With only 37.000 inhabitants on 160 square kilometres, Liechtenstein is the smallest German- speaking country in the world. But as the saying goes: The best things come in small packages – things in the principality might not just get stormy but also loud! The post-hardcore/metalcore band TAPED was formed in 2009 by frontman Finlay Sky Davey and drummer Tiago Spagolla Ritter at the age of 14 in their hometown Liechtenstein. Even though the band-members weren ´t born there (except of guitarist Kevin Negele), they spent most time of their lives there. "For us, Liechtenstein is the best place to grow up and to live in. It ´s very safe here, so we al- ready walked to Kindergarten alone at the age of five or six", singer Finlay Sky Davey remem- bers. "The landscape we are surrounded by is awesome: Many mountains and forests, warm summers, cold and snowy winters. Very beautiful for everyone, who loves nature", he continues. "Because the country is very small, everyone knows each other. Sometimes it ´s an advantage, sometimes it ´s a disadvantage."
"This is who we are, this is what we stand for"
After releasing their EP "Never Back Down" on Redfield Digital in 2012, TAPED will release their debut album "[EMPIRES]" via Redfield Records in 2015. On their album, the band takes a closer look on who they really are and what they want to represent. Sooner or later everyone gets to the point at which he realizes that life is not that easy and that is what TAPED stands for: Carry on, when life is at its worst. It ´s about team spirit – their "Wolfpack", about the war people wage against themselves, the fears that come along with it and about the social principles they are often keeping up with. "Our lyrics are mainly about self-fulfilment. We want to tell other people that everyone is on his own – but in a positive way! Everyone can make headway and follow up his goals. Some ways are more exhausting and more difficult to pass but you're the only one who can fight for them and finally prevail. If you fail on something as a person, you always have to ask yourself, if you really did everything to reach your goal", says Finlay.
"This is the wolfpack, brothers from the start"
For their debut album, TAPED come up with something special: You can get the CD in an exclu- sive, limited box that is made of spruce wood from Liechtenstein. The handmade box includes a handwritten, sealed up letter and a set for planting a tree that consists a bottle of water from the Stegersee, a box with soil from a forest in Liechtenstein, beech seeds and a candle. The box also includes a Guy Fawkes mask and a sticker pack.