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Stefan Lichtenberger of Kontrust In A Secondhand Wonderland

Kontrust has been seamlessly fusing together heavy metal guitars and vocals with upbeat, pop rhythms for just over a decade now. And in that time, Kontrust has also garnered awards and chart positions for their many singles and albums well-beloved by many. Kontrust released their third full-length this spring to the joy of their world-wide fanbase. I got to speak with male vocalist Stefan Lichtenberger about "Secondhand Wonderland," his multitude of influences, and what's on the plate for crossing the Atlantic.

Buick McKane: How are you today?

Stefan Lichtenberger: I’m fine. Busy, but fine.

Buick: Great. Well, your album “Secondhand Wonderland” came out in April. What have your fans and the press been saying about it?

Stefan: They really liked it and we got a lot of positive feedback and reviews from the media. And we are also very satisfied with it. It’s doing quite well at the moment.

Buick: I think people like it because the music has so many mixes of genres of music; people label you as a crossover band. What kind of people listen to your music? Are they fans of a lot of different stuff?

Stefan: Yeah, they are, but we also have people that normally listen to real metal stuff or even death metal. What’s interesting is, in Poland for example, our fans our around the age of thirty, forty, even fifty or sixty. But we also get feedback from kids, like the age of ten. So it differs quite a lot.

Buick: What music or bands have influenced you?

Stefan: That’s a good question. I mean, we listen to a lot of different bands and a lot of different kinds of musics. So it starts with, let’s say, Depeche Mode and it ends at Iron Maiden. Or DevilDriver, Slipknot. So it’s a lot of different influences. There is not really one band that everyone is constantly listening to or has interest in a broader way. A lot of different stuff.

Buick: That’s interesting. So, so you have any tour plans for the States yet?

Stefan: No, we don’t have any plans yet, but of course we have an eye on the States. So if there’s a chance to set up a tour in the States we will take the occasion and swim over there.

Buick: I would love to see that happen. Is there anything else you would like to say?

Stefan: Yeah, I want to thank everyone in the States for buying and listening to our album. We hope to see you sometime soon in the States, and we can have fun together.

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