Friday, February 11, 2011
Sweden’s PUTERAEON released their debut “The Esoteric Order” these days via Cyclone Empire. After 3 strong demos, I wasn’t really surprised of what I got to hear but I´m impressed of every tune because it’s uncompromising toughness! Prepare for an interesting mix of Swedish old school death and British war machine!
Hi Jonas. Tell me something about the idea behind founding a band like PUTERAEON and how it went from a one man project to a real band?
It started out with me just doing some old school riffs. I put a couple of songs on myspace and people wanted to buy the demos. I did a few more songs and released the first demo. In time the pressure became bigger and bigger and I decided that maybe the one man project ought to become a band instead.
Do the experiences from bands like TAETRE, NOMINON in which the members have played, play an important role in PUTERAEON?
Well, maybe not just those 2 bands. Maybe more that we have been playing music for a long time and that we have been on tours and played live numerous times. Experience is good you know. Also, I guess if we hadn't had experience in the musicbusiness, we would probably taken the first offer that was given to us. Now we didn't but waited for the perfect one.
Give me some details about the album and how long you worked on it?
The album was recorded from I think it was 26th July and maybe until a month later or so (at most). Hard to keep track on the time cause we recorded everything except the drums in our own studios. The drums were recorded by my old TAETRE bassist D.K in his studio. I wasn't attending the drum recording due to I became a father on the 22nd of July. So all guitars and vocals were recorded with a sleeping baby in the next room.
Any songs from the demos included on the album? If yes, did you change them at all from their original versions?
Yes there are mainly songs from the demos on the album. All re-recorded and some stuff a little bit re-arranged. We didn't want to throw the old songs in the trashbin just yet, mainly since the demos weren't properly mixed or anything and had drummachine. We wanted them “for real”.
Any “tidbit” on vinyl that is not on cd? If you are loyal to old school death, a CD version should never should exist! LOL
No sorry not. The vinyl is limited though.
What about digipack? I´ve never understood who the hell needs that whole digipack boodle! Can you enlighten me?
Well the digipack is also limited and contains 2 more songs than the vinyl. I think digipack is cool and I think it's fun to have different “additions” of the album. Some people like vinyl some people like digipack, others prefer casette hehehe.
One of the strongest songs on “The Esoteric Order” is “Coma” I think. Tell me something about the work for the video and the idea behind it!
Cool! The work behind it was a mix between a couple of different ideas and the themes or whatever came growing along the process. We wanted parts of a cemetery mixed with a guy in a coma (which later became the priest in the video). And along this we wanted the band playing. The video was filmed by our guitarist Rune Foss and edited by a friend of the band Pontus Bengtsson. I think it turned out very good. Way beyond our own expectations.
The video contains a small intro that is not on the album version. Who had the idea for it and why?
It was Pontus Bengtssons idea. First I think it was because we had trouble with getting the story into the video. I had the idea of the camera going fast over the graveyard and into the crypt, and this was the way it was kept in the video, by adding a intro.
Tell me something about “The Innsmouth Insanity.” Have you forgotten the lyrics in awe of H.P. Lovecraft?
When the song was made there were no lyrics at all and we added 2 samples. On the album we skipped the samples and did vocals for those 2 samples instead. It was made though of as an instrumental song. “The Innsmouth Insanity” obviously refers to the story “Shadow over Innsmouth” and listening to the song you can almost hear the story in the notes and riffs.
What about the lyrical connection to Lovecraft and his dismal novels?
I think it's a cool inspiration. NOT the only inspiration we have or use, but perhaps the most obvious one on the album.
If you write the lyrics, does the rest of the band know what it is about? Or does it matter?
I write the lyrics yes, and I think the other guys know what it's all about. I wouldn't say that our lyrics are most important in our band, but more spice in the dish you know. Adding a bit of flavor to the meal (that is the songs) rather than playing the important part. The music is the most important part in PUTERAEON.
I think your music catches the mood of Lovecraft´s stories very skillfully. Are lyrics and music coordinated to each other, or does it just happen?
I always write the music first. Then after that the lyrics are fitted into the song. I try to feel what kind of song it feels like and try to fit something to the music. If we succeed with it that's great. Some parts are maybe by accident and some parts are carefully planned.
You can´t avoid the cross reference to BOLT THROWER. Take up your position!
It's one really good tank of a death metal band!
But to connect the Swedish sound with a British war machine is very effective, is it not?
It's not like we've sat down and thought these things up hahaha. But maybe you are right. To combine the crush from bands like Bolt Thrower with the “more” melodic attack by bands like Dismember. That's gonna be heavy.
Were all songs given the same attention in the writing process? Are there some in which you need more time to reach the result you want? When does a song finally sound finished to you?
Some songs just come directly, and some needs more attention. Some songs never make it. I usually continue with a songs until I feel it's good enough. Sometimes I start all over a couple times before it feels right and sometimes I discard all the stuff, all riffs and everything just because I can't make it work. Now we have done like this (for the next album). We do like half songs or 3-4 riffs put together and save them. Later we will try arranging those parts together and see what we will come up with.
3 years, 3 demos, 1 album, means that you are a very active band. True?
Probably yes. As I mentioned in the previous questions we have already started writing some material for the follow up although no song is complete yet, but there are more or less like 7-8 “skeletons” created. Sometimes you just have that creation “flow” and sometimes you don't. There are times when I can't write a damn riff too.
Is it easier to get ideas today from music out there now than in it was in the beginning of death metal when all was new?
Probably yes. But we don't want to get to much “new” ideas. We want to stay back in the mud of early 90's stuff.
You say you won’t play extended tours for clear reasons. But don’t you think you miss your chance? It seems you mark irrevocably priorities within the band, is not it?
Depending on what you mean. We don't do this to become “rockstars”. We do this because we love doing this music. When you reached a certain age and you have a family, rent dept to banks and whatever, you can't just run away on a tour (that probably will leave you in a bigger dept). You have a responsibility to yourself and your family. The most part of PUTERAEON have families with small kids. You must understand that we can't just leave them and run out on a tour with no economical income. Eventhough we know it would be really fun, it would be selfish towards our families. That's why we want to reach out to as many people as possible doing festivals instead.
Last spot is yours, can´t wait to see you on Party San stage!
Be there folks! And hope you enjoy the shit. Thanks for the interview and great support!
Cheers! / Jonas