EMQ’s with UNDER THE TONGUE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Berlin, Germany based Alternative Rock duo Under The Tongue. Huge thanks to Mark Eden for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hey Ever Metal, thanks so much for having Under The Tongue here and thanks for your support.
My name is Mark Eden, I sing, play guitar, drums and drum programming. Julia Eden sings, plays bass and piano.
How did you come up with your band name?
I remember walking out of our courtyard here in Berlin and we were talking about different ways that people heal themselves and what they use to do so. One of the ways that came up was Homeopathy and quite often you have to take drops as part of the remedy that has been prescribed. Under the tongue was the main way and Booom!!! There it was, that was the name, it was screaming to be used. We love the ambiguity as other substances are also taken under the tongue for a different desired effect…that wasn’t lost on us.
What country are you from and what is the Rock/metal scene like there?
I am from Australia, but I live in Berlin and the scene is quite healthy here with many clubs to play and many festivals also. After all Germany has Wacken which is huge.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest single is ‘Waterfall’ and you can watch the video on youtube. It was filmed in Berlin and is dark, fun and filmed like an action movie, it’s pretty cool if I do say so myself. We are totally DIY and did everything ourselves.
Our new song ’I Can’t Breathe’ is now released, as of August the 21st, with a video to follow.
Waterfall (Official Video)
I Can’t Breathe (Spotify)
Who have been your greatest influences?
The Beatles to be honest…not very Metal …sorry 😉 (The Beatles are just fine with us – Rick)
What first got you into music?
Actually, my Dad used to play guitar at home when we had house parties in Australia. They are the kind of parties where people would actually come to your house to party. People would get up spontaneously and dance, scream and go nuts and the atmosphere was pretty wild for a 7-year-old I can tell you. That is what made me get into music I am sure of it now but wasn’t thinking about it at the time.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Puscifer would be cool.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Oooh!!! That’s a hard one. Wacken would be cool but there are so many other cool ones.
The audience is 100% into it, go nuts and that’s my kind of festival where the participation from the audience is as important as the band that is playing.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I have had a few weird ones. It was not a gift but an experience that comes to mind.
I was actually standing getting ready to pee at a urinal in Australia and a fan came up and started to sing one of my songs as loud as he could in my face while I was standing there…that was very weird but at the same time it was kinda cool.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Go for it, life is not a rehearsal, live, love do crazy stuff, dance like a maniac, travel, enjoy, trust yourself, listen to new music whenever you get the chance and whatever you do, do it with your whole heart.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Kurt Cobain & John Lennon, sorry that was 2!!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the process of writing songs and doing videos also, playing live is awesome and the feeling of playing tight as a band is wicked. I don’t really hate any aspect, but some things really get on my nerves 😉 ‘Music Promoters who get paid thousands of Euros and don’t do a thing to promote your music…actually yes, I fuckin’ really hate that.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Refer to the above 😉 Also that we would have many more places where independent bands can play.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Gotta be Vinyl!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
That’s a hard one as some of the small intimate gigs have been awesome. Playing at a festival in Austria where people went crazy and also playing in the middle of Australia at an Indigenous festival was definitely a highlight.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would be doing more painting and sculpting and probably robbing banks 😊
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Osho, John Lennon, Nietzsche, Basquiat and Janis Joplin.
What’s next for the band?
Our new single ‘I Can’t Breathe’ is now released with a video to follow. Also, we will be releasing new music every 6-7 weeks with a video then the album after 8 singles. Touring next year is in the planning stages as this year is not happening for everyone.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Sorry for my ignorance but I have never had one.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I would like to thank you on behalf of Under The Tongue for the cool questions and for having us here. It really means a lot to us.
Under The Tongue
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