Musicscan: introduce burst and its members, please. what is to know about your
band that is important for our readers?
Burst: Robert Reinholdz - Guitar, Linus Jägerskog - Vocals, Jonas Rydberg -
Patrik Hultin - Drums, Jesper Liveröd - Bass. I don't know what may be
important to our readers regarding Burst, so I choose not to answer that.
Musicscan: i read that jesper parted ways with nasum, right? was the reason to
put all his energy into burst? what are your
expactations for the future of burst, or your hopes/wishes at least?
Burst: Jesper left Nasum to put his energy into Burst, that's correct. We all
different other things in our personal lives to take care of, and Jesper
that he couldn't devote himself to both Burst and Nasum. Our expectations
the future of Burst is to expand the music and take it as far as we possibly
can, I guess.
Musicscan: in the past burst was limited to be some kind of nasum side project,
because everyone was focusing on jesper i think.
has it been some kind of problem for burst? i mean people surely
expected something else and you have been labeled as something
you never have been...
Burst: It hasn't been any problems at all, people will understand that Burst is
driven by five individuals and not by one individual alone.
Musicscan: what happened after the release of "in coveting ways"? you received
a lot of attention, that's for sure. this mcd was
a great record, but this new one takes everything to a new and higher
level. musically it's such an amazing record
and only partly comparable to the stuff you have released in the past.
how did the way you went about writing your songs
change? what was different this time?
Burst: We progressed, as we've always done. But basically, this time we really
concentrated on creating a whole, where every song flowed naturally
the record, instead of just writing a bunch of songs. And of course, If you
can't take it to new ground, there's no point in doing it, as far as I can
Musicscan: burst is around for many years now. i own this old mcd on melon
records, your first record and this split with lash out.
before "in coveting ways" you have been a hardcore band, but than
things changed to a more intense, more structured sound.
what happened? did it take so many years to fullfill your own vision?
how could you describe this vision?
Burst: Well, I(Robert) was not a member of Burst until the writing of Conquest:
Writhe began, so I can't really explain why things changed. But we are five
fundamentally different individuals, we all respond different to things, and
the songs originates from all of us. It's basically about meeting in the
middle. I think the change really comes from there, and as I said earlier,
progression in the writing aspect is very important to me, as well as for
other guys in the band. So changes will always be a part of our music. We
haven't fulfilled our vision, maybe we have fulfilled it for the time being.
But there are always new visions, and when the visions get weak and fades
away, it's time to stop doing it.
Musicscan: i sometimes read this term "emo-metal" concerning the style burst is
playing. do you like this description? what's wrong
about it, if you do not like it?
Burst: I haven't thought about it, whether I like it or not. I have other things
Musicscan: again there are lots of instrumental parts on the record, the music
itself has room to grow and there is some kind of
special mood around your tracks. why did you choose to go this way
musically? has it been your aim to create some kind
of darker feeling this time?
Burst: We do not choose our direction that consciously, we talk about the music
what can be done with it after we've written and rehearsed it a bit. But for
me, heart, intuition and emotion is very important tools in every art-form
regarding the creating aspect.
Musicscan: what's your motivation to play this intense kind of music? you're
playing such music for a couple of years now and your
songs are in a way really melancolic. i often get kind of depressed
hearing your songs. what are the feelings you get out
of your new record?
Burst: I don't get depressed, but the music is very dark and melancholic, so of
course it is pretty energy-sucking.
We all like the new record in the band.
Musicscan: there's so much emotion in your songs. i'm impressed every time i
listen to them - what makes you write such intense
music? do you feel so discontented with the world you are living in?
Burst: I think things is moving towards the better, really, it just takes time.
have to have an awareness of things, everything isn't always what they
to be, and everything isn't alright in this world. And that's a subject
reflected in our music and lyrics...
Musicscan: the new songs are on the one hand more diverse but at the same time
also more focused/more in one line. do you feel it
same way? what was your main focus creating this new songs?
Burst: To create a whole.
Musicscan: you chose fredrik reinedahl to work with for a second time. what has been his
part on the record? did he additional push you to give
the best you were able to? ...and what about anders friden?
Burst: Fredrik is like a sixth member, and he's our very close friend. He's a
guy to work with in the studio, and we will always embrace that. Anders
just helped out a bit with certain things.
Musicscan: the songs for "prey for life" have been recorded in the summer of
2002, so it took over a year to release them. what was
the reason actually?
Burst: Finding a great record-label to work with, that understands where we're
coming from and where we might end up. And turning the record-contract
inside out swallowed a lot of the time, as well.
Musicscan: by the way: why did you chose relapse records to release. it's an
interesting choise i guess and i'm really interested if
burst will work on relapse...
Burst: Relapse seems to be a great label to work with as far as artistry and
aesthetics goes, they're fans of music, which is very important. And I think
Burst will work just fine on Relapse, but we'll see what happens.
Musicscan: unfortunately i only received some kind of promotonal copy so i
only can see the cover-artwork. i noticed that it's done by
a. turner of hydra head. did you give hime full artistic freedom? do
you know about his ideas/ulterior motives to create especially
this minimalistic artwork? i mean, it seems to be the complete opposite
of what you are doing with the music...
Burst: More or less, but we expressed our feelings we have for the record. We all
like the ambient feeling the cover-art expresses, and Aaron Turner has done
great job with it.
Musicscan: is writing and recording a new record some kind of personal
challenge for you? what have been your feelings after
finishing studio-work? did you fullfill all your expetations?
Burst: "It's always a challenge to write and record an album, it takes time,
devotion, tolerance and a lot of emotion to go from an idea to an almost
realized vision. There's always things you want to change or expand, I don't
think you'll ever be 100% satisfied with an album. But we love this new
and we are very pleased with it.
Musicscan: since summer 2002 you surely have written new songs. what is the
direction you have progressed with the new material? what
is to expect for the future?
Burst: We took a long break from writing after we finished the album, but we
writing some new ones a month ago or so, we'll probably enter the studio
sometime next year. You'll just have to wait and listen for yourself when
ready, but it's a natural progression from Prey On Life.
Musicscan: where do you see burst located in the grand scheme of heavy music?
you don't fit nicely into punk, hardcore, emo, metal,
Burst: I don't know. I don't think about it and haven't made any decisions whether
it's this or that.
Musicscan: if you would summerise the message and atmosphere of burst's music
in one sentence. what would it be?
Burst: This is a question I really can't answer, Burst has a personal meaning to
and I think you have to figure it out by yourself what it means to you. Just
do your own translation and go from there.
Musicscan: i think i remember you had to cancel the last gigs of you in
coveting tour after playing here in berlin. what happend?
will there be another tour for the new record?
Burst: Personal problems for one of the band-members. We will tour for the new
record, probably a short one sometime this fall and then some more next