Interview with Caspar Brotzmann 

Source: Burning Ambulance.

It’s been 30 years since guitarist Caspar Brötzmann and his power trio Massaker made their debut with 1987’s The Tribe. He made four more Massaker albums: 1989’s Black Axis, 1992’s Der Abend der Schwarzen Folklore, 1993’s Koksofen, and 1995’s Home (a collection of re-recordings of tracks from The Tribe and Black Axis). He’s only collaborated with his saxophonist father twice, on 1990’s Last Home and as a member of the 10-member Marz Combo in 1993. He’s also worked with Einstürzende Neubauten‘s FM Einheit on 1994’s Merry Christmas, and with Helmet‘s Page Hamilton on 1996’s Zulutime. His last studio recording under his own name was Mute Massaker, a collection of instrumental trio jams that sounded more indebted to Jimi Hendrix than anything he’d done before; that was released in 1999.

Thus, it’s been a surprise to see him make a slow, somewhat tentative comeback over the past few years. In 2012, he formed a new trio, NOHOME, with bassist Marino Pliakas and drummer Michael Wertmüller, both of whom played with Peter Brötzmann in the group Full Blast. Their self-titled debut also featured FM Einheit on two tracks, adding a junkyard noise element to their extended doom-improv workouts. He was also the subject of a 2012 documentary, the title of which translates to Brötzmann: That’s When the World is Mine.

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