Friday 27 January 2017

***PEPI RÖSSLER exclusive interview***

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Emo-violence / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryBudapest HUNGARY
Years Active2015-present
Song: "Wernicke’s"
Album: "4-Way split"
Year: 2016
For fans ofI Hate Sex, Saetia, Amygdala, Nayru, Inkwell, Autarkeia, Tristan Tzara, The Apoplexy Twist Orchestra, Louise Cyphre, The Truth About Dreaming, Under A Sky So Blue, This Cage We Call A Chest and Eva Ras aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / The Burden Of Reflecting Records
This post's artist is from the January 2017 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the January 2017 Mix#1 right here or get the new February 2017 Mix#2 here.

PEPI RÖSSLER, named after a TV Chef (no joke, read the interview below!) began sending me their material for review as soon as the band began in 2015. I followed them for almost two years, as now they are on hiatus due to members' schedules and whatnot. They play dark and brooding screamy hardcore/emo-violence from Hungary and were discussed on an earlier OMSB podcast with Jimmy from Old Soul (linked here).

With a heavy nod to late 90s screamo/emo-violence such as The Apoplexy Twist OrchestraSaetia and Tristen Tzara, PEPI RÖSSLER also injected some great, epic and atmospheric instrumental passages that work wonders by giving the songs a lift or providing breathing room. Some prime examples are "Interlude", "Global", the opening of "Wernicke’s" and "Untitled", as well as the beginning and ending of "Vehicle of Confession". Their final 10" '4-Way split' is very interesting, as it houses the aforementioned "Wernicke’s" along with the acidic and very Inkwell sounding "Anomic" as well as the extremely chill "Global". From the 'Demo', "Womb" gets pretty powerviolence sounding a third of the way through while the swirling and driving ending gets me salivating every time I hear it. "Prologue" is another screamy and heavy song that reminds me a bit of Under A Sky So Blue while "Shape/Distance" isn't all that different, but has deeper roots in the late 90s Ebullition sound. Although I definitely dig the 'Demo' and the '4-Way split', that Camp Koala split is my fucking jam. "Uncross" is unreal and summons the sounds of Amygdala and Tristen Tzara. There's also the screamy "Windows and Trees" that reminds me more of early Saetia than anything else, especially those screechy vocals.

Since I've been in contact with the band for a few years, I recently asked Erik to answer a few questions about PEPI RÖSSLER. The interview follows.


1) Tell us about yourself!
We are pepi rössler from Budapest, Hungary and we have existed for about two years.

2) How did you become interested in punk/hardcore/screamo music?
I guess we all have been listening to various kinds of metal, punk and hardcore music for a long time and just like anybody else in this scene you arrive at these kinds of bands for the same reasons, their message and the emotions their music carries just falls in line with how and what you feel on the verge of adulthood.

3) What influences did you bring to Pepi Rössler?
Well as I said we all listen to a wide range of music, but there are many overlapping genres. We all like bands like Darkthrone or classic screamo bands like Orchid or Saetia so we drew inspiration from bands like that whilst trying to add our own sound and songwriting ideas.

4) What do you think Pepi Rössler sounded like?
Once we played with a band called Materic from Russia and after the show they said we sounded like Tristan Tzara. Also, shrieking guitar feedback was a major part of our stuff I guess.

5) What does the band name Pepi Rossler mean?
Pepi Rössler is a TV chef from WS Teleshop. We were fascinated by his work so we borrowed his name for our band.

6) How did Pepi Rossler change over the course of your releases?
After we recorded our demo our bassist, Dimbes joined us. I think over our releases we started writing our songs more consciously and developed a sound for ourselves. Also, touring and playing shows resulted in turning just a bunch of songs into an actual consistent piece of sound.

7) What was the best Pepi Rossler show?
I guess we all experienced them in very different ways and so I can't name the "best" show. For me personally it was the show we played in Darmstadt for the one guest that came to check us out. It was by far our most emotional show we ever played. Also, both shows that we played in Klagenfurt with UTFETH were amazing.

8) Why is the band on hiatus?
😎 One of our members is currently traveling abroad so we don't have rehearsals, but we might record some songs or play some shows in the future. The band isn't officially defunct, we are just doing other things at the moment.

9) What are your opinions about the world in general? 
Well that question is not easy to answer. The world is really complicated and for that reason everybody has different views of it for sure. I guess no scenario exists in which everybody on earth will be equally happy and have equal rights. At the same time this unstable nature is what keeps everything moving, inspires human relationships and urges everybody to do shit.

10) What are you doing now? 
Most of us have other bands besides pepi rössler so we work on those and they might or might not come up to the surface at some point in the near future.

Thanks once again, erik//pepi rössler



2015 - Demo cd/cassettelEP (stream/donate/download here)
2015 - Camp Koala split cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - 4-Way split 10"LP (w/Lora, Unable To Fully Embrace This Happiness & Nausae) (stream/donate/download here)


(2016) PEPI RÖSSLER - "Wernicke's" (from '4-Way' split)

(2015) PEPI RÖSSLER - "Uncross" (from 'Camp Koala' split)

(2015) PEPI RÖSSLER - "Windows and Trees" (from 'Camp Koala' split)

(2015) PEPI RÖSSLER - "Shape/Distance" (from 'Demo')

(2015) PEPI RÖSSLER - "Womb" (from 'Demo')


PEPI RÖSSLER additional links


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