Interview with Klammer

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Klammer are POSS on Lead Vocals/Guitar, STEVE WHITFIELD on Guitar/Vocals , MIKE ADDY on Bass and BRUNO ALMEIDA on Drums

Hailing from Leeds (UK), Klammer draws from the members' shared love for all things angular, dark, loud and melodic. Previously described as the love child of XTC and Gang Of Four, Klammer offer an enticing contemporary twist on the post-punk attitude, blending in elements of goth rock, punk rock and dark wave, all with dark pop sensibilities. You'll find plenty of hooks and a dark and edgy broodiness coursing through their sound. 

Formed by UK Producer Steve Whitfield (The Cure/The Mission/Jane Weaver) in 2014, they have already released 3 albums to great critical acclaim, with 2018’s ‘You Have Been Processed’ receiving fantastic reviews across the board. The singles ‘Modern God’ and ‘Spiral Girl’ off the album, both received airplay on BBC 6 Music.

Having consistently played up and down the UK both as a headline act and in support of some big name bands (including The Skids, The Undertones, Richie Ramone, Chameleons Vox, Penetration and The Membranes), they have also played at Rebellion for the last two years, The Great British Alternative festival and last years Whitby Goth Weekend. Klammer are intent on consolidating their position as one of the country’s finest live Post Punk acts.   



What first got you into music and when was it?

Steve – Bowie, Punk and Kraftwerk. So I loved it when Post-Punk happened and seemed to combine all of them. I think that combination of noisy guitars and electronics still inspires me.

Poss - Same as above!


Who inspired you to make music, who are you influenced by?

Steve – Initially seeing punk bands live who could only just play but were really exciting, but it Joy Division that really made me go and buy an instrument. When I first heard the song Public Image, I knew punk was over for me and something new was happening (Post-Punk)

Poss - David Bowie, T-Rex and Roxy Music and then all things Post Punk


How would you describe the music that you typically create, has it changed over the years and how?

Poss - The music seems to have changed on each album project. The debut album was quite sparse and had a variety of styles whereas the following albums have a denser and specific style. The new record is going to be full of songs with more space and ambience.


What is your creative process like (how do you create your music), has it changed over time and how? 

Poss - I constantly write ideas down, sometimes a phrase or even a single word on my “scratchpad”. Steve writes the musical parts and we then work together on the arrangements. Steve - I’m quite lucky I have a Pro Tools studio at home, so I write straight to that. On every song we’ve ever done there’s always something from the demo that ends up on the finished record.


Who would you like to collaborate with and why?

Poss - Tony Visconti and/or Eno! Why? Because they have produced so many classic bands and albums. 

Steve – I’m very lucky that I worked with The Cure on their Wish album as an engineer, but I’d love to write with Robert.

If you could support one band, who would it be and why?

Poss - The Cure! Because they are, surely, the most influential and important band of all time.


What is the one message you would give your audience and what message would you give the MU readers? 

Poss - Never lose your love of music! Steve – The above and whatever you’re doing have fun doing it.


What is the most useless talent you have?

Poss - I can fit 2 hard-boiled eggs in my mouth at the same time!


What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for music?

Steve - I’d probably be a chef

Poss - I would be a recluse


Where have you performed?

Steve - We’ve played up and down Britain from London to Cardiff to Edinburgh. Playing to a packed 100 Club with Penetration was very special. Also playing the O2 in Oxford with The Skids was also a high point so far and our 2 two visits to play Rebellion Festival. The worst gig we’ve played so far was in Doncaster, a terrible one day festival that had a totally unsuitable crowd and terrible PA.


How do you feel the internet has impacted the music industry and you specifically?

Poss - The internet is a double edged sword really. One the one side it allows musicians to share and promote their music all over the world for little or no cost. On the other side, it has reduced the amount of investment that should be specifically targeted at emerging talent. Personally, I think it has helped KLAMMER to reach an audience.


What is your favourite song to perform and why?

Steve - I really like playing Modern God

Poss -  I don’t have a true favourite song to perform, it depends on the day. Being Boiled is always a very exciting song to play live.


What is the most trouble you have gotten into? 

Poss - A pub fight! Also setting fire to a brand new pair of jeans at a Jam gig in 1977!


If you could only listen to one album from now on what would it be? (Each member can provide separate answers)

Steve - Closer by Joy Division

Poss - Blackstar by Bowie

What is the best advice you have been given?

Steve - Keep going. Too many great bands don’t keep going long enough and split up. We’ve all seen brilliant bands at small venues and most of them never keep going long enough to really make their mark on us.

Poss - There’s nothing new under the Sun!


If you could change anything what would it be?

Poss - That’s a tough one, there’s so much wrong in the world. Maybe I would reform the world’s political systems? Steve – That Covid 19 would F**K OFF


Which bands do you think are currently under-rated or that people should look out for?

Poss - The Murder Capital, an Irish Post Punk band


What is next for you?

Steve - We’ve just started recording our 4th album, which we are hoping to release at the end of the year.

Poss - I’ll keep on writing words because our 5th album will happen one day!


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