Before we started playing garage & psych rock we were into many different styles of music but I was always influenced by my father's music collection which included The Beatles & The Stones (of course) and other well known fellas like The Artwoods, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, The Who etc. But it was not love on first sight. I was maybe 10 or 12 back then and it took me some years before I started listening to more freakier stuff like The Mothers of Invention, The Music Machine, H.P. Lovecraft, Mad River, Music Emporium etc. That was the time I got to know Erik, who later became our organ player and my soul brother. Erik was 16 then and playing classical piano and harpsichord. We used to hang around and listening to tons of records. Soon we started to write songs together. But this was still a long time before The Magnificent Brotherhood. Our first band together was Strawfever.
Oh yes, we were in some other bands not worth mentioning... Then came Strawfever. A prototype garage psych band. Erik was playing bass. Because we had an organ player already as he joined the band. We didn't ever put out an album though. After Mimi, one of the girl singers in Strawfever tried to kill me once (and that's NOT a joke!!) we knew that it was time to disband. (She spent some time in a mental house. We wrote a song about her: Mimi's Tune).
We started the band as a west coast style psych band. Our favorite bands of that time had names like "The Frumious Bandersnatch", "Quicksilver Messenger Service", "Peanut Butter Conspiracy" etc. So we decided to name the band "The Magnificent Brotherhood of Eternal Love and The Happiness' Close Companions". This was a mix of giving respect to those bands and making fun of them because we believe that it's silly to take music too serious. That's how we live our lives, easy, not too serious.
Sounds corny, but I must confess that I'm only listening to old music at home. There is so much good old music to explore, it's insane. You know, I never change drugs too often. The only new bands that I get to know are bands that we are playing with, mostly bands that are into old music too. I very much like The Higher State, The Urges, Baby Woodrose or The Movements. The last new record I got from somebody was the latest album by The Setting Son. I like it a lot.
We know by self experience that you mostly get ripped off by record labels. ...Yes, of course there are good ones too ...somewhere ...but everybody wants to earn money in first place. Most indie labels don't care about pushing a band promotion-wise (unless they're smelling money ...Guess our music smells different). And if a label has got the function of a bank only, you're better on getting the money for the production from your friends. If you're doing it that way nobody can decide for you, which is also very important to us.
The people's energy is very important for our music. In a live situation this energy works like fire on an explosive fuse. We couldn't ever do what we do if we wouldn't get this energy ...at least not the way we like to do it. We simply try to have as much fun as possible in our lives and not getting old. I hope you can hear that in our music. "one party every day!"
Our debut album was limited to 500 LP copies and 2000 CDs. We never have thought that especially the LPs would sell this fast. We have noticed that there is a great increase in the need of vinyl against CDs, which we very much appreciate. We are planning our next studio album (which should be out by end of 2009 if we're lucky) to come out as a 1000 LP edition minimum. The CD has somewhat lost it's value. Today you can download nearly everything from the internet including artwork etc. and what you get in the end is almost a CD. The most people don't even dare to burn it and print out the cover, but rather keeping it in their itunes. Its completely different with vinyl. To play a LP is a ritual. You can't really copy a LP. Apart from the certain warm sound that you get from vinyl every cover looks a thousand times better in a bigger format. To me as a designer it's a torture to designing for a small CD cover. A vinyl LP is the only left musical art object that you can own these days. By the way we plan to bring out a 7" single soon!