What's your favorite song from the 60s

The Films: "I would have loved to have lived in the 50s or 60s."

I no longer doubt that the 50s would have been his time when I stand opposite Michael Trent, the singer of the self-proclaimed "Glambilly" combo The Films: black and red checked lumberjack shirt, skinny jeans, pointy shoes and Brim hat. The hair is not gelled, but tied in a little tail in the backwoods chic. Still slightly jetlagged from yesterday's Atlantic crossing and the subsequent opening concert of her first headlining tour through Europe, the Southerner by choice willingly talks about life in South Carolina, the New York music landscape and people without teeth.

Is Infidelity a Forgivable Sin?

Wow, you are doing a pretty good job! I think it depends on the person. It would surely be what is least forgivable. Especially when you're married and have kids involved. But I don't have a definite answer to that.

The reason I'm asking this is because I read this question on the internet yesterday and immediately thought of your songs. Many are about jealousy and bad relationships.

It's easy to write about because it's one of the most intense feelings you can have. Many of the songs tend to express the thought of it without actually happening. Just paranoia.

You come from the southern states. Do you think about such things more because you are more spirited?

No, it just so happened that when I was writing these songs, the subject kept coming up.

On the internet you can read a lot of different things about your origin. It is said that you are originally from Denver or Charleston and that you now live in New York.

I currently live in Charleston, South Carolina, but the band is in New York. I am there all the time. But actually we're mostly on the road anyway, we don't have a real "home" at all. But the band was formed in Charleston. Before that, we were all scattered across the country, Boston, Texas, Idaho.

Why Charleston?

There is a great music scene there and you can make new friends quickly. It's just a good place to start as a newly formed band.

Has the environment influenced your music?

Definitely. We have a lot of friends in other bands, but being in the south is something special. It was good for us to be there and to be influenced by everything that goes on musically in Charleston.

Now that most of the band lives in New York, will that be reflected in the music and the next album?So far you could hear the influence of typical "southern music" in the songs.

I think it has more to do with what you see every day, the topics that you take up. I think the sound will change, something will just happen. But we definitely want to keep the music interesting. I'm not exactly impressed with what's going on in New York in terms of music. They all copy each other. With so many bands it gets ridiculous at some point. But a lot of the lyrics will probably deal with New York and life there.

Many Germans have their image of the southern states from "Gone with the Wind" or "Torches in the Storm". Can you imagine it that way or how would you describe life in the American South?

Charleston is a special case. It is a relatively old port city that is home to many different cultures. Compared to the rest of the southern states, it's very European. You are probably imagining it to be a little more romantic than it really is. People talk weird and many of them don't have teeth. That's how it really is.

These different cultures are probably what makes your music so interesting. It's like a journey back in time, starting in the 1950s and ending today.

We are mainly influenced by older music. Like everyone else. Even bands that say older music doesn't affect them. Personally, I like country music, and in Charleston I met a lot of really good country musicians. That’s definitely a big influence.

Your music has a pretty high good mood factor, but the lyrics to it are often gloomy and even nightmarish, like for example in "Bodybag". Do you need this dualism?

I like that way of writing, it just comes out of me. Everyone likes to hear beautiful melodies, but I like to listen to things that make you think and tear you out of your normal routine. I just like that kind of storytelling.

At one of your concerts you played a cover of "Be my Baby", which can be found on the soundtrack of "Dirty Dancing". Would that have been an era you would have loved to have lived in? The 50s, 60s?

Oh yes, I would have loved to have lived in the 50s or 60s. Then I would have been in a biker gang.

Like in "Cry Baby".

(Laughs) Yes exactly. At the moment we like to listen to music from the 50s like girl groups and stuff.

Style was very important in the 50s. How important is style for you as a band?

Our style on stage is not very different from how we usually dress. But as a band you want to offer something to people, so we take it a little further when we play, make it more obvious. When I watch a band, I do it to see the show, not just to hear the music.

What exactly makes "The Films" so different from the other "The" bands, of which there are now a lot?

It's hard to say, especially since "The" bands have been around for as long as there have been bands. From the beginning of this century, this trend somehow came back. We actually wanted a classic band name. A lot of the songs have a certain romance and that gang aspect: "we" do things together ... well, I guess I kind of didn't really answer the question.

You're kind of right about that. But why did you choose "The Films"?

At the time we were listening to a lot of David Bowie songs and there is a song that we took the name from.

What's your favorite David Bowie song?

"Five Years". Somehow that keeps coming back.


And hopefully the guys from "The Films" will be too, when they release their second album in the near future, on which - I was told - they are already working hard. You can already taste some new creations on their current tour.


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