WOEBEGONE OBSCURED is a Danish band that I found looking through Bandcamp one day, Waht I heard got me going enough to wanting to know more about them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce us to the band?
-We are a pack of musicians from the woods of Denmark. Our musical roots is doom metal. We try not to limit our music into one particular genre though, but like to pick the elements we feel fits the mood of a certain song. I guess you can say the spirit is more of a black metal origin, as we mostly paint our atmosphere in the very dark colors of melancholy.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-Life and death. When the band was formed under the name Woebegone Obscured, I dealt heavily with the abuse of drugs and alcohol. I was having a severe depression and almost ended up committing suicide. Ultimately I found myself lost in a psychiatric hospital for a few weeks. When I got out, I tried to pick up the pieces in my life. Music was the thing I knew I could trust, as it had always been in my life as a fan and musician, so I started from there.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Relatively easy. We have our own studio facilities and our guitarist is a pro sound engineer. Other than that, it is of course still very, very hard work. We are pretty focused and inspired though, so we manage.
4. Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Not physical, like cds or vinyl. More like the other way around. Digital download is good for promoting, but it lacks the power of a physical release with visuals, which is so damn important. At least that’s my opinion. I personally detest downloads, and would never consider buying anything else than physical copies!
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-No, not at all. I don’t think we will ever do a digital release only.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-Mostly positive, but we live in a free world of Internet, so obviously everyone is intitled to have an opinion, and they can’t all be positive and constructive. I sometimes receive personal mails from people saying that they really can relate to the music and/or lyrics. It’s always nice to hear that your efforts has a great impact on people, seeing how much sweat, blood and spirit that we put onto each musical canvas we make. Woebegone Obscured is a big part of my life, and never leaves my mind. I’m glad someone enjoys it.
We live in a world were thete are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Well, I’m always surprised how many people(like, a lot) who try to make us send free cds around the globe, without giving anything in return at all. This happens after every release. We don’t really have the means to do this kind of charity unfortunately. We have to have boring jobs too on the side to make a living, you know.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity plsying in a metal band?
-No, not so much anymore. It felt like that in the nineties, where the relatively few dedicated people were fueling the scene with that true spirit of rebellion. Today everyone is in a band showing of technical levels or according to trends like hipsterism, stoners, being a ruthless drunk, etc. Metal has become sort of a trendy modern hippie community, and the term “true” has lost its meaning, or is used to describe old assholes like me, who did this before it was a trend, corpsepaint was NO joke and metal was actually “dangerous”. I miss that sometimes. No one is “special” today, because everyone is doing it, and especially the young kids and all their friends wants to feel special and act like cool rockstars. The rebellion has become trend. We try to make our own path, and stay true to our own music, and the way we want it to sound, not how others think we should sound like to become successful. If we wanted to blend in, we would have chosen a safe straight genre like death, thrash or black metal, and not have the drummer sing lead vocals live.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We love playing live. Once you enter the stage, the freedom of performance is dominant, and you just go with it. That raw energy is like a drug. It is also present we rehearse, but on stage it is all that matters in the world for the entire length of the set. It doesn’t matter if you do little fuck ups, it is the essence of the atmosphere that matters.
If the audience allows themselves to feel this performance, they will leave the venue with a good feeling and memory, and hopefully support the band. We often have had many positive comments after the shows, from people that was totally blown away that this kind of music even existed. Live is a very important part of Woebegone Obscured.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Record and release the next full length, which we have finished writing. We also have a split release in the works. In May we will do a small tour with Ophis and Marche Funebre. We hope more live shows will show up, so we can take you on a journey.