NORUNDA sound like a cartoon character more than a band but that is what this is. Or is it? Read the interview answered by Ruben Cuerdo to find out more. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-The band had just been born, we have been working on the LP in 2016 and the release will be 28th January 2017. So is normal you are not familiar. I created the band after a long time apart from metal music, in 2014 after touring the world I came back to my hometown and I felt something was happening with metal, more people was interested and was possible to find people to play with instead being the strange guy who plays loud amps alone in the garage. I took the wave and joined a band called Blast Off as guitar player for almost two years. In 2016 I recorded a song composed and singed by myself as demo exercise with Pedro Mendes as studio manager and Marcelo Aires as drummer. I decided after this to make a LP with them.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-I gived the project the name NORUNDA. There is a hundred (härad) in Sweden called so. But that is not the reason even is strange couse the first idea for the album cover was a forest picture. When I realised the name will be NORUNDA I checked in internet and found the Swedish forest. I was a lot asked about this issue. I cannot reveal yet where the name comes from. But is a powerful name, is magic, is inspired, is for goodness and it fits the sensation that music makes me feel.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-My first touch with metal/rock was when Metallica, Nirvana and Guns and Roses became mainstream in the 90´s. After this I was more curious and from metal/rock things that I could listen at that time I payed attention to Led Zeppelin, Deep purple, Steve Ray Vaughan, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Motörhead, Testament, Megadeth, Pink Floyd, Rammstein, Gary Moore, Limp Bizkit and Sepultura.
In 2016 before the record of the album I used to listen (and for me for the very first time) in my life Pantera, Annhilator and Dark Tranquility. Looking for a new amp I was shocked at Ola Englund sound, that drived me to listen Keith Merrow and Jeff Loomis things. Also at that time some metal bands from the Spanish Atlantic area like Raze, Bloodhunter and Lethal Vice. From Finland Stam1na and Apocalyptica.
Since the end of the record sessions for the album Irruption in late 2016, I was suggested to listen among others Meshuggah and Gojira, I really liked so I will be in Stockholm at 28th February and in Helsinki 5th March to blow off my mind in their live performances.
Also I am listening at Nick Johnston a lot lately.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Well, I buy CD´s, I have hundreds of them. If I like a band I like to buy Cd for two reasons, first reason is support, no matter if the are already succesfull or they are rising up. The second reason but no less important is the fact of have a solid piece of art in my hand, the art work itself but also the sensation of introduce a CD into the car player where mostly I listen CD´s, and enjoy the full quality of the audio. When I do it in the hi-fi… that is the nearest to be in a live.
About vinyl I do not use it, but for those who use it I guess is also the pleasure of a full analogic sensation.
Making a paralelism, an ebook and a book can contain the same but will never give the same sensation.
Also an album in Cd or Vinyl is a manifestation that at least things are being made seriously.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-You said that, for people like us music matters, and internet is the perfect place to meet lot of music. That is a great advance. The problem is that there is a lot to dig to find gold. I can only said in add that I feel sorry for people who will never enjoy music that they would love just because they think only mainstream exist.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Art work as I understand it, is an extension of what you want to say with your music. It´s the visual impact that makes the album a more complete piece of art. In addition to the smoke skull cover, the album IRRUPTION contains a little book with lyrics and a related picture for each song that is its visual representation.
How much can last a smoke skull? But how beauty and full of meaning is?
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-Metal is for metal lovers, we will try to be there wherever metal lovers are. If NORUNDA have something to offer the word of mouth will happen.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-I live in Finland, Pedro and Marcelo in Portugal. I have family and friends in Spain where I was born. Nobody knows what will happen and where.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We are ready but gigging require organization. We have just started. Let´s the things happen at its time.
What will the future bring?
-Dude, if I would know that I could be the master of the universe. But I will be glad to answer you in the future with our favourite drinks in our hands and a great band on stage.