Gnarwolves in the 18th November 2013 issue of DIY Weekly.
We are very happy and proud to announce that in a few days we will enter the studio to record our second LP with producer and friend Amaury Sauvé (Birds in row, As We Draw, Nine Eleven, Comity). It will be recorded live and dirty. Follow us on Instagram or Tumblr for more info. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.
So excited for this.
One of the founding members of the UKswell movement last year, Pariso have been one of the work horses of the UK hardcore scene. Even though some of their release and merch may be on the ‘silly’ side the bands music have matured over the years and now with two full lengths under their belt, the…
As one of the hardest working bands in the UK, Svalbard have had a pretty busy 2013. With the release of two records and extensive amounts of shows. We caught up with the band on some rare down time they had.
2013 has been a very busy year for you guys, what has been your personal highlight?
This year has basically been one big highlight for us, because the busier we are - the happier we are as a band. There has been a good balance of writing, recording and gigging - meaning we haven’t fallen into the rut of just playing the same set over and over again. The main highlight of 2013 would be some of the amazing bands we have got to play gigs with - Pariso, Bastions, Direwolves, MINE, No Omega, Grieved, Jungbluth to name a few; plus Tangled Talk releasing our new 7” - we are big fans of the label, so are very pleased that they released our record.
You went on tour with Direwolves at the beginning of the year, how was that tour?
Touring with Direwolves was incredible, they blew us away with their set every single night. Musically, it worked well as we both have a wide range of influences in our sound, so the gigs had a bit more of a diverse appeal for hardcore music. On a personal level, we had so many little adventures and funny moments together, it was a joy hanging out with those guys. They were the perfect band for us to tour with.
You guys fall somewhere between the melodic hardcore / screamo boundaries, how would you describe your music, and where do your influences stem from?
I suppose we would describe our music as a blend of post-rock, hardcore, crust and heavy alt. bands such as Torche and Kylesa. We all have eclectic music taste so our own personal influences vary from Discordance Axis to The Cure - we are not necessarily influenced by bands that sound similar to us; rather inspired by music that crawls right inside your heart and transcends the boundaries of genre.
You recently recorded a ‘Victims’ cover song, what made you choose to cover them?
We love Victims, especially the song ‘This is the End’ as it is a great example of how effective simplicity can be in a song. It is a crushingly heavy crust tune, but written with a pop-like structure -that gives it such a bittersweet, anthemic feel. It’s essentially the kind of song we wish we had written both musically and lyrically!
You also have recently released your new record ‘Flightless Birds’ What was the inspiration behind these new tracks?
The title track ‘Flightless Birds’ is about Western civilizations strained relationship with nature and technology; and the existential consequences of living in a world that is locked in a constant state of change with its insatiable fixation over technological progress.
The name ‘Flightless Birds’ signifies a failure to do something that should be natural to your species; it was inspired by Karl Marx’ theory concerning the “Death of the Species Essence.”
The general idea is that a society which relies upon machines prevents its’ humans from being able to create and control an existence that will reflect their own human nature. This theory is relevant to conflicted notions of identity in a technology-obsessed world, and the detrimental impact it has on our ability to interact with each other. The song is essentially asking a question of whether technological progress is actually a positive thing.
The B-side ‘For What It’s Worth’ is one of our most angry songs. It is mainly about Front magazine blindly sending bulk flattering emails to bands ‘offering’ them a feature in their magazine for
a ridiculous price; without any regard to the ethos of the band - which may conflict with the content of their magazine. On a smaller scale, there are also local magazines that rip unsigned bands off by charging them for “P.R. packages” that offer nothing to the band that the band can’t do for themselves. This frustrates us a lot because small, local scenes are based on people making music and writing zines for the love of it; but then some greedy idiot comes along with a printer and tries to turn an underground art form into an industry.
'For What It's Worth' is also about bands paying to promote
their pages on Facebook, spending more time getting ‘likes’ than gigging; and promoters who enforce bands to sell a number of tickets to get a support slot - selling tickets is the promoters job, not the bands. They should be picking support acts based on musical suitability, not on who will relieve their money woes. This also puts a competitive spin on local scenes, as bands are competing against each other for a support slot, rather than playing gigs together and helping each other out. This is everything we stand against in Svalbard.
The new record is being released by Tangled Talk records, how did you come to working with the label?
We first met Tangled Talk at a gig we were playing in London last year, then we carried on chatting via email. After playing more London gigs and releasing our 10” ‘Gone Tomorrow’, Tangled Talk then offered to release our next record; which was brilliant for us. We’re so happy to have the support of such a great label that have released loads of cool records.
You recently did a run of shows throughout September, how were these shows? Any particular highlights / low-lights?
Our September shows were so fun, it’s a shame there weren’t more of them! A highlight was definitely playing at Southsea Fest, not just because of the great line up, but because of how well organised the day was and the lovely atmosphere it has. London was also cool because people actually came out to a gig on a rainy Sunday, which we weren’t expecting; and we got to play with our friends Let It Die and Stallone. It was great to play with Notebooks (who we toured with last year) again in Glasgow too. A low light would be that a midlands-based date got cancelled at the last minute, resulting in us camping in the rainy Lake District with non-waterproof tents. We were all very cold, sleep deprived and cranky the next day!
What bands should people be keeping an eye out for?
Stallone, Cady, Let it die, Zeus!, MINE, The Breakout
Tell us three things about Svalbard that people may not know?
1. We chose the band name Svalbard because it is one of the most atmospheric settings in Philip Pullman’s series of books ‘His Dark Materials.’
2. Some of us are roller coaster enthusiasts and try to make as many theme park stops as possible on tour.
3. One of us nearly got into fisticuffs with rapper Ill Bill at Heathrow Airport
What does the rest of 2013 have in store for Svalbard?
We are currently writing new material, which we plan to start recording early next year. We will also be touring Europe in November with Pariso - we can’t wait for that!
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Maths / Throats LP on vinyl for the first time.
“If you like your music fast, interesting, tight and loud then Stallone have you covered. ‘Mire’ is a hugely impressive mini-album that is stuffed with an over-abundance of ideas and riffs that fans of both tech-metal and hardcore punk will find a joy to listen to.”
Awesome review of Stallone’s debut album ‘Mire’. Pre-order here: http://thestallone.com
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Great review of ‘Consanguinity’ by Pariso. Download it for free from http://pariso.co.uk