Nervosa is a Brazilian band that is continuing to destroy everything in their path. since their inception, they found an amazing blend of Death, Thrash, Groove, and killer instrumentation from everyone involved. June 1st sees the release of their 3rd album, Downfall of Mankind, coming out through Napalm Records. I recently got to ask Fernanda Lira (Bassist, Vocals) a few questions talking about everything you need to know about Nervosa in 2018...ENJOY!
Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview!
Fernanda: Thank YOU for the opportunity of talking about our new album :)
June 1st brings the 3rd album from Nervosa, Downfall of Mankind, coming out through Napalm Records. How does it feel to have the album finally coming out?
F: It’s a baby that’s born! haha Really, people have noon idea of how tough producing a new album can be, from having to find time to writing new stuff even when on the road most of the time, to the recording process, when , as an example of our last recording session, we spent sometimes over 13 hours a day in the studio! So seeing it all actually take form and finally be out is one of the most exciting and relieving moments there’s out there!
I immediately noticed that Downfall of Mankind is the most ferocious Nervosa album to date? The tempos are faster, the blast beats are even more insane and the vocals bring the most gripping intensity seen yet. Was this all intentional from the beginning or did the songs naturally come together this way?
F: We actually never set how exactly we wanna sound, once our writing process is really organic, it all happens very naturally. We always know we wanna step forward with a new release, and always try to make it better than the last one, but we don’t set anything sound wise. But i agree with you 100% on how different the songs are and that they sound more ferocious, and many of this is because of our new drummer. She comes from a death metal band. so she knew she would bring more aggressiveness, speed and technique to the songs, so we kinda created refs that would fit this, and in the end we noticed that we finally found out exactly how we wanna sound, we feel that with this album and with her, we really found our musical identity, which is this thrash metal thing, filled with a lot of death metal influences.
Another huge aspect I am enjoying is the insane production quality on the new album. What was it like to be able to get this quality production for Nervosa?
F: We decided to work with Martin Furia, which is an amazing producer that has already worked with some bands we love, like Flotsam and Jetsam and Destruction as a sound engineer, and he also was OUR sound engineer live for a couple of tours in Europe, and he’s amazing guy, with very good taste and who’s very patient, easygoing and creative, which makes the whole difference in the studio, at least for me. Also, when we and mainly he had in mind when we asked him to work with us, was to bring all our energy live to the studio album. Everyone who watched us live, knows how fierce we can sound and look on stage, so when he decided to bring this to the studio, it definitely also made a difference, that’s why it sounds more aggressive and rawer than the previous ones!
Never Forget, Never Repeat & Kill The Silence were chosen as singles. How did you decide on these two songs being chosen to represent the album ahead of the release? What has been the reception you have heard for the singles and album so far?
F: We wanted to have songs that not only had that ‘punch in the face’ kind of vibe, but also we’d like to have as singles songs that summarized all the elements people will listen throughout the whole album, and both of them have it: blast beats, speed, aggressiveness, catchy choruses, etc. People have been really impressed and surprised so far, mainly with Never Forget, Never Repeat, cause it’s definitely one of the fastest songs we have so far, and I’m not sure people were expecting that! The production is also something that people have been talking a lot about!
How did the album come entitled Downfall of Mankind?
F: All our lyrics are about crazy shit that’s been going on all around the globe, and i have the feeling if we don’t change every of those aspects and situation, we will be definitely marching towards our downfall. It seems it’s a pessimistic title, but it’s more of a realistic one if you pay attention to the news and society itself.
What is next for Nervosa? For those that haven’t had the opportunity yet, what should people excpet from a Nervosa live set?
F: We took a little easier this year so we could rest for a bit, so we’ll definitely be touring to promote the album, but not as extensively as the previous years, when we were playing around 150 shows a year! We have an European summer tour scheduled for this year, and many nice small tours and gigs in Latin America! Then on the next year, we’ll be definitely back on touring like crazy, all over the US. and Europe and we’ll be trying to play new territories, like Asia and Oceania, it’s definitely gonna be blast! Our set is very intense live, at least that’s what people say hahaha We believe being on stage is our dearest moment, so we always have a lot of energy to give and show, it’s a fun concert to watch if you like thrash/death metal!
With it being almost half way through 2018, do you have any favorite albums of this year so far?
F: I’ve heard the new Judas Priest album and it sounds amazing! There’s a couple other releases I’m looking forward also, like the new Behemoth and Krisiun albums, I’m sure they’ll also be around my favorite ones hahaha
What do you like to do when you are not focused on Nervosa?
F: When I’m home, i like trying to do nothing haha like really relaxing, doing things i can’t do on the road, like watching movies, going to the cinema, eating our with my family, cooking, riding my motorcycle… And also I’m a very spiritualistic person, so when I'm home i can do all my rituals hahaha like meditating, doing therapies with crystals, watching spiritualistic lectures and courses, lighting all kinds of candles and incenses, all this mystical stuff! haha Oh, and, of course, listening to a lot of pop to learn new vocal techniques, with Beyonce, Lana del Rey, Amy Winehouse! My neighbors hate me when I’m around hahahaha
Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview? As a huge fan since the debut, it’s awesome to see how the band has evolved into what you are now and being able to help promote such a great album like Downfall of Mankind. Before we are done, is there anything else you would like to mention that I haven’t brought up yet?
F: Aw, that’s awesome, love to hear that and thanks a lot for helping us out and supporting, it really means a lot! For everyone else who’s reading this, i just say what i always say, keep on supporting metal and respecting the scene, we’re all the sole responsible ones to keep the metal flame burning!
NERVOSA- DOWNFALL OF MANKIND IS OUT JUNE 1ST THROUGH NAPALM RECORDS
Alien Weaponry is slowly taking over the heavy world, and their debut album hasn't even been released yet! June 1st sees the release of said debut album, which features the New Zealand band showing off the best of what they can do : Heavy riffs, strong lyrical content, changes from out of nowhere and so much more. I recently got to ask the band some questions to talk about everything you need to know about Alien Weaponry and the debut album, Tū. ENJOY!
For those that may not be familiar, describe Alien Weaponry.
We are a thrash/groove metal 3 piece who sing/write in Te Reo Maori (New Zealand's native language).
The debut album Tū is coming out June 1st through Napalm Records. How does it feel to have this album finally coming out?
Absolutely amazing, it's been so long in the making and to finally have it out it's going to be so satisfying after all the work we've put into it behind the scenes.
I truly appreciate the unique and diverse sound throughout Tū. Was this the original intent of the band since the beginning, or did this sound evolve over time?
We really just write whatever comes to us, so the album is sort of a representation of the band's mindset when we wrote each song. When we first started writing songs, we wrote in English, but we started to include Te Reo Maori in our music about 3 years ago. We originally did it because we wanted to enter a competition called Smokefree Pacifica Beats, but it sounded so good that we kept doing it, so now about half our lyrics are in Te Reo Maori. As well as the sound of Te Reo, there are some cool stories to tell and important issues to address pertaining to Te Ao Maori (the Maori world).
Holding My Breath and Kai Tangata have been chosen as singles for Tū. How did you decide on these two songs representing the album before it’s release?
As far as the album goes, Kai Tangata is about the heaviest track on there so putting it out as one of our singles was a no brainer because it is just a really killer track that really speaks to traditional thrash and groove metal fans. As for Holding My Breath, we felt it represents our more melodic side of songwriting. All of us are big fans of Trivium and I think you can really hear it in the track. Holding My Breath is also a really important song to Lewis, who wrote the lyrics, and expresses some pretty intense things.
What has been the reception you have heard for the singles and album so far?
The reception has been overwhelmingly positive and we're so happy about how many people have been contacting us to tell us how much they love the singles.
And, as far as I'm aware, everyone who has reviewed the full album so far has really liked it too. I don't think we could have asked for a better outcome.
Raupatu actually won an award back in September, the APRA Maioha award, for your lyrical commentary on New Zealand history. How does it feel to recive such an accolade and be able to bring up a difficult subject matter into a song like this?
First off, it's really humbling but I think, even more important than that is that it shows that our message is being heard, which is the whole reason we do what we do.
What is next for Alien Weaponry?
Well we're about to have our album release show in a week. We will be playing a few shows in Australia shortly after that and then flying over to Europe where we will be touring until early October. We are playing 7 festivals, including MetalDays, Wacken Open Air and Bloodstock, as well as a bunch of club shows, so yeah there's a lot, haha
For those that have not had the pleasure to see, describe an Alien Weaponry live show?
100 tons of neck breaking brutality. Although I think maybe we aren't the most qualified to answer that question, because we've never actually watched ourselves live!
Having talk to other bands in the country before, I’ve learned New Zealand has quite the diverse style, especially in heavy music. How does it feel being a part of such a great musical scene?
It's really great, there are a lot of very talented musicians and great bands in the metal community and actually in the music community in general in New Zealand. I think being such a small country really helps the individual scenes here to be very tightly knit.
What do you like to do when you’re not focused on Alien Weaponry?
Work on cars, mess around doing dumb shit with mates, driving and sleeping
Thank you very much for taking the time to be able to talk to me about everything going on in the world of Alien Weaponry. With being brand new to the band, I love discovering music like this that really captures my interest and makes me wanna go back and listen to Tū over and over again. I wish you all nothing but the best and I’m very interested to see where things go from here. Before we are done, is there anything else you would like to mention that I haven’t brought up yet?
I'm going to make a shameless plug, haha. The album is currently on pre-order, you can buy it off Napalm's website, so go and get a copy and support us!
Alien Weaponry- Tū is out June 1st through Napalm Records
First of all, for those of you that knew that the title was a reference to Pallbearer...good on you, we can be friends!
This is a mid year report for myself and I know what some people are thinking, "Hey it's mid-may, that's not REALLY the mid year point." In most cases, your right, but I am taking into the equation of taking the holidays off the last couple of weeks in the year, so adding that on to here, it equals out, so there. But getting back on point, I wanted to do a mid year report to let you know how I'm doing both in front of and away from the mic and let you know what's up.
First off I'll just say that this year has been quite the struggle for me, especially in the beginning on the year. I'm not going to air all my dirty laundry (till I get paid for my autobiography), but I will say that there's been a lot of issues that have been going on in my personal life with my family that have really taken a lot of joy away from me. At least for the last month or so, I have been able to say enough is enough and the issues have ceased. It was actually quite the heartbreaking thing to do, in essence, saying goodbye to your family, but I had to for a multitude of reasons. My Major Suicidal Depression being the biggest reason. It's not an illness I like knowing I have. When things are going good, I am doing good, when things are bad, I get really...really bad. But as mentioned earlier, I have been relatively ok for the last month or so and I truly hope it stays that way.
I also moved this year from one apartment in one city to another apartment in another city. Still in the Twin Cities area, but in a place that's much bigger, cheaper, and simply, better. I feel like the quality of the radio show and my audio interviews have improved greatly because of this (carpeting is such a great thing when recording your voice). For the first time since I moved away from home, I have a backyard! Which I deeply missed. I feel like I have the best of both worlds right now, in the city, but it feels like I am away from everything. It was absolutely needed.
At the time of writing this up, I am at 58 Interviews for 2018 and 475 in TOTAL! Never in my life did I imagine that I would have accomplished so much just by being myself. From anyone that checked out my earliest interviews to what I do now, you can hear the evolution: from someone who was scared witless of talking to someone that I didn't know personally, to being able to talk to anyone for an interview and make it feel like a normal, casual conversation between two friends. That was absolutely the goal when I started doing interviews: Make them feel like actual conversations and not ask the same tired, pointless questions. A new goal came with that down the road about clickbait, but let's talk about that a bit later. If things go according to plan, I should be able to hit 500 in the next month or so. I can't even fathom that I am about to hit that point so soon.
The radio show, is also going to be hitting it's 300th episode in the fall. I know the radio show gets so much less traction than the interviews do, but that is where my heart lies. I love not only talking to my favorite bands, but also being able to PLAY them on FM radio no less (yes it is more than just a podcast, you silly gooses). I was doing an early version of this show right before I started doing interviews, so it's great to be able to see the parallels and differences between the two and seeing how they evolve year after year. This week is my 280th episode. If you're reading this, go check it out. It's quite an awesome show showing off my talks with Amorphis and A Perfect Circle (I've always said it's an eclectic show that has something for everyone.)
The last great news is that my band, Systemic Collapse has recorded a 3 song demo that we are putting some final and new touches on. I have no clue when it will be available. I'm hoping sometime this year. We still have a lot to figure out. Everything from vocals to lineup to cover art and so much more that goes into being a band. After playing drums for 21 years, I'll finally have a release of my own to show off to the world, it's a great feeling.
Now onto why I called this mid year report why I did...a plea for understanding...
I love what I'm doing, I love every single aspect of what I am able to accomplish and share to the world as That Drummer Guy, but the internet has really changed for the worst over the last few years. For anyone that may not have known, I do everything as That Drummer Guy by myself. Every single aspect: the radio show, the interviews, writing up everything I do, checking out every single album in detail that I receive to see if I should support it or not, reaching out to bands and PR for promos, show coverage, and interviews, doing all of those things, advertising my stuff, promoting my stuff, sending my stuff to people. I don't have anyone on my end that takes care of any aspect but myself. No higher ups, no interns, nothing. I've tried in the past to try to line up partnerships and deals to do cross promotion, even do a full live version of the radio show for particular stations.
If you didn't understand anything I listed above, simply put, this is a one person operation. All I have to rely on is myself.
That is a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that I have 100% free reign of what I cover, what bands I can cover, what Interviews I wanna do, what shows I wanna cover, what albums I wanna promote, etc. There is no higher ups telling me what I can and can't cover as you would get in other areas "That's not heavy enough!" "That's TOO heavy" " Don't Cover Prog" "Only Cover Metalcore" "Only cover bands on the radio" (That last one is my personal favorite told to me).
The curse is that....I only got me. I don't got the funds to make sponsored posts on social media, I don't have others to help spread the word of what I do, I don't have enough time in the day to do every single aspect of operations to make what I do as That Drummer Guy looking as professional as the bigger names out there in this field. I'm just one guy.
In the last couple months I have been REALLY reaching out on social media for advice on what to do to improve what I do as That Drummer Guy. Here are the main things that were covered.
1.) Make actual videos (i.e. myself in front of the camera doing interviews)
2.) Cover the trends that are popular now (i.e. reaction videos)
3.) Make headlines talking about the interviews you do and label accordingly
Let me cover why I don't do those three things now:
1.) Almost every single interview I do now is either over the phone, over skype or through a written email. For two of those situations, there is zero possibility of getting the other party to be on video for obvious reasons. The one exception would be skype. The thing is though, not every person wants to be video recorded, they have no problem with voice recording but not visually. I don't blame them. On press days especially, there is so much time and effort that goes into being on camera and looking presentable, by the time they are set, the interview time is gone. I'd rather have content than visuals of us barely being able to talk. Others may point out "Hey, didn't you used to do interviews in person? Do that again!" In person interviews are a nightmare to schedule, keep scheduled, line up, and make happen and in those cases, you get even less time to talk. You get enough time to talk about the new album and/or tour and you're done. (basically, 10-15 minutes and 0 chance of being able to go in depth with answers.) It has been so very rare where I have been able to get real, in depth discussions in person, simply because of the time factor. and getting back into the video aspect of those, same thing as on skype, to get prepared to look presentable on camera, especially on a tour, is so not worth the hassle for so many bands. I wanna make every interview I do as comfortable as possible. I know the bands that I talk to will have the terrible, clickbaity type interviewers just looking for headlines and dirt to get clicks...as I'll talk about later, that's not me. If I got a half hour to talk to someone, I want it to be the best half hour that musician(s) have that day that does not involve being on a stage in front of a crowd. It goes into what I talked about earlier, I cover what I want to cover. THANKFULLY, I completely run the gambit from Pop Rock to Black Metal to Grindcore to Progressive and sooooooo much more. Basically, if I do an interview with someone, it's because I dig their stuff and want to promote them to the best of my ability as a one person operation. I want to do nothing less.
2.) This I equate to trend hopping. Some trends actually become staples, some fade away immediately. I don't want what I do to be a fad, I want it to actually matter. Let's not even get into the legality of being able to do reaction videos without copyright infringement and getting strikes against my account on YouTube. That simply isn't worth it. Plus that's what the radio show is for. I can play those artists, legally, where you can judge if an artist is up your alley or not.
3.) Probably what could be my Achilles Heel. I know in my heart of hearts that this is probably the biggest thing that's holding me back, but here's why I don't make headlines out of my interviews...integrity! Some may call that a dumb excuse, but I don't. From the opening greetings and salutations to the final words, I want you to check out the FULL interview. I don't want my interviews taken out of context (Hell, look at the main page of this site to see what I'm talking about, I have a whole section dedicated to that happening without my authorization) Granted, when the bigger sites see my stuff, find something interesting in what I do and write up an article on it, I am eternally grateful. And ESPECIALLY as of late, they write out at least half the interview instead of just the headline they choose to show it off. All that said, if I pick a headline out, I'm basically making my own claim as to what is most important, a line that could be taking out of context, and could make the interview into something that it is not. If you want an idea of what the interview is about, I ALWAYS write a short description of what's talked about in each video: "New album, touring, upcoming plans and so much more" or some variation on that. I want it to be up to YOU what is important, I just ask the questions and engage, what's important is what you take away from it all. Headlines that decide for you what's important, and especially clickbait headlines that make your attention being grabbed and most likely not even really checking out the interview panders to the lowest common denominator. If that was my goal to begin with, I wouldn't even bother supporting the bands I actually care about and just reach out to only the biggest and drama-esque bands to get dirt. And I know that if I did, even with the quality of work I do, if I started doing that, I would feel like the biggest hypocrite and I would absolutely hate myself more than I already do (cause, you know, Major Suicidal Depression).
So here is the plea. Know that I am here to bring out the best quality one guy can bring you. A weekly 2 hour show covering rock and metal, interviews almost as soon as I conduct them available with just any mistakes or dead air cut out (unless there's some information I can't let out there) my year end album reviews covering over 100+ albums every year, and any other things I can scrounge up for you guys.
With that though, especially in the last couple years, means my stuff gets seen less. Facebook is an absolute joke these days, Twitter is a little better but not by much, YouTube stifled me so hard back in January where I will not make any money from there again till I hit 1,000 subscribers (I easily hit the 400 hours a year part, just not the subscribers) I went from having my stuff seen actively by those who care about what I do to hoping that the band or the bands' PR sees my stuff and shares it so it at least has a fighting chance of getting to people who may care about it.
I don't have the funds to do pay promotion, I can't afford a PR of my own, all I can do is be myself, do my thing and hope for the best. That's my plea. Know that I am trying so hard to make every single thing I do as That Drummer Guy matter. If you're reading this I hope I did an interview, played a song, reviewed an album, or showed you a band that you enjoy. That's what makes me different than a Hipster...I search out stuff you may not know about and actively WANT you to hear them and enjoy it.
I'm not on the edge of giving up. I have too much joy in doing this and in all honestly, it feels like the only thing I can offer this world, I don't have this I'm not doing anyone any good (a harsh reality). So if you enjoy what I do, please understand that I am just one guy, working in two shifts (one when I wake up, one before I go to bed) doing all that I can to make you care about music you may enjoy, what ever that may be. Without selling my soul, I feel like I have reached as far as I can as far as quality without massively changing how I do everything and again....selling my soul. So I just ask of you...a plea if you will, to continue supporting what I do if you enjoy it. Follow everything I do on Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) Check out the radio show on the fine stations that air it (KROCKS/Zero Point Radio, and 13SRadio) and check the website (thatdrummerguy.com) daily to keep up to date on what I'm up to. I know I can't rely on social media letting you be able to see everything I do, by checking the website lets you know what's new; you just may discover your new favorite band...or a band you absolutely hate. You won't know unless you try.
So that's about it for me in this mid year update. I will be doing a Top 50 Albums of 2018 So Far the first week of June and of course the grand daddy lists in December covering EVERYTHING in 2018. Along with hitting my 500th interview, 300th episode of the radio show, and my 7th year of being That Drummer Guy to come down the road.
Until then, thank you for the support, basic line of caring, passing through to see what I'm up to, or even the silent resentment you may have for me. Love Hate o9r Meh, I need it all to keep going.
- Josh Rundquist (That Drummer Guy)
Midnattsol has been riding the waves of symphonic, gothic, folk, and power metal since 2002. With the band's 16th year, they will be releasing their fourth album, The Aftermath, out May 25th through Napalm Records. While there has been lineup changes in the past, this release brings on possibly the biggest change with Liv Kristine joining the band to share vocals with her sister, Carmen Elise Espænes. I recently got to to send Carmen a few questions about everything you need to know about Midnattsol in 2018. Enjoy!
Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview.
Carmen: Thank YOU for doing this interview and for your support, it means a lot to us! :)
For those that may not be familiar, how did Midnattsol begin?
Carmen: The band was founded in 2002 by our ex-member Christian Hector and I. I had just moved to Germany and had a huge wish to write songs together with other ones. Christian had many connections and friends in the business and contacted the first members of the band. We wrote the songs for our first album «Where Twilight Dwells», and to our huge surprise, Napalm records was at once interested in giving out our album, and from then on everything went very fast. Album, tour, concerts, interviews – suddenly I didn't recognize my life hehe! We got such overwhelming feedback from fantastic fans all over the world! And now, soon 4 albums later, many of our fans still support us, even after so many years, which are very grateful for.
With the band’s fourth album, The Aftermath, coming out 25th through Napalm Records, how does it feel to finally get this album out?
Carmen: I can`t describe how happy we are that we finally made it to finish the songs and bring out the new album! Thanks a lot to everyone who supported us through all these years and never gave us up, that means a lot to us <3 It is always an exciting time when you have the songs finished and are going to release them soon, you have this special feeling in your stomach and just want to show them to your curious waiting fans hehe ;) We are also proud of the fact that we are going to release a limited edition of vinyls. Hope the fans will like that too!
How did the songwriting process begin for The Aftermath?
Carmen: In fact that the song writing process was very inefficient. We had so many ideas and couldn't finish the songs, because we focused on different things and musical directions. We also had different ideas how the songs should be written. Huge private changes in our lives such as getting children, building houses, new work etc didn’t make it easier. All in all, the years went by, but luckily, our keyboarder and organizer Daniel early 2016 said: "Guys, now we need to finish these songs, it`s now or never!" And then we started going through all the material and ideas that we had (which were a lot), decided what we wanted to use and rewrite, and we wrote some totally new songs as well. And the process went very well this time and made a lot of fun! :) It`s cool to think about the fact that we are able to write songs together, even though we live in two different countries!
Of course with this new album, also comes an addition to the band lineup? How did this come to be?
Carmen: When it was clear that it was only Daniel, our Guitarist Alex and I left in the band, we needed some more musicians. Daniel asked his good friend and skilled Guitarist, bassist and producer Stephan if he wanted to join the Midnattsol family, and he fortunately wanted to and started straight away writing songs. Suddenly out of the blue my soulmate and the best sister you could imagine, Liv, called me and asked if she should join the band. I was so surprised and of course I wanted to, it was like a dream coming true! She has such a beautiful voice and been in the business for ages now hehe ;) It`s also great to have Michael Kapelle stepping in as our session drummer for the upcoming release shows in May, we are very grateful for his effort!
With that, how has the fan base been receptive to the news?
Carmen: Oh the response has been absolutely overwhelming! Stephan crossed our way before, so the fans know him already a bit, and the news that Liv got in was more than a good one, that really made the day for many fans. A lot of fans have written to us during these years that they wish that we two sisters share stage again, that we sing more Norwegian songs together, and also that we should do a whole album together. Now their wish finally came true! :)
How was the recording process for The Aftermath? Did it go smooth, was there any hiccups along the way?
Carmen: The recording process was completely different from the others, because we did it ourselves this time. Most of the time it was absolutely great. It's so practical and great when you have children, and you can go to your studio for a few hours instead of being away for days. It was also a total new experience to have the chance to record something many times till you were satisfied. Unfortunately, my daughter was a long time at the hospital, so for a while I couldn't record that much. But I decided that I wanted to make the best out of it, and with such understandable band colleges, we made it together. Of course, as it often happens, in the end it was a bit exhausting and we had to work many nights as well in order to get it finished. But as you can hear - it worked!
Upon many listens, I can definitely hear more Atmospheric and Folk elements shining through The Aftermath, compared to earlier albums. Was this intentional or did that come about naturally?
Carmen: I totally agree! There were folk elements on the other albums as well, but on our new album «The Aftermath» I definitely think it`s even more, and this is a direction where we definitely are heading more and more. I feel inspired by folk songs and tales, and I love learning more about the earlier days. We didn't have any restrictions when we were writing the album, just total freedom to let the creativity flow, so we sang and played things we haven`t done before. That was a fantastic feeling, I really loved writing the songs together with the other ones.
I also love how well paced the album is from top to bottom. The Purple Sky is a great opener, and Forsaken is such a great album closer (also included the bonus track Eitrdropar a completely solid emotional closer on those version of the Aftermath) how hard was it to decide the track order of the album?
Carmen: Wow, thank you so much for the compliments, glad you like it! :) This time it was not very difficult to decide the tracklist. There was only one song that I can remember, that we talked about, and it seems we finally made the right decision.
The Purple Sky and Herr Mannelig have been released as singles. How was it decided upon these two songs to represent the album in single form?
Carmen: To be honest, it was a bit harder to make the decision about the singles. We thought that many songs would be suitable as singles, especially the final song «Forsaken» or the folky song «Syns sang» would also be worth as singles as well. Finally, we agreed with our record company to take» The Purple Sky» and «Herr Mannelig». The fans can at least listen to «Forsaken» in our teaser, and who knows, perhaps we manage to make another video, in one form or another ;)
What has been the reception to the new songs so far?
Carmen: Both singles, «The Purple Sky» and «Herr Mannelig» are so far very well received by the fans. The album is varied musically; besides the a bit darker and more complex singles, you have emotional ballads like «The unveiled truth», folk songs like «Vem kan segla», «Syns Sang» and «Eitrdopar», and also more midtempo songs like «Ikje glem meg» and «The Aftermath» and last but not least an instrumental song. We hope you like the new songs!!
So what is next for the band?
Carmen: We are preparing for our two release shows on the 25th and 26 of May every spear minute hehe. We are so looking forward to it! Afterwards, we will continue the promotion process, perhaps rest a little bit, and then we are very eager to start writing new songs again. The goal is to make the next song writing process the shortest one in Midnattsol`s history ;) Next year, we want to present our new CD at festivals.
With being able to promote the new album in a live setting, what should people expect from an upcoming Midnattsol show?
Carmen: Both sister together in one show, together with great songs and a great line up....our record label calls it pure magic and depth - that we want to reach! Last but not least we want to have lots of fun together with our great fans, and perhaps enjoy a beer or two together afterwards J
Has there been any recent album releases you have enjoyed?
Carmen: hehe, in my dreams, right now I am only listening to our songs and the songs we are going to play on our release shows! I know it sounds weird, but as a full time teacher, mum to three children and a big house, I don`t have any spear time besides the music. I am also listening a lot to some folk and local songs I a going to perform this Saturday at a birthday party, for example the British folk song «Drink to me only with thine eyes» and a well known song here in our district called «Tirna Noir».
Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview. As a long time fan, it was awesome to be able to ask some questions and help promote The Aftermath coming out on May 25th. Before we are done is there anything else you would like to mention that I haven’t brought up yet?
Carmen: Thanks to you too, once again! One of the goals of this album is to bring out an important message, we have to wake up before it`s too late! I feel that we are heading in a total wrong direction. We are destroying ourselves, other people, the nature, the animals – the whole earth, and are focusing on our looks, material things, power and money. The cover, the title and the songs are connected together as in a circle, and should remind us of this message all in all together. We think that there will be consequences of our actions, we can`t continue like this forever!
Midenattsol- The Aftermath is available May 25th through Napalm Records
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