DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Haneke Twins

DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Haneke Twins

Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.

This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we find Haneke Twins sat on the beach. The island is far from their home, so how did they end up here and how did they cope with life on Devil's Island? 

Find out now...

Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest. 

So you're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?

Stefanos: For me it would have been Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin! I know I’m cheating as it’s a 3 vinyl and live recording but the sound, atmosphere and collection of tracks there is absolutely phenomenal.. Slow songs, fast songs, everything is in there! Can listen to it everyday…

Paschalis: it would be David Bowie's “BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000” my favourite concert of all time! What a vocal performance, dressing the early Bowie masterpieces with his amazingly deep voice of that era, making me listen to it again and again!

Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?

Stefanos: Can I say ours? I can, right? I really love the artwork on our latest mini-LP Astronaut. It’s a design from the greek artist Bewild Brother. Great detail in there and really captures our sound and what we had in mind! And a very cool person!

Paschalis: The eponymous debut album of Rage Against The Machine. No words for the way the Buddhist monk chose to protest against oppression.

There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to choose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?

Stefanos: for me it would be a mule. Spicy one please! 

Paschalis: Scotch single malt whisky for me please, with a single drop of water.

Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?

Stefanos: I remember I got a Killers t-shirt from one of my first Iron Maiden concerts back in the 90s.. It’s worn to death, you can’t even really tell the artwork from too much washing, but that’d be the one I’d choose.. It just means a lot 🙂

Paschalis: my old Bauhaus t-shirt with their iconic logo, of course!

You’re sat on the island thinking “I’m stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity”… who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?

Well, there’s a common and simple answer here, cause we’re only two behind the song-writing/recording. Paschalis’s dog that appeared on the studio, à la “live at Pompeii”, doesn’t count as band member 🙂

DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Haneke Twins

There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?

Stefanos: That brings a lot of memories to me. I’ll go with “Live Shit: Binge & Purge” from Metallica. This was the first tape I had and I remember I was rewinding it again again to listen to Whiplash continuously. Those were fun times. Then this was replaced by one button.

Paschalis: back in the walkman days, I was totally stuck with “It’s Alive” by Ramones. 28 relentless tracks in less than 55 minutes, one of its kind!

You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?

Well, we can’t send it to someone that is very busy, can we? We could send it to Bruce Dickinson that he’s also a pilot, but probably he wouldn’t really care. So, let’s say we’d send it to Laddermen. An excellent post-punk revival band from Luzern. But Switzerland doesn’t have access to the sea. I guess we’re stuck here forever.

You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?

Since we’re two we’d have to choose who is the weakest, right? I guess that's me (Stefanos). Not much fat though.. Most of me is bones. Sorry - not sorry!

Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?

Stefanos: That has to be a living person right? And probably a good character to spend the days with. For me it would be Tom Morello! Although I could never reach his riffing skills, I was and still am a huge fan of his bands. Not sure if Rage against the machine goes first or Audioslave.

Paschalis: +1. To paraphrase his quote: one does not have to be an honours grad in political science to recognise the influential activism via his music.

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