The Belgian rockers give an exclusive interview to follow up the release of their brand new album
Taking time out to speak to exclusively speak to Moon&Back music, Buffoon members Peter Vleugels and Dave Schroyen share their personal views and insights into the band that are making headlines. With a frank honesty and dash of humour, the Belgian rock n rollers have their own unique views of life, music and everything else in between.
Being veterans of the music scene for a while now, do you feel that you are now both as a band and individually at the peak of your musical and creative natures?
Dave: As a band we are at some kind of peak, because we’ve been playing together for a while now and aside our EP ‘Baloney’ this is our first effort at a full size cd. We worked hard on the songs and sound, we’re very proud of it. Individually I still need to record what I consider a masterpiece, maybe in a next life ???
Peter: Buffoon exist already more than 10 years. When I was 12 I started with writing own stuff, recording them on cassettes with an old microphone of my dad. So, for me, writing feels very natural. Somehow, I need this. When I look at the way we play today and go on with each other, and I listen to new demo’s I recorded, I think we just on our way. Destination unknown. That’s a good thing! Creativity is not so predictable, you know. It just happens or it doesn’t. That’s life. I don’t think this is some kind of a peak, it’s more like getting out of the valley of laziness.
Do you find differences between audiences and their responses to your music in different countries, if so where is your favourite?
Dave: We only played Holland and Belgium , Dutch people tend to talk more, loud during quiet songs.
Peter: I think there are natural differences in main culture. In both countries we speak the same language, but it’s like Dave says, they seem to be more extravert in Holland . Belgian people are more introvert. We think more. They shout more. Girls in Holland start dancing on songs like GIRL or GLITTER AND AMORE. In Belgium , where people are more introvert, they would need more like a collective vibe I think. You see, we think more. They just dance. That would be a nice song!
Considerred a super group in your native Belgium, how do you as a band respond to a tag like that, good, bad, indifferent?
Dave: We are just a bunch of friends having a good time making music !
Peter: Indeed. I feel lucky about that. I feel we fit good together in this band, we’re just having fun really. If people consider us as a super band, I let them think that way. As I say, we Belgians think a lot.
With this being your first major album released to an international market, what are your expectations for it?
Dave: Lots of gigs, all over the globe,…
Peter: We take chances with our both arms open. It would be a pity not to enjoy the pleasures of some spontaneous recognition, if that might happen.
Who would be your target audience beyond your native shores?
Peter: Polynesian girls with flower tattoos on their bellies?
Dave: Nerds from outer space…
Who were the major influences behind the album and its songs. Both musically and personally?
Dave: Old school : Weezer’s first 2 albums, Pavement, Built To Spill, Pixies, Spoon, Supergrass…/New School : Dr.Dog, Surfer Blood, The Shins, Blitzen Trapper, Wolf People (great band from UK!),…
Pi: Let’s not forget Big Star, Modest Mouse, Raconteurs, John Lennon, Folk Implosion, Stephen Malkmus, Fence, Sparklehorse, The Beatles, The Lemonheads, The Who, Guided By Voices, Ween, Teenage Fanclub, Smithereens, Lou Barlow, The Kinks, Avi Buffalo, Fountains of Wayne, The Posies, Nirvana, …and my dad of course.
Will you be touring the UK on the back of this release?
Dave: That would be great ! Please book us now.
Peter: Yeah, please do. Just mail us: vleugels_p[at]hotmail[dot]com.
Do you prefer recording in the studio or being on the road?
Peter: During home recording, I feel adrenaline too. I love mixing a lot. I can’t wait to do the mix when I just recorded something. That’s a creative and emotional part of my brain. Playing gigs is more a full body experience. Different sensations! Both feels awesome. It’s al part of our musical behaviour…
Dave: 2 different worlds, I prefer the live shows, more adrenaline!
As a band are you very rock and roll style mayhem or is it quiet, controlled fun?
Dave: Daytime : quiet controlled fun, Nighttime : very rock and roll style mayhem.
Peter: Everyday feels like another day. There are more rock’ n’ roll days, quit days, loud moments, intimate moments, chill moments, holidays, controlled days,… Thata’s all part of every day life I think.
Buffoon’s official website is here: http://http://www.myspace.com/buffoontherockband
A special thanks to Buffoon’s UK label Jezus Factory Records who can be found here: http://www.jezusfactory.com/