“Having the best time all the
Suiciderock: What was it like to found
The band exists since 1993. At this time Paradise Lost released "shades of god"
and I was listening to it all the time. I wanted to do that kind of music but I
couldn't find a band who had the same imagination as I had. So I decided to
make-up my own band. I actually wanted Christopher to become the singer from the
very beginning. He is my brother and he was always singing at
Well, it was no singing at this time, it was more grunting. And at home I
did a lot of grunting.
Suiciderock: What about the name of the
band? Whose idea was it?
Christopher: That was my idea. I was very much into gothic, a real
hardcore goth. It always lasted up to 3 hours till I was ready to go out. I
wanted a name for the band that is sad and cool at the same time. As there were
less bands who had a latin name, actually didn’t know any band with a latin name
at this time, so I came up with Lacrimas Profundere.
Oliver Nikolas: We also wanted to avoid that there is another band with
the same name. That always leads to trouble when it comes to a record
Suiciderock: People like to compare you
with Finnish bands. Now you are on tour with a Finnish band, the 69 Eyes. What
do you think is the reason you are always compared with these bands?
Nikolas: I guess that kind of
music is always connected with Finnish bands.
Christopher: They invented it! We are big fans of this
Nikolas: Also of the 69
...you always make the kind of music that inspires you. You won’t do
anything that doesn’t interest you. So is logical that we sound like them. For
us it is surely not an anti-compliment.
Suiciderock: You like the 69 Eyes very
much. How do you feel as their support act on this tour?
Nikolas: It's great. We've been
on tour with Subway to Sally 1 1/2 month ago, that was fantastic as well...
it Doesn’t top this here!
It was also great to tour as support act of Subway to Sally but the 69 Eyes
are a band we really like a lot, I'm a real fan of this band. When we found out
that they want us to support them...
Christopher: Olli, it's
better I tell the story! It’s simply genius to be on tour with the 69 Eyes.
Meanwhile we are good friends, actually it was like that from the beginning,
because Jyrki really wanted us to support them on this tour. He knows our new
and elder stuff. There is no other band I would more appreciate to be on tour
Suiciderock: How does the 69 Eyes
audience treat you?
Oliver Nikolas: Very good. The people like our music and we also sell a
lot of merchandise.
Suiciderock: "Ave End" is your sixth
album release. What's the idea behind the title and has the band developed
itself compared to the last album?
Christopher: Our last album "Fall, I will follow" was very
rocky for us. We wanted to get back to our gothic roots. That's why we decided
"Ave End" as title of the album. "Ave End", greeting the end, is the program of
the entire album. It’s the first time that we have a title track.
Every song is about the end, the end of
a relationship, ...
drugs or whatever. It’s about the end itself or about something heading for the
Suiciderock: What was the studio work
like for you?
Oliver Nikolas: Studio
work is always horrible. That's what I call hard work We had a lot of stress but
I have to say there is nothing better than to hold your own CD in your hands
afterwards. It’s the point you know that it was worth all the work. At least it
should be like that. The album was mastered at the FinFox Studios in Finland. We
thought they would understand our sound best. We already recorded and arranged
the whole CD in our own rehearsal room, in a studio. Everything was ready and
when we came into the studio we recorded everything quickly.
Suiciderock: You describe your music
style as Rock `n` Sad. What does Rock `n` Sad exactly mean for
Christopher: Sadness is
our main theme. We simply connect dirty Rock `n` Roll with sadness and that’s
what we call Rock `n` Sad.
Suiciderock: Do you have any
Christopher: My idols are Jim
Morrison, The Doors, Billy Idol, Jyrki,...
Oliver Nikolas: I agree.
Suiciderock: For the song "Ave End" you
had to freeze in a underground car park. Why did you shoot the clip
Oliver Nikolas: Yes, the clip
was shoot in a empty underground car park. We like the sad and cold atmosphere
of the location. I always had the idea to shoot a videoclip in a garage and it
was great when we finally had the chance, the money and the right song to
realise this idea. The first three hours have been fun but we had to stand in
front of the camera a bit longer and it became very cold. It was March when we
shot the video so it was damn cold. It’s the same like the record thing: You're
totally happy when you see the result and see what the hard work was for.
Suiciderock: Oliver, you have another
job besides the band: You work in the community of your town. How does this fit
into your music career?
Christopher: Haha cool question!
Oliver Nikolas: Great, I guess I have to thank the EMP catalogue
for that question?
Oliver Nikolas: Well, the story is as follows: If you do an interview
you have this little smalltalk before you do it, you say "Hello", you offer a
beer and all that kind of stuff. We gave a interview by phone for the EMP and
the women who did it was from the same area where we live, so she asked us what
we are doing. That wasn’t ment to be part of the interview. Since I said that I
work in the community people visit me at work and ask for an autograph. Of
course my boss doesn’t like it that much, neither I do. I like signing stuff for
people but we do that at our shows and I don’t want people to follow me home. If
you know a lot about a person it is easy to find out his private phone number
and so on. My phone is always ringing. I guess I have to change my number. We
are always glad when people are interested in our music or in us but there are
limits. That’s why I didn’t like that this smalltalk was used for the interview.
It has nothing to do with music whether I’m from NÃ¼rnberg, Munich or Finland or
what I do in my freetime. If I have a home or not, if I sleep under a bridge or
if I work in a community.
Christopher: But it’s
Nikolas: Ha Ha! But when you spend the
whole day in a office music is a welcome balance.
Suiciderock: What is it like to play in
a band with the own brother?
Christopher: It’s terrible!
Oliver Nikolas: No,
it’s ok. Christopher visited me regularly before he moved. So I saw him more
often than the other band members. When I had an idea, he was the one who heard
it first. When he said "This is crap" I quit the idea before presenting it to
the others. I think it’s an advantage.
It’s ok, as we are very different. We are really very different, I’m the
good-looking one, intelligent... and he works in the community.
Oliver Nikolas: I know, I know, I’m the black sheep of the
family... no, that’s not true.
Christopher: I wouldn’t
say it’s an advantage or disadvantage. He is a normal guy like everyone
Nikolas: I would have seen it as
an advantage, but after this now, I'd say it’s a disadvantage.
Suiciderock: Is there a song you prefer
Oliver Nikolas: Yeah,
it’s strange because it is a song I never thought of. It’s "For bad Times", from
the previous album "Fall, I will Follow" and it just worked very good on this
favourite is "Sarah Lou".
Suiciderock: You played at the "Metal
gegen Krebs" festival ("Metal against Cancer festival") last year. Will you play
there this year again?
Oliver Nikolas: Maybe, we don’t know that yet. The organiser of
the festival always likes asking us to play there as we are a band who are
standing behind the idea and it does not depend on the sum of money we get for
this for the gig. Performing is more important to us than money.
Suiciderock: What about your future
plans for Lacrimas Profundere?
Oliver Nikolas: World control!!
Suiciderock: Sorry, our idea.
Nikolas: Ok, you are first.
I would say what Jussis said, but it
also weren’t his own words: "Having the best time, all the time"!
Suiciderock: What does success mean for
Oliver Nikolas: Free beer for
something like that.
Suiciderock: Is there something in your
career that you regret?
Oliver Nikolas: To be in a band with my brother!?
Christopher: That’s private.
Suiciderock: The best experience as a
Christopher: That’s also
Nikolas: For me this tour, at the
That’s right... and the rest is private.
Suiciderock: There are rumours that you
will stop playing as a band. Are they true?
Oliver Nikolas: It happened a lot with the band in the last time
regarding work, gigs and stress.
unfortunately we all have to work besides our music career it became indeed a
bit stressful for all of us but we definitely won’t quit. That are only rumours.
I can say that. The only one who will leave us is Freitsi, our guitarplayer.
That’s really sad.
Suiciderock: What are you personal
wishes for the future?
Sex, Drugs and Rock `N` Roll.
Christopher: I guess he
wishes a mustage for himself.
No, I wish I had two pigtalls.
Suiciderock: Excuse me?
Oliver Nikolas: Ok, I wish the next record will be as good as the
current one. Due to all the stress we don’t have that much time to write new
songs but the label forces us to a new release, supposed to come out this year.
We have to hurry up and hope that the next album will be good. We hope that we
can shot a new video that will be broadcasted as much as the last two clips. But
besides that... Piece and Love for everyone.
Suiciderock: That’s it. Thanks
Christopher: Thank you.