ONDT BLOD is a Norwegian hardcore band. Check them out. aAnders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Ondt Blod is a Norwegian indigenous hardcore-outfit. We combine our love for Scandinavian extreme music with clever and catchy pop clarity, resulting in a catchy punkrock powertrip. Imagine where Mayhem meets Abba, Refused meets Roxette.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-when we started the band we were really influenced by hardcore from the 90s and 00s, like Refused and Gallows, but also the thriving Norwegian post-hardcore scene of the 00s with bands like JR Ewing and The Spectacle. Today I really only listen to our own demos and 90s Roxette.
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When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-From the start we had the intention of playing hardcore people could dance and sing along to. Along the way, we´ve increased our focus on melodies and choruses, but the formula of raging and banging verses and melodic choruses have been there from the start.
We´ve all had been in bands before with bad names. Try remembering the band name “Heika & the Paranoids”. So when we started up we knew that we wanted a band name that sounded good, that looked good in print, and were easy to remember- ending up with Ondt Blod, which translates to “bad blood”. Yea, I get that as an English speaker the name sounds weird and is hard to remember, but you cant get everything you want. The whole blood thing kinda resonates with the music as well.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I believe that the digitalisation of music is also the greatest democratisation of music ever happened. Through digital platforms kids from all over the world can easily release their music, connecting with music scenes and other stoked kids at the other side of the globe. I am certain that the accessibility and amount of great music produced have never been higher. And of course there are downsides to the digital platforms of today; the album format is in decline, and musicians don’t get paid the insane amounts of times past. But I prefer thousand great EPs from living rooms and garages from Jakarta to Oslo, rather than another Kiss.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Art-work has always been important to us. The art-work for “Natur” and the singles of the records are real woodcut, made by P.J de Villiers, a South African artist residing in Norway. We try to catch peoples attention by using artwork linked to our identity, lyrical themes and by making cool shit.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-We started up in 2012, and by then social media were an essential part of any bands promotion strategy, so we´ve always had to deal with it. So we´ve been counting likes from day one, making facebook events rather than posters.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-When we started the band up in Tromsø, the scene and community played a vital part of being a band. I feel that there is not the same kind of community in Oslo, were we are now residing. Still, hanging out with other bands, especially on tour, is still a vital part of being in the band.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band
-We do a lot of touring. And as one of Norways top live acts; gigging is a vital way of getting new fans and maintaining the legend. The geography and demography of Norway, with vast distances and scarce population, makes the traditional “get in the van” kind of tour, were you live on and of the road hard. We focus our touring on the weekends; devoting our weekdays to studies, dull jobs and existential dread.
What will the future bring?
-An increase in global temperatures and rising sea levels. But also heavy touring, and hopefully fortune and fame. We release our sophomore album “Natur” on the 9th of march, which we are really looking forward to. We´ll bring “Natur” on the road in Scandinavia and Germany this spring, and hope to see you there!