I’ve never been to Finland but with all the crazy metal bands that come from the land of a thousand lakes I learn Finnish geography. NIGHON is my latest Finnish geography lesson. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It’s really corny, we wanted to create music that we ourselves wanted to hear but did not exist. So we tried to get the sound Nigh On as possible to our preferences. That became Nighon because it looks better than two separate phrases.
As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-We started out 2008 in Pietarsaari, Finland. We had a sound very close to the swedish Gothenburg sound. The sound evolved through the years to a more cinematic and industrial sound and much more brutal. Along with the sound came our message that we wanted to project through our music: unglorify war and make people think twice before supporting violence, intolerance and hate. We also started our own podcast called “Nighon Propaganda-cast” to further express ourselves. We have some really hardcore listeners every episode and very interesting guests.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Cinematic and epic music. Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, Harry Gregson Williams along with others have greatly inspired the music of Nighon with their ability to making haunting themes and portraying the moment. On the other side of the spectrum you have massive bands like Rammstein, Meshuggah and Dimmu Borgir. The lyrics are meant to be read as a story or of a forebodening menace. They are dark and ironic but they are intended to evoke thought in the listener.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-This is Finland so there is quite a lot of metal bands and along with them there are different scenes. Luckily for small bands there’s still room to develop but the window is closing fast due to small bars and venues are closing. Hopefully the trend will change for the next generation. However it’s really important for bands like us that live in small cities to travel to bigger cities and network as much as possible. That is what we have done and it has helped us a lot. The metal music scene in Finland is quite small even though we have a lot of metal bands, so everyone knows everybody here. Pietarsaari (where we live) has always had a big music scene. Everything from metal to reggae. A lot of good bands have come from here, like Dreadline, some dudes from myGRAIN, Magenta Harvest, Festerday, … And Oceans etc. just to name a few. There were bands in every corner in the 90’s but they died out a bit in the late 00’s. Would be nice to see more action from the younger generation these days. They don’t seem to play in bands as much as before, here atleast.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I have always seen my band as a ship. The members are the crew and we have to tend to our tasks to stay afloat. To play in a band for ten years is like being in a family, you spend the majority of your time with these people so it’s quite natural that one grows close family like connections. If we could touch some people with our music and make them think about this world and what is happening, then I think we have really created a movement of some sort. And that is a powerful thing. Music connects people and anything can happen when you start making your own music. You never know if what you create will blow up and become something really big. That’s a really exciting feeling. When we recorded our new album “The Somme” we really felt at some point that “This might be something really big”, and we have received a lot of great response from other people when they have heard it. That makes us feel like we are part of something greater in some way.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-A great album cover is one that catches the eye and stands out from the mass. With “The Somme” album cover we really wanted to create something simple and beautiful. Something that really doesn’t tell you too much when you first grab it, but sparks your imagination and makes you wonder.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Some people in our band collect cd’s and like the physical content. But we would not go so far to say that the digital platforms kill music itself. It’s just a new platform that we all have to learn how to deal with. There is a certain kind of magic in it when you grab a cd and put it for a spin, can’t deny that.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Clubs, bars, festivals. The “standard” metal scene. We do have a lot of great ideas how to develop live shows to become an even more interactive experience for the audience. So keep an eye out for that in the future, we won’t say more that that at this stage.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We want to see it as a total immersing experience. Every single person attending should feel immersed and entertained. That is our goal. We want our audience to experience something from the moment they arrive to the venue, to the moment they get back home.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-More gigs and adventures! We want to grow as a band, musically and performance-wise. As we grow, we are more and more able to really put on a great performance and give our audience something really special.