Interview conducted September 01 2007
Interview published January 18 2008
Things have been moving fast for
this young band from Falkenberg. After making themselves a big name in
their home country Sweden they are now ready to conquer the world. Metal
Covenant had a chat with bassist Karin Axelsson
prior to their show on Swedish Metal Expo to find out all about it.
Niklas: I actually saw you perform
here exactly one year ago. Can you sum up what has happened with Sonic
Syndicate since then?
Karin: Well, first we won this contest that
gave us a record deal with Nuclear Blast. Then we recorded an album
rather quickly and released it in May this year. After that there
has been lots of touring for us, on festivals and so on. Then of course
we have all the interviews. I flew over to Nuclear Blast's head office
in Germany and made promotion for four days, for example. There's
been very much going on in a very short period.
Niklas: When you entered the Nuclear Blast-contest, did you actually
think that you had a chance of winning it all?
Karin: No, we didn't. You never think you're
going to win something like that, you know? But it just happened that
way that we had recorded a pre-production on three new songs, so we
thought that it didn't hurt to send it in. And suddenly we heard from
them, and they said that they really liked our material. So they asked
us if we felt like having a record deal with them. We thought it was
a joke at first, of course! (laughs)
Niklas: Are you pleased with the way Only
Inhuman has been received by the fans and the media?
Niklas: How would you describe your sound
to someone who has never heard you?
Karin: I would describe it as modern metal.
I prefer not to put a stamp on us, because then you suddenly have
to maintain within those boundaries. We have many melodies, lots of
clean vocals, rather simple actually. It has certain bits of Gothenburg-death
in it, as well.
Niklas: Speaking of which, you have been
compared to bands like In Flames on a few occasions
Niklas: I actually read this review that
said that you should change your name to In Flames Teens. How do you feel
Niklas: Did Nuclear Blast have any demands
when you recorded your album with them?
Karin: Almost all the songs were finished when
we got signed, actually. At least half the album was completed, I
remember. I don't think Nuclear Blast actually listened to it before
it was all done. And then they said that they really, really liked
it. So they haven't been tampering with it one bit, actually.
Niklas: Those who have seen Sonic Syndicate
live can often agree with the description of you being a very strong and
energetic live-band. Why, do you think?
Karin: We have said this ourselves, that we
always try to move around as much as possible up on the stage and
keeping the energy at 110 percent. I can only speak for myself, but
when I go out and see a band perform and they stand still no matter
how good they play, then I get disappointed. It's not really that
that you go out to see, you know? The key is to have contact with
the audience, I think.
You are soon going out on the road as a warm-up act to Dark Tranquillity,
for two hectic months, around Europe. What's the best and the worst with
big tours like this?
Karin: The best thing is that you get to see
places that you have never been to before. New countries, new people,
new bands, etc. And to play, of course! (laughs) The worst part is
that you never get to be home and spend time with the family and your
friends. It's hard to stay in touch when you're out on the road.
Niklas: Will you just play songs from Only
Inhuman on this tour, or will it be time for some old favourites from
your debut album Eden Fire as well?
Niklas: And after this you're going to America
to tour for the first time?
Niklas: You participated on a videogame-expo
in Leipzig last week. Was that a different experience?
Karin: Yeah, that was probably the biggest
gathering of nerds I've seen in my whole life. (laughs) I don't play
any games myself so for me the whole thing wasn't that interesting.
But it was still cool, because the whole thing was so big! It's like
five big warehouses next to each other. I think there had been around
200.000 people there during the time it was opened. We performed on
the Guitar Hero-stage, of course, and the funniest thing was that
nobody had a clue that we would play on this expo. So I can imagine
that people got surprised when a band suddenly started playing on
that stage for real. (laughs)
Niklas: You'll obviously be busy with touring
for the rest of the year, but have you started planning for the next album
Karin: We have slowly started working on some
ideas for new songs, and the plan is to enter the studio in March
next year, so we're a bit in a hurry. (laughs) We hope that the next
album will be out in the autumn next year.
Niklas: Do you have any ideas about how
it will sound?
Karin: It certainly won't be as commercial
as Only Inhuman. We have to draw the line somewhere, you know. (laughs)
We're not going to repeat ourselves, that's for sure. I believe that
almost anything could happen on the next album.
Niklas: Any last words to your fans?
also: review of the
gig the same night »»