Patrik: Our main focus have been booking shows and planning tours for the autumn. We are working hard on making our live set tight and intense. Any day now the Turist i Tillvaron 9 compilation will be out with a Snake Tongue song on. And just resently we started working on some new songs and plans for the future.
2.In March you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released a couple of years back?
Patrik: The sound of ”Raptor´s Breath” is a manifestation of our view of todays society. Harsch, hard, chaotic and violent. It is also a mixture of the bandmembers musical history boiled down to something new. Dark hardcore punk with elements of metal, sludge and grindcore as well as some eastern/balkan melodies. The demo was recorded when the band was really new and we just wanted to see how we could sound. For the album we had a more focused idea on how we wanted it to sound and I think we took it where we wanted. Then Kurt Ballou´s mix and Brad Boatright´s mastering took it even further.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Patrik: For ”Raptor´s Breath” the lyrics has a focus on the leader and the mass, and the relation between them. All our lyrics are in some way reflections of the state of the world today, but also on some parts of history leading up to how our society is today.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Snake Tongue'?
Patrik: We are surrounded by lies, liers and decietful people. Everyday you can read about polititians making promises and breaking them. I had used the term snake tongue in some lyrics, found it and thought it would fit the band.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Patrik: The release show for ”Raptor´s Breath” was our best performance as a band. We have started to become as tight and intense as we want and thats what you should expect from us, a tight, chaotic and intense wall of noice and anger. Doing our first gig warming up for Doomriders and Coliseum was also a memorable show.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Patrik: Yes, we are working on playing as much as we can in the autumn. We have a festival and a couple of more shows in august, about a week in october booked and working on some dates for november as well. Hopefully we will release our tourschedule soon.
7.On the album you had worked with Kurt Baullou of 'Converge' on the mixing, what was it like working with this legendary musician?
Patrik: I think he gave the recording what it needed, fully taking our thoughts of how it should sound and then some. For some of us I think it was a dream come true working with Kurt.
8.The new album was released on 'The Sign Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Patrik: Well, ´The Sign Records´ is run by me (Patrik) and my partner Kaj. So for Snake Tongue it felt kind of natural releasing with ´The Sign”. Looking at the labels whole roster Snake Tongue might seem malplaced, but Snake Tongue together with Throne of Heresy paves the way for the labels ´Triangle´ imprint that will be the home of all things extreme, dark hardcore, death metal, black metal etc. The ´Circle´and the ´Square´ have their own genres and together they all form ´The Sign´.
9.on a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of hardcore and extreme metal?
Patrik: Over all we have had great response. Mainly good or really good reviews, of course some hate us aswell, but mainly over expectations. So, worldwide the feedback through media etc have been great. Getting out on tour will tell u show the audience will recieve us. Locally in our home townand in Sweden I think we have found fans in both the punk/hardcore scene aswell as in the metal scene, wich is really great.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Patrik: We will continue to explore the realms of extreme music, finding our own blend. Now all members of the band is more involved in writing and arrangeing the new songs so I think our next album will be more diverse yet more focused.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Patrik: We all have different taste in music and I think thats good for Snake Tongue. But of course we are all influenced by hardcore, crustpunk and different styles of metal. Martin who wrote most of the music for Raptor’s Breath is also influenced by Balkan/Eastern music and scales. For myself, running some record labels I get new music every day in all genres, some really good some not so good.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Patrik: For me, running five record labels, promoting shows and playing in bands kind of makes my life a 24/7 music journey. But I also try to keep up with family life, politics, travels and such.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Patrik: Thank you for the interview (and the great review)! Hope to see you all on tour in the future.
Best regards, Patrik and Snake Tongue