Alan Partridge, Citterio Salami and Barry from Eastenders – no, it’s not a particularly unpleasant threesome, but what the mind of Ricky Dürst, drummer with Swiss metalcore merchants Cataract, turns to at this festive time of year.
What is your favourite Christmas drink?
A boring but tasty one: hot cocoa drink with double the amount of chocolate, full fat milk, sugar infused whipped cream on top, cinnamon powder and chocolate scratchings. Lovely and fattening.
Do you have any particular or unusual Christmas traditions?
I dropped being a veggie about 20 years ago when I started the tradition of having a huge Citterio Salami (also known as the best salami there is, was and ever will be) every Christmas. Others have candy, I have an incredibly tasty salami.
When did you find out Santa Claus wasn’t real and how did it happen?
When I was a kid, we went to a traditional Christmas celebration in the woods where Santa showed up with a little donkey and little presents for us kids. One day the donkey wouldn’t behave as it should and literally kicked Santa’s ass which led to a lot of expressions which made clear that Santa usually was our lovely alcoholic groundskeeper at the school.
If you could have Christmas dinner with any 6 people, who would you invite?
Stephen Merchant as Darren Lamb, Barry from Eastenders, and Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge. And the remaining three would be Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris and Dave Murray, as Maiden were the band that got me into metal and I just want to get to know them – and I’m sure they would enjoy the company, too!
Watch Alan Partridge “celebrating” Christmas:
Turkey: are you a leg or breast person?
What’s the furthest you’ve ever had to travel to get “home” for Christmas? Has touring ever forced you to celebrate Christmas somewhere else?
I’m regularly driving my girlfriend from Switzerland to Manchester for Xmas/New Year, I’m feeling at home both here and there so its quite exciting. Especially when it snows in England, I appreciate the chaos.
Which metaller would you least like to see approaching you with mistletoe?
Sakevi from GISM, he’d probably have other plans than kissing. Or, if it were possible, GG Allin.
What was your best Christmas present ever?
Nintendo NES!!! With Super Mario, Ice Climber and Castlevania!
What would you get Kerry King for Christmas? You can’t choose Jagermeister.
I would get him his old nail-thingy and a wig, so we can have Slayer ’88 back.
Listen to ‘Urban Waste’ by Cataract:
If a bearded man broke into your house through the chimney on any other day of the year, what would you do?
I’d be happy to see my dad!
Which one of Santa’s reindeer would you be and why? (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen and Rudolf.)
Vixen. It reminds me of the Girlband. Where did this hairstyle go?!!?!?? And it sounds like “to wank” in swiss german.
What’s been your worst New Year’s Eve experience (because NYE always sucks).
Getting awfully drunk as a teen with some friends, falling asleep in the snow outside our house, mom finding me and technically saving my live whilst catching me pissed off my face. I’ll never hear the end of it.
What will your New Year’s Resolution be?
Uh, not to watch Jersey Shore pt3.
Like every other band that released an album in 2010, Cataract plan on touring their tits off in 2011. We daresay they’ll make it to he UK at some point, but at the moment all they’ve got on their calendar are some shows across central Europe during the first quarter 0f 2011.