OBM: Before anyone knew about Superbutt, where were you guys? Give me the nostalgic memories that formed the start of this band.
Why, is there anyone who knows us now? Probably not, so hey, here we are everybody, use the opportunity to talk to us before we kick Metallica off their thrones and become big headed rock stars surrounded by an army of managers and bodyguards! But answering your question about the nostalgic memories, we thought that being in a band would bring us a lot of girls, so we formed one, and by the time we realized that we’re too ugly to get girls anyhow, we got stuck in this whole thing and it’s too late to get out now. (I’m joking of course, but the real story would be too boring, believe me...)
OBM: Your long awaited new full length is out! Firstly, talk to us about the cover art!
Isn’t that beautiful? I especially like the band photo with the dead flies and bugs on our faces. Charming and handsome, isnt’it? The concept came from our art director and designer friend who loves to make us suffer at photo and video shootings, and make us look strange and disgusting but the result is always awesome so I say it’s worth it. The entire graphic design is his work too and it worked the usual way: we sent him the music and the lyrics and gave him a free hand, knowing that it’s almost sure that we’d like whatever he’d come up with. He didn’t disappoint us this time either, because we fell in love with the animal-skeleton sketches the first time we saw them.
OBM: What kind of response have you seen from your new album "Music For Animals"?
It’s pretty good so far (even though I guess nobody ever answers to this question that both the media and the fans hate their new album). The average points from the German rock and metal press are 8/10, which I guess is not bad at all for a mostly unknown band coming from an unknown place like Hungary. The fans seem to be satisfied too, but then again, it’s only been 3 weeks since the album is out, so let’s see where we get with it in a few months, then we can judge it better. But after all, what really matters is that we love it and we’re very happy with it.
OBM: The record itself feels a lot more diverse and heavy than your previous record. What were some of the collective goals of the band going into writing?
Honestly? None! We didn’t have any idea about what we were going to do, we just wanted to write an album that each of us likes. Since it was a new line up that wrote the music, we didn’t even know what to expect from each other. We agreed that we wouldn’t have any musical guidelines or restrictions, the only condition was that everybody should be satisfied with the final material. And to be perfectly honest, I think that’s the only way to write something good in the end.
OBM: What would you say is going to be the major differences between "You and Your Revolution" and your new release?
Oh, the new one is a lot more metal! We have tons of double pedal parts on the drums, guitar solos and generally, Music For Animals has a lot more power than we had ever before, but at the same time, it’s a bit more complex too. This record has more layers: when you first listen to it, you (hopefully) feel the energy behind it, and if you like it and listen to it a lot, it will still offer you something after the 20th time too. A hidden background vocal here or a guitar trick there, or a melody, that digests harder than your average pop hit, but once it does, it will stay with you for a long time. I hope anyway...
OBM: Any interesting stories you care to share regarding the writing/recording process?
Music For Animals was recorded, mixed and mastered in 4 different studios, out of which 3 are in Budapest and one in Berlin (Music Flash), so Attila (Attila Kovacs, the lead guitar player and musical chief of the band) and I were running back and forth between the capitals of Germany and Hungary. Adam, the drummer who plays on the album and Nedo, the bass player however were completely new members and since we wrote first versions of the songs at the rehearsing room with two guitars and drums without bass, the first time they actually met each other was when the recording of almost all the music was already done by them separately. I remember, I was recording vocals for the song Cleaver, when accidentally both of them came into the studio. They looked at each other and said: hey, aren’t you the drummer? Yes, and you’re the bass player, right? Yes, I am, pleased to meet you and congratulations on what you recorded, we’re going to have a good album!
OBM: What sort of pressure do you face when you sit down to write a new song?
Not much, especially myself because the music is always written by the instrument players, my part for the vocals and lyrics only comes when the music is ready. So, until they finished their job, my biggest concern was whether I can successfully destroy all the green pigs with the red, yellow and black birds, because I was constantly playing Angry Birds on my phone outside the rehearsing room. And when the music was ready, then came my part but I feel no pressure there either. My most important judge is myself only and there are no expectations as to what kind of vocals and lyrics I should write. Or even if there are, I don’t really care.
OBM: What would you say makes Superbutt's music unique?
Probably the fact that every musician has a different background and influences, and there are hardly any common favourites. Everybody has different ideas about how the ideal music should sound and therefore we are not in danger to become a 100% copycat of some ultimate big band, because basically, we don’t have a „holy cow“ that is respected by everyone equally. Attila worships black metal, Tamas is a modern metal guy, Adam comes from hardcore and my gods are acts like Helmet, Rollins Band or Monster Magnet for example. And that’s how you get Superbutt in the end.
OBM: What are you most excited about regarding fans hearing the new songs?
Well, Music For Animals is sort of a fresh start for us because of the new line up, so we’re eager to hear everything and anything they have to say about it. But so far it seems like they like it, so unfortunately for those who don’t, we’ll have to be around playing music for another 20 years at least...
OBM: Is it important to you guys that your music creates an atmosphere? If so, what were you aiming for this time around?
Absolutely! Atmosphere is probably the most important thing because that’s what determines everything about the music. You know, you only have 12 notes to work with and when you write a melody, there is a good chance that somebody somewhere had already put the same notes after each other the same way before. The difference however will lie in the atmosphere of the same sequence of notes. Quite obviously, ours has to be powerful but it’s not meant to be angry, rather bitter and sometimes even ironic. You know, the usual cliche: holding a distorted mirror in front of the world...
OBM: You guys have toured with acts such as Soulfly, In Flames, Clawfinger. What have these experiences touring with huge acts taught you about the industry and about yourselves as a full time touring band?
Needless to say what a great adventure and experience such a tour is and it’s always an honor to share the stage with bands like the above mentioned. And when you actually even make friends with the guys, like we did with Clawfinger for example, it’s even more flattering. On the other hand it’s great to see that too, how professionally these people work. From the outside it may seem like it’s all about fun and partying and surely that factor is there too, but it’s hard work as well, and when you have to get out on that stage, there’s no excuse for hangovers, bad moods or anything – you just have to give your best, no matter what. And they do!
OBM: What do you guys hope to do with your music, big picture?
Play it as long as we can! That’s it, planning everything else would be useless and silly.
OBM: Most people don’t think of "Hungary" as a breeding ground for this type of music. What is the scene like there?
Pretty awesome! You know, there are great bands in every corner of the world and Hungary’s no exception, I could name at least 20 that are as good as any of your usual American stars. The question is more if a certain country has the developed industrial channels to show these bands to the entire world, not only its own people. And we have to admit, Hungary or any of the Central European smaller countries do not really have to cultural influence yet to be able to do that. But maybe that’s the purpose of our existence (together with other acts that are also opening a window between the world and our own countries), to build a bridge and bring cultures closer to each other. The fact that you are talking to us right now means that we already achieved something, so why don’t we carry on?
OBM: Thank you for doing this interview! Anything else you’d like to add for your fans and our readers?
Thank you very much, we appreciate that you took your time to read this and hope to see you soon somewhere at a show!
Superbutt - Figure
Superbutt-Music For Animals
Superbutt-You and Your Revolution
Superbutt-Szájon At EP
Superbutt-The Unbeatable Eleven
Superbutt-2 Minutes for Roughing
Review zu Music For Animals