NEWS: March 2016

Once again it was that time of the month, so here´s some exciting news from your favorite label..

The Trash Templars have played in Bremen and at the Go Wild Festival in Eindhoven, don´t make the same mistake as me and go see them at one of these shows:
08.04.2016 Stemwede (Private party)
09.04.2016 Hamburg, Garageville Weekend , Hafenklang
16.04.2016 Köln, Sonic Ballroom
06.05.2016 Heilbronn, Bierkrug
07.05.2016 Kassel, Goldgrube
20.05.2016 Sittard, Ernesto´s Cantina Mexicana
21.05.2016 Bloodstains accross Kortijk, Pits (+Fake O´s and many more)
28.05.2016 Berlin, Cortina Bob

And of course go see The Sensational Second Cousins as well:
27.03.2016 Schijndel, Paaspop
05.05.2016 Leeuwarden, Bevrijdings festival Friesland
21.05.2016 Nieuw Amsterdam, Rumblin´ in the peateries
03.06.2016 Emmen, Poppodium Apollo RELEASEPARTY!

It´s great to hear that Koko from Vinyl Music Records likes our latest releases. Hear some great songs from the Krontjong Devils and the Trash Templars on Radio La Granja out of Zaragoza, and here you can hear The Krontjong Devils and De Keefmen.

Read all about the Trash Templars here and here. The debut EP from the Bielefeld bunch has also entered in the top 20 from March of Whole Lotta Shakin. A great piece of time-lapse art has been made for the fantastic "Wanna know":

And somewhere in between they managed to record another fine song, a ballad this time:

Make sure if you haven´t got it already, that you get your copy at Soundflat, Copastic or Moody Monkey Records or Nat Records or Shiny Beast, in Groningen, just go to ELPEE. It´s distributed by Clear Spot. Also you can contact the Trash Templars. If you have any questions, or want to order directly from us of course you can always contact us via e-mail (kuriosarecords[at]

Interview: The Trash Templars

Ever wondered who the Trash Templars are? Here is an interview done last year which was published in City Trash #45.

Could you please introduce yourselves and tell us who does what?
Ben: Hi, we are The Trash Templars from Germany. we are: Sven who sings, screams and shouts and also plays the rhythm guitar (occasionally - note from Sven). Max our bassplayer, Robin, he plays the drums and me, I´m on leadguitar. Max, Robin and me are singing the backing vocals as well.
Where and when did you all meet? And what made you decide to become Trash Templars?
Ben: I know Robin a very long time now, we went to school together and I think it was in the 7th grade when we first met. I just started playing guitar and he already played drums for some years. We decided to start some kind of "schoolband" but it never got to the point where you could really call it "a band". We had a bassplayer and another guitarplayer too and we tried to start a real band after school, but it was more like jamming around without a singer because we never found somebody who would like to join us. So the band split up after some time. The good thing is, that I met Robin these days and I can say that we are quite good friends until now. i met Sven over an old friend of mine, we had some "Teenage-Beginner Band" experiences too. And it was 2010 I think, I came up with the idea of forming a 60s garage band. I know Max from Sven and also from another friend of mine. In the beginning we had another bassplayer named Markus but he moved to Berlin so we asked Max then if he would like to join The Trash Templars.
Sven: Max and I know each other for about 8 years now. At first I didn´t like him, cause he seemed to be pretty arrogant. Turned out that he´s actually quite a decent chap! We´ve been making music together ever since. When Benny talked about forming a garage band I secretly hope (more like: expected) that i was gonna be the #1 choice for the singing part. So when he finally approached me about that I didn´t have to think twice.

From what part of Germany are you? And how famous are you over there?
Ben: We are from Bielefeld, that´s in the North-East of North Rhine Westfalia. Bielefeld is about 180km straight to the east from Arnhem/NL (if you have a helicopter like us..). I think we are not very famous here. We have some fans in Bielefeld who come to our gigs and I guess that there are some people outside of Bielefeld who know us and will come to the concerts as well when we are in town. We like to increase our popularity slowly.. To be honest: For me it seems that some people didn´t see us as a serious garage band. When they see our stupid Templar outfits, they didn´t expect that kind of show that we do. And so many bookers and owners of locations wouldn´t like to book us becuase of this strange costumes and the bucket helmets. Sometimes I think that we would have better chances if we wear some nice 60s suits or some shirts with black and red stripes, skinny jeans and some chelsea boots and do a photo shooting with a cool 60s car.... But then I think: No way! and that may be the reason why people first have to see us on stage before they book us. They see a picture of us and might think that we are still stuck in carnival...
Sven: Well, we are not famous. But immensely popular!
You are still in school? Or do you have a normal paying job supporting the other life that of a Trash Templar?
Ben: Oh, we didn´t know that we look THAT young! The only one who does something like school is Max, he studies in Bielefeld. Robin and me got a normal paying job that we do every day and Sven starts an apprenticeship next year.
Any of you play in other bands we should know about?
Ben: Oh yes some of us have other bands and musical-projects too. Robin and me are members of the "Braindead Dogs" maybe the funniest (and that means the best!) instro/ surf band you can find in Germany. Robin plays bass here and I do also the guitar but mostly the rhythm guitar, you should really check us out on stage. And i don´t say it only just because its my band.
Max is current bassplayer of the "Dukes of Hamburg". I think they could be well known in the "Neo Beat and Garage Scene". The Dukes of Hamburg is a 100% authentic beat band like all the bands who played at the Star Club in Hamburg in the 60s. They only play 60s vintage equipment, old Vox amps and old Echolette Vocal amplifiers for the ultimate vintage sound.
Max also started a completely different band with the drummer and the other guitarplayer of the Braindead Dogs (Lars and Tim) as I heard it sound like a groovy mix of rock and funk. This band is called "Dünamit" (note: thats how you call and pronounce "Dynamite" in German). Last but not least Robin plays also drums for the 50s Desperate Rockabilly project "Sir Nightingale & the Lover´s Curse" which plays old desperate rockabilly songs like Wayne Walkers "All I can do is cry" for example. On stage the band wears some scary werewolf costumes, perfect for Halloween. You should check out all of them.

Do you play a lot of shows?
Ben: Unfortunately not, because of the other music projects and our private lives we are not able to play every show that we were asked for. In the beginning I thought the Trash Templars would only be a side project because my "main band" is the Braindead Dogs. But over time, the Trash Templars got as popular as the Braindead Dogs (if we could call it "popular"..) and we where offered some more gigs here and there. But we try to play every gig that we were offered. The other thing is, that we mostly don´t ask for gigs ourselves. We just wait and do rehearsals and then anytime there comes a booking request. It also works good for us if we play a show and then, after some weeks or months, we get an email where somebody says "Hey I saw you at the XY Club two weeks ago and I´m planning a small punk festival, would you like to play?" and that´s how it works the most of the time. On average, the most of us play 1 show per month, with Trash Templars or with another band or project. I think it´s a good average for hobby musicians like us. Could be more but its even ok if its as much like now. and as I said we didn´t make any booking requests until now. The only thing I´ve done was to create some band pages on Facebook and other networks. An example: We played a show in November 2013 in Osnabrück together with the Sensational Second Cousins and some months later we where asked to play on the "Jerk Fest" a private garden party from the Sensational Second Cousins.. you saw us there and now we are in this magazine.. works fine! Next step should be a big booking agency who reads this magazine and will organize a stadium world tour for us, we are just waiting for it! (note: CT Mark K. ; it ends here)
I´ve seen your show and i can´t imagine there are no good drunken stories, tell us the most exciting things that have happened while playing shows?
Ben: We can´t also imagine that there are no good drunken stories but sadly there are none of these, or we don´t even can remember it because we were drunk. No its´correct that we drink some beers on stage, but not more than other bands do. And in most cases we can control ourselves over the gig. And the best things are always happen backstage..
Sven: Yeah. That´s when the pants drop and the action starts. We don´t look good enough for groupies so we have to do it ourselves. it might be a bit awkward at first but you get used to it. During gigs the excitement comes when the crowd is as drunk as we are. That always works out very fine.

What are your favorite bands, which ones were the greatest inspirations?
Ben: We all have very different favorite bands and a very wide spread music background. I know that Robin is a big Iron Maiden fan and he likes Queen as well but I think you´ll not find some metal or rock influences in our music. I like Queen and Maiden too but I´m also big fan of all these 60s garage and beat stuff and I like bands who bring the garage and punk music to the next level like the Hives. I think that the big part of influences for the music of the Trash Templars comes from my personal background. When it comes to music, we are all very open minded and our favorite music starts anywhere in the 50s and goes until today. But the big influences for the sound may come from the Sonics, the Mummies, the Hives... I really like the punching guitar sound from the Hives, that is definitely one of my biggest influences.
Sven: I also have a deep affection for female-fronted pop music. Other influences and inspirations are unicorns, the Powerpuff Girls and Hello Kitty. That´s why the band has such a soft, sensitive side.
You mostly play covers right? Are you busy writing your own songs?
Ben: Yeah, as I said we started the Trash Templars just as a side project. I always liked these whole Trash-Garage stuff from the 60s and wanted to start a crazy garage band, maybe something like the Mummies but without trying to copy them! We had the chance to play a Halloween show here in Bielefeld so I just asked the others if they would like to join the band and picked up some songs from all these garage samplers like Back from the Grave, Teenage Shutdown, Nuggets and so on and put together a little cover set because I know that we couldn´t write enough own songs until this show. For 3 years we only did covers because we had no real "Output" for songs, nobody had any ideas for a song and we didn´t want to write some boring garage songs like 70% of all garage bands do (just our opinion). I know its garage and its supposed to sound like the song was written in 5 minutes but that´s not our kind of song writing. Why shoulld we use the same song structure like 100 garage bands before us to write a "new" song that sounds like 30 other garage songs? So we decided to concentrate on covers of garage songs from the 60s we would also love to hear it live. But I can say that we have started writing own songs some months ago. Maybe one day we will have enough own songs to release the very first Trash Templars album with own songs only.
Sven: One day, we will have a truckload of own garage-stompers. And we will conquer the world. It might take some time, but we´re on our way. Stay tuned!

So far you haven´t released anything yet when can we expect the first vinyl with your names on it?
Ben: Thats true, we released a short 5 track EP on Cd in November 2014. Just to have something to show and for promotion. And also for people who like to take some music home from one of our shows. but a real album will take some time. And to release it on vinyl is very expensive, so if there is a label out there which would like to do a vinyl with us, just let us know. At the moment we could record a 7" EP with 4 own songs, but we try to write some more good songs and go for a 10" or 12" album. So labels, just feel free to contact us.
Are you religious and do you like to ride horse?
Sven: Yeah, we ride horses. But i personally hate them. The thing is, I get kicks in making these stupid disgusting buggers my obedient minions. Afterwards we make sausage out of them and worship the raw meat as our one and only savior. So in a way, we´re actually quite religious. Blessed art thou, almighty horse salami!
Some final thoughts for the City trash reader?
Sven: Please do not lock up your daughters when we´re in town. We´re desperate!

NEWS: February 2016

A new month, and time for some new updates

AGAIN SOME KIND WORDS about our latest release "Wanna be like you" EP from The Trash Templars

In German:
THE TRASH TEMPLARS Wanna Be Like You Kuriosa • Die Flausen, die THE TRASH TEMPLARS im Kopf haben, erinnern an jene, die in den Neunzigern Estrus und Rip Off zur großen Budget-Rock-Bonanza angestiftet haben. Behelmt mit umgedrehten Blecheimern wirkt die derangierte Kostümierung der Ramschritter ausgesprochen albern, der krude, lärmende ’66-Euro-Beat dafür umso authentischer. Das ist genau jener überanstrengte Fuzzsound, der die Festland-Epigonen der PRETTY THINGS oder THEM oftmals geiler klingen ließ als die Originale, nämlich immer dann, wenn Exzess und Krach mangelnde musikalische Raffinesse kompensieren sollten. Lowery hätte seine wahre Freude an dieser Prachtscheibe!
(Matti Bildt - Ox Fanzine)

In Spanish:
The Trash Templars acaban de estrenar trabajo en el sello de mi amigo Gerben (Kuriosa Records) , un grato descubrimiento y una banda que no te dejará indiferente sobre todo cuando suena “I want to be like you” con el pedal de fuzz en punto de ebullición sonora, uno de los temas de garage a destacar en este 2015. Siguiendo la estela de bandas como Crusaders, Mummies o los primeros Makers desgranan rock and roll ruidoso y sucio cuando se sacuden “Whisplash” o el machacon “Lady in red”. Para cerrar con otro tema que me tiene pillado, por su contundencia y simplicidad titulado “Wanna know”. Por otro lado, los vínculos (que no vienen a cuento) templarios me tocan de forma directa y estos alemanes defienden causas chatarreras de forma espectacular en este disco ideal para tipos tan simples como un servidor.
(Oscar Garcia - Kick Out the Jams)
Read more on KOTJ and learn some Spanish, thanks Oscar!

So if you haven´t got it already, get your copy at Soundflat, Copasetic or Moody Monkey Records or Nat Records or Shiny Beast, in Groningen, just go to ELPEE. It´s distributed by Clear Spot. Also you can contact the Trash Templars. If you have any questions, or want to order directly from us of course you can always contact us via e-mail (kuriosarecords[at]

Or get your copy at one of the following shows:
04.03.2016 Bonn
05.03.2016 Eindhoven, Go Wild Festival, Popei
08.04.2016 Stemwede (Private party)
09.04.2016 Hamburg, Garageville Weekend , Hafenklang
16.04.2016 Köln, Sonic Ballroom
06.05.2016 Heilbronn
07.05.2016 Kassel, Goldgrube

NEWS: January 2016

Time for a short update. The Trash Templars are preparing for some shows in March, April and May. Make sure you go and see them!

The Trash Templars shows:
04.03.2016 Bonn
05.03.2016 Eindhoven, Go Wild Festival, Popei
08.04.2016 Stemwede (Private party)
09.04.2016 Hamburg, Garageville Weekend , Hafenklang
16.04.2016 Köln, Sonic Ballroom
06.05.2016 Heilbronn
07.05.2016 Kassel, Goldgrube

The great new EP could be heard on Leopard Print Lounge, WORT 89.9 FM, Madison WI,, according to Leopard Print Lounge Radio the TRASH TEMPLARS EP is No.2 in TOP SINGLES/EPs OF 2015 . Check complete results here.
Hear the Trash Templars also on WFMU´s Teenage Wasteland January 3, 2016 & January 10, 2016, and on Dave the Spazz´s show January 21, 2016.
And it was played in France and Rochester! Check the 7th of January broadcast of Rock en Caux & Whole Lotta Shakin WRUR 23th of January. Thanks!

Ever wondered what a Trash Templar does in his spare time. He has a surf group. Listen to the fantastic sounds of The Brain Dead Dogs.
Some ROCKIN´ GOOD NEWS! arrived, The Sensational Second Cousins will release their debut LP "Earthquake" this spring! You can have a listen right here to the title track!
And of course the LP from Wolftone (with ex-miracle men) is finally available, listen to it here, contact them to get your copy!

NEWS: December 2015

Just a little bit of an update on the sections and of course best wishes for 2016, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Feliz año nuevo! Don´t forget to go to the Vera for The Sensational Second Cousins this saturday, 2nd of January. They will be kicking off the new year in great style: Hoom Babba, Hoom Ba, Hoom Bababa,Hoom Babba!

SOME KIND WORDS about our latest release "Wanna be like you" EP from The Trash Templars

In English:
Some nice words from Todd on 3hive.
A track by track recap of what the TRASH TEMPLARS are all about on 50thirdand30rd.
Want To Be Like You:
There is this loudmouth-jock everyone knows. And for some deranged reason everybody loves him. I really don’t know why. This one’s for him!
This one is about sexual frustration from the female point of view. But she takes matters in her own hands. She’s a hard hitter!
Wanna Know
The female point of view, again. The woman is attracted to someone who really isn’t a treat to look at. A face only a mother could love. But it’s the inner values that count, right? She does not really know how to cope with the situation. Hence the title.
Lady In Red
You’re more or less hammered. You’re out in town and the last two drinks were four drinks too much. Then you approach a girl and try to get her coming with you. But, no surprise here, you fail miserably.

Bananas Mag

In German:
The Trash Templars – Want to be like you EP
Eine der besten EPs die ich dieses Jahr gehört habe! Ich ärgere mich extrem sie in meiner Zeit in Bielefeld nicht einmal live auf irgendeinem Wohnungskonzert oder einem der etwas griffigeren Kneipen gesehen zu haben. Die Chance hätte es gegeben! The Trash Templars treten, wie man auf den Fotos sehen kann, in von Mutti handgenähten Müllritterkostümen auf und hinterlassen eine der eingeranntesten und unzumutbarsten Bühnen, weil sie ihr Antiagressionstraining im Vatikan nicht mitgemacht haben. Die Mischung aus Punk und Garage lässt dir auch nichts anderes übrig als die Fäuste zu schwingen, zu pogen und besoffen die Texte mitzugröhlen. Sie sind einfach herrlich! Kopfsalat

In Japanese:
バンド名を体現したハリボテのテンプル騎士団員に扮したルックスで 60's Punk 影響下 Raw Rockin' アプローチでぶっ飛ばす Bielefeld (Nordrhein-Westfalen) を拠点に活動する現行 German Killer Three-Chord Garage Punk 新鋭グループ The Trash Templars が Kuriosa Records よりリリースした 2015 年の 4 曲入りデビュー 7"EP 作品が入荷!!! 小賢しい理屈の通じない問答無用 60's Teen Punk 経由 + ピュア度の高い Frenzied Garage Punk アプローチで潔く突っ走るシンプルなスタイルが好感度大、此れが単独デビュー作ながらも激しくラウドかつ毛羽立ったノイジーなプロダクションやバンド全体の疾走感、怒りが滲んだワイルドなスクリームも文句無しの充実振りで 7" フォーマットがばっちりハマった好リリースとなっております。イタリアの The Rippers や同レーベルからリリースのあるオランダの The No-Goods 更には 90 年代後半にサクラメントで活動した The Trouble Makers 辺りが好きな方は是非!!! 【新入荷/2015/12/13】 Nat´s

So make sure you get your copy! Get your copy at Soundflat, Copastic or Moody Monkey Records or Nat Records or Shiny Beast, in Groningen, just go to ELPEE. It´s distributed by Clear Spot. Also you can contact the Trash Templars. If you have any questions, or want to order directly from us of course you can always contact us via e-mail (kuriosarecords[at]

The Trash Templars are plannning some shows in March and April in the Netherlands and Germany. For now go see the Low Point Drains
22-12: Adm Amsterdam
23-12: Pits, Kortrijk
24-12: Clouso, Meppel

Of course you can contact the Trash Templars if you want them to play in your hometown this spring.

Hear the Trash Templars on WFMU´s Teenage Wasteland December 6, 2015, December 13, 2015, December 20, 2015 and December 27, 2015. And on Liz Berg´s show on WFMU December 15,2015.
And we could hear "Want to be like you" also on Spanish national radio, RNE3 El Sotano December 14.
The Primitive Show in Poughkeepsie, NY also has spinned the Trash Templars, every Fridays 12 noon - 3 pm EST, 91.3 FM WVKR December 11, 2015
Or listen to Yesterday Radio, with some classic Meppel recordings from the No-Goods and many more!!