By Nicholas Jason Lopez
When their music began to form huge, enthusiastic circle-pits when they opened for Saltatio Mortis in 2018, Indecent Behavior knew they had something good going on.
Flash-forward to nowadays and the Saarland-based melodic hardcore/punk band (think Smoke Or Fire-meets-Four Year Strong) have garnered hundreds of thousands of Spotify streams and a loyal following on social media, their 2021 particularly notable for the release of singles “Buried,” “Break Break Break” and “Good Enough.”
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to chat with singer Henrik Bergmann about what they’ve been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – What was your goal for your single “Good Enough”?
Henrik Bergmann – Our song “Good Enough” represented our thoughts and feelings in the pandemic. We were so sick of sitting at home and doing nothing. We missed touring, meeting new people and screaming our hearts out on stage, so “Good Enough” is a song that hopefully helped our fans getting over that crazy time.
Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name?
Henrik Bergmann – (Laughs) Do I really have to answer that?
Music Bugle – What do you attribute your streaming success to?
Henrik Bergmann – I don’t know if we could call that real success, because we are at the very beginning of a long journey. What I can say is that we absolutely do not want luck deciding for us. For every single we release, we are doing social media campaigns to drive traffic to the streaming platforms and show our music to new people. For now, this works pretty well.
Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?
Henrik Bergmann – As we started as a small band in school back in 2012, I am absolutely proud of what we achieved so far. With nearly no connections and zero knowledge what we have to do to get along in the music business, we managed to have a decent amount of listeners each month and play the biggest stages in Germany as a support band and in any case, we won’t stop doing what we love.
Music Bugle – Of the shows you’ve played, which one stands out to you the most?
Henrik Bergmann – One-hundred percent, the show with Saltatio Mortis in the E-Werk in Cologne. 2,000 metalheads, sold out. The crowd and the show was amazing.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Henrik Bergmann – I think it’s a curse and blessing at the same time. It is the best way to reach your audience, but it is also a lot of hard work to keep your reach high. You quickly start to focus on Facebook and Instagram, learn to use the algorithms and forget to make music. It can happen very quickly, that the reason you started a band becomes a minor matter.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Henrik Bergmann – Our first headline tour had to be postponed. The first day of our tour was also the first day we had the initial lockdown in Germany. We had no chance to perform our new album live. That sucks.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Henrik Bergmann – Very good question. We live directly near a river, so I guess I take a walk with my dog there.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Henrik Bergmann – Oh, there are a lot of great bands I actually listen to. Of course, big names like The Offspring, Silverstein and Rise Against, but also Hot Milk, The Luka State or Devil May Care are on repeat right now.
Music Bugle – What’s something that you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Henrik Bergmann – As we are doing nearly everything on our own, I do not really have insights into what happens in the labels and agencies right now. It would be great if there would be more rock support out there, but I guess if every band follows their goals, they will have success someday!