Die Kreuzen interview from Flesh and Bones fanzine. Interview probably conducted in mid-to-late 1982 or early 1983.
F+B: Cows and Beer...does that about sum up
DAN: Well, a lot of people say, "
HERMAN: Ya, alot of people joke about
F+B: Where do you play?
DAN: We also play this place called the
HERMAN: Those assholes shouldn't have messed with all those skaters and Madtowners, because those guys don't take any shit!
ERIC: Ya, every place has a bar. Only a few don't, and they are real expensive.
F+B: What's the history of the band?
DAN: Not much really, me and Herman and Beezer moved up to
HERMAN: We called ourselves the Stellas. We were the only punk band in
ERIC: Ya, we played with Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and lots of others because we were the only band that would fit the bill.
DAN: We changed our name to die Kreuzen about a year and a half ago, when we got Keith on bass and Beezer split to get his own band going, which turned into Sacred Order.
KEITH: Sacred Order has a pretty big following around here...the cassette the put out, "Cranking on a Straight Edge," is really popular.
DAN: Anyways, when Keith joined we got a lot faster and we started playing out of town. The Effigies helped us out with gigs in
ERIC: Those guys are cool. So are the Huskers, they helped us alot too.
KEITH: That was about the time we answered the ad for Charred Remains. Bob Moore liked our sound enough to put two of our songs on the tape and also do a record with us. We split the costs with Version Sound.
F+B: What does die Kreuzen mean?
DAN: We've had a lot of people say it means "the crosses." Somebody told me it means two people meeting on the street in front of a church or something stupid like that. We know that it's German.
ERIC: We don't really know what it means. You'd have to ask our old room mate, Dianne. She's the one that thought it up.
(It's dee Kroitzen, not die Krewzin)
F+B: What music do you listen to?
ERIC: We all have our own taste in music. We listen to a lot of different things.
DAN: I listen to mostly thrash and some older punk. Tar Babies are my favorite band. Crucifix are hot. MDC, Misfits!
KEITH: I'll listen to anything at least once.
ERIC: I still listen to Black Sabbath once in a while. Crucifucks are cool.
F+B: Do you work boring jobs?
ERIC: Ya, pretty much. I sit and answer a phone and watch meters for an alarm company all day.
HERMAN: Me and Dan sling pizzas.
DAN: I don't mind cooking pizza. At least I eat OK.
KEITH: I'm not even gonna talk about the tuna boat I work in!
HERMAN: Keith is a cook in a fast fish place, pure grease, man!
KEITH: It sucks, but at least it's a job.
DAN: At least we have some kind of personal income so that we can use the money that the band makes on stuff that the band needs, like our record, our van, new equipment...
F+B: Some of your songs have a really aggressive attack, not only with the music, but with the words too. What are some of those songs about?
DAN: Well, "All White" is kind of like a scary song...
DAN: It's about being locked in a room with rubber walls. I saw this old movie where they tried to make this guy go crazy by locking him up in a room with a white bright light. Our other songs are about stupid people and what goes on around you every day. Don't be fooled by the plastic wrapper, there are a lot of sick people. It's not that people are idiots, it's just that they don't realize that you can do what you want and not what your friends or boss or family wants. Everybody says it over and over, "Think for yourself," but what else can you say?
KEITH: We're not saying just, "YouYouYou!" and nobody else. We're saying everybody is free to do what they want so don't let anyone dictate to you.
F+B: Are you basically optimistic of pessimistic?
DAN: Some of our songs are very pessimistic, but I wouldn't say we're either in our outlook.
F+B: What's your opinion of ultra-political bands who sing about nothing but nuclear war and Reagan and WW3?
HERMAN: Well, it's cool that they're trying to open other people's eyes and warn them of the danger we are in, but it gets very boring and it all starts to sound the same. I don't want to sound like every other band that comes along singing about that stuff. Sure we have some songs like that, but we write about lots of different things. It's not all, "We're gonna die in nuclear war!"
DAN: Ya, we have songs about just hanging out on a street corner to making love to a mannequin...
F+B: What are your future plans?
DAN: We plan on doing a west coast tour in mid-summer and the east coast in the fall. After we get back from the west we're recording new stuff.
KEITH: We're re-recording everything we know except for the stuff on the single and press a 12 inch.
DAN: One track (no name) is going to appear on Version Sound's compilation album, "Choke Raven, Kill Puppy." We'll also have 2 or 3 songs on a local band compilate tape being put out by local band GFO. It will feature all
F+B: Where have you played outside of
ERIC: We played
KEITH: We played
DAN: We also played in