1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
Majalis is in one way a pretty new project as we just put out our first EP, still the idea of the band and the first songs are quite a bit older. It started with me and Tobias several years ago, back then we worked at the same place and i was living at Tobias place during the weeks. We listened to lots of music during work and one day we just got an idea to write something down-tuned and gnarly, which we did. We wrote two songs back then. Some years later I had some more ideas in the same musical directions and we decided to re-record the old stuff along with some new ideas. We also decided to make it a band and we got Daniel to join for vocals and bass after seing a performance with his band Ikhon. Me and Jonas studied together for a while and as I've seen him play with other bands. I had a feeling that his drumming would suit this band, so we asked him. He joined and we became a band.
2. How would you describe your musical sound and how it differs from the other bands that the members are involved with?
I would say it has some doomy vibes going on, combined with a few touches of post-rock and sludge maybe. Some heavy rock music. It's a bit different from what we do with our other bands. Jonas plays with a pop band called Me The Tiger (www.methetiger.se), so that's different in all kinds of ways. Tobias and I usually play with a band called In Mourning (www.inmourning.net), we still play some metal there but I would say Majalis is a bit doomier and less complex, the bands have different atmospheres going on. Daniel plays with a band called Ikhon (www.facebook.com/ikhonmusic), which is more straight-forward, faster and more aggressive than Majalis.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We have chosen not to print the lyrics with the EP, to let the music itself stay more in focus and speak for itself rather than the lyrics. I won't reveal too much, some can be parallelled to views on everyday life if you want to. Still it's pretty much disguised in doomy metaphores and screamed out from the top of our lungs. So good luck figuring them out!
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Me and Tobias chose the name when we wrote the first two songs. We found it through Convallaria Majalis (the lily of the valley) and that it is said to come from latin meaning ”flowering in may”. We later on noticed that it apparently also can be a term meaning ”a place for sitting” and council.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Being newly started with our first EP recently released we have done one show so far at a local festival called Gamrocken (www.gamrocken.se). However, none of us are strangers to performing live as we have all been playing for a long time and been playing live quite a bit with other bands and projects. Our debut live show with Majalis went really well. I think we managed to bring good intensity and atmosphere to the show, so let's hope we will get more opportunities to play some good shows.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have some more plans for a show or two already, but nothing is official yet. No real touring plans at this point.
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
Good I would say, we've read several reviews from zines in different countries and we've received quite some feedback from people online which has pretty much all been overwhelmingly good.
8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days/
They're pretty much all living and moving along as usual, this is not meant to replace any of our other bands.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Still very hard to say, we are rehearsing when we manage to find time for it. So far we have been rehearsing maybe once a month. We are writing new material and we have started rehearsing some new stuff, which feels very promising. But it's too early to tell what direction a future release will be heading at this point.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I guess influences comes from pretty much everywhere in every day life, not just music. I tend to listen to quite a wide span of music and I think we all do within the band. This latest week i've been listening mainly to Khoma.
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Personally i really like painting, drawing and designing stuff. I rarely find time to paint or draw though, but i really enjoy it whenever i can find time for it.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Just thanks for having us interviewed. Thanks to those who happen to read this, to those who takes interest in our band and to those who listens to our music. Make sure to check our websitewww.majalismusic.com and follow us through whatever social media you find suiting, we try to be available everywhere we can. Thanks!