Interview – 20 Year Short Break

A couple of months ago, I reviewed the song Bad Tattoo by 20 Year Short Break. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of checking out more of their music, and wanted to find out a little more about the band. Read on below to see how I got on…

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Bad Tattoo, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

The lyrics are very personal and describe our own (bad) experiences that we have had in our lives. And we always carry these stories with us. Like bad tattoos. And yes, Rob has had some tattoo cover-ups. This song can be purchased on any digital platforms of choice (Amazon, YouTube Music, Bandcamp).

What does the title refer to?

Some experiences or memories mark us for the rest of our lives (just like tattoos do). And some of those experiences you want to get rid of, but you can´t (just like bad tattoos) – they are following you the rest of your life. You must deal with them and find your inner peace.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Definitely! Due to the disease we couldn´t meet each other for a couple of weeks. Also, it has not been possible for us to play any gigs for nearly two years now.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Easy. We meet in the studio and share our ideas. It is great teamwork.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

We are releasing a new single called Hail To All The Monsters on April 4th, 2022.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

We are in the writing process for our new album with the title Play Harder. It will be released in summer 2022.

What/who influences you most as artists?

We are influenced by many music genres – rock, blues, country, singer-songwriter etc. But we are also influenced by life itself. We convey deep experiences, successes, failures, our lives as fathers and as brothers. Our songs are self reflections, shared with all those who value pure honesty and authenticity.

What have you been listening to recently?

Joe Bonamassa, Blake Shelton, Shinedown, Kip Winger, Foo Fighters, Brantley Gilbert.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

We are based in Munich, Germany. Due to the pandemic, the music scene here has had a very hard time (like everywhere in the world).

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We are hoping to play some live dates after our album release.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

We think that our music is made for being performed live. People can expect a real rock show with great sound and good vibes.

Any last words for the fans?

For the truth lies in the dust – not in the disco ball!