Revolution Music: Hallo. Last time we spoke to you guys, you’ve just released “Grime Vs Grandeur”, now you have released your new album “Northwind”, witch was released the 25th September. Congratulations on the new album.
Stefan Weinerhall: Thank you very much.
Revolution Music: Could you start out by introducing your self and tell us what part in the band you have?
Stefan Weinerhall: I am Stefan Weinerhall, founder, guitar player and song writer.
Revolution Music: How and why did you come up with the name “Falconer”? Does it have any special meaning?
Stefan Weinerhall: I’m interested in history in general I would say. Falconer is an easy name and short and not too childish.
Revolution Music: How did you all come together, and became the band you are to day?
Stefan Weinerhall: I found Mathias through his dad who owns the music store in my town. I asked him for singers for my demo. Karsten and I have played in Mithotyn before. Jimmy was found 2 years ago through an add. Magnus plays in the same band as Karsten so he asked him 2 years ago.
Revolution Music: This is your fifth album and is released trough Metal Blade Records, how did the contract get established, and how are they to work with?
Stefan Weinerhall: I am very satisfied with their work. They let us decide where we want to go and what we want to record. They actually wanted to sign Mithotyn but since we had disbanded the band I told them I had a new band going and sent them the demo and the deal was in our hands.
Revolution Music: Why did you choose the title “Northwind” for this record, does it have any special meaning?
Stefan Weinerhall: It’s a short and easy title which also explains that we’re back in the style we do best.
Revolution Music: When you started working on this album, how long did the process take from the first step to the final product? Was it hard to write new material for this record or did it come naturally for you?
Stefan Weinerhall: The writing has never went this easy. Since we decided to go back in style I felt like I had come home again and all inspirations just fell over me. The entire process of this album was slightly over a year. I wrote the songs in 8 months and then we recorded the album in 2 parts, one in Feb. and one in July.
Revolution Music: Where did you record the album, and who produced it?
Stefan Weinerhall: Los Angered recording with Andy LaRocque as producer. Same as always when it come to Falconer. We think he’s the perfect choice for us.
Revolution Music: How was it to work with him?
Stefan Weinerhall: Great. He knows us and our music and know what to expect and what is needed to make it good. We know him and his studio, now we can actually work there alone since we know everything about the studio.
Revolution Music: Are you trying to express something through your music?
Stefan Weinerhall: No. I’m just writing what I think is good. The lyrics are not that important to me but you have to have them so I try to say something about religion, politics, history etc but writing everything in an medieval language just to make it fit our style.
Revolution Music: How has the album been received by the press, the critics and the fans so far?
Stefan Weinerhall: The reactions have been really good. At last some people think that we have overdone ourselves. Did actually think that the halo over the first album would never let another album take that place.
Revolution Music: What is your view on the group’s position in today’s music scene?
Stefan Weinerhall: I honestly think that we’re too unknown for our quality. I can’t understand why some crappy bands are more known but hey, I guess it’s just a matter of opinion.
Revolution Music: How would you compare the material on “Northwind” to your previous material?
Stefan Weinerhall: Think of “chapters from a vale forlorn”, but played and produced by a better band.
Revolution Music: How would you define your style?
Stefan Weinerhall: Melodic Metal with folk influences.
Revolution Music: What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind new music do you listen to these days?
Stefan Weinerhall: I grew up with Kiss, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Bon Jovi. Nowadays I don’t listen that much to music anymore but when I do it’s most likely Jethro Tull, Rainbow, Avantasia, Kiss and other bands. Melody is always of the greatest importance, then it don’t need to be metal.
Revolution Music: Have any of these bands been source of inspiration for the album?
Stefan Weinerhall: Not that I know of but I’ve heard that some can hear that I love Jethro tull so I guess my musical taste have some kind of inspirational influence on me.
Revolution Music: In your time as musicians, what is your biggest musical achievement so far?
Stefan Weinerhall: Playing at Wacken open air and playing in the USA.
Revolution Music: Could we expect any European tour and maybe se the band in action here in Denmark any time soon?
Stefan Weinerhall: Probably not since we can’t do tours anymore. Mathias’ schedule don’t allow him to just be free whenever a tour show it’s face. The biggest chance to see us live is on summer festivals if we get any offers. This is a decision I had no problems with since at the time we could do tours no one offered us the chance so then I can’t see any reason we shouldn’t make the band as good as possible and making outstanding albums again but just paying the price of “no tours”. The albums after all is the first priority.
Revolution Music: How did you think the music scene is in Europe, compared to the scene in the US?
Stefan Weinerhall: Well, the US is dead except for crappy death metal and Neo metal. Europe at least have some bands that are good.
Revolution Music: What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
Stefan Weinerhall: Support act for Iron Maiden would really give us a good opportunity.
Revolution Music: Do you have any breaking news with the bands?
Stefan Weinerhall: No.
Revolution Music: That’s all we’ve get this time, do you have anything that you'd like to add or say?
Stefan Weinerhall: Hope you all love the album. Hopefully you’ll see us onstage some day although the opportunities won’t grow on trees.
Revolution Music: We would like to say thanks a lot for you’re time. And we wish all you guys all the luck in the future whatever it might bring. And thanks to Target Distribution for setting this interview up.