Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?
We (Dan and Rob) had a band in high school and continued making music and writing songs for some more years. After playing in different band and with different musicians, we started working in “normal” jobs and stopped making music. 20 years later we attended a concert of the band Shinedown and asked ourselves why we stopped making music and decided to write songs again. That was the beginning of the band “20 Year Short Break”, because it felt like we stopped writing songs just for a short period of time.
Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?
We are both based in Munich and have found other band members in the Munich area.
Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?
We started writing songs with country music influences (artists like Brantley Gilbert, Chris Stapleton and Luke Bryan). But we’re mostly influenced by bands like Shinedown, Foo Fighters, Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars, which is especially noticeable on the newer tracks.
Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?
As children we certainly started with the dream of becoming musicians. But later in life we decided to do more “normal” jobs. But the passion for music and storytelling never stopped. And now we are back to our dreams of the past and we have plans to play concerts and festivals.
What songs or albums are on your current playlist?
Shinedown’s Album Planet Zero, Falling in Reverse, I Prevail, Black Stone Cherry and Cory Marks
Do you sing in the shower?
Always, and in the car.
Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?
We are going to release new songs and try to find a label for better promotion. And of course.. 2023 will be our year of concerts. We just found the perfect band members and love to see how the songs sound in live versions.
Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?
The next release will be our song “Bring it on”. It´s a very energetic song about the struggles and fights in life and how we deal with them.
If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?
In Germany we would love to play at “Rock im Park” or “Rock am Ring”. And the biggest dream is to go on tour with Shinedown someday.
Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?
Attention Attention from Shinedown and Hysteria from Def Leppard.
Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?
No, sorry. We love music in general.
If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?
Queen, Foo Fighters, Shinedown and Van Halen. (Rob)
Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Rage against the machine, System of a down (Dan)
Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?
It was from Whitesnake 1987. I don´t have it but try to find it in second hand stores. (Rob)
My first one was “Screaming for vengeance” by Judas Priest (Dan)
As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?
We are so honoured that so many people listen to our songs, our stories and emotions. We look forward playing a lot of shows in 2023.
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We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?
Thank you for the opportunity to reach such a great audience. Thank you for your work and support.
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