Thursday, January 5, 2017

Jarnbord Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Of course! Järnbörd was formed in mid 2014,  if we remember correctly. At that time we called us ”Den mänskliga faktorn” (The human factor). Jocke (drums) and Anders (guitar/voc) are also playing together in the grind band Ratad, who released the EP ”Slutet välkomnas” in 2013, and they discussed to form a second band. The members of  Ratad is scattered round in Sweden, and Johan on guitar was having some success with the punk band ”Gamla Pengar” (check ´em out!!!), so there were time over for having another band. Anders and Jocke both live in Malmö and learned that Anders old pal from his studies in Småland had relocated to the southern part of Sweden - the mighty Micke of Bestial mockery and Illdåd (the crustband!!!). So then we had to start a band. We recorded a demo under the name of ”Mänskliga faktorn” and had some gigs under that name, the rest of that story continues under question nr 4...

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

The three of us have somewhat different musical preferences, but they are pretty similar when it comes down to the point. We wanted to do some d-beat, crust with grind, and not have so much metal-influences shining through (as in our other bands). More punk. Maybe we couldn´t keep the metal out of it in full, but that was the agenda for the band anyways. All three contribute to the song writing, so the songs have different identity regarding who has been the main writer.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

We write about different stuff that people would consider  ”social commentary” or ”political”, we try to write our lyrics based on what we have experienced and down to earth. Some social realism type of ethos – the everyday struggle, injustices and so on. Sometimes they become more philosophical I would guess. We discuss our lyrics quite a bit, choice of words and stuff like that. The words should sometimes be drastic and direct. They are as you know in Swedish.

4.Originally the band was called 'Den Manskliga Faktom', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Jarnbord'?

Yeah, so under that name we released a demo and had some gigs. Eventually we got contacted by a pop-group with the same name, and they were pretty hostile at first (at least from our point of view), writing to us in way that made us read between the lines that they would take some sort of action if we didn´t change our name. We got pissed of at first, and questioned the relevance of their behavior, but we disarmed the situation and what the fuck, we hadn´t registrated our name as they had – we´re not a corporation or Slayer, so we took a new name, Järnbörd. The name means ”Trial by fire”, which was an medevial practice were an accused person would be forced to hold glowing iron or walk on it. If they did´nt  get burned they would be considered innocent. In our case the name is inspired by a play/book by Magnus Dahlström. The play deals a lot with the dark side of humanity, as an understatement.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I would say our first gig ever with Suma on Inkonst (place in Malmö), and also at the punk/hardcore festival ”Häckebergapunx) were fun.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

No concrete plans, but we had a lot of serious personal shit going on in 2016 that are resolved now, and now that the split is finally released we will definitely put some more effort in getting gigs. We really enjoy to play live. Two of us are family men with two and three kids, so you know the priorities...

7.You have a split coming out with 'Resonance Cascade', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

They rip totally!!! We differ a lot in sound maybe, but it´s a form of grindcore we enjoy much! We know the guys in Resonance Cascades from many other the bands they play with as well, nice dudes and very talented!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of punk, crust, and grindcore?

The little feedback we have got until now have been good. Let´s hope people like our effort on the new release!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are refining the thing we got going on. Currently we are mixing a new recording, six new songs. Four of the songs are more grind then ever, faster, and then we have two standout tracks, one d-beat hymn and a mid-tempo anthem that will make people ”stampa takten”.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

As I said we are somewhat different in our musical taste -  Jocke is mainly into metal (he also plays in the DM-band “Cursus Bellum”, and BM-band “Totenwelt”). Anders is more into punk/grind/sludge but also post-rock and other stuff (he reviews gigs and records for the swedish site ”Hymn”), so he´s pretty diverse. Micke is also into metal a lot (old school), as well as raw punk/crust but also electromusic. He has studied music production and does some electronic music by himself.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading, working out, Arsenal, video games, union work, food, nature. And yeah, family life...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for the interview! Hope to see you and others on some gig sometime! Play fast, and be nice!

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