I thought that TYSTNADEN were off to a promising start when they released their debut album but then all went quiet while I was waiting for the second album. Now it is time for the third and I wanted to know what happened, hence this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
Your band name is to me a classic Swedish prog band name, yet your music is naything but Swedish prog. How did an Italian band end up with a Swedish word as its band name?
Laura: Our story begins in 1998, we have been influenced a lot by the Swedish death metal scene, I’m thinking about bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and similar… So, with a Swedish name as moniker, we just wanted to pay a sort of tribute to those lands and to the music we loved so much. Then, there is the meaning of that word: Music is nothing without silence…
I gotta say that I thought it all started well for you with the debut album. There was somewhat of a hype surrounding you. I waited for a second album but heard nothing from you until now that I discover that you are about to release your third album. What happened along the way?
L: Well, in 2007 we recorded the second album, named In Our Eye. I don’t know exactly what happened… The album has been released in 2008 by an American label, but we experienced lots of troubles in distribution and promotion… I think that In Our Eye is a sort of “cursed album”. It contains some great songs but… wrapped by a dark and blue atmospheres, reflecting our mood in the composition of that time.
If you look back at the albums you?ve released and compare them to this new one is there a coherent red line running through them? Does it feel like you marked your territory sound wise?
L: I see a coherent red line among our works. But I see certainly a maturation. There are big differences among our three full lenght albums but I think there is a path you can feel if you listen to them. We’ve never thought to change our style.. We only did a walk together, and what you can hear is this walk, a journey.
What is the hardest part of being an Italian metal band?
L: It’s just… being an Italian metal band! 🙂 In Italy a metal band is considered a band of niche, there are very few venues in which you can play and there are many prejudices by the “normal” listeners. I always take as example our Lacuna Coil: they become famous in the USA and after (but more after) in Italy. But Lacuna are a real band playing together from years. I ‘ve been to one of their live shows in Italy some years ago, before their success in America: there were 200 persons.. Gosh! Incredible. And they kicked some serious ass during that show!! After the success in America then Italy realized we have a great band.. Incredible, isn’t it?!?
How tough is it to find a label that believe and want to see you through a development curve instead of trying to cash in quickly?
L: Very very very tough. Believe me. But I think this is conditioned by the current state of music in the whole world. I think everyone… has to eat! And trying to do it with music becomes everyday more difficult…
You’ve been around a bit now. Do you feel that people attention span has shortened and it is more about ?here now ? gone tomorrow?, that people don?t follow a band like they used to?
L: Good question! I wish i coud have a good answer too… Honestly, i agree when you say that “people attention span has shortened and it is more about ‘here now'”, but i think that it’s something more related to pop music than to heavy metal music… Or at least, i hope so… I mean, how many bands in the last 10 years have been like comets, becoming popular for a very short amount of time then vanished… But again, it seems to me that it’s a phenomenon more related to pop music… and when i say pop, of course i’m not refferring to the Pop music with the capital P, i’m just thinking about some junk-music that affects the most of the radios at these days for a while….
How much damage has the digital download done to the album as a way to listen to music? Has it even affected the album in any way?
L: I think there is an unstoppable changing… The digital download damage in the manner in which you cannot face the news. It’s improbably to continue to suggest an outworn format. In a few years this will be completely given up.
What do you think of digital download? Will it kill the physical format?
L: well… I’ve already answered cause these two questions are linked together in my opinion 🙂
Do you plan the track listing in a certain way? How do you know where each song fits on the album?
L: Ah! The track list is a real problem in every album!!! ‘Cause you plan the track list in a certain way and then after the recordings and the mixing many songs sound a little bit differently from the preproduction…but beyond personal tastes we use some little criteria to do the tracklist… And then we follow the suggestions of a third person not involved emotionally (Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studios, our second “father” now after the third album!!)
What would an ideal future bring to Tystnaden?
L: Fame?!? Ok, i’m just kidding… We would like to reach as many people as possible with our music. I would like to reach the mind and touch the heart of the people with the songs of this album, I would like people all over the world tell me that I brought chills to them.. Am i asking too much?!? 🙂