Event: Album Listening Party
Venue: Hyett Regency, LondonDate: 15 Feburary 2014
felt like a scene from the movie Almost Famous when 21 Octayne invited
to their album listening party in the Hyatt Regency London – The
Churchill hotel in Central London, but minus the mess you would see in
held in a small, posh hotel room, Marco Wriedt (guitar) and Hagen Grohe
(vocals) managed to establish a down-to-earth and cozy atmosphere.
It almost felt like one of the things my dad would tell me about from
back when he was a teenager in the Seventies. You gathered up with your
friends, everyone bought their favorite LP and you enjoyed the evening
listening to music and indulging in a drink or two – just this time
everyone came to listen to 21 Octayne’s first album.
a few welcoming words from both, Hagen started playing the first song 'She’s
Killing Me'. The room quietened and suddenly filled with an
unexpected air you normally get from songs like Skid Row’s 'Youth Gone
Wild'. An incredibly powerful and catchy song that makes you want
to jump up and move to it. "We always knew that would
be the first song on our album“ ... were Hagen’s words once the song
finished. Good choice, no doubt.
if you think that was it, you are wrong my friend. The rest of the
songs including the next single 'Dear Friend' did not disappoint
either. Quite the contrary, they surprised you, made you smile,
made you want to jump up and bang your head or close your eyes and enjoy
the catchy riffs, clever arrangements and powerful vocals.
and Marco both said a few words to each song and explained how the
tracks originated. Most of 21 Octayne’s songs came to life in
jam sessions. Like 'Turn The World' which was one of the first
tracks they created. The band would meet up in a studio, gather
around a microphone and start jamming together like most bands in the
good old days. Once done, Hagen would listen to each and every
song later and come up with lyrics and melodies.
the ones to 'My Teddy Bear' which he said are his favorite lyrics.
They were inspired by a painting of a kid lying in its bed, threatened
by a frightening looking monster that leaned over the little boy.
Then right between them, there was this little teddy bear with a sword
and shield protecting the kid. With a smile Hagen then added ...
"Everyone can relate to that. Everyone once had a teddy bear when
they were little...“
only track that was revised after the normal process was Marco’s
favorite and title track 'Into The Open' that, as the title indicates,
creates an incredible atmosphere. It evokes your imagination and
makes you feel as if you are in the open space or water, you decide.
Once the listening session finished, Hagen and Marco surprised everyone with a spontaneous acoustic session of a few of their songs. And to give you a little sneak peak, you can find a video of one of their songs right below this article. Enjoy!
but not least, Marco and Hagen answered a few questions, one of them
being why they chose to call the band 21 Octayne. "We wanted
to call the band 'Mothership' at first, inspired by Led Zeppelin’s
best of album, but once we googled it we found too many bands and
decided to go with something else. Alex then suggested Octane but
that just wasn’t enough so we decided to add a number“ Marco
answered. They decided on 21 as a symbol for the 21st century, and
Marco then came up with the band name 21 Octayne.
means power - power for the 21st century. With that, we want to change
the rock world."
they are on the best way to do exactly that with their new album coming
up in May 2014.
Review by: Anna Zurek
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