Coffee Talk - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Coffee Talk. We discussed the band’s new single, “No Place In Your Head”, recording and releasing music in the pandemic, their upcoming video and EP, what pop-punk means to them, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview. 

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity!

You released your single “No Place In Your Head” not long ago. Can you tell me about writing this song? 

We wanted to write a song with an emotional ballad vibe, still being an energetic pop-punk song at the same time. It had to be a good fit to the lyrics that are supposed to show how controversial one can behave when losing or having lost a loved one. Being hurt, blaming, regretting and still being glad for growing and becoming stronger. It's a very personal topic for me and basically my story of the last year. That's why I wanted to put as much passion into the song as possible and we definitely wanted it to be special. That's another reason why we asked Matti to feature the track besides simply being an awesome vocalist.

How did it work for Matti to be featured on the song?

She amazed us. She wrote the melody and the lyrics of the second verse in no time and after listening to her first demo recording that she made at home, we immediately fell in love with her work. It was clear from the get go that it would fit perfectly into what we wanted the song to sound like. Some weeks later, she came to the studio to record the song. It took her maybe 3 takes and 10 minutes like it was nothing. Like she was doing that every day haha.

You started this band and started releasing music during the global pandemic. What has that experience been like?

The Pandemic definitely crossed our plans quite a bit. We had to record the vocals in a self-made booth at home and couldn't go to a studio. We also knew that even if people would like our first release, we won't be able to perform it live anytime soon. I remember we even talked about postponing the whole band into the post-corona era. Which we're glad now we didn't do. But, well, these are all first-world problems, honestly. It worked out fine in the end. Anyway, we really can't wait to play our first live gig.

The band recently posted a photo for a video shoot you had. Can you give me any details about the video?

It's gonna come soon haha. It will be the video for our favorite song of the EP, called Contradiction. A song about how difficult and complicated love can be and how it sometimes can only end up in parting ways, regardless of how strong the connection is. It means a lot to the whole band to release this song and it would mean the world seeing people liking it. We are super excited to put it out, really!!

You have a five song EP coming out soon. What was the recording process like for the EP? Do you know when fans might be able to expect it?

The plan is to release Contradiction as soon as the video is finished and maybe 1 or 2 weeks later we'll release the EP, which is basically two more songs. It's kind of crazy because Coffee Talk actually exists since the end of 2018 already. And we wrote many songs and discarded them again and again. It took us quite a while to get to a point that we all were happy with our recordings. In the end, we decided for 5 songs out of the many and even if it was not easy sometimes, we are now glad that we took all the time we needed to develop something we all liked.

You’ve talked about playing pop/punk and how you think it’s not very popular or taken very seriously in your country. What got you into pop/punk and why is the genre so important to you?

We are from Germany. There is a strong alternative subculture here and many people are really open to a lot of different styles of music, including Pop-Punk. But Pop-Punk has a relatively small fan-base here, if you compare to other countries. It's just not very popular. When it comes to Pop-Punk, some people think of teenage backyard party pop-punk from the 90s and early 2000s. Which is not being taken seriously anymore really and especially something that is seen as old-fashioned, premature and cheesy. But what many people don't know is that Pop-Punk isn't dead at all and it never really was. That there are great bands out there that have taken this music to another level and pushed boundaries across different genres. If you think of bands like Knuckle Puck, Real Friends or Boston Manor. These kind of bands mean a lot to us and we would like the music genre to get more exposure and recognition here, similar to what it already is in other countries such as the UK or the US.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you so much!
Coffee Talk = Christian / Sebastian / Georg / Martin

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