-Interview- Call It Tragedy (5/7/19)

Call It Tragedy talks about their Metalcore sound, upcoming plans and much more.


From: Marburg, Germany
Sounds like: Metalcore

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Call It Tragedy" and is there any meaning behind it?

In 2013 me and my first band broke up because we all wanted to move in different musical directions. I wanted to do Metalcore, so I started looking for people and started what would become Call It Tragedy with 5 other dude, Jörn being one of them. The name doesn't have any meaning, it's merely one of many suggestions that we just liked more than the other. Since December 2016 we also have Thorsten on the guitar and since September 2018 we have Daniel on the drums. Those two definitely helped change the sound over time. At first the music was all quite simple and (in my eyes) lackluster, but it developed into more complex and more interesting songs that I am really proud of.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

I like to write lyrics about all kinds of things, so it really depends on the song. If there's anything I hope people take away, it is that you're not alone and it's okay to seek help if needed. Life isn't easy and happiness definitely isn't guaranteed, so try and make the best of it and if there is something you want to do, like create music or write a book, then just do it! Also: don't be an asshole and look out for your fellow people!

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Our sound is a pretty good mixture of rhythmic verses, hard hitting breakdowns, melodic choruses and Soli. We think that anyone can find something they would enjoy in our music!

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Personally it would be The Devil Wears Prada since they are my favorite band and they seems lile chill dudes, Veil Of Maya cause they are awesome (also Thorsten would only communicate with Marc in Guitar) and A Day To Remember, I think they'd make anything 50x more crazy and fun.

5. What are your three desert island albums that you'd never get tired of listening to?

8:18 - The Devil Wears Prada, Instant Gratification - Dance Gavin Dance and In Search Of Solid Ground - Saosin.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Metalcore?

I think it's both brilliant and weird. For one, I'm in love with most of the new music that's being released. People have gotten so creative and innovative, it's incredible. But it's sad how some great bands seem to drift away from Metalcore and move towards Pop or so. I think Metalcore is getting better and bigger by the minute though.

7. What’s the current music scene like there in Germany both locally and country wide?

Locally it's not so big unfortunately. We have very few other Metalcore bands in our region. Countrywide it's growing larger and larger though. Germany has spawned some really good bands like Annisokay, Any Given Day or Alazka (maybe we need to change our name to something that starts with an A).

8. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

On the one hand it's a bummer for musicians not getting paid for their music, on the other hand I think illegal downloading is dying out thanks to streaming services like Spotify. In the end we're happy though if people think our music is worth breaking the law for!

9. What’s next for Call It Tragedy?

Well we're currently working on our second album “Turbulence“. We've started a Crowdfunding campaign on www.startnext.com/en/turbulence which is going pretty well so far. That's our main thing right now. We're almost done recording everything, so it'll go into the Mixing process soon.

10. Any shoutouts?

I'd like to shoutout Barack Obama for being s cool guy and NASA for doing amazing things.