Hi there. First of all: Congratulations to your great new album "A final storm." I really like it!!! Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
by Fredrik: The response's been amazing so far, and that's really great. Since this is our third album, and cause of all the great response on The second wave we didn't rally know what to expect you know. But, we felt coinfident that we've made out best album yet, and that's really what we're going for.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
by Jan: Khoma has been around for almost ten years, rising out of the hardcore scene in Umeå. Many of the members have known each other for years, even playing together in other bands before Khoma. The idea was to create a breathing space where different musical styles and emotions could fuse and to fully explore the possibilities of this collective - without limitations or restrictions. We had a vision of creating heavy music that reflects more feelings than just sheer aggression - a space were you could allow yourself to be completely honest, not trying to fit any certain mold or genre norm. The first album Tsunami - was released in a limited edition in Scandinavia 2004. The album led to a contract with Roadrunner Records and the release of the The Second Wave 2006. In 2010 we released our third album, A Final Storm, through Selective Notes and Razzia Records. Khoma is, by the core, Johannes Persson, Jan Jämte and Fredrik Kihlberg. But a lot of our friends play a big role in this band, such as Thomas Hedlund (drummer in Cult of Luna, Phoenix) Andreas Johansson(bass in Cult Of Luna) just to mention a couple. They also play on the album.
For me the new album works as a big concept. It sounds like every song is at the right place, in the right time. Do YOU have a favourite song on "A final storm?"
by Fredrik: I'm glad you feel that way. I think It's very important how an album is put together, song by song, so we spend a lot of time on the albums composition, how it's put together. It's not enough just to have 10 great songs if you don't feel they fit together, you know. My favorite song from "a final storm" is, at the moment, "Inquisition". But that changes.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
by Jan: All the lyrics I write are special to me in some way, but I guess that some of them are written during circumstances that very clearly delineates certain important moments in life or thoughts that have come to mean a lot in retrospect. I would say that Harvest, Like coming home or Army of one are good examples. In many ways they sum-up parts of my life that Ill always carry with me, be it joyful or painful. Actually I was reading through the lyrics for the first time since they were written a couple of weeks ago. A year after it is easier to see the themes that runs through and connects the different songs. There is this struggle against alienation, doubts about what I´ve become and the wish to believe in humanity, equality and mutual aid in a world that constantly proves dreamers wrong.
As I am a musician too, I like the very big sound of the album. It really fits with the music. So, how do you create your sound? Which equipment do you use?
by Fredrik: How you want the album or song to sound is obviously something you invision and discuss in the band. Often you have some sort of reference to explain where you want to go sound/mood-wise. And then you really just try to get there. We use a lot of different stuff but the guitars are just different kinds of Gibson, Fender and Gretsch played through old traynor( 2X12 100w) combo amps. When it comes down to pedals we got a shitload and don't even know where to start.... ...but to mention a few I use a Fulltone fulldrive 2, a fulltone 69 fuzz, Boss MD2 delay, Boss Giga delay and a pharaoh amp Classs A boost. That's just mentioning a few, it all depends on what song we're playing I´m playing of course. The bass is pretty much a Fender Jazzbass played through a Sunn(((0 300T, sometimes in combination with a Fulltone Bass Fulldrive and a Gollmer The blues distortion. Keyboards are a Moog Voyager and a Juno 60 and 106 plus some really old pianos.
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
by Fredrik: ohh...ok...from the top of my head:
Fever Ray-Fever Ray
Arcade fire - The suburbs
Woven hand- The Threshingfloor
Totalt jävla mörker- Söndra och Härska
Robyn- Body talk
The radio Dept- Clinging to a scheme
And a lot of Tom waits
Let us have a little view in the future. Are there any goals or plans in the future for Khoma?
To play more shows, outside Sweden and of course to write new music.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best wishes to you all. Any last words?
Hope to see you all soon!