Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gust Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We've been busy rehearsing all of the new songs, touring Europe and preparing for the release of our new album!

2.You have a new album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have release don the past?

It's a blend of D-beat and classic hardcore punk directness, combined with a lot of finesse, progressive elements, dark metallic undertones and catchy riffs. This record feels like a refined version of Gust, and compared to our previous releases it sounds both angrier and catchier.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

This cold political climate that we're living in right now where capitalism,individualism, fascism and fundamentalism prevails, and where "what's best for all of us" has been traded out to "what's best for me and my fucking business". Even though most of the lyrics are pretty cynical and hopeless, I hope that people can relate to what I'm saying and feel some sort of connection.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gust'?

I guess we just wanted a short name, and this was the best we came up with.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think the greatest amount of sick shows has been in Poland. There's always a lot of people showing up and we've got a lot of really good friends over there that always helps us out. The more I think of it, the harder it is to just name a few shows, cause there has been a lot of sick ones all over Europe. So many cool places and so many unbelievably cool people!Regarding our performance: We've got no moves or dress codes going on, we just play our songs pretty damn good on maximum level and hope that the music speaks for itself.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes,we're doing a "release tour" together with a band called Correction between the 2nd and 12th of October covering Sweden, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia and we're also booking another one in December focused on southern Europe. Other than that, we're also working on a plan to get over to the U.S next spring.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of hardcore and punk?
The feedback has been great! We're probably not pleasing the hard moshing beat-down guys, but other than that we seem to have pretty much something for everyone that's into hardcore punk.
8.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects?
I (Fred, drums) play drums in a band called Anchor and guitar for Correction. I also run my own studio called Fuck Life Studios where we record everything with Gust and a bunch of other Swedish hardcore bands.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We'll continue doing our thing, keep pushing, keep on exploring and keep on challenging ourselves wherever that leads us, but this is a hardcore band and it's what this band will always be.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We listen to a lot of different kinds of music, everything from hardcore punk and progressive metal to sing-and-songwriters and basic rock so t's hard to point out any specific genre or band as an influence. All of us have a weak spot for melancholic tunes whichever genre though, and combining that with the aggressiveness of d-beat and some musical technicalities and you've pretty much got the basic ingredients of our music. I know a few of us been listening A LOT to the latest QOTSA record, new Beast Milk record is ace as well, but most of my spotify playlists at the moment consists of hip hop.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

There are no other interests.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Shoutout to Greg at Southern Lord, Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and all of our friends across europe!

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