o many bands, so little time! In the thick of the festival bustle we meet young talents for a high-speed interview. The three lads from A Tale Of Golden Keys are catching a few rays over a beer from their home town. And talking – about their Franconian roots, the path that brought them here and wishes for tomorrow.
Hi! Please say something about yourself.
Hi, we’re Hannes, Jonas and Flo of A Tale Of Golden Keys. We come from Nuremberg and met up eight years ago when we were studying for our final school exams. So we’re the classic schoolboy band story. After we finished we were scattered in different parts of Germany, then together again back in Nuremberg and now Hannes is doing his Master’s in Hamburg. At the moment we’re all double-tracking, studying or working, alongside the music – all in the socio-humanities area.
What kind of music?
We make melancholy guitar pop music. A bit like the indie pop rock of the oughties in modern dress. It’s primarily about emotions, that should blend together through the level of lyrics and images. Of course, a lot has changed over the years: when we started, it all sounded a bit smoother and cockier. But we never said, right, we want to do thatnow and sound like this. It just developed over the years.
As a child, what musicians’ star-crop used to hang in your rooms?
Flo: I used to have a 2Pac poster in my rebellious youth phase.
Jonas: For me it was Die Ärzte, when I was about 13. Mainly because my older sister listened to them.
Hannes: At that stage I was more into Die Toten Hosen. But Kurt Cobain stayed the longest on my wall, though I wasn’t really much of an über-Nirvana fan. But that was in Bravo.
Who would it be today?
We were just talking about Paul McCartney yesterday on the road to Hamburg. Though he’s one of the most blatant world stars, he’s just a cool, grounded old man. And in human terms that’s something to aim for in the widest sense. But we definitely have a few musical role models. Death Cab For Cutie is one of them, but there’s The National or The Notwist as well.
What does it mean for you to be Wunderkinder?
To start with, it’s nice that there are people who think we’re made for the international market. That’s definitely appreciation of the work we’ve put in over the last eight years. And playing at the Reeperbahn Festival, that’s cool, that we’re part of the Wunderkinder programme, that’s cool. As far as everything else is concerned, we’ll see. We’re excited about what will happen, without being fixated. But of course it’s our aim to be full-time professional musicians.