Thursday, March 10, 2016

Nest Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

- We are a three-piece doom/sludge band from Stockholm, Sweden, consisting of two brothers and a frenchman. Fredrik - guitar and vocals, Jonas - bass and vocals, Dave - drums.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

- Slow and tuned down, but not just for the sake of being slow and tuned down. It's pretty simplistic and primal. We don't feel the need to add parts or things to a song just to make it longer or "more interesting" or something like that.

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

- Most of the lyrics are written by me, Fredrik, and usually they're about what I'm pissed off at or obsessed with at the moment. Often political or just personal experiences. I don't really set out to write about a certain topic, it just kinda happens.

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

- There's not really any inspiration or meaning behind the name. I liked the word and thought it sounded good for a band name. Apparently we're not alone in thinking that since there are like four bands called Nest.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

- We pretty much just go on stage and play our music. I guess our performances are as simplistic as the songs. We're not an extrovert band who put on a show or spectacle of some kind. We let the music speak for itself. Hopefully that's why people come to our shows, for the music.
Our best show so far must be when we opened for Eyehategod. Opening for one of your main influences for your fourth show was pretty awesome.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

- We have a short, three date, tour coming up in May with Frogskin (Fin) and Coltsblood (UK). We're starting off here in Stockholm at a bar called Brother Tuck on May 5th, then we drive to Oslo and play a place called Blitz on the 6th, and end in Copenhagen at the first edition of a doom/sludge festival called Northern Discomfort on the 7th. These will be our first shows outside of Stockholm so we're pretty excited to see how people respond to it.

7.The new album was released on 'Tribunal of the Axe Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

- Our friend Craig founded Tribunal of the Axe. Me and Jonas met him and his friend Andrew at Roadburn 2013 and have kept in touch ever since. We meet every year at Roadburn now and last year we brought them both copies of the CD. Craig asked us when he could get it on vinyl and we said that we had to sell enough CDs and t-shirts to afford pressing it on vinyl. That's when Craig said something like, "If I start a label, would you consider letting me put it out?", and Tribunal of the Axe Records was born. Craig has great taste in music so I'm looking forward to hearing anything he might release.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and doom metal?

- So far it's been really good! People seem to like it. There's been some good reviews and comments. Even though you make music for yourself it's cool that other people like it too.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

- That's a tough question. I guess we'll evolve in some way. How that evolution might sound is hard to say.

10.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?

- We're influenced by pretty much everything we listen to, in one way or another. Doom, sludge, crust, hardcore, heavy metal, death metal, blues, country, there's influences from everywhere. We listen to a lot of music all the time, but there are bands that are always in headphones and speakers. Sleep, Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath, Eyehategod, Melvins, High on Fire, Eagle Twin, Neurosis, Amebix, Wolfbrigade, Entombed, Earth, Doom, Fister, SunnO))), OM, etc.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

- Music is pretty much our thing really. Other than that we just live our lives. Work, families, friends. We enjoy good beer and stuff, but that's usually combined with music.

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

- Will we ever know the truth about the pyramids?

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