Tuesday 27 June 2017


Hey guys! Thanks so much for doing this interview, I appreciate it! So can you introduce yourselves,
tell us what you do in the band, and what is your favourite drink?

Well, I will lead you guys through all of it since it is quite impossible to get all of us in a room doing it. I am Padde. One out of two guitar players and singers, the other one is Kalle. Hauke hits the drums, and Tommy is the guy on bass. We all love beer, preferably Holsten out of tall cans.

Padde from Instinct of Survival.

When did the band form? 

Hauke, Kalle and me formed it in late 1994/95. We were called Sperrzone back then; had an extra singer, I played bass and all that changed in 1999 when we kicked out the singer, and changed the name to Instinct of Survival. Later, I quit the bass and took the second guitar place, we added Pacik on bass who left the band almost 2 years ago, so since then we have Tommy in the band.
Kalle, Hauke, Padde, and Pacik.

Call of The Blue, in comparison to your earlier stuff like North of Nowhere, has a more post-punk goth vibe I think. Would you agree?

A lot of people say that. In my eyes it is just a little bit [more post-punk]. We just kicked out the metal out of our songs. Call of the blue distance is pure crust with a lot more going back to the roots of punk. More ambient like zygote or amebix. There are little hints of post-punk/goth but in my opinion this is just the result of us being us. We always played what we wanted (look at our releases). We reached an annoying point with North of Nowhere where promoters tried to book us for the weirdest metal/grind festivals, not punk related at all.... no politics behinds that. We don't want to play with unpolitical metal or porngrind bands! We are a punk band! We are punks! We wanna play with punk bands! I don't get why punk seems to transform into metal, but maybe this is just another trend. Just stay with well-played three chords and have fun!

What bands have you been listening to to influence your newer stuff?

It is not that we get influenced by recently listened to bands. For example, I am going through a Finnish punk phase, just rediscovered it and love it, that doesn't mean that we will soon sound like Kaaos or Riistetyt haha. We listen to punk since we are 12 years old, now getting close to 40, I can say that we heard a lot good bands, some got stuck, some faded away after listening to it. Bands who influences us since we started are for example: Doom, Hiatus, Deviated Instinct, Zygote, Prophecy of Doom, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Skinny Puppy, The System, Antisect, Amebix, Ent etc.

The last release you guys had was two years ago, and I think I seen recently that you're writing for some new releases. Can you tell us anything about the new stuff?! Any changes in direction with the band, or details about the releases? Please please please!

You are actually wrong. We released two split EPs last year. One with the incredible LIFE from Japan, and one with Vølkermord. We are working on new songs for a mini 12" and 5 split EPs. Not
so much changes in my eyes, just stay tuned!

You guys still keep busy with gigs, recently you played Punx Picnic and Somewhere In Nowhere. How were they?! Any cool stories?

The Somewhere in Nowhere fest was fun! Sadly, not so many people but I really enjoyed it being deep in nature with no phone reception! Next day in prague was something different! People went crazy, crowdsurfing, singing along, pogo etc! Was a perfect show! Not so many stories to tell, only passing out in bars etc. Instinct's usual party.
Tommy, Padde, Kalle, and Hauke.

Craziest/funniest thing that happened at a show you guys played?

Hm, all in all not that much i think. Kalle likes to entertain the crowd with his dystopian view
of mankind, people seem to like it.
Up the punx!

I like to throw in questions which are weird just because it makes it a little more interesting, so here's one for you all - why do you play in a band? What makes you keep doing it?

Kalle, hauke and me became punks together, and since that day we are still doing/loving it. More than a lifestyle, and more than friends. We are family, and we love to spend our time together. Tommy is even longer punk than us, hung out in the squatterscene back then and lives now in an old squat in Hamburg. Simply said: punks for life!

Finally, any favourite bands you're listening to at the moment?

For the newer bands I have to mentions canadas LANGUID! Their latest release slays! Best German
band lately are PISS and best northern bands are SWORDWIELDER and GLORIOUS!

Thanks so much for the interview!!

Hope the next releases are coming soon!

Stay punk!

Thanks so much!!

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