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Norwegian anti-capitalist experimentalists Heave Blood & Die are back with their brand new full-length anti-capitalist, anti-authority, pro-climate change commitment album, ‘Post People’.
We managed to catch up with the band to talk about their origins and what the future has in store for the band.
HEAVE BLOOD & DIE
Troms Og Finnmark, Norway
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Heave Blood & Die before?
Heave Blood & Die: A loud and noisy rock collective from northern Norway, both eclectic and precise at the same time.
DP!: How did the band form?
Heave Blood & Die: A few of us met in high school and started our first band together, we kept together and after years it has evolved into where we are now. Being in bands with the same people since you were sixteen years old is a process of its own, we’ve had our personal and musical growing pains all together.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Heave Blood & Die: We have a tour in Norway booked that we’re hoping we can do, also there’s a certain digital festival coming up. We’re currently thinking about concepts for new music, we’ve been talking about experimenting with samplers and more synths for ages, I think now is the time to go through with that. Previously we’ve written songs based on telephone recordings of guitar riffs, the plan is now to do more writing on samplers and in the digital workstation.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Karl: I’m trying to stop thinking that I have to keep up with the times, the constant search for something new and hip drives me a little crazy, I’m happy finding music that’s new to me. I’ve been really into repetitive and atmospheric stuff lately, mostly electronic and sample based records. There’s an odd one out here, not gonna say which; Biosphere, Baxter Dury, Oneothrix Point Never and Susumu Yokota
Eivind: Not been good at listening to that many new bands lately, But a lot of good stuff coming up at the label, Fysisk Format where I work. Duvel, Sundrowned, Misty Coast and Frøkedal. Other than that I am on the same page as Karl and also spending time revisiting a lot of neo classical stuff like Akira Kosemura, Olafur Arnalds and Max Ritcher. The calmness from just a single piano and strings have been much needed these days.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Heave Blood & Die: I really like bands such as Kraftwerk, it’s a band that’s not about the people, it’s all about contributing to music. I feel we aspire to become a musical hivemind, and not about elevating our personal selves above the music.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Heave Blood & Die: That has to be backstage at Roskilde. I think we were having lunch, we were probably nine people, full crew with sound tech, light tech, our booking manager and our photographer / professional hypeman / best friend Brage. Out of the portable toilet comes Noel Gallagher and we all stare at him in awe (this person actually exist in the real world?), our chins drop, Mr. Gallagher stops and lets out a simple «what?». and moves on with his life. It was a moment of collective mind explosion.
Also being signed on Fysisk Format was sick. We always talked about the label when we were starting out. They have released some of our favourite Norwegian records ever, like ‘Iron I Rust’ is the best release by Fysisk Format and my personal favourite norwegian record ever.
DP!: Where do you want to be a year from now?
Heave Blood & Die: Right now all we want is to be seated at the pub, I never saw the value of draft beer until it wasn’t accessible anymore. Maybe a dank and dark venue in Berlin or a dusty festival stage on Primavera, maybe on a bullet-train in Japan? Anything related to touring would be amazing.
Heave Blood & Die‘s debut album ‘Post People’ is out now, via Fysisk Format.