The Norwegian metal scene isn’t as dead as I thought it was. Now that I’ve dug a bit deeper I’ve found a hell of a lot of bands that I didn’t know of before, like PIGEON LAKE. 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 wasn’t hard at all, actually! We wish we had a long and epic story about this, but basically what happened was going to wikipedia.com, and using the “Random article” function there. The first result was this article about Pigeon Lake, in Alberta, Canada. Thought it was cool, so it stuck.
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?
-Of course! We are a four-piece from the area around Oslo, Norway. Simply put, if you like Opeth, Katatonia, The Ocean, Mastodon, He Is Legend or System of a Down, you’ll probably like us too! We look forward to hearing what you think.
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?
-Discovering Katatonia late in 2013. Their approach on building a soundscape drastically changed the way our music was made. A lot of bands focus on riffs and catchy melodies, and often prioritize creating cool parts for all the instruments individually, before trying to make it all work. Listening to Katatonia, along with bands like Opeth, Tesseract and Devin Townsend Project, opened our eyes to a style of music that’s more based on ambience, mood and wholesomeness. Inwards in the band, we often talk about trying to make songs that can be described by a color or a single state of mind.
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?
-Well, it IS Norway, you know? There are a LOT of hard rock and metal bands around, and since Norway isn’t a particularly big country, we sort of have to “compete” with everyone else when it comes to gigs and getting attention. Weirdly enough, the underground scene in Oslo – our biggest city by far – is slowly crumbling due to a lack of venues to play, while smaller major cities like Trondheim, Stavanger and Drammen keep improving.
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?
-Maybe not a movement. It’s definitely a sense of brotherhood within the band, though. We treat each other like we would family – with respect, care and understanding. And lots of mean jokes.
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?
-It should be able to convey it’s purpose at a glance, yet have enough depth to it to warrant further inspection – and still be inspiring years later.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Not even close. The record label industry has almost killed music, digital hasn’t. It was fairly clear that digital distribution was gonna happen one way or the other around 15-20 years ago. Instead of embracing it, bands and labels alike did everything they could to prevent it. Yet, here we are, 15-20 years later, and music is readily available online anyways. I feel like digital is just as good, if not better – as it at least gives everyone a decent chance of spreading their without random people having to splash 20 euros on a copy (plus postage). The effect it has on our attention spans, the way we process music and how we approach listening in general, however, is another story. However, it’s not something we’ll delve into right now – I could go on forever.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-In Oslo there are select few venues who still put on shows for hard rock and metal bands. Most medium/big cities in Norway have one or two as well. We do suffer from having a very stretched country, and fairly long between most venues willing to put up heavy metal (anything from 2 to 8 hour drive).
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Happening first, party afterwards, mostly. We are fairly serious when it comes to the live show in itself. We barely consume alcohol pre show, we have warm up routines, and we care about our image and looking coherent – both aesthetically and as performers.
We may be known to be the last to leave the party afterwards, though…
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Playing summer festivals more than anything else. As avid festival goers ourselves, that remains the biggest goal. European summer festivals are the closest you’ll get to heaven (figuratively speaking, of course). We also REALLY look forward to hearing what people think of our upcoming album «Barriers Fall» – we’ve been working hard on it for over 2 years now. It’s so good to finally realese it!