A song that made you want to make music?
Ben: The whole first Linkin Park album!
Best rider you’ve had?
Simon: We are quite simple when it comes to our rider. As much alcohol as possible and some good (not spicy) food, and we are happy. There is not a specific rider that comes to mind, but in general I think most venues in Germany have really good food, beverages and backstage rooms. So, a shoutout to them.
Craziest moment you’ve had in the band?
Simon: It’s not a specific crazy moment, but in 2019 we toured Europe with Siamese and Dead Letter Circus. The guys in Siamese are some of our best friends from Denmark. Touring Europe, playing shows, partying and living in a big headliner bus with some of your best friends for 3,5 weeks was extremely fun. A lot of different crazy moments on that tour that is not suited for print.
Deepest lyric one of your song’s features?
Ben: Many of our songs are pretty deep. Especially the songs on Tainted Blood are personal and deep on many levels. Black-eyed and Son are both very, very personal to band members.
Easiest song you wrote?
Ben: Easiest skill wise? or easiest like, it was really fast cause it wrote itself?
First scenario could be a song like June. Second scenario could be a song like Birth of Memories.
Favourite song in your set?
Simon: For me it’s Four Knives. That outro is so fun to play live and we often take the tempo down a few more times than on the record to make it even more heavy and nasty. Definitely a fun song to close the set with.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Ben: Justin Bieber. No, I’m not kidding.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Simon: My band members when they don’t agree with me!
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Simon: I have broken my arm 7 times. 4 times before I turned 4 years old. Some nurses knew my name in the emergency room when I was a kid.
Jokes you have in the band?
Simon: It’s extremely easy to give Sylvester a jump scare, so a common band joke or activity is hiding and giving Sylvester a big scare just to se him extremely startled or jumping up in the air.
Key to writing a song?
Ben: Easy – the chorus needs to be catchy, and the riffs needs to be banging and go krang krang!
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Simon: That has got to be Sarajevo, Bosnia, where we played with Thy Art Is Murder. It was in the earlier days of the band, so we just shove all our gear into a big family car and drove all the way from Denmark, which is almost 2000km. Google Maps were not functioning properly all the way so we were using an old road map over Europe. Since we were drinking rosé on the trip (not the driver) the co-driver ended up sending us on some detours to some very sketchy places reminding us of the Hostel movies. Nevertheless, we got there in the end and played some really fun shows.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Simon: If I’m sticking with a musician we’ve played shows with I will say Jon Deiley or Josh Smith from Northlane. Their musical creativity is extremely inspiring. Such an awesome band.
New band you’d recommend?
Ben: I saw these guys supporting Heart of A Coward on their recent tour. They are called thecityisours! They killed it that night. Tons of energy and the singer had a really great voice.
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Simon: Obviously opening for some of the current heavyweights like Architects, Bring Me The Horizon or Parkway Drive would be fantastic for us, but I will choose Spiritbox. We have Courtney LaPlante featuring on our song Hypnos and it would be so cool to have her on stage and perform her part with us.
Place you’d most like to tour?
Simon: For me it’s definitely Japan and I know Sylvester would reply the same. Sylvester has lived in Japan some years ago and it’s on the top of my list of countries to visit. Having Sylvester show us Japan while playing shows would be fantastic.
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
Ben: I’m all about being happy with what you are doing so it could be this one.
“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” Tom Bodett.
See us live at?
Simon: A venue near you next year! While we are still writing songs and finishing our album, we are now planning for releasing more singles early next year and hopefully play a lot of shows in the Summer and Autumn of 2024.
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Simon: No, We don’t agree on that. We think there was a lot of good music in the old days and maybe some genres were better, but we think that a lot of exciting things happen in music all the time. It would be quite boring if music did not develop and just stayed like in the old days. So, I think different eras have something interesting.
Simon: We don’t have unusual merchandise, but Benjamin is always suggesting merchandise with pictures of him on. Luckily, we outnumber him and can turn it down. Lead singers, am I right?
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
Ben: Matriarch means ‘a woman who is the head of the family or the tribe’. I lost my mom last year and our new single is about the process of loss. Cause she was definitely was the head of the family.
Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?
Simon: We’ve always discussed making a low-gain or acoustic set of some of our songs, which I think would be awesome. I think many of our songs would be really good in a stripped down version where the chords, melodies and vocals are even more at the forefront without all the energy from the drums and distorted guitars.
What do your fans mean to you?
Obviously, they mean a lot to us. Without them there would be no Daze of June and they are a big part of why we do this. Of course, our love for music is the main driving force, but our fans is up there. Playing show and feeling their support, love and energy is one of the best things in this world. We try and spend as much time as we can interacting with them.
X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?
Simon: Yes, very recently actually. Benjamin got a herniated disc when we were shooting the video for Matriarch. Some say it’s really badass to headbang so hard you get a herniated disc, and some say he’s just getting really old.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Simon: Does it count if just one member is late? If so, one of our members *cough* Benjamin *cough* has a tendency to go missing somewhere in the tour bus or his bunk, when we are loading all the heavy gear and equipment to the venue.
Zoo animal that next describes the personality of your band?
This is by far the most difficult question to answer and could be many different animals. It could be a dolphin as the deliberately handle pufferfish, so they inject the dolphin with toxins in small enough doses to get the dolphin “high”. It could be the Quokka which is said to be the happiest animal alive as we really love playing in this band and having fun together, but I will go with the Pistol Shrimp (though I’m not sure they are found in any zoo). The pistol shrimp is around 3-5 cm, but one of the loudest and deadliest animals on the planet. At least pound-for-pound.They can snap their claw so hard that it makes a sound that reaches up to 230 decibel and send shockwaves that creates a pressure bubble under water travelling up to 115 km/h killing most things in its path. I think that’s pretty fitting for a metal band.