COLOUR HAZE are one of the most exciting German heavy psych-rock bands of today, and with their latest album "Los Sounds De Krauts", they've released an amazing and trippy album, which seems like the missing link between old spaced-out 70's sounds and 90's heavy rock in the vein of Kyuss or Clutch f.e. But no matter, how one would like to describe their sonic lava, one thing is sure, COLOUR HAZE are playing timeless heavy psych rock and I think, that the best chapters of their nearly ten years long band-history are laying right in front of them. I contacted Stefan Koglek, guitarist and vocalist of COLOUR HAZE, for this interview, who's also the owner of the small label Elektrohasch Schallplatten, and we didn't only talked about the new album...
Hey Stefan, what's going on the COLOUR HAZE camp right now? I've noticed, that you're playing some gigs here in Germany, including the Swamp Room happening in Hannover . How was the show?
We had a really great time at the Swamp Room Happening, though I got very exhausted and only slept for 3 hours in 3 days : ) We played the last show on saturday, therefore we could play almost 2 hours, but to start at 4:45 am was a new experience. Strange to start a concert in the night and afterwards stumble out in the sunlight. We were stunned and astonished to see, that a lot of people came to the Happening for us, they waited all the time and the place stayed full until we finished at 6:30. The audience-response was overwhealming.
We did another concert at the White Pig in Bad Frankenhausen together with Ojo Rojo the next weekend, also a lot of people came from everywhere. One guy even went for that show some 100kms with his bike, went off home already one day earlier, got injured at his knee...Well it's really a thrill to see that people are that much into us, I'm very grateful for that - I think there is really something on the move, not only for Colour Haze but the whole scene....In July we just played one Open Air concert at an art-festival of the area we have our rehearsal place in Munich, but we'll go into studio to have some sessions recorded, with no specific purpose yet, lets see what will happen...in August we'll play a few Open Airs in Germany and Austria. On the 2nd of August we'll even have two shows on the same day, on 11 am in Aschaffenburg and on 11 pm in Kassel and at the moment I'm busy booking dates for tours with Hypnos 69 and with Los Natas in October...
How much shows have you played during the last five years and have you ever toured in the USA?
We just started to get out of MÃ¼nchen for concerts with the CO2-album in 2000. So that's not too many concerts yet. We play about 25 shows per year, maybe 30 this year... No, we've never toured in the USA. I have to admit to me a US-tour is not the holy grail that it seems to be for so many German musicians. There are a lot of great people in the US who still hold the freak-flag high, but I think for Heavy and Psychedelic Rock we have now the best and most interesting scene in Europe. We have some real fans in the USA, we would really like to play for them!
But I'm afraid this will stay out of reach for us for still a long time, just too exspensive and we need those special amps.... This has to work out the right way, we don't want to invest alot of money to end up in some dump... I don't think it's the best place to tour for a rock-group at the time and I see all the US-bands are eager to tour Europe - because it's just better here, it's paid better, driving distances are shorter and you don't get shot or in jail for a joint that fast, haha : )....
You've been around with COLOUR HAZE since 1994 and released some full-lengths and other stuff. During the last years you've build a strong following in the underground, and with your new album "Los Sounds De Krauts" you've released a beautiful and majestic heavy-psych double-album. How would you describe the band's way in the last years, not only musically. I guess, it was a rocky path. Have you ever thought about giving up or something like this?
No, I've never thought about giving up. What I do and live is my music, I can't imagine anything else I could do. And to play in a band like Colour Haze is now, is really a privilege, reward and benefit already enough so I don't care about rocky paths... : ) I'm very grateful that we got in contact with so many good people over the last years and have the chance to get around and tour. This is a very great and special thing about the stonerrock-scene, it's so open and friendly. It's not in touch with the big media and record industry, it all depends to idealistic people who care much for the music they like, organize concerts, run zines or small labels... Everybody is invited to make a contribution.
The internet is a great benefit too. It's the best alternative scene since years I'd say and we are very proud we came to be a part of it over the last years. I'm not keen to get into the bigger music-business. I've seen enough of that already. I think it's very much better to run your very own thing, to have a direct contact with organizers, fans and "customers". I want to get together. All the freaks out there often have been that disconnected - well that's what I felt myself some years ago - like there is a fence between everybody, so we'd better cut that... We want to encourage everybody to grow an underground scene which isn't filled with all that shit you get served at the big shows, big festivals, big media, big business... just take care yourself, it's easy! : ) So our "rocky-underground-path" is also on purpose. I want to show that there's an alternative way, you don't have to get into the machinery.