Hi there. Congratulations to your great new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
Good morning and thanks. Well the reactions to the cd have been mostly good, or even great. This is our début album and under the Circumstances that almost nobody outside Norway has heard about us, we think the overall reactions have been great! One review that we particularly remember is the guy who actually hated our cover art! Yes it's ugly... But it rocks! Anyway, this guy liked the music. Which is most important.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
Of course we care about the opinion of our fans; we would be nothing without them! When it comes to the press, we can't take everything as good fish, and rely on that their information is correct, but we listen to what they have to say.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
Well, the band started up back in '93, but we like to say that we got a fresh start in 2001 when Freddy Vain joined the band. You know, we had a slight change from that moment. We trashed a bunch of old songs, the new songs took another turn and became better, we got more gigs, and not least, we got a record deal and an album released worldwide.Nico (drums), Knut (bass), and Torbjørn (guitars) have all been in the band since '93.
Let's talk about your new CD. What is the message of "Interesting view of strange things"?
Oooh, that’s hard to say, while we were making this album, we agreed that only the best songs would be on it. And the best songs are usually the one's made out of spontaneity.And each one of the songs has a different message. Like the title track “Interesting view of strange things” is a song about finding out that you live to fulfill other peoples wishes, like when you’re at work you have to do what your boss tells you to do. And at some point you've had enough, and you have to find something new in life to keep you going.
My favorite is "The punisher". Can you tell us something about this song and it's history?
Mr. Bass man (Knut) came up with the idea for this song actually. One day he came to rehearse and he was talking about this movie he had seen the night before, called “The Punisher”. And he said to me, hey man take a look at some of these lyrics I've put together. And you can say we kind of made the unofficial soundtrack to this movie. If you listen to the lyrics in the "theme" part of the song you'll hear the exact words that the character from the movie said after he had killed all the bad guys. The song turned out pretty cool, so we had to have it on the album.
And what about "Creeps"? I love this one as well. It is almost a Doom Song.
One of our really big inspirations is Black Sabbath, and this song was supposed to be kind of like a tribute song to them. Well that’s what we figured after we made it anyway. Both the style and themes of this song is pretty “Sabbath'ish”. But after what we have heard from people, it turns out that they don't see much Sabbath at first in this song. They just call it different. Btw, it suits our live gigs very well as a New twist with the other up-tempo songs. And we think that is a good thing!
Which one is YOUR favorite song from the album and why?
I can only speak for myself but it has to be “Different Air” I think. Mostly because of the lyrics. You see, this is almost like a love song, a sad one that is. And the message that we bring out in this song is very important to me.
What about the album cover? It reminds me of the Nuclear Blast Logo.
*laughs* Like I said before, we got some terrible feedback on this. But when we made it we thought that this is something people will notice. That’s why we kept with it.
It reminds you of the Nuclear blast logo? Hmm maybe it does look a bit of the same.
Well, we got both the radioactive logo, and the biohazard logo together, and the only reason for this is that we thought it was cool. Not to rip off anything.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
All of the lyrics are more or less special. And there is a story behind every song.
Take “Chasing Dragons” for example, that’s a story about getting away from drug abuse, and managing it. And “Remission” is a song about regretting the bad things you have done in your life. And escape the consequences. But we would also like people to make up their own mind on what the songs mean, different people have different imaginations and what one song means to me, maybe totally different to another person. Music is what people can turn to; either it’s good or bad. People find themselves in music. We would like to keep it that way.
How did you find the name of the band and what does it mean to you?
Remember Pantera? “The Great Southern Trendkill” record. As most of Pantera records this one is great. At that time we might have done some songs in quite some different directions. Inspired by this, “Trendkiller” seemed to suit the music, we would not be just another band floating with the bandwagon, or what’s the “hype of the month”.
Where do you get your inspirations from?
Ah, there is so much. Almost anything can give inspiration, if there is something that you can relate to, like a persons death or your best friend’s marriage you got a song going on right away. I.e. when the towers in the USA got hit, and I saw the news, I started on a song right away. It’s all about feelings.
What about the recording process of your new album? Any stories or curiosities to report?
Ha-ha yes there were many odd situations during this winter. I don’t know how safe there is to mention all of them here tough. Well when we recorded “Creeps” we needed a solid intro, and as you might have heard there are a lot of strange sounds on it... This all happened on night we were drinking a bit too much and we found a didgeridoo and a harp. Witch turned out to be, together with some backwards guitars, and a cool production, the Creeps intro. There was a lot of fun recording those instruments.
The drummers backing vocals session where pretty fun too. *laughs*
How would you describe your own music?
Melodic kick ass hard rock should cover it! *laughs*
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
There are so many, but Pantera, Meshuggah, Iron Maiden, Soundgarden, Van Halen, and Black Sabbath is high on that list.
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
One has to be the latest Mnemic album, that’s some cool shit. But I can mention Sepultura, Soulfly and Black Label Society and many others. There are some cool bands out there for sure these days.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
Yes of course! We usually go to see the bands we want to see. If we got the opportunity. Dio, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue and dum dum boys really impressed a lot!
We'd like to know something about the underground in your hometown. Are you still in touch? And if so: Where do you hang out? Are there some yet unknown bands that you like?
Well we got lots of friends and friends of them again that play in a band, so pretty often we go out in Oslo or our hometown Strømmen and have a beer or five and watch some cool bands. Our drummer also works as a sound engineer at a local pub, so we get to see many different bands there.
What about the Norwegian Metal Scene in general? Do you know some bands, and if so, is there friendship, rivalry or more or less nothing special?
We know many bands and are friends with most of them, we do various gigs with them and we mainly help each other out. I can’t speak for the other bands but we hold no grudges. Actually, it’s fun to hang out with other musicans and bands to have a good time.
How important is it for you to play live on stage?
It’s the most important thing!! There is nothing that beats playing live in front of a full set audience. And if we didn’t play live, people wouldn’t have heard about us! We will continue to play live more and more, and that won’t change!
Are there some bands that you would die to play with?
I should think so… Playing with Black Sabbath would have killed us all.
Please tell us something about further Live activities.
Well as we speak we are getting ready to play with rock legends TNT. Which we are really looking forward to. Except for that we are booking various gigs in Norway for this fall and winter, so far we have got about 10 gigs before Christmas, mainly in the east side, but we got a couple in the north and south as well. And for next year we are hoping to get in on some of the bigger festivals around Europe, I know our management has been in contact with your own W.O.A festival, wich we hope will have an opening for us. We are also talking about doing a minor tour around Europe. And we are also in touch with Norway’s own island festival called Trænafestivalen.
Still three questions to go. What do you think of Metal web magazins?
It’s a really great way for people to check out bands that are not so highly profiled elsewhere, and read greater news as well. And I admire the people that are doing this. They put down so much effort. These magazines are also keeping the music alive, and we hope they will continue years on.
Is there something that you have never been asked but always have been eager to say?
Hmmm, not easy. But I remember one time that everyone was talking about “Shred- guitar is dead, metal and rock is dead”, and so on. Our kind of music will never die, as
long as we all believe in our work, and just move on. I guess there will be many cool bands in the future as well.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best whishes to you all. Any last words?
Where’s my Jack?
Thanks for taking the time. See ya’ll soon!!!!
Best of regards
Freddy Vain and the rest of Trendkiller