The Kandidate interview

Denmark’s The Kandidate may have a weird name for a metal band, but they sure hit it right on the button with their latest album “Facing The Imminent Prospect Of Death”! Savouring the bacon, Shan Siva hoofed it over to chat to guitarist Allan Tvedebrink:

1. Congratulations on your new album – “Facing The Imminent Prospect Of Death” – I couldn’t stop banging my head which is no mean feat given I’m an old ‘headbanger LOL – and on the strength of the songs I can’t resist finding out more about the band!

Allan: Hey man, that’s great. Thanks for the kind words, it’s highly appreciated!

2. What made you choose the name – is it some sorta take on the 70s movie?

Allan: Haha, yeah we are not making it easy for anybody – but no, not the movie….what movie?!

3. To make matters even more confusing, someone told me that the name actually changed from ‘The Downward Candidate’ so is that true and why did you change it (to an even more mystifying name LOL)?

Allan: Actually yes, KB (Larsen – bass) and I started this band like 6-7 years ago under the name The Downward Candidate. We wanted to write some dirty, downtuned and noisy shit and the name should reflect the “feel bad” sludgy felling we wanted, you know a candidate for going down, going to the dogs… We wrote a bunch of tunes and we had some success with a demo and a nice supporting job for a (by now) well established Danish act back in 07. But things were not always peachy and we had some line-up issues and stuff that was just annoying! But we knew we had the right material to record our debut album and so we did. Just before we did it, our singer split and we decided to carry on and find a singer after the recording of the instruments. We recorded at Jacobs Dead Rat studio and as we recorded, Jacob found out that he really dug what we were doing and started talking about singing on some tracks and suddenly he was in the band. We wanted to make this a new beginning, you know, getting the right line-up, releasing a debut album, getting our shit together. So we decided to start over with a new name, but we wanted to keep some kind of reference to the old band.

4. How and why did the band form?

Allan: we formed the band back in the day to compensate for what we missed in our old band, which was in the melodic death metal vein. We kinda grew tired and stuck with that band and we wanted to pursue our urge to play more dirty and straight forward punk inspired metal.

5. Your sound reminded me a lot of other Danish extreme metal bands like Konkhra and (early) Mercenary so there a sorta Danish / Copenhagen style akin to what the Swedes have with their famed ‘Gothenburg’ sound?

Allan: Konkhra?!? I was a fan back in the really early day, but I don’t think we sound anything like them. Fortunately enough, if you ask me… Mercenary? I don’t know, I don’t remember how they used to sound, back in the day, when they were a good band, haha. But no, I think we are pretty far away from having a signature sound or style as they have in all of the other Nordic countries. I don’t know why, cause we are pretty similar to our Nordic neighbours, but I do believe that the cultural inheritage is way stronger in Sweden, Norway and Finland and that they have a whole different approach in playing music. I don’t think that will ever happen in Denmark…

6. Speaking of scenes, is there much of one in Denmark – every time I go to Copenhagen people just point me to Loppen (venue located in the hippy commune of Christiana – Ed) LOL!!

Allan: Haha, yeah, I believe we have some cool clubs and venues in Copenhagen, Loppen being one of them – and one of my favourite venue. We have a broad variety of venues that hold everything from the local shit band to big arenas with international stars performing. Personally I prefer the small clubs and we have a bunch of those. Too bad the one with the best range in metal (called The Rock) just closed down. We’ve been playing almost everywhere in Denmark throughout our so-called careers as musicians, and we have shitloads of cool clubs. But the most amazing thing about our scene is that there are lots of dedicated people working their asses off to serve bands and fans and offer lots of live music which is killer. After all music belongs on stage and we love playing live more than everything else!

7. On this album there seems to be a lot of Entombed influence especially in the death n roll sections so did that come about given how much you’ve been touring with them?

Allan: No, not really. Touring with those guys has been a dream come true. Something all of us have always wanted to do. But I guess that Entombed’s influence on our music comes from us being fans of the band since they released Left Hand Path in 1990…

8. Napalm tell me you guys won the Danish Metal Awards so besides them, did you have a lotta labels fighting over you?

Allan: Nah, not really. We shopped around a bit when “Until We Are Outnumbered” was recorded and they actually approached us before we got to send anything to them. Their offer and their way of doing business seemed appropriate for us, so we jumped on the wagon and here we are.

9. You’ve also played the Roskilde Festival which is kind’ve a must but I wonder having attended (sadly in the fateful year of 2000) if extreme bands can be fully appreciated….?

Allan: The Roskilde Festival has always been very diverse. Ranging all the way from French lounge music to the most extreme black metal. Actually it’s not that long time ago I saw a study on who’s attending, and it was a big majority of rock fans, but metal fans was represented by something like 17% or something like that. We played on the smallest stage and it was really crowded, I’d say 1000-1500 people, so yeah that festival is very attractive for both metal bands and fans.

10. What will The Kandidate be getting up to this year?

Allan: Lots of touring I hope!! We have dates lined up in Denmark when the album comes out and we are going to China in April. We have also been talking to some people in Russia, and we are trying to coordinate calendars to go there. But we’ll see… On top of that, we are working on festivals for the summer and aiming at a European tour in the fall.

Thx for your time!

Allan: Thank you for your time, and for this interview and your interest in The Kandidate. We appreciate it very much!

Allan // TK

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