Musicscan: Are you excited about your new record? What have the reactions on The
Depression been so far?
Blindside: Sure, it's always fun to release new material and so far the feedback
been great. The record have become a bit of a concept album lyrically I
think and we've taken a few new steps musically and it feels that
get it which is always a nice reward.
Musicscan: I like to think Blindside is in need of open minded listeners,
play a complex mixture of different styles.
Do you may have problems to find your right crowd after changig bands
sounding over the last years?
Blindside: Our fans have always been pretty open minded from the start. None of
records we've done sound the same cause we couldn't see ourselves doing
the same record all over again and for some reason people stick around
try to get into whatever we're doing for each record. Of course you win
some and you loose some when you work like that but that's the price
you'll have to pay if you want to keep yourself interested I think.
If you try too hard to please people it's easy to loose focus on what
you're trying to accomplish. We'd rather follow our hearts and hope
people get into it because of the passion we put into what we're doing.
Musicscan: Muscially Blindside changed over the years into a more post-rock
outfit. (Hopefully you agree with
my view.) Do you feel that you already found your "own" new sounding,
Blindside still evolving?
Blindside: Well, I do think we try to develop our sound on every record but we
usually don't have a plan beforehand. We go into the studio and push
ourselves into whatever feels good at the moment, be it heavy or
melodic or not. It just needs to have passion. We don't really feel
there are any limits to where we can go musically, if we feel like a
string section or electronic parts in the songs that's fine, just like
love having a full on hardcore song like Yamkela on the record. As
it makes sense to us in the end.
Musicscan: Beside The Great Depression features songs that vary from traditional
to post-rock, hardcore, screamo, the record
is a perfecetly balanced in all aspects. Has this been something you
Blindside: Thanks. That's something that we try to reach at the end of the
To have a certain balance cause that's the tricky part usually; to have
all those elements and still make it feel like a solid record where
everything fits in.
Musicscan: Were you going for a more inclusive approach to your music right from
beginning or is it a result of your progression?
Blindside: Not really, we set out to do a record that felt fresh to us and
to others as well. For me it feels like a lot of music sounds the same
today which makes you want to do something original but in the end
to the listener to feel what the record is to them.
Musicscan: Would you agree to say the new songs are more focused as well as being
controlled while still keeping a lot of
room to grow for the plain music?
Blindside: Yes, the control I think comes from us being four individuals putting
creative minds together but at the same time wanting more than ever
to be open for improvisations or changes along the way. Working with
producer Lasse Mårtén here in Sweden made it a lot easier cause he has
same mindset when it comes to making music. It doesn't have to be
in any way, it's more important to capture the essence of the song.
Musicscan: Is it an intentionell drive to make the songs as varied musically as
Blindside: Yes and no. Most of it comes naturally with just wanting to explore
ourselves musically and not being afraid of what it becomes in the end.
Musicscan: Have there been certain issues you specifically wanted to address
Blindside: The record ended up being a bit of a concept album lyrically even
we didn't planned it that way. It's basically an observation of the
of our society. It's hard to write down in just a few sentences but
the things we've been talking about is how we're all kind of caught up
ways of satisfying ourselves with shortterm kicks and distractions and
rarely stopping to ask ourselves why we're doing it. For some reason
always surrounded by noises such as tv, radio, dvd's, interenet... it
seems like it's hard to relax and just sit down in silence to reflect
things when we live in such a highspeed society where nothing ever
A lot of times it leads to stressrelated diseases such as depression,
insomnia and people getting burned out in a young age.
Who knows where it's going but I think eventually people will get
living this way and perhaps starting to ask more questions and I think
that's one of the things that we're trying to adress with the title:
great depression. We're not pointing fingers or claiming to have
since we're part of this but rather just putting it out there for
discussion and also expressing our ways of dealing with it.
Musicscan: With the new record you had a larger amount of time to spend on it,
Did this make the whole process of writing
and recording easier for you?
Blindside: That was the plan from the beginning but we didn't have as much time as
we'd wanted. We'd just come back from 6 months of touring and Christian
left for South Africa for almost 2 months so we didn't really start
working on the new record together until late January. I think also
the writing process was more trying than we'd hoped. We started out
songs in one direction which changed a bit along the way so by the
were going into the studio we didn't have a whole lot of extra time to
play with. This was also because us and the record company wanted to
release the record as soon as possible.
Musicscan: Do you feel that the new record is a pretty good representation of
s sounding as of now?
Blindside: Yes, sure. It's the perfect representation of our sound right now but
it'll move into something different on the next record. We don't change
the "style" of music because we didn't like how it sounded though, it's
more of a will to find new ways to express ourselves.
Musicscan: What is the essence of Blindsie? What does it all come down to?
Blindside: The essence of blindside is four friends who's passionate about music
passionate about our faith and feel blessed to have been able to enjoy
this with people all over the place for over 10 years now.
Musicscan: What does the future hold for you band. Are there already plans for
German gigs in support of The Great Depression?
Blindside: We have plans for a European tour in the spring of 2006 and of course
will include a few German dates, we can't wait to come back, it's been
too long since we were there.