“Everyone needed space. We took it. We honestly thought we buried Alter der Ruine the day we signed off with that stupid video.”
Luckily the hiatus was short lived and the band announced they were working on a new album last year. Fast forward to 2014 and the band made a triumphant return with 'I Will Remember It All Differently'. We caught up with the band before embarking on their tour with Mr Kitty to talk about the hiatus, the reformation and where the band will go from here.
Alter Der Ruine: It has been received really, really well so far. Both by fans and fellow artists. Apparently we did something right on this one ha-ha.
IVM: You went on hiatus in back in 2012. Where there any particular events that led to the decision and what had changed in the band?
IVM: Thankfully you reformed Alter Der Ruine in 2013. What led to that decision so soon after breaking up?
IVM: The band has a new member in the form of Tamara Jenney. What impact has this had on the band dynamic?
IVM: How did you approach writing this album and how has the process changed?
ADR: Alter der Ruine has never been a defined project or experience to us. It's always something new. When we started working on this album, it was almost like we had all just walked through a wall of flames. Everyone was kind of readjusting to their new lives. We talked about things with each other. For a group of friends we had let a lot of that stuff slip away over the years. We reconnected with each other. Then we wrote.
IVM: What were your primary influences in terms of music and themes going into this album?
IVM: One constant of Alter Der Ruine's sound is that it is always evolving. Is this something that's ever planned or is it a more organic process?
IVM: You chose to stick with Negative Gain Productions for the release of 'I Will Remember It All Differently'. Were there any other offers on the table and/or did you consider self-releasing?
IVM: At one point you had been releasing an album per year. Is this a schedule that you will try or are deadlines not a concern?
IVM: Despite the break-up there was a lot of Alter Der Ruine material being released. Was this a case of tying up loose ends and what was it like to work together during that period?
ADR: What you're talking about sounds like the glut of the SoB trilogy. Man, wish we could rename those. So anyway, it took nearly four years to write what was supposed to be one album. We wrote three ('Son of a Bitch', 'There's Always One More Son of a bitch' and 'I Told You Not to Listen Tonight Didn't I?') and when boiled down we had too much material and didn't want to shelve it. So we had three albums come out, all drastically different. You can hear all our frustration a creativity spiking on those. We redlined it for three years straight, boozing and writing and screaming and quietly being frustrated to tears with each other. Those are probably the most volatile things we've put out, even with our power-noise days. We just wanted everyone to hear it all, get an even bigger picture of what we had done to that point. We're doing similar things currently with the new album. We're remixing it as we speak and uploading the remixes for free on our bandcamp. It's a further exploration into our sound and influences. It's like a bridge or another rung in a ladder headed someplace weird.
IVM: How important is playing live and how does it work for you as a band?
IVM: You played the UK at Resistanz festival last year. How was that for you guys?
IVM: Are there any European dates on the horizon?
IVM: Finally, what are your plans for rest of the year?
Alter Der Ruine's latest album 'I Will Remember It All Differently' is available now via Negative Gain Productions. For more information on the band, including tour dates and new releases, please visit their official website.