WARSEID impressed me enough to wanting to interview them. Kyle was kind enough to answer my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
I’ve always thought of Wisconsin as a great place for metal. What is it like to be a metal band from Madison?
-It’s really great, actually. The scene is small, but it’s definitely growing in ways I like. Everyone is supportive of each other.
What kind of local bands have you have had to look up to?
-One local bands we have to give respect to are our friends in Lords of the Trident. Those guys got us our first show in Madison and helped us out here and there over the years. They’re great dudes and play even killer metal. Also, our good friends in Arbor: their previous band, Winter Children, was an inspiration for us when we started. We even released Where Fate Lies Unbound in tandem with their release of The Plutonian Shore.
In my mind there is a difference between US black metal and Scandinavian, almost like a totally different ideology. What is your understanding of what black metal is?
-That’s a very difficult question to answer. In my opinion, black metal is black metal, so if a US band is going for a black metal sound and falls short of the definition slated by the European originators of the genre, it doesn’t make it “US black metal” it makes it not black metal. I feel like that is the case with a lot of large “USBM” bands, but I think the US underground bm scene has as much to offer as the European bm scene.
To me the band’s name seem like a combination of two words. What kind of connotations is involved with the name?
-It is a combination of words: war and seid. Seid, or Seiðr, is a type of sorcery practiced in Norse society in the late Iron Age and is attributed to Odin among other gods and goddesses. War was added on for much less inspired reasons.
How hard is it in this day and age to stand out and above the competition of other bands? What do you have to do in order to stand out the most?
-It’s extremely difficult to stand out and be unique these days. Almost everything has been done and many bands sound so similar to one another, it can be difficult to disemminate between them. What we do, or at the very least try to do, is combine the best of what we enjoy into something that’s a rather ambiguous, gray area. Some people have called us black, others folk, some even symphonic. We have all of those elements in our music, but none enough to truly be labeled any one of those. It’s those gray areas that prove to be the most interesting to both us and our fans.
In your quest for “fame and fortune” how far are you willing to go in order to succeed? Where do you draw the line and say enough’s enough?
-First and foremost, we’re creating music we enjoy. If we had the option of “fame and fortune” yet had to completely change our music for it, that’s not a choice we would ever make. Beyond that, however, we’re willing to (and do) travel our asses off between semesters at college. There really isn’t a different way to do it besides travelling and building up a fan base the old way.
When you are a band how do you find your way to “your” sound? How much of trial and error do you have to go through?
-We write, reiterate, and write some more. We try any and all ideas that may come to us and see how it sounds. If it doesn’t have that sound we’re looking for, epic and melancholic, then it’s either rewritten or discarded. The amount of unused material we have could probably be made into a full length, haha. It’s a very long process of trial and error while we hammer out the details, but by involving everyone in the writing process, we end up having very high caliber songs.
Now that you have an album you how do you promote it the best way? Is there a best way to promote the band?
-Since we’re unable to play shows during the fall and spring seasons, we try to keep a steady online presence and try to do many interviews, whether it be zines or radio, and get air play. But the best way, in our minds, is to tour and play as many shows as we can when we’re all back home between semesters.
How tough is it to let go of something you?ve spent time, blood and sweat on and ket it live a life of its own?
-It’s definitely difficult to know when to call something done. Nothing is ever done. A riff is perfect? Let’s make it even more perfect! That kind of mentality caused us to take nearly a year to carefully craft the four songs of Where Fate Lies Unbound. But we finally got them all to the point where we were happy with it all and decided to release it. Almost everyone that has heard WFLU has enjoyed it as much as we did creating it (which, if you couldn’t guess, is a lot haha.)
What would an ideal future look like?
-An ideal future for us would be going on tour and playing larger shows, hopefully in North America and Europe. But who’s ideal future for their musical career isn’t that? If that’s not what we’re able to do, we’re always happy to simply write music we enjoy and share with people who enjoy what we do.