Rising out of the ashes of a Katatonia split OCTOBER TIDE stand strong on its own feet today. With a new album out an interview was in place. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-Me (Fred) and Jonas Renkse started October tide in 1994 directly after Katatonia split up. The intention was to kind of continue on the same path as Katatonia.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-I am very pleased with the new album. It turned out pretty much as we wanted to. Very close to 100% satisfied. Even if i were 100% happy i would prob feel that i could make next album even better, or different.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-It such a long time ago i can’t remember. Perhaps we were formed in October. I remember that Jonas called me and said that he came up with this name. It sounded good and the rest is forgotten history.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image can be really important. If you see a photo of a band with a strong image, for example Ghost, you´re def gonna look twice. Unfortunatly we´re not that kind of band. We´re more of a rocknroll death doom band. We don’t look cool whatsoever and we really don’t care either
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Me too. Love vinyl. It smells good and it´s nice to study the artwork. So yes that´s of course important. I like both clean artwork/layouts and more messy artworks like all old deathmetal albums had.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-But yes, today you must have Facebook and all that crap. Otherwise you´re nothing. I´m not sure if it´s even possible ro reach out without for example Facebook. Does Myspace still exist btw? The downside is that it´s too easy to behave like an asshole behind a computer screen. I´m sure that all bands have experienced really negative and respectless comments on their walls, forums etc. I know bands that had to shut down their forums just because people can´t fucking behave.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Nothing I´ve really thought about. Maybe there´s a feeling like that when we´re out playing and meeting bands and people we´ve met before, when we´re just hanging out and having a good time.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?,
-If you don’t want to work your ass off i guess it can be good to have a label. I´m thinking of distribution, promotion and all that. You got to have the knowledge and perhaps some cash as well. I have friends who do this all by themselves so I know it´s much hard work.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-I think it´s more difficult to get gigs inside the borders. But no we´re not really a band that make long tours. That´s one of the reasons why i quit Katatonia. Since there´s not much money involved we can’t be away for 3-4 weeks and come home with almost nothing. Bills needs to be paid. That´s why we´re trying do shorter tours this time. We´re planning a few as we speak.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully many gigs and perhaps also a new album sooner or later