We sat down with Swedish Sludgey Doom Quartet V which feature current and former members of Katatonia, In Mourning, Oak and Afgrund. Here’s what Andreas had to say when I asked him a few questions.
How did the band form?
The band V (or VI) formed in the early 2000’s from the ashes of a band called clean shade of dirty. But we’ve pretty much played together under different names since the mid 90’s. After about ten years of hiatus we came back to release the Pathogenisis album.
What’s been the highlight of the bands career so far?
Managing to put this album out after a long spell of inactivity would definitely be the highlight. Big ups to Suicide records for taking care of us and believing in what we do.
What festival would you love to headlining in the future?
That’s a tough question but if I had to name one that would be cool to play it would probably be Hellfest in France or Maryland Death Fest.
What bands are you digging at the moment?
The latest Bell Witch record is really rad, also stuff like Lana Del Rey or Fleetwood Mac, Shai Hulud or the latest album Seaweed from our label mates Demonic Death Judge, excellent album! We have a wide taste in music as a group and we definitely consume a great deal of it.
What plans have you got for 2018?
We’re hoping to get out there and play shows. Also since Pathogenisis was recorded in 2016 we’re getting a bit hungry to record the next album so that will be happening in 2018.
Do any of the band have any weird rituals before going on stage?
Other than sacrificing goats and stuff of that nature? Just kidding. Nothing out of the ordinary I would say except possible having a snus (Swedish tobacco product).
What’s the biggest inspiration as an individual and as a band?
Everyday misery and the dark silence of the forest. We all live close to nature and I think that affects our songwriting in various ways. When we were younger we’d probably give you a never ending list of bands and music that would inspire us but today I think we’re just as inspired by stuff happening around us. We tend to explore some of the more dark and inaccessible subject matters for some reason and sometimes they end up in the songwriting process.
What’s your favourite venue to play and why?
We haven’t really had time to play live as much as we’d like to in recent years but I’d like to mention one of the best venues in Sweden and that would be Truckstop Alaska in Gothenburg. A really great place with a good crowd.
What album is the one album you listen to at least once a week?
Secret treaties by Blue Oyster Cult.
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