The American atmospheric black/doom metal act Vattnet Viskar recently released their debut fuld-length album “Sky Swallower” through Century Media Records. We had a little talk with singer and guitarist Nick Thornbury about the release and more, read it all here
Revolution-Music: Hallo. First of I would like to congratulate you on your new album, the Century Media debut “Sky Swallower”. Could you start out by introducing your self and tell us what part in the band you have?
Answer: Thanks! This is Nick, I play guitar and do vocals.
Revolution-Music: Why did you choose this title for the record, does it have any special meaning?
Answer: I honestly just woke up one morning with it floating around in my head. Must have had a weird dream. Anyway, I brought it up to the rest of the band, they like it, and we just went from there.
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?
Answer: We initially started writing back in December of 2012, but a lot of shows were keeping us busy at the time, so it was hard to sit down and write new music. We got home from a short run of shows in March, and booked the studio for 4 weeks later, forcing us to finish writing. We somehow managed to finish it, with a little bit of luck!
Revolution-Music: Where did you record the album, and who produced it? How was it to work with?
Answer: We recorded at Universal Noise Storage in Newburyport, MA with our good friend Brett Boland. He’s great to work with. He’ll push you to make sure you’re getting the best record, but without being an ass about it. He’s great at hearing things in the songs we might not have, suggesting a pedal here, a harmony there, etc.
Revolution-Music: Are you trying to express something through your music?
Answer: Just emotion in general I’d say. We put everything into this band. When I’m playing this stuff live, I get so into the music, I really hope it can make others feel that way too, whatever that means for them individually.
Revolution-Music: How has the album been received by the press, the critics and the fans so far?
Answer: Amazingly well! We really didn’t know what to expect. The EP doing so well was a complete surprise for us, so I think we all felt a little bit of pressure to make a good album and not let people down. It’s a very weird place to be.
Revolution-Music: Who did the artwork and what is the idea behind it?
Answer: The art was done by Bryan Proteau in San Francisco. As far as the idea behind the art, you’d have to ask him. He had done the art for our EP as well, and it was amazing. For this album we just told him the name, a couple of rough ideas, and just to see what he comes up with. We love it.
Revolution-Music: How would you compare the material on this release to your previous material, the self-titled ep from 2012?
Answer: You know, at first I thought it was pretty similar. I hadn’t really listened to the EP for a while, but when I did the other day I was blown away. I couldn’t believe how much different Sky Swallower is. It’s much thicker, but still keeps that slight edge I hope.
Revolution-Music: What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind new music do you listen to these days?
Answer: I grew up listening to just a lot of random styles, usually heading in the direction of whatever was the next heavier band I heard about. Lately it’s been tough for me to get into a lot of new stuff, unless is very original or just completely blows me away. Generally I’ve been into a lot of classic rock, electronic music, and post-whatever bands.
Revolution-Music: Have any of these bands been source of inspiration for the album?
Answer: Defeinitely. Not everything, but a lot of what we listen to affects how we write songs. Hopefully that keeps things fresh for a while.
Revolution-Music: In your time as musicians, what is your biggest musical achievement so far?
Answer: This band, definitely. This has already gone further than we ever thought we could go. The biggest achievement though has probably been playing an amazing showcase at SXSW this past March.
Revolution-Music: Could we expect any European tour and maybe see the band in action here inDenmark any time soon?
Answer: We really, really hope so. That is our dream, our next big goal, to make it to Europe.
Revolution-Music: What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
Answer: That’s a tough one, but I think we’d have to say Wacken! or maybe Roadburn? Any European festival really!
Revolution-Music: Do you have any breaking news with the bands?
Answer: Nothing right now, just getting ready to hit the road with Intronaut for the next few weeks.
Revolution-Music: That’s all we’ve get this time, do you have anything that you'd like to add or say?
Answer: Thanks for the interview, we really appreciate it!
Revolution-Music: We would like to say thanks a lot for your time. And we wish all you guys all the luck in the future whatever it might bring.
VATTNET VISKAR - Fog Of Apathy (Album Track)
- Band/Kunstner: Vattnet Viskar
- Interview med: Nick Thornbury (Guitar/Vocals)
- Interview dato: Torsdag, 05 September 2013
- Samarbejdspartner: Century Media Records