Interview with Bombenkinder
- by Dawn Reed
The Deli: How did the band start?
Allen Nichols (vocals): The band started as a project of closure for me and an attempt to recapture a sense of innocence in making music.
What's the story behind the band name?
The name of the band came from a song we wrote of the same name. Bombenkinder was inspired by a photograph I found of children sitting in a pile of rumble of what was once their home after WW2. The message of the song is perseverance through the worst life can deliver. Since naming the band Bombenkinder, I've met many people who have offered their incredible stories of being a "Bombenkinder."
What are your biggest musical influences?
All music inspires me and my bandmates. The band I could not do without is The Cure.
What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
Sigur Ros, The Horrors, and Wolves Like Us. My favorite local band is Stars and the Sea.
What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
The Elvis Album with Hunk of Burning Love. An Ozzy Osbourne concert.
What do you love about Baltimore's music scene?
The diversity in genre and the passion of the artists.
What would you like to see change in the local music scene?
Ticket sales have to go.
What are your plans for the upcoming year?
Writing, collaborating and finishing the new album; as well as, playing entertaining shows.
What was your most memorable live show?
Our debut CD release show at the 8x10 in Baltimore.
Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?
Yes, every friend and fan we've made so far.
Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?
My Gretsch silver anniversary guitar because I regretfully traded a rare Les Paul for it. I love my Gretsch, but I really wish I wouldn't have let my Les Paul go. So, me and the Gretsch are together forever.