Silence The Foe is a pretty young
band, started just a little more than a year ago. And you have an EP out that sounds quite
solid for a starting band. How come? Is it a lot of practice or do you have experience
playing in bands before this one? Tell a bit about your involvement with music!
The history of Silence The Foe actually began in
February 1998, when Thomas (drums), Roland (guitar), Anders (vocal) and two other friends
started a band called Termos. A band known for having a crazy live show, preaching Jesus
all time on stage, and not writing too good songs...:) During various line-up changes with
help from different people, Termos became Silence The Foe. One year ago Thomas moved to
attend a school, and our guitar player left... So, then we got Ruben and Fred from The
Lionheart Brothers (now known as Lionheart on Sally Forth Records) to help us out until
Thomas got back and we found a permanent guitar player. Big thanks to those guys, they
helped us quite a lot. When it comes to involvement with music and the current line-up, I
(Roland), Thomas and Anders could hardly play our instruments or sing when we started in
1998. Arnbjorn, our bass player has played in various
bands before he joined STF like two years ago. Marcus from Lionheart, who joined us on
second guitar some months ago, is a musicgeek, in a positive way though. He is a big help
for us now with his experience. We try to practice twice a week, and we have been doing
that for a couple of years now. And when you practice.. you get better. On the EP we had a
lot of help from the producer, Tommy, the guitar player from Silver. And I think the EP
wouldn't have turned out that good if it wasn't for him.
So, three years ago you could hardly play your
instrument. What made you want to do a band? What attracted you to start Termos?
In the summer of 1997, Anders and myself were at a
youth-festival in Norway. It was at this festival we for the very first time talked about
starting a band. We were really into punk and hardcore, and felt that it was in this scene
God wanted us to do our work. At that time there were few (actually none) Christian
hardcore/punk-bands in our area, and that made us see that the scene needed us. So you can
say that the reason is that we had a heart that we wanted to serve God, and we really
wanted to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That was the main reason for us playing in a
band back then, and it is the same way with Silence The Foe today. But we can't deny that
we also found the idea of playing in a band kind of cool..:), and it's something that we
really wanted to do for a long time.
On the EP you play hardcore. Now it's very easy
for me to label it as hardcore. But one hardcore band is not like the other. So, how would
you like to describe it and what bands inspire you? What are the essentials of your sound?
To label the sound briefly it's okay to just call
it hardcore, which is in fact the style we basically play. More specific, if someone asks
us we usually say that we play metallic hardcore mixed with emo. Something of the new
material is much more emo than the songs on the EP. But it's not like we've become an
emoband, because other parts
are really slow and heavy. It's just a part of our progression as a band.. I think that
all the songs we have recorded this week are better than the old songs, and all of us are
happy with the new direction we are taking. In fact, a lot of Americans who have said
that they liked us, liked us because we are not like "all" the bands that are
popping up all over the US. I guess that's because of our Scandinavian sound. We are still
trying to hold close to that, and not just be another hardcore band in the scene. But
that's not easy when there are so many bands in the world. When it comes to inspiration it
will vary within the band. But bands like Zao and Overcome have had a great influence on
all of us. And the inspiration will vary after what we listen to from time to time. Taste
of music varies quite a lot in the band, but most of us like hardcore, metal and emo.
Well, Marcus don't like much emo at all, but he like some hardcore/metal. He's really into
bands like Spiritualized, Low, Tortoise, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Flaming Lips
and Soul Junk (you can say he is not an average member of STF when it comes
The EP was recorded independently. What were your
intentions with recording it? What do you want to achieve? A label deal or just a disc in
your hands to sell to the fans, or...?
I guess we can say both. It was kind of natural
considering the progress we'd had after the summer. We had felt for a long time that it
was about time to do a serious recording, and we didn't have a label, so we just had to do
it on our own. One reason was to have something to sell at shows, etc., and another was to
have something to send out to various labels, as well as zines and distros. So we do hope
that this EP helps us to get a deal with a label, which would make us really happy.
I'm wondering about opportunities to play live in
Scandinavia. You are from Norway but this is a huge country with long distances between
cities. So, how easy is it to get gigs and is the release of the EP helpful in this
The scene in our country is now growing, and a
result of that is of course that there are more hardcore shows. Some places don't want us
just because we are Christians, and I think it would have been easier for us if it wasn't
for our beliefs. There are still people in the scene that hates us, to tell it straight.
Therefore it's a little strange that of all the places we have played at during the last
12 months, only three were "christian" shows. Maybe the scene in Norway has
become more unite. If so, it's a good thing. In the southern parts of Norway the cities
are not so far from each other like in the rest of the country (where we live). So, when
we play outside our hometown we have to drive over 500 kilometres to a town with a scene
where more than 15 people will show up. I guess that places in the south that do not have
a lot of money to pay bands, would prefer bands that were located closer to the venue. So
we might be able to play more shows if it wasn't for that we live so far north. The
CD has helped us a lot, no doubt about that. It's easier to get gigs now, and in the time
before the CD-release it was
often people we knew that put up shows for us. Now it's not unusual that persons we have
never talked to contact us and want us to play. And I feel that the CD is one of the
reasons for that, among playing as much as you can to spread out your name.
What is the next thing we might expect from
Silence The Foe?
Well, it will actually be a release. We just
finished in the studio yesterday... four new songs, some of them for an upcoming 7"
release. It might be a split with a Norwegian emo band called How Cars Crash In Stories,
but we don't know anything for sure yet, so we'll see what comes up. Beside that we're
only planning to play three festivals
here in Norway in July, and at the Frizon fest in Sweden in August. I can also tell that
we are actually talking with a label, and that's all I can say about that at the moment.
So you all have to keep checking our homepage for details about that in the future (and it
is not Century Media). :)