movement in the crowd on the first shows because we´re not that well known and you know what that means.
Tell us what you have coming up that we can check for. Plans, gigs and releases planned for the upcoming months?
We can probably be seen on a few shows in early summer like I mentioned before.
We´re currently setting up a show near cologne to showcase our demo. We also have a couple new tracks and currently work on a few because we have more ideas than we can keep in our heads, which should make us hit the studio again in the later part of 2011.
Any closing thoughts?
Thanks a lot for the interview and everyone who took the time to check our sound, we appreciate that. If anyone is interested in filling Hold Downs void on the bass position, just hit us up. Keep moving!