Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tunga Moln Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We're constantly working on new material, and we're currently planning a swedish tour. No dates to announce yet though. Personally I've been working on a new album with my other (one man)band Lightsabres. It's finished and should be out in a few months, by the way.

2.Recently you have 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 stuff you have released in the past?
The new album is by far the heaviest we've done, but still with a lot of focus on melodies. I think this album is more stoner rock, or hard rock, than our first two albums which had more of a prog feel to them. Even if it contains a couple of very un-stoner acoustic songs.

3.So far all of the album titles have started with numerals, is there are concept going on with these recordings?
Yes, so it seems! There were a couple of working titles that got thrown around, but we couldn't agree on one so we dtook the easy way out and decided to just go with "III". But I like numeric titles.

4.Originally the band was all instrumental, what was the decision behind writing your own songs?
When we started out we were a two piece, and semi-serious at best. Focus was really more on smoking weed than actually writing good songs. Eventually though we felt it was time to step things up and produce something worthwhile.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Love, death, drugs.. Mainly depressing stuff. We're not a feelgood band.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tunga Moln'?
Tunga moln means "heavy clouds" in swedish. I live in LuleƄ, a 12-hour car ride north of Stockholm. It's cold and dark 10 out of 12 months, so tunga moln felt like a fitting name. But I can't remember when or how I came up with it.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played a show in Visby a few years back at a club that was absolutely jam packed with people, and even though our album had only been out for a couple of weeks some of the audience knew the lyrics to the songs. So that was pretty cool.
I probably shouldn't say this but I don't particularly enjoy playing live. I don't have stage fright but I don't like being on stage either. The rest of the band does though, luckily!

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Yes. Like I mentioned we're planning a swedish tour this fall/winter.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and metal
Considering most people outside Scandinavia have no clue what we sing about we've gotten great feedback from pretty much all over the world, which was surprising to us at first. It may be a clique but there seems to be some truth behind the claim that music is a universal language.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We kind of found our sound on our last album (Tunga moln II, 2014), and the new one feels like a natural step forward. But for the next one we might do something completely different. We've been talking about possibly making an acoustic album a la Led Zeppelin III, but we'll see what we end up with. Anyway we won't be standing still.

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?
In the early days of the band it was stuff like Savoy Brown, ZZ Top and swedish 70's progg. For the new album I'd say Thin Lizzy, early Queens Of The Stone Age... stuff like that. Right now I'm on a heavy Danzig trip, catching up on albums I ignored when they came out; Deth Red Sabaoth, Circle Of Snakes etc.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
That's a tough one... Most of my life revolves around music, both playing and listening to. And I've been a rabid record collector since I was 12. But I also enjoy fishing, drinking and drawing. And hanging out with my daughter and girlfriend, of course.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Listen to the record if you haven't already

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