Even if you
havent heard about 45 RPM before,
the name of Thorsten (aka Schroeder) and
Jurgen may be familiar to you. They both
were members of the neo-rockabilly trio
The Javes and had a few records out in
the mid 80s. A few years later,
well decided to take over the world but
this time with a more authentic sounding
rockabilly (I dont like the term
but I havent found a better one yet),
they found the secret weapon to team with
in the person of Sandra : a cute little
girl with a rockin Patsy Cline
Their second album has just been
released, it contains 16 tunes and 9 are
written by the band.
by Fred "Virgil"
How did you meet and
how was the band formed ?
The beginning of
FORTYFIVE RPM was ca.2002/2003.
After a few changes of some
different bandmembers we´re
playing in this constellation
since July 2005.
Many american artist
discovered rockabilly music with
their parents or in a family
context. What about you. What led
you to this music.
My Mom and Dad kept me
hearing Mr. Johnny Cash since I
was a little "Anything"
as she was pregnant with me. As I
behold the world I knew that I
was looking in 6 really good
rocking eyes. MY MOM; MY DAD AND
MY BEAUTIFUL SISTER!!!!
Thorsten and Jurgen, you
were members of The Javes back in
the mid-80s. One word about
Thorsten - Yes,
we did! (wow, thats
what I call one word
Didnt The Javes
work with Boz Boorer? Are there
any unreleased recordings from
Thorsten - Wow,
we did work with Boz Boorer in
England indeed. But almost no one
did know that. We cut 4 songs for
Ray Frenshaws Northwood Records,
none of it has been released so
far. And one of these is a smash
hit ( Soldier in the night),
Before joining this guys,
Sandra, have you heard about
their dark past?
Not really - smile- Did
they have a dark past, wwooow...
Sandra, when did you
start singing? Is this your first
Sandra - I
enjoy singing since I was a
little girl sitting on mummys lap.
In the late 90´s I start singing
in my first band. That time I´d
been singing in a soul band. But
I left that band a few month
later. Very strange band - the
bassman was in a relationship
with the girl on the sax. He was
47 years old and she was 17 -
Could you tell us about
Since I listened music I
was interested in "Old Style
It started with 60´s - northern-soul-,
Rocksteady, Ska, you know?
Approximately 1995 I listened to
my first Stray Cats, Restless,
Rattlers and (oho) Nekromantix LP.
(Shame on me that I´ve never
heard this good rocking sound
before) And now, here I am ;o)
Mr. Bass Jürgen and Trixomatic
don´t say any word - they always
slap, and slap, and slap...
Thorsten - I
dig very early Neo-Rockabilly,
Django Reinhardt, Charlie
Christian, T-Bone Walker, Chico
Hamilton. Songwise I go for the
"pop"songs, tracks with
a catchy melody!
What about your drummer?
I've heard he joined the band in
an impromptu way.
Yes, indeed. The "old"
drummer didn´t show up for a gig.
So we needed to find a new
drummer, quick! DJ Rollin´Danny
( Trixomatic Olliver)was
available at this time and we
knew it from the very first gig
that he fits perfectly in the
Schroeder, you have your
own studio and have just recorded
a solo album, tell us about that
Thorsten - Songs
I recorded over the past 16
month, twiddling the knobs in my
studio. Played all guitars,
drums, handled the vocals and
asked two friends of mine to help
out with the bass playing. Jürgen
did one half of the songs; It´s
a mixture from swampy roots
rockabilly to voodoo neorhythms
to swinging rockabilly tunes. So
far, I have not tried to find a
label, and give some of them away
for free on the homepage.
Does your nickname,
Schroeder, come from the Peanuts?
Thorsten - Yes,
Schroeder comes from the Peanuts:
Sandra once said I would remind
her of this piano player
character and ever since...
you crazy about Beethoven like
Thorsten - Personally
I go for J.S. Bach, absolutely
brilliant. Beethoven is too heavy
for me. He was deaf, anyway...
Are you full-time
musicians or do you have a day
I´m working ( rocking
and rolling, too ) in a day-nursery.
Everywhere I am I hear tunes in
my head! No voices - TUNES!!!
Thorsten - I´m
a full time student ( hehe) (
psychology and sociology), but I
live on making music.
You recently backed
Rayburn Anthony. It must have
been a big thrill to you.
Tell us about that.please
BE SIMPLY SPEECHLESS!!
It was THE big thrill and the
audience was captivate us and we
could captivate, too. Is there
Hope, we see us and rock
the house together!
Best wishes from Fortyfive rpm!!!
infos on their website