Chilean NUCLEAR intrigues me. I want to know more about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
(FH) Francisco Haussmann
(SP) Sebastian Puente
(ES) Eugenio Sudy
(ML) Matias Leonicio
(RB) Roberto Barria
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
(FH) First off, many thanks for this interview and your interest in Nuclear and thank you for your kind words. I think that’s precisely one of the main challenges of any band, I mean to come up with something new, unheard and fresh. I believe in the ability to slightly reinvent yourself in each album without losing your true self. It is actually an interesting process where many ideas go to the trash can and just a few survive to make it to the next level. Answering your question – which is actually a great one – I love to see how a basic idea that I got walking to the studio or showering can become a riff and later becomes a song. How out of nothing, music begins. When the mutation and changes for better appear, the internal struggle, etc. It is a complex process but you definitely have a lot of fun doing. “Murder Of Crows” was composed as a band and I think that gave this album an extra something.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
(SP) It’s a very interesting question, as Murder Of Crows is intentionally different in every way from the previous album.
We could say that Formula For Anarchy is like a “live” album, the compositions are very aggressive and we were looking to capture the vibe of a live show at the studio. For example, the drum and vocal tracks don’t have a lot of editing and several songs were chosen from their first take. Intentionally we wanted that sound.
Instead, Murder Of Crows is an album with aggressive songs as well but with a different musical development, where we allowed ourselves to make more mature songs with more sophisticated arrangements. It has an intro, an outro, and lots of details between the songs, and in the studio, we were able to take the time to find the appropriate sound for each section. No one said it explicitly, but there was a natural vibe to the desire to make the production a step further.
With the boys, we are always in a constant search to improve our sound and we feel great growth with this new album. We are very happy because our fans and critics have received it very well.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
(FH) I think that any form of art should deliver something special and unique. Metal music itself is aggressive and gives the metalhead their dose of fun and adrenaline. However, I believe you also have a great opportunity to tell the world how things are and how many overlooked things are messing up our society and the world we live in. The message is important, definitely. I have nothing against bands talking about demons or inexistent situations, but we rather talk the real deal, which is far more brutal than those topics. “Murder Of Crows” songs talk mainly about society behaving under extreme conditions, like the times we live nowadays. How selfish and violent we become when things are not ideal for us.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you identify with?
(ML) Kinda tough question, because in the band we all wander between a lot of music expressions. But talking around a common ground, we’re all fans of everything extreme if we think in metal, punk or related stuff. It is difficult to mention to all our fav ones, but -from example- if we’re thinking in thrash, I can say Sepultura, Kreator, Sodom or Testament. Into death metal, Morbid Angel, Dismember, Benediction, Obituary, Deicide or Bolt Thrower. Some brutal noisy grindcore acts like Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Full Of Hell, Nausea or Extreme Noise Terror. Alongside all that brutal jam of sounds I can’t help to mention the glorious punk and hardcore: Dead Kennedys, Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, Black Flag or Doom, just to name a few. Put all those acts into a blender and you got all our prime influences.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
(FH) It was actually a decision we made together. We wanted a different kind of artwork and we asked a German artist to do something about it. We just gave her a few pointers, lyrics and demo songs. She came up with this crow-inbred rare figure on top of a devastated scenario. We loved it instantly. It was different, bold, aggressive and we did not hesitate to take it. It is also a raw painting which gave it an extra something we loved. Shout out to Gisela Brünker Pérez for the amazing work! https://www.giselabruenker-perez.de/
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
(FH) I have to agree with you. Nuclear is an old school band and we love the physical stuff. Just to make a point here, we have always worked with different artists in each of our 6 albums and all of them had a special point of view and ideas for them. I think it is important to choose the right guy for the job and explain them what the album is all about beforehand. If that guy doesn’t understand the music, then is a no-go. And nowadays this is really important. Vinyls are now selling more than ever and the artwork has a huge importance.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
(FH) Sometimes they just fit. Sometimes that title you have in mind has what it needs to fit the music and sometimes you just have to look for another title. It depends where the song starts; if it is with a riff and music, it is simpler to work on the song title and lyrics as the concept hasn’t been developed yet. When it is the other way around and you have an idea or title, the riffs and tones for it should match the concept. It works both ways.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
(RB) In general, the music business and bands support themselves by selling their records and merch and for us, selling merchandising on tours is very important and that might be changing a little bit. Thanks to this, we can bear traveling to far destinations showing our work, I think for the new generations might not be so important to have physical discs unlike old school metalheads who prefer classic formats. Also, vinyls and cassettes have returned with great force which is great. I also believe that each format is made for different situations, it is okay to use Spotify and listen to music on your headphones on the street as well as sit down to listen to a vinyl in the comfort of your home.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
(ES) The band is a group of people that we really like playing live. One of the things we like the most when we are composing new material and after recording it, is the promotion of it; not only reviews and critics, but rather to show it live as honest and real to the material that was recorded in the studio. The last live shows we did was the Outstrider Tour with Abbath, Vltimas and 1349 in Europe (Last winter of 2019) and here in Chile with DRI, last march in 2020.
Related to this, we want to go out to promote our new album (Murder of Crows) and to be able to do it here in Chile and outside our country. Let’s see what will happen with this new vaccination process of the world population and so we can start touring all the places we possibly can.
What lies in the future?
(FH) We actually have a lot of plans ahead. Despite the fact we´re standing on quicksand about touring, we have some dates confirmed for 2021 just waiting for the green light, covid-restrictions or cancellation. Be that as it may, we have a video waiting for release, some ideas for an online show and also working on online shops to sell our merchandise. I think time will tell about touring, but we will be giving updates on our social as soon as we have that info available!