I kid you not. The Germans have a strange fascination with elks. With a previous album called “The Elk” German THRÄNENKIND don’t seem to be no exceptions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Do you feel that you have come as far as you planned for the band now that you have a new album out?
-Actually we do not plan that much. We just do what feels right. We wanted to play shows and of course we had in mind to write new songs. We did this and now we have a new album – we are really proud of – and in may we will hit the road together with our friends in Ancst. Feels good.
How does this new album compare to the previous one?
-It is heavier. In some parts we included fast blast beats, which brings us back to our black metal roots. The whole album is not that dreamy and quiet as “The Elk”. There are some post rock elements, but not that dominant than on our first album. It features more crust punk influences like d-beats and is more straight forward. The atmosphere is still dark, depressing and melancholic. Nevertheless it is way more aggressive than its predecessor.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-Not really. We all have a diversified taste in music, but there are some basic elements we all like. I wrote most of the songs so it was no problem to find a stylistic direction. The others contributed parts and so we managed to create an album which feels homogenous, without being repetitive or boring. Oli at Blastebeat productions mixed and mastered everything. He is a good friend of ours and did a great job.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-The lyrics are very important. Personally i think that a band needs some substance. If a band lacks that it is just pop music. Nils and I wrote the lyrics together and it felt good to do that. We inspired one another and i think we wrote some interesting stuff.
Our lyrics are about the depressing realities we face day in day out. They deal with loss and the ignorance of most of the people around us. We write about the relationship between humanity and nature, about how humans treat animals, but also about interpersonal conflicts, about the feelings you have, when you grow up and want to change the world, but have to face escapism, apathy and depression no matter what you do.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-The cover artwork should be like an introduction to the music featured on our album. So the cover of “King apathy” is really dark, everything is grey. It features a photo of an abandoned building, slowly decomposing. That gives a good impression of what you will find in our music.
I do all the layout and design stuff myself so we are in control concerning what our booklet and layout looks like.
Where outside of your country do you feel you have had the best response so far?
We had great responses from all over the world. Of course mainly from Europe, but a lot of people in the US seem to love our music, too. We get orders and messages from Australia, Asia, Russia…everywhere.
What does it take to make your band an international success today?
-Good music, connections and luck. 😉
We live in a time of instant accessibility. How do you avoid being stressed out by not having instant feedback on stuff that you’ve done just now?
-We are not that kind of people who hope to be loved by everyone. We make music the way we want to. So we are excited what people say about our music, but we dont feel the need to be everybodies darling. So we read reviews and like to get feedback, but it is not the most important thing for us as a band. We are pretty confident, we know what we stand for, what we want to say with our music and how it should sound like.
As I haven’t been there I have no idea what it is like to play live and have people knowing your songs. So what is that like?
-It is really amazing. If you hear people singing along to your lyrics it is just great. Some go wild when you tell them the title of the next track you’re going to play. It is great to experience how people love your music or are into your band. That is one thing that keeps you doing a band. If you feel the energy people get from your music, you are encouraged to go on with what you are doing.
What does the future hold for you?
-I can not predict the future, but we will release our album on may 13. Afterwards we will tour Europe with our friends in Ancst for more than two weeks. When we are back we will start writing new material for our third album. In August we will go on tour with Ghostbath from the US. We are really excited about that.