Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Wham Bam!.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
WHAM BAM!: Wham Bam! is a duo consisting of Gideon Kretschmer (vocals, all instruments) and Nico Tourelle (vocals) – Nico lives on a farm in the quiet Karoo in South Africa, and Gideon Kretschmer lives in the bustling city of Frankfurt, Germany. We collaborate remotely, sharing and writing ideas via whatsapp and then recording the songs in our respective home studios.
We’re also part of new upstart German label HopePunk Records (https://hopepunkrecords.com) and as part of this creative collective we work with musicians across the globe, both for Wham Bam! but also other projects.
We’ve been making music together since 1996, when they started their first band SUNFISH, back in the hey-days of the South African rock music scene.
Nico moved to Taiwan where he spent a number of years performing and touring Asia as vocalist for a huge local pop/rock group. Gideon continued his music career in South Africa as songwriter and producer for a number of bands over the years, culminating in a move to his new base in Germany in 2018.
Over the years we’ve continued our creative connection – sharing ideas, writing and performing together (Nico wrote and performed on “It’s on Fire” – from WonderWolf’s debut album “The Long Winter” (one of Gideon’s other projects).
Wham Bam! formed in 2019 when Nico shared a new song idea via Whatsapp – Gideon loved the hook and quickly recorded a demo idea – a couple of rounds of remote collaboration later and their debut single “On Your Own” was born. Lyrics were written by fellow creative partner Ramon Rabie (an author and wordsmith extraordinaire living in Thailand) – this breathed new life and meaning into the track.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
WHAM BAM!: We love a wide range of genres, but naturally gravitate back to our grunge and rock roots, with Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, AC/DC being influences. We try to mix that energy with more current pop/indie flavors to ensure it rocks but also grooves.
Our music says – Don’t take life and yourself too serious, have some fun. Our lyrics go deeper, but it also supports this overall theme of optimism and hope. In terms of our process – songwriting is split between Nico and Gideon, both being guitarists and vocalists, our years of writing together has created a natural rhythm of sharing and shaping. Our dual vocal approach is also our special sauce so we create songs that works with this sauce.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
WHAM BAM!: We’ve just released our debut single “On Your Own” – a catchy rock & roll/grungy track, released with a fun lyric video (even Beavis & Butthead make a guest appearance).
Check out https://hopepunkrecords.com/wham-bam for all the info and links
Song links – https://songwhip.com/whambam/on-your-own
Lyric Video – https://youtu.be/e0bNS7VLuZs
Store – https://hopepunkrecords.com/buy
We’re in studio putting the final touches on our second single “Fool’s Gold” – a catchy pop/rock anthem with massive crowd-pleasing potential – this will lead up to the release of their debut EP later in 2020.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
WHAM BAM!: Lots of energy and fun, songs you can sing along to and a show that is entertaining to watch. We don’t take ourselves to seriously and this comes across when we play.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
WHAM BAM!: Our immediate focus is to finish work on our debut EP, and to work with our label to spread our tunes and grow an organic following of like-minded music lovers. Plans are also in the pipeline for South African and European dates in the next year. A UK/EUR festival slot would be a our first “dream” achievement.