Hi there. How do you feel after some gigs as a support for the gods of Porcupine Tree? Please describe the reactions of the fans (P.T. and yours) about the gigs.
Hello! Supporting Porcupine Tree was a blast!! Even those we didn’t had the best conditions it still gonna be a highlight in our career. Great venues packed with people ever night. I think the reaction was really good. The majority of the audience where there for PT, but I do hope we stole some of them:)
After the listening your new record, it´s not a surprise to booking Katatonia as a support for Porcupine Tree. The Sound of "Night is the New Day" is amazing, but very, very melancholic and some songs are like a stuff of Porcupine Tree, the deep-slow Opeth etc. How do you feel, as a band and personally to open the gigs for Steven Wilson & Co. and listen his songs live?
It was an honour for us to open those gigs. We are all fans of PT and have the opportunities to play for 2-3000 people every night is huge. But I mean, its very stressful to be a support band, short sound check, limited crew n things like that. You kind of feelt..smal.. watching PT after our gig. They probably had the best sound I have ever heard on a concert. But I hope people realize the situation if we had crappie sound or other problems on stage.
Well, let´s talk a little bit deeper about the new record. "Which night was your last new day”?
I don’t know. I think it was a title that Jonas came up with on a US-tour some years ago. And he just saved it till now.
Sound & songs are amazing - no problem, but I would say, you really surprise the fans again(!). Because the sound isn´t harder like the last record. It´s more emotional, melancholic, deep and very quiet. What are the reasons for it, do you feel very empty or sad - to create something like this?!
I think its a typical Katatonia album. We just went on from where we left TGCD but took it a little bit further. Added a lots more keys n stuff. More dynamic parts which kinda is our sound. Move from very slow soft parts to really heavy parts. We wanted to do something new, but still Katatonia. Not just another TGCD. It’s just a natural way for us to create music. We like the dark..
…"idle blood" sounds like a mix of song writing process of Steven Wilson meets Mikael Akerfeldt; "liberation" would be an song from a heavy record of Porcupine Tree; you use a lot of samples/keyboards nowadays - it´s f***** a new way of Katatonia. The album is even more "different" like your last two records. Do you agree? Please describe your opinion about that new creative art/favourite songs and your own opinion about that album?!
It´s definitive the best album we ever did. The album is a little different than our previous records and it can take some listening sessions to get into it. For me that’s a good thing. The more you listen to it you gonna discover new things about it. Its so many things going on in the background and that kind of make the hole sounds cape. I still discover new thing, a piano in the background or some guitar effect way back in the sound picture. Right now I’m really into “departer”. It’s so dark and beautiful, and Krister Linders voice is absolutely fantastic. But Im really happy with the album overall. Favourites changes from day to day.
…exactly what about "departer", maybe most emotional "Melancho-Pop"-song you ever did?! You create the path for a gig like "Katatonia MTV Unplugged"…:-)
”departer” definitive plays in its own league. For me its one of the most dark and beautiful song we ever did. A perfect way to end the album. Yeah, watch out for MTV unplugged and MTV cribs! Ha ha ha.
One of my favourite Live-DVD is your last release "Live Consternation". Do you still like that kind of record and do you remember the show, let me say: do you think about a new stuff like that?
Summer breeze has always been one of my favourite festivals and I sure remember the show. Every time we've played there the atmosphere as been fantastic! I love live-DVDs and yes, we gonna release another one. Yeah, it will be a Katatonia DVD, not only a live-dvd, with interviews, backstage footage, live-shows, videos and stuff. It’s been on the wall for many years, but it’s until now we finally gonna get into it.
What next? Any plans for a tour, maybe as a headliner?! Let me say with Opeth, Anathema and Daylight Die or Riverside?!:-)
Yeah, in spring we'll go on a European headline tour followed with a North American headline tour. And then we have a bunch of summer festivals to rokk off, so it will be a quite busy 2010.
…thank for your time. Thanks for your great albums and hope to see you soon on stage…in northern Germany too.
Thanx! Keep check in our website for upcoming shows! cheerz
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