Musicscan: Give us a short briefing at first, please. What do we have to known
about The Chuck Norris Experiment beside its bandhistory that’s to find on
The Chuck Norris Experiment: The info on the website is all we can remember, if you have any more info
about us, please let us know.
Musicscan: What’s the driving force still making you guys create heavy punk’n’
The Chuck Norris Experiment: Mainly alcohol hahaha, no, seriously we just do what we do best. The result of
us guys going into our rehearsal room is what ends up on the albums. We want
do make music we would want to buy & listen to ourselves.
Musicscan:Do you feel like The Chuck Norris Experiment is out to make a difference or
more to make people more aware of heavy rock music? Are you successful
in this respect?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: Well, looking at the positive response we get from people who come to the shows or who
buy the albums I would say that we are successful. And if we can make a difference
and make people aware that there is music beyond the toplist-shit & R’n’B crap that is always
a good feeling.
Musicscan:What have been the highlights of your just finished European support
tour for your latest record?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: The feeling and feedback throughout the whole tour was great. But some shows always stick out
a little extra, Stereo Total in Heilbronn was fantastic. The people at that club really
love what they do. Zurich, Vienna, Berlin. And on the part II of the tour we played
three shows with our friends V8 Wankers and Electric Eel Shock, that was awesome.
Musicscan:Where do you see the explanation for the fact, that listeners from
different musical tastes are getting The Chuck Norris Experiment? I guess, there
no “typical” listener for the kind of sound you’re playing…
The Chuck Norris Experiment: No, the CNE sound seems to work for metalheads, punks, rockers, stoners alike which is great. I
think that we play basic hard rock mixed with the energy of punk and sometimes garagerock and
that gets thru to everybody who loves a good rock song. It is not something we planned, it is
the sound and style that we developed. We all played different styles of music in bands before
the CNE and I think that is mixed in to the CNE sound.
Musicscan:Beside The Chuck Norris Experiment is sounding traditional i would say
you try to include some kind of modern appraoch as well, right?
And The Rest Will Follow is featuring songs that vary from real hardrock
to punk grooves, soul parts or plain rock’n’roll. Did you have something
like a main focus while working on your songs?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: A good song is a good song is our motto when we write. Some songs are more
punky because they come out better that way, some songs more hard rock. Ransom, who
writes 90% or the songs does the hard rock bit fantastically while I (Lee Riot) add more of the
punky or stoner wibes to the mix.
Musicscan:You have managed to create something like a homogenous flow and a
“complete” sounding over the whole record. Is this something, that’s important to
you, or did it happen by accident?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: On the "...and the rest will follow" album we didn´t think about it too much, it turned
out that way by itself when we were recording. We worked more like that on new album "The
Return of Rock n Roll", but yes I like albums that has that flow so I think it is
Musicscan: What did you guys do differently by choice that you hadn't done
previously to keep things progressing with And The Rest Will Follow?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: Well, we went from an analog studio to a digital for the first time and were actually
quite sceptical about it, atleast some of us hehe. And worked with a sound engineer that
has more of a pop background than rock. But it worked out great and
we ended up recording the new album in the same studio.
Musicscan:Is it an intentionell drive to make the Chuck Norris Experiment songs as
varied and explosive musically as possible?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: Yes and no, as I said earlier a good song is a good song. We try not to overdo it
with arrangements of the songs. I mean, it is not brain surgery, it´s only rock n roll haha.
But some songs evolve after you have played them a while, live especially. We are
very explosive live and we always try to get even more so, one way is arranging the songs
Musicscan:What message where you trying to portray through And The Rest Will
Follow lyrically? Do you feel you were successful in this aspect?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: The message we try to portray through lyrics is always the same, and it is one of the most
important messages you can send out to the world. It is what life is all about, it is why we exist, and most important, it is what we want you to do. Party, party, party!
Musicscan:The rock underground, as a whole, has evolved over the last copule of
years with huge success of bands like The Hives, Turbonegro, Gluecifer or even
Puffball. How did you experience all this happen? And does Chuck Norris
Experiment get some benefit from that in terms of mybe bigger audiences
to play to?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: When it comes to playing rock music I don´t think you get anything for free, sad to say. It´s
fantastic what happens to bands like The Hives and Turbonegro. It proves that there are actually
people who listen to music out there, and not just the shit on NRJ-radio. On the other hand
you have bands like Gluecifer and now the Hellacopters who split up, or will split up. Makes you think? It is hard work, and like I said, nothing comes for free…
Musicscan:How do you feel about the viability of having prog-rock become the ‘new’
thing in rock music?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: Give it a few months and then it crawls back to a quiet dark corner again.
Musicscan:A last question: What impact do you think your music has?
The Chuck Norris Experiment: Like a kick in the nuts haha. No, seriously I think the CNE makes people want to have fun. Especially
when you see us live, it is a big party all the way.