OBM: First off, how's everything going?
All is well, thanks for asking. We have a busy time right now but we pretty much always do and that’s how we like it anyway.
OBM: For someone who's never heard "Superbutt" before, how would you sum up your sound?
Usually we just say rocknroll when asked what kind of music we play, or maybe we could rather name it metal and roll. It’s a sort of modern metal with hardcore elements, kinda like System Of A Down around their Toxicity era, let’s say. But then again, we were labelled so many things throughout the years that we don’t even try to define our music anymore. I guess the easiest if for everyone to click on Myspace or YouTube and just listen to it.
OBM: Which band or musicians have had the biggest impact on your life?
AC/DC was the first love back in the 80’s when I was a kid but I adored Ozzy Osbourne as well. Then I grew a bit and Henry Rollins was the next one I really looked up to, not even necessarily because of his music (although Rollins Band did have a couple of great albums), but his overall being as a performer, writer, spoken word artist and world traveller. Actually, I still think quite highly of him. To name a few others who I respect and was lucky enough to meet personally and sometimes even share a stage with: a big hand to Page Hamilton of Helmet, Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet or Tommy Victor of Prong. And let’s not forget those who I have the honour to call my friends and got a lot of help from: Zoli Teglas of Ignite and Jocke, Bard and Zak of Clawfinger.
OBM: Okay, going on to your album "You and Your Revolution" then. What did you want to achieve with it?
Well isn’t the motive always the same? The pleasure of creation? First to write a bunch of good songs, then to do a good recording, then a good design for the cover and so on. We had ideas and we wanted to shape them and so we did. That is always the most important. Of course, you can set certain commercial or career goals too, like for example we want to release this album in Germany to see if people like it and if they do, we can sell a few copies and tour more often there etc. But if these goals are the main reason why you start doing a new album, then you are already lost and I can hardly imagine that something good is coming out of it. Either you have something to say or you don’t and it’s pretty sad when you don’t but you still want to make an album, hoping to make some money with it.
OBM: What about the title "You and Your Revolution" what's the idea behind it?
It’s a sarcastic approach to our enthusiasm, how we believe that we are actually capable of changing something in the world and then of course we fail, but we start over and do it again. It’s sort of pathetic and ridiculous in some way but at the same time it’s heroic as well and after all, this is what makes the world go round. So, even if most people say: “oh yes, it’s you again with that famous revolution of yours, sure man, good luck!”, the struggle is a beautiful thing in itself, no matter what you achieve with it.
OBM: How does it feel to finally have the album out?
It certainly feels good. Although it has been out for almost a year in Hungary so we already got the feedback of our local core audience, it’s very interesting to learn what people think of the material in Germany and other countries, where we are mostly unknown for the general public. I mean, in those countries both music professionals, journalists and listeners see the album and the band for what it is at this moment in time, as they don’t have preconceptions. For you guys, it’s not like “oh yes, it’s the next album of those guys we know for a long time and we already decided years ago whether we like them or not”, and we are really happy, that so far most people seem to like this album. We hope that we can live up to the expectations in the future too, both with shows and forthcoming recordings.
OBM: What bands would you say influenced your writing, the whole creative process of writing a song and defining your "sound"?
There’s quite a lot as almost everybody listens to different things from the band. Some love 80’s glam rock and some love death metal, so I guess we use many ingredients and I couldn’t name one or two bands that we exactly want to sound or look like.
OBM: How long did it take to put the record together? How did the recording process go this time around? Many bands seem to fall into one of two camps, 'studio bands' who tour in order to record, and 'live bands' which record in order to tour, in which camp would you say are you or are you a bit of both?
We’re probably a bit more in the live band category as we love to tour and play live. But we love recording too. With You And Your Revolution we took our time and didn’t rush, especially because we also toured a lot in between the recording sessions. There were even some parts that we did on the road: some of the basslines were recorded in The Netherlands in a small club on a day off for example. Basically, it took almost 6 or 7 months to finish everything, but that doesn’t mean that we spent that much time at studio. We recorded the drums in Stockholm, then came back to Hungary and did the rest here. Sometimes weeks passed between two sessions, because we didn’t have to hurry anywhere. When we finished the rest of the recordings, we sent the whole material back to Jocke Skog in Stockholm, who did some production work (changed some of the arrangements etc.) and mixed the material. In the end we flew again to Sweden to do the fine tuning and add the least touches to the mixing together with Jocke, and voila, You And Your Revolution was ready.
OBM: What plans having you got for touring this album?
We’ve done quite a lot of shows in the Central and Eastern Europe area and of course Hungary since the album came out. The shows in Hungary carry on until the end of March (these are mostly on weekends) and then in April we are going to France for 8-10 dates and we are working on Germany as well. I hope we’ll have more news about live dates around your area in a few weeks and then I can tell more.
OBM: Are there any particular bands that would like to have the chance to tour with?
Faith No More would be nice for example, but I wouldn’t say no to Guns N Roses either, especially in their most famous line up. Or Ozzy or AC/DC or Metallica and so on. But in reality, it wouldn’t be good to tour with any of these right now. I mean, who would pay attention to a completely unknown support act when everybody is waiting for the giants? If you play with a band that is way too big compared to you, the audience usually just wishes for you to finish quickly and go away so they can see their idols. So, although sometimes it’s nice to play around with the thought, what it would be like to tour in arenas or stadiums, we’d rather have realistic dreams about doing a good club tour where we can play in front of 300-500 enthusiastic music lovers with a band that is just one or two sizes bigger than us.
OBM: Do you think too many bands put too much emphasis on Myspace over actually really working their band?
Yes, absolutely. Sure, it’s important to be present on the web and give updates so people can hear about you, but if you spend your time adding thousands of unknown people instead of going down to the rehearsing room or going out to play a show, all you get in the end is a serious internet addiction and no real results. Since everybody can spread the information through Myspace or other community websites, there’s so much information that nobody pays attention anymore, unless the information is something worthy. And yes, you’re right, a band rather should work on that part, to make sure that they have a worthy content so the information they spread is not useless cyberjunk. Having a hundred thousand friends doesn’t mean anything unless those are people who found you and it wasn’t you adding them randomly. You see, we only have 5000 and we’re still happy and doing OK…
OBM: What are your favourite bands at the moment?
I really love the last two Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster albums and the latest Alice In Chains is pretty damn good too, just to say two bands that haven’t been listed earlier in this interview. But all those that I mentioned above answering the previous questions are favourites too and I couldn’t choose just one or two.
OBM: What are your goals for 2010?
More touring as travelling and playing shows is something we seem to be addicted to, but we also started to collect ideas for a forthcoming album. We will record a split EP with cover songs with a Hungarian indie-rock band (mixing the two styles) in spring, but I’m not sure we will release it outside Hungary, as it will be more of a fun project than a real step forward. However, we will definitely make plans for a real next album too and if we write songs fast enough, then we may already start recording in the second half of the year. At the same time, 2010 will be the 10 years anniversary of Superbutt and we will do a special show in Budapest towards the end of the year, a typical band birthday thing with old members, special songs etc. But right now, let’s focus on the forthcoming shows in the next few months and hopefully a tour in Germany as well!
OBM: Okay, thanks for your time and good luck with the album, anything else to say?
Thank you for the questions, I enjoyed them and I hope it wasn’t the last time we heard from each other!