Lord_Rogoth: Hey man, I
read on your website that you have a new seven inch with songs that give an impression of
the future. What musical direction are you heading compared to A Though Crushed My Mind?
Simon: On the new material we're taking a
turn toward something new again. We've had a lot of time to explore since we've recorded
on our own and we've been focusing on finding more melodic passages without losing edge
but also more of a rock 'n' roll kind of sound. It's hard to explain. We took three
different kind of tunes to show where we're at on the 7 inch; One garage rock 'n' roll
kind, one more mellow melodic kind and a groovier metal vibe kind of song.
Lord_Rogoth: The seven inch comes out
through Structure Records from Sweden. Why not Day-Glo records? I thought they were
supposed to be your Scandinavian outlet?
Simon: We thought it'd be fun to release a
vinyl record and release it on our friend Samuel Durling's label in Sweden this time.
Day-Glo doesn't release vinyl and through Samuel we were able to do a vinyl release that
we've been wanting to do for a while.
Lord_Rogoth: What bands have you listened
to that guided you towards this new development? I'm not saying that you are picking
things up from others but every musician is also a music listener and that might have some
sort of impact, either directly or indirectly I suppose. So, what bands do you listen to
Simon: To be honest I haven't listened to a
lot of music lately, we've been concentrating on our own material. I don't think music
around us has made a big impact on our musical creativity when we've written new stuff. I
checked out the new Luti-kriss album recently and I like it a lot, also the latest Extol
is a beautiful record.
Jarhead: You guys are known for your raw
hardcore music. Yet I wonder what else you enjoy in life. Do you have hobbies and stuff?
Simon: Well, first of all, the music does
take up quite a bit of our life. Me, Christian and Thomas are interested in something
called Capoeira. It's a Brazilian martial art/dance thing. Also we're all spending a lot
of our time with friends and families. Me and Thomas move around with different kinds of
sport activities but Marcus and Christian are totally not interested in that. Other than
that we enjoy to go to coffeehouses and just hang out.
Some_Guy: Simon, do you like pizza? And if
you do what do you like on it?
Simon: I love pizza. Um, it depends on
where I eat it. I like home made pizza with all kinds of stuff on it. If I'm in the States
I usually go for a vegetarian pizza 'cause I don't like the taste of the stuff Americans
usually put on their pizza.
Jay: How did you make your dreadlocks?
Natural or did you use a beeswax product like Knotty Boy? Did you have a friend do them? I
was thinking of knotting up my hair and wondered what the minimum requirements would be
and if you have any advice. How long did it take for them to really lock up?
Simon: I had a friend do them. Well, she
used toothpaste and a comb. It took 10 hours with no brakes. Then she told me not to wash
them for a while. About the hair to "lock up": It depends on what kind of hair
you have, all I can say is that the longer you have them the better they get. I haven't
dyed the dreads, the bright colors are sun bleached.
PunkPieter: I was just wondering if it's
hard for you to stay close to God during tours. I can imagine that you've got other things
on your mind when you're very busy. At least that's what I've experienced when I'm busy,
it's very hard for me to make some time free for Him.
Simon: I can't say that we've had a problem
staying close to God on the tours. It's rather the opposite way around 'cause we spend a
lot of time on the roads which makes it easy to find time for prayers, the Bible and
focusing on God. We think a lot about this and spend time in prayer before driving to the
next place. So far we've grown on tours spiritually.
Lord_Rogoth: I hope you'll be working on a
new album soon. Can you tell about that? What's in store for us?
Simon: Well, we've got lots of material
right now, we've been working on new material all winter and spring. I think our next
release will be a mix of really heavy stuff and also more melodic tunes. The first songs
we wrote were really melodic sounding but we tried to keep the edge to it. Lately we've
been getting back to more heavy sounding stuff again, so I guess in the end it's going to
be a mix between both things. Christian sings more on the new songs but we've been mixing
it up with heavier backup vocals so it sounds interesting indeed. I can't say how long
it's going to take before we'll have a full-length album released but we're sure working
on it. We'll post more news on the web page as soon as we know.