Friday, January 31, 2014

Tellusian Interview

1. Can you give us an introduction to the band for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?
The band got together in 2010 after the demise of Crowpath where me (Erik) and Henrik had been making noise since -97. I had been jamming with this guy, John, just for fun for a while and when Crowpath was no more we decided to turn the Project into a proper band and got Henrik in on vicals and Another guy, Robert, to play the bass. We just decided to play whatever we felt like playing, no guidelines, and after a while we found our sound, so well stick with that till it bores us to death. Tellusian is kind of melodic, a big chunk of metal sprinkled with progrock and som faster parts.
2.Recently you have put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from previous releases?
Well, prior to the fullength, Collision, wich will be out soon we have only released a 7" and a split 7" with The Swan King. Id say that the Foundations are the same, of course we have refined our sound a little, tried some new things and all that but its not very diffrent from the other stuff. Since its ten songs on the album we have a few songs that differ a little from the rest, we had to throw something in there to make the 25 minutes enjoyable, some small surprises maybe.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics the band covers with the Music?
Henrik is the main lyricist in the band and i know that he enjoys turning the lyrics into mininovels. The are basically about strange, abnormal things in our surroundings or things we read about. We had a friend who is a writer, Andreas Karlsson, to write some lyrics for the new album as well. He wrote the lyrics for the song Rivalry, wich is about his neverending rivalry with his twin brother. Of course exaggerated and fictional, but there is always some amount of substance in the fiction. 
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tellusian? 
Its not really a word, is it? We had some ideas for band names but they were either silly or just boring so we had to come up with something. So we stuck with Tellusian, the inhabitants of this planet, all living things on Earth.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Ha, we have only played two shows so far, and i have to say that the last one was the best so we are moving on up. Hopfully there will be some more shows later on but we all got familys, jobs, other things that take a lot of our time so well have to see what happens. If we get an offer to play and everybody got the time to do it we will, but we are not really looking for shows to play, there will not be any extensive touring or anything like that.
DO you have any touring or show plans for 2014?
No, maybe we can do some weekends here and there but i dont think touring is realistic in our situation.

7.A couple of your backs you did a split with The Swan King, what are your thoughts on the other band that participated?
Yeah, we did a split 7" with them for the Hell Comes Home split 7" series. I havnt really heard anything other from them than the song on that 7" and i liked that tune. Kind of stonerrockish i think and well executed, seems like a band that a lot of people would like, kind of catchy i think. As i said i have to check them out further, but i think that tune they provided was great.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your Music?
Ha, well. The world has been silent. No, not really, but Mike, The guy at Pillowscars who releases our stuff, just started sending out copies for review and those i have read has been good, some really unexpected positive. Seems like we are doing something right at least.
9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical project besides this band?
Yes, I got this Grindcore band along with Henrik called Overviolence ,, and i got my long time running punkband The Kuksugers. Henrik is also in a hardcore band called Ormarr , John is a sound engineer so he records some bands from time to time and Robert is a semi professional musician and plays with some jazzbands, he´s the only one making some money from it.
10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Wow, no clue. Anything might happen, we got some new material that we are working on and its quite in the same shape as the earlier stuff, maybe a bit more grindcoreish. Thats exciting when you write new stuff, you never know what the result might be. It might suck, or it might be brilliant.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well, i started out with Bon Jovi in the late 80s but i abandoned that as soon as i heard Maiden. Then it was the natural evolution of a metalhead, moving on to Slayer, Sepultura, Entombed and then further on into obscurity where i have been ever since. Bands like Deadguy and Today is the day was and is a big influence, early Cryptopsy, Breach, and all the cool band we have toured with through out the years like Cephalic carnage, Gadget, Sayyadina, Abandon. When you watch some great music live night after night it really sinks deep into your mind, and i´m sure all those expirences has influenced me,  These days i mostly listen to grindcore and some death metal. That new P.L.F. record has been spinning a lot, and the new Gorguts album is also a great piece of noise.

12.outside of music what are some of your interests?
Since i got kids there isnt much spare time. I like to hang out with my family, I enjoy fishing in the summer, its a nice way to pass some time and i enjoy to drive my old crappy moped. Other than that music consumes quite some time.

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
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