1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Well, right now we’re just enjoying the release of ”A Bright Celestial Light”. It has been some intense months with The Moth Gatherer, writing and shooting a music video, building up our name etc. But it is fun! Now I guess that we will start thinking about a follow-up to our debut.
2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album?
I would describe ”A Bright Celestial Light” as an introvert album. It is very personal, intense and melancholic. People have said that the music ranges all from postrock to sludge/doom to ambient. So it is a diverse album, and I think that you have to really give yourself to the music to get something back.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
Each song is a journey and when you combine them all you kinda get a pattern. The lyrics is about losing someone you love to cancer and how that transforms you. It’s about learning how to continue to live with the loss. But I do not want to get into my meaning of the lyrics, it is equally important that the listener finds his or her own interpretation.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
When something life altering happens to you it can feel like you are lost in darkness. And like the moth you search for a source of light. With the background we came from we felt like the name The Moth Gatherer really described us and the music we make.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We have never played live and we don’t know if we will do it any time soon.
6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
No. It is a huge project to bring The Moth Gatherer to a stage, and we don’t have any plans to play live at the moment. We will focus on writing new songs and recording but who knows what the future will bring?
7. Currently you are signed to Agonia Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
When we had recorded half of our debut we sent a track to Agonia Records and they got in touch, awhile later we had signed a deal with them. It was a really good move for us since Agonia are amazing to work with. We get alot of support from them and they really help us and help the debut to be seen and heard! Cheers from The Moth Gatherer to Agonia!
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of extreme Metal?
It has been great! We are in awe of all the feedback we have got. It feels like alot of the listeners so far has understood the album. ”A Bright Celestial Light” is not an album that you play on a party, it is an album that you should listen to with the lights out and just let the music let your mind wander off. The album is being released this week in europe and in two weeks in North America so it’s gonna be fun to see how it is recieved by the public.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I have no idea actually. We know that we will not make an album on the same topic again. But we have some ideas on where to take it but I think that it will become clear when we sit down to write again. But when we have something it will sound like The Moth Gatherer, that’s for sure.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We are influenced by alot of different bands and genres but some of the most important bands is Neurosis, Breach and Cult of Luna.
I don’t know what Victor is listening to now, I’m guessing Avicii or Swedish House Mafia or Meshuggah.
As for me, nowadays I’m listening to Baroness, Inter Arma, Ken Mode, Triptykon, Eels, Interpol, The Old Wind and The Konsortium. There’s probably alot more, but there you have some of the bands.
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Both of us are avid gamers, me more than Victor I think. We also watch alot of movies and read books. And one of my biggest interest is to find new music, so I’m often searching in record stores and abusing Spotify.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
If you decide to pick up a copy of ”A Bright Celestal Light”, turn of the lights, lay down, turn up the volume and close your eyes and let the songs take your mind on a voyage.
Thanks for paying attention!
//Alex of The Moth Gatherer