Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Swallow The Sun Interview

Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
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--- Well the album came out in Europe on February and we been touring a
lot ever since. We got few summer festivals still to go and then we are of
to North America´n tour. Cant wait for that because our American fans have
always been totally supportive and every time theres loads of more of
them.
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> How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it
> differs from previous recordings?
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--- First time we used lots of acoustic guitar parts on our music, and
that might be the biggest difference when you compare this one to our
older albums. With every album we have been taking small steps towards all
the directions and making music even slower, faster, darker and having
more light also.

> What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with
> the
> new release?
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--- I guess this album has a concept about letting some ghosts go from
your life, and also trying to forgive yourself before its too late.
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> What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band's name?
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--- Its about our winter time. When winter comes here it almost feel like
something would swallow the sun from the sky. You barely see sun in months
and up north it doesent even come up from horizon. Theres also Nordic
myths about something swallowing the sun from the sky when world is coming
to its end.

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> What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how
> would you describe your stage performance?
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--- I have great memories from the shows in New York, playing sold out gig
in legendary Astoria venue in London with Apocalyptica, also one of the
best gigs were in Tel Aviv and Tokyo while ago. Our band is not about
cheering people up on the gigs and sucking the audience, its all about
music and atmosphere what we stand for.

> On a worldwide level how the feedback been to your newer music by the
> metal
> fans that have heard it so far?
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---- Its been great. Im happy that our fans are such a music lovers and
they understand that music doesent always have to be fast and have lots of
solos and lyrics about Vikings or dragons, haha. Our fans also understand
that we are not just doing our first album over again and they been
supporting the small changes with the time. It takes quite a lot to get
into this kind of music and I totally understand people who hate our band
too, its not for everyone for sure.
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> What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
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--- I see it going where it has been during the years, getting even deeper
into the darkenss and light. Its not so much about the style of music, its
much more about the feeling and atmopshere that counts.
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> Outside of music what are some of your interests?
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--- Dr. Pepper, tits and Formula 1, haha, how deep is that!!??

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> Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
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--- Its been cold, short and rainy summer here.. and soon we are heading
towards the winter again, in other words we are fucked! Well maybe in 9
months there will be some hope for a real summer.

Juha Raivio / gtr / Swallow the Sun