Describe Mother Engine in three words.
Progressive, Psychedelic, Rock.
Where did you get the idea for the band name?
There’s no special story behind this name. We created it nearly 9 years ago and we were playing a different style then. We were just looking for a name that expresses a lot of raw power fitting the ‘high-energy-rock'n'roll’ we played in these days. Anyway, until today we saw no reason to change it even if it might seem a bit inappropriate.
Where do you get the inspiration for the music you create?
There's many ways to get inspiration to create music. But I guess it's no secret when I say it's mainly listening to music of any kind of styles from any ages. But of course you get also input from people around you, the nature and your personal experiences. Actually, our guitar player Chris is mostly responsible for the initial steps to create new songs. After that, we always spend a lot of time for the whole songwriting process.
How would you describe your music?
As a fan of short answers I would say it's instrumental rock music. But I guess you guys out there want to read something more. Playing instrumental music leads to several issues that will influence your style. We don't have a singer but of course we want to tell a story. Our goal is to take the listener on a musical journey. Live and at home. We play long songs to be able to develop a songs story step by step. Usually it's not the riff which is dominating a song but more its function to describe this or that part. But as always it doesn't take long to realize how difficult it is to describe your own music... With the new album we included a very big range of styles and musical ideas and if you ask me we left the territory of stoner rock going more in a psychedelic and progressive direction. But in the end every listener might feel that in his own way.
Since you are from Germany, how much domestic audiences appreciate you and stoner rock on which your music is based?
I think we have one of the biggest stoner rock scenes here in Germany. There are venues for this style of music all over the country and until today the scene is growing as far as I can see. We are lucky guys and had the chance to reach a lot people until today with our music.
Which Mother Engine songs are your favourites, and which does the audience enjoy the most?
I just can speak for myself and my favourite track at the moment is 'Tokamak' from our new album 'Hangar'. Of course with every new album you have to convince the listeners for the new material and since the new album is out only since a few weeks, peple ask often for old songs like 'Weltraumwolf' or 'Bretthart'.
Which bands do you appreciate the most? Have you already worked with some of them?
This question is impossible to answer, especially for only one of three bandmembers. But we all went to the big stoner festivals from the time on we had a license. So we kind of grew up with a lot of big scene acts and afterwards had the chance to share the stages with them, which feels fantastic! But to leave a statement: if Motorpsycho would call us to support them on tour, we would very probably say yes.
You have already performed at many festivals such as Desertfest, Keep it Low and many others. Which one was the most successful in your opinion?
All of them were succesful and very important to reach hundreds of people at one place. For deep underground bands like us, this is the only way to get such a big audience. One of the most impressive festivals for us was 'Stoned from the Underground' 2014. We had a brilliant slot and I guess around 2000 people in the audience. Completely new sitution – completely shit pants – completely euphoric.
Do you have some special memories which you connect with your previous shows?
We just completed the first half of our tour and I'm very impressed by the feedback of the audience and the amazing work of all the local promoters and club owners. Especially in small towns and places it's always warming our hearts to see how much energy they put on to realize this concerts. Big hugs again at this point!
„Hangar“ is your third album you have released recently. Can you tell us more about its content? Do you think this album will be more successful than the previous two?
It's our second concept album and closes a trilogy story. Again the space ship 'Mother Engine' is the focus. We named the album 'Hangar' because of the imaginary modification of the ship, after it crashed on our second album 'Absturz' and of course we want to show that new settings also in a musically way. For us it's definitely the best album we recorded so far. I don't know if it will be more successful but we are going to play our asses off to reach more people with it, which you can call a success I think.