VEDERKAST: Inner Challenges

Vederkast

Vederkast is a curse being inflicted upon man by those from the world beyond this one. It occurs when you least expect it, so find your path and don’t look back.”

This is how Tromso hard/progressive rockers Vederkast describe themselves and their debut album “Northern Gothic,” which was released in October. This great newcomer on the scene may be a new name, but the members of the band are experienced musicians that have previously worked with quite a few other acts.

In the interview below, drummer Magnus Tornensis and guitarist Sindre Bakland tell us about their work.

Where from did Vederkast take its shape? Tell us about your story.

Magnus: It began with me talking to Sindre about doing something together while we were working at the same place in Tromsø. I had known about his other band Taliban Airways for many years and I knew that he was a good musician, but had never played with him, or really gotten to know him until then. We started jamming on a couple of his ideas, and after a few sessions we began to see that this could be something more.

We asked Finn [Fodstad, guitar and backing vocals] and Paul [Aronsen, bass and vocals] if they were interested in playing with us, and after the first rehearsal we were basically a band. We then completed some songs together, and I think everyone at that point started to feel that this band really could have potential.

Vederkast - Northern Gothic

Tell us something about the creative process of your album “Northern Gothic.”

Magnus: The songwriting would usually start with one or two guitar ideas, and then we would take it from there. Putting the different parts together and making everything interesting was definitely a lot of work and we got stuck at times, but we kept on working on it, and after a while we were happy with enough songs to aim at a full album.

We did the recording in different sessions, doing a few songs or instruments each time. At the time of our first video release in December 2014 we had only recorded three songs, but we knew we were going to finish the album.

Sindre: We basically booked the studio when some of the songs were sketches, but we had such a great feeling about the music we were making that we knew we had to record it soon. We were putting some extra pressure on ourselves, but at the same time that made us work harder.

What was the most challenging moment during the recording sessions of the album?

Magnus: I was not very used to playing this kind of music when we started out, so I would say that my main challenge throughout the recording process was making the different time signatures flow, groove and serve the song right without sounding unnatural and like we’re just trying to show off. Some sections were pretty tricky and I had to try a lot of different approaches to make them feel right.

Sindre: Yeah, Magnus had some real problems. The guitars were mostly finished before we recorded, but there were some parts on almost every song that needed something extra. And when you’re in studio the best would be if you had some more time to actually rehearse the stuff you want to record.

Tell me about the themes this album captures.

Magnus: As the cover art might reveal, it’s kind of dark lyrics-wise. It contains stories about struggling souls, loss, and different ways of coping with dark thoughts and occurrences. Some are based on actual events, some are not.

Are you satisfied with how “Northern Gothic” was received? Did it satisfy your expectations?

Sindre: So far we have only had the pleasure of great reviews, both from fans and critics. To say that we’re satisfied would be an understatement, but we would of course love it if even more people got to hear it. It’s hard breaking through all the noise in the music industry!

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Which bands, musicians, genres have an impact on your sound?

Magnus: We are in many ways very different, and had all been playing music within a wide variety of styles before we started Vederkast. We had some bands and albums in mind while writing the initial material, such as Tool, The Mars Volta and Pantera, but in my opinion the main inspiration has been playing together and challenging each other and ourselves to do something new.

Sindre: Sometimes it just feels right, and then you shouldn’t worry too much about what genre or band you were planning to sound like. It doesn’t matter in the end.

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Photo credits: Terje Arntsen

What do you guys do except Vederkast?

We all have day jobs, in addition to working with different music projects. However, Vederkast is what takes up most of our time and something we all want to work hard with.

Where do you see Vederkast in 10 years from now?

Hopefully, still touring, playing big venues, having an ever increasing number of fans, and being an inspiration to young bands and musicians all over the world. There’s no lack of ambition!

Is there anything you want to share with our readers about your new album?

We just want people to listen to it, and if they like it, tell other people to listen to it!

Cover photo: Daniel Lilleeng

“Northern Gothic” by Vederkast is available now from Bandcamp. Follow the band on FacebookYouTube and Twitter.

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