Monday, July 25, 2016

100 Years Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Basically we're a bunch of old guys who stopped playing to please others long ago. All the music we've played individually up to this point has lead to this band, and represents who we are now. We're scattered around Sweden, and although we live far from each other geographically, we come from the same city and have known each other since forever. Our goal is to just dig down, focus and make as much music as we can, because that's what we love.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
For me (Pontus), it can take a lot of effort just making a single riff or verse, because I can't bring myself to leaving even a single note to chance. Everything has to make sense to me, and I hope that comes across in the music. The sound is harsh, mellow, grinding. It's my outlet of every feeling.

3. All of the band members are veterans who have played in other bands, what are some of the things you bring into this group that you where not able to do with the other band?
This is a new arena, we have nothing to prove to anyone, and with no expectations you can do anything.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics aren't story based, they lean more towards descriptions of emotions or situations. High and low, mostly low.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name '100 Years'?
Initially, the idea was to allow a certain amount of time in the beginning of a song for the listener to "get into" it before it actually kicked in. We thought about the concept of time, and we felt that 100 years is the maximum amount of time a person can grasp. Longer than that, and it just becomes vague.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We had an awesome gig at Klubben in Stockholm that really set the tone for how we want our stage performance to be. We want the music to be the focal point on stage rather than us, and we want the audience to experience something other than an average bang-your-head-metal-show. We try to set a mood and a vibe that speaks to your spine rather than your eyes.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're looking into some possibilities at the moment, and hopefully we'll be able to do some gigs this fall.

8.The new album came out on 'Give Praise Records' are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
As a Swedish band it's great to have a foreign platform to start from, it makes it a whole lot easier to spread your music beyond your backyard.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
According to some sources, we have a surprising number of fans in Indonesia, which is awesome. It's a bit too early to talk about fan bases, but we'd love to play in other parts of the world for sure.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Maybe a bit more violent, who knows. The essence will probably remain, though.

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?
Everything from Swans to Napalm Death, The Cure to Killing Joke, Voivod to Celtic Frost has inspired us. I (Pontus) listen to Norwegian bands Ă…rabrot and Okkultokrati a lot right now. Motorpsycho (also Norwegian) is probably my biggest musical influence and my all time favorite band, and they're definitely responsible for the jazziness of 100 Years.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Food & beverage are huge interests for some, technical recording nerdy stuff, golf, weed, working on the house, visiting the in-laws, hanging out with the kids etcetera.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
If Donald Trump is your next president, we won't come.

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