If you are one of those nerds who wants to know more about a band or an artist than just their records, then our interviews are right your thing! We feature an interview every week by a different artist and from a different genre. Every once in a while we also feature a lengthy interview with a musical hero from the past. Furthermore you can also find some shorter interviews we did for our specials here! And now - enjoy and read, what some amazing artists have to say!
Heaviness is important! Really important. Many people would say that Chicago-based sludge/doom/noise band Indian are the heaviest thing they ever heard - if you listen to their records that becomes quite clear. But when listening to Copenhagen’s sludge-maniacs LLNN one has admit, there’s a strong new contender. Just let Unmaker cleanse your ears with corroded pincers and that will become quite apparent!
We know we haven’t had a written interview in a while, therefore we are more than happy to give you this one - with French genre-defiers and -mashers CELESTE. Jonas was fortunate enough to get the band for an interview and here we are - enjoy!
On Friday Ultha released their latest record - AOTY-material if anyone asks me - and it’s a record that demands attention for all its glory. And of course we were honored, when Ralph suggested we could do the only video interview for it, one of only two interviews for the record. Not because of exclusive-ness but because the album is great and offers so much we can and must talk about!
Normally we do not do something like a news segment, because we think that there are much better sites for that. However, this one is somewhat different: a few days ago, Nathan Gray posted a longer text on his socials saying that he has to speak about his inner struggles with the promotion of his last album Rebel Songs and how he has to cope with the inadequacy of the marketing compared to the record. As this is a topic that interests us a lot as well, we met up for a short special interview and talked about it all, from different angles and perspectives and in detail. We consider this short interview one of our best to date. Tell us what you think!
Frank Zappa had one of the larger discographies with supposedly more than 60 full-lengths and countless live-records and more. Scott Heller aka Dr. Space surely can rival those numbers because his discography is also immeasurable and uncountable. Together with his main project the Øresund Space Collective he has 70 releases under his belt (as counted by Discogs) and thus we had enough to talk about. Enjoy!
This week’s interview is a short one, but it is also a very fun one. Talking to one’s favorite band from back in the day who are still around, is just an immense pleasure to do. When Thorsten had the opportunity to interview Hot Water Music it was just that - pure pleasure.
It is always a pleasure to interview people who enjoy that situation and I would say the best interviews are those when humour and reflection meet. That combination is not always given but with Eugene S. Robinson it really always is. This time we interviewed him about the new record by his transcontinental band Buñuel!
Non Serviam are a mindblowing band with a lot of soundscapes being incorporated into their version of electronic hardcore. We were fortunate enough to talk with the anonymous collective from France about a lot different topics, be it politics, anonymity, influences and much more. Enjoy this interview with Non Serviam! (and for all our French-speaking readers we also included the original French interview which the band sent along as well as the English version)
Okay, now everyone should have gotten it - we are going for separate video-interviews with every member of the most decisive hardcore band this side of the millennium, Converge. However, we don’t want to focus too much on the band itself, but on other topics related to it or sometimes not. This time we talk to Nate about the question of ethics in hardcore - how important are they and how important is our notion of ethics itself. In the end we arrive at a very differentiated picture of it all.
On March 11th, the Post-Metal world will and should be watching when Italy’s most elegant combination of Jazz and Post-Metal releases their third full-length onto a waiting world. Well, the VoS-lers surely can’t wait for Messa’s new record Close! And as we like to keep you on the edge of your seats we give you a detailed interview with the band conducted by our living library Knut who has gotten a lot of really good answers, mostly from singer Sara but also from her bandmates on several questions. Maybe this will make you as excited as Knut and us about this release because it is really a great release and another proof that elegance and force are not at all at opposite ends of the musical spectre but really combinable!
There has hardly been any act within the realm of Drone, Doom and Black Metal in the last ten years or so who has been constantly as much as ALN and his Mizmor-project. The guy is able to give us all lots of food for thought and at the same time create soundscapes that are never stagnant in their successes but seemingly always pushing for new dimensions of depth and meaning. Whenever one listens to his record and goes about his lyrics there will be lots of ideas and questions left open. In order to close some of these we sat down with ALN and sought for some answers.
Well, the time has come to unleash this upon you, dear Veil of Sound readers. We have been blessed with so many interview opportunities lately that we just had to come up with a second, not so regular interview day for you. For the moment we decided to give you the video-interviews on the weekend and the written ones on Wednesdays. We hope you will enjoy those and of course we had to kickstart the new #InterviewWednesdays with a “bang” - and which instrument gives us more of a bang than the drums? None! And which drummer could be better to start it off than Paul Seidel, the man behind the kits for The Ocean, War From A Harlots Mouth, Nightmarer and several more! Enjoy our interview!
Whenever our connaisseur Knut praises a band highly we all listen carefully, as he has heard and seen ‘em all. Thus when he reviewed the last Cultro record Phlegethon as highly as he did, many ears were turned. When he announced to do an interview with the band we were really happy. When the band turned our questions into a miraculously engaging video with subtitles and all, we were impressed. And our words cannot in the least express our gratitude. Thank you Alessandro and Marco. And everyone should listen to this band, and read or watch this interview!
Those of you who follow Veil of Sound closely, very closely might have stumbled across this sentence a few weeks ago: ”Maybe this interview will be the start for another series of interviews, who knows?” was the end of our article accompanying our interview with Jacob Bannon. That was part of our series to close out 2021 and here we go: we have yet another interview with a Converge member not talking about the band itself too much. This time it’s Kurt Ballou and our topic is “producing”!
Because I am a huge fan of their newest work, I wanted to interview Shoreline and fortunately Hansol was kind enough to sit down and have a talk with me.
Today we are giving you the last video of our early Consouling Sounds-series (don’t worry - season 2 is soon to start) by presenting the amazing Dana Schechter!
Wayfarer is one of those bands who steadily release great records every two years and more important than that – their records all have a unifying theme: their love for history, the American West, the 19th century, the westward expansion and possibly anything historical from which we can learn something. Thus more than enough for us to get some really interesting things for all of you out there.
Usually we do not go back-to-back with video-interviews but we wanted to once more show our love for a young French Post-Rock band from Lyon, whom we already featured on our special for the wonderful Post.Lyon Festival at the end of May: Quintessence! Thorsten had a cool chat with the guys and found out a lot about them and their music. And we are also happy that one of our questions did not end in a split of the young hopefuls ;-)
We are closing in on the release of the last video we did for Consouling Sounds’ live event, but before we present you with the last one in a few weeks, we have another smasher for you. OVTRENOIR!
Day 9 - final day and what do you do for a grand finale? You go out big! And that’s what we do! Ending this marathon that started with Motorpsycho and had some of our favorite artists - there cannot be anybody but the one and only Jacob Bannon! However, we will not be talking about Converge or Wear Your Wounds too much, but rather about his art for he is one amazing artist; everyone who has looked at the Converge-record covers will know what I am talking about.
Day 8 - before we let you off into the new year with our 11-hour playlist we have to give you the penultimate interview. This time with none other than Alex CF, visual artist, singer and lyricist for some of the most amazing bands this side of the millenium: Fall Of Efrafa, Anopheli, Morrow and many more. Find out what he’s been up to lately, his bands, his art and much more. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
Day 7 – Blankenberge is one of those up-and-coming bands that you should watch if you ever had a heart for a sound somewhere between pure beauty and enormous strength, a band that embraces the sound of a band like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine: Shoegaze. This wonderful, harmonious, elegant sound that seemingly is able to slow down your heart while at the same time filling it with joy.
Day Six for our #VoSInterviewMarathon with #9days9reviews France has a very thriving black metal-scene as well as some amazing post-rock and post-metal acts – one of the post-metal bands mentioned most frequently is Year Of No Light from Bordeaux who released their awesome record Consolamentum just in time for their 20th anniversary as a band. As we wanted to get an interview by the guys, Thorsten has been on their heels for some months and we are proud to present you the result: An interview with guitarist Jérôme Alban who displays the typical humor one can often encounter when talking to French bands while at the same time giving short yet profound answers.
Today is our first video and audio interview in this already huge special. We take a little pride in covering a wide range of musical genres and today we have another hardcore legend. Nathan Gray is mostly known for his work in boysetsfire, but since a few years he releases solo albums. With Rebel Songs he has now released his third album and the first one under the moniker of Nathan Gray & The Iron Roses.
Day four – usually the day when we break our new year’s vows – but that’s not something for Veil of Sound. Thus we give you another mind-blowing interview with a really important artist – Jay Gambit, the mastermind behind (blackened) noise-project Crowhurst.