:: Interview with Sonic Syndicate
Interview with Sonic Syndicate
Allright, Sonic Syndicate
is back! Nathan J. Biggs talks about the band, the new album and Prince!
Metalship : Hello Nathan! How are you?
Hello, Metalship online. This Sonic Syndicate
. Permission to board!
Metalship : What have you done since the We Rule the Night’s release?
Partied with friends, drank beer, did some travelling, some of us have had babies, oh yeah and we wrote a new awesome album! So not much.
Metalship : Can you tell more about you decision to call your new album Sonic Syndicate?
It was a combination of reasons. For starters we had a hiatus for almost 3 years, so what better way to say “WE’RE BACK!” than just calling it Sonic Syndicate
. I suppose we could have called in Sonic FUCKING Syndicate. But that was a bit over the top. So self-titled works fine. Also this album really is the result of our all the albums together. It has some very Swedish metal inspired roots that go back even further than Sonic Syndicate
Metalship : When did you start working on this release and how were the recording sessions?
Robin and I have been passing songs back and forth to each pretty much the whole time. So in that respect there was never a real “break” we were just taking it easy and really thinking about how we were going to do this new album. We didn’t know when, we didn’t know where, but all we knew was at some point it would happen. So with that in mind we were casually song writing a lot of the time. Then when the fire started to burn brighter in all of us and it appeared we could all get back on top of it, we started writing a lot more seriously 12 months before we went into the studio. The album was done in Bohus Studios in Kungälv, Sweden. Which is where we recorded WRTN. But this time we were with Robeto Laghi and he knew exactly what kind of sound we wanted, and was the perfect producer to help us execute it. He’s been on the scene for a long time and produced defining albums from In Flames, Mustach, Deathstars
, Hardcore Superstar and much more. So we knew we were in good hands. So overall, of course it was a challenge because we wanted this to be our most hard hitting work so far, but we were in a really good place emotionally, socially, relationships,
management, record label and everything. And of course the overwhelming support of the fans. It just made it the right time to do this and all energy just made it go exactly how we hoped.
Metalship : I found this album more modern, heavier and deeper than your past releases. We can feel that a great work was made to create catchy riffs and melodies. Are you agreeing?
SOSY are always going to have catchy melodies, both vocally and guitar wise. What you could say is that we feel we have definitely got it locked down now to a diabolical work of art. Thats what I mean in that we are drawing from all past releases to make this the ultimate in all intentions. Our sound has definitely had a facelift. In many ways this is our heaviest record to date, but at the same time we are pumping a lot more thought into the song structures to make it flow and have melody throughout. It has songs that both hit you in the face on the first listen, and others which will grow on you. Longevity. A journey
from start to finish. So thats why we definitely urge people to buy the version with the bonus tracks on, because it evolves
Metalship : Björn Speed Strid from Soilwork sings on "Before You Finally Break". How came this experience?
Well, this album has quite a lot of homage to our roots, and Soilwork
were one of the bands that really helped carve a path for this vein of music. Also he is great personal friend as well as us sharing the same record label. So when we decided we wanted to have a guest appearance he was our first choice. Its an honour and privilege to have Speed featuring on this album.
Metalship : How do you compose your songs? Is the music comes first and then the
Often Robin has a guitar part, just like a riff or a something, then I’ll put some melody or vocal pattern to it and that kind of sets the emotion of the song, and he comes back to me the song will be a lot more developed.
Then we all jump in and polish it up and tighten the screws until its sounding killer.
Metalship : To promote this album, do you plan to realize another video-clip?
I literally just stepped off the plane from being in Sweden for 2 days shooting the new music video. So better get over to our Facebook quick for some sneak peaks!
Metalship : An you speak about your previous albums? What were their weaknesses/strengths in your opinion?
I don’t look at albums like that. Whether its my band’s albums or another band’s. For example I used to hate Deftones
. But then later I appreciated all of these little things and now its probably my favourite album they’ve done. Plus each piece of work by a band is representative of certain place in space and time, and for better or worse its important to capture those moments.
Metalship : What are your best/worst remembrances with Sonic Syndicate?
I remember when we were playing Prague and all the electricity cut out, we got up and running again, but then it happened every time John hit this “Bass Drop” effect with his trigger pad that we use often in beat downs and stuff. It was crazy because it was such a full show, sold out, and wall to wall crammed with people, sweat was poring from the roof it got some humid. So of core when the power cut all the lights went out too. There were people slipping over, being trodden on. It was worrying for a while.
The best memory for me had to be when we were playing the 2nd to headlining slot of Summerbreeze 2011. Our fans came out in force! It was amazing. I said “jump” and 30,000+ people jumped in the air, for as far as I could see. Every band has good shows and bad shows, but something truly magical happened that night. The stars aligned or some shit. Everything was just mind-blowing.
Metalship : Are you still in touch with Roland, Roger and Richard? What's your opinion about The Unguided?
No, the next chapter of SoSy has been written. I have respect for all their contributions to the band and I wish them all the best, but what is important for us is “the now". And now for us is the fans, this new album, my bandmates, family and close friends.
Metalship : If you had to share the stage with a French band, which would it be?
SoSy have already toured with Gojira
and since shared the bill on many festivals together. But I don’t know. I need to listen to more French bands. Hopefully when we tour there next we will have some great french supporting bands to with us. Its always great to experience new music, and meet new people. So looking forward to that.
Metalship : What are your last top bands you discovered and what have you mostly listened to recently?
At the moment I have mostly been listening to Prince for some reason. I go through phases or loving really extreme music. I was listening to a lot of Cannibal Corpse
again recently. I love White Chapel too. It was huge loss when Suicide Silence lost their singer. I think Bring Me The Horizon
are interesting at the moment with how they are evolving. Other than that I would urge people to check out some homegrown UK bands like Xerath and Arceye.
Metalship : Thank you for your answers! I leave you the final word to conclude this
Thanks Metalship! To all of your readers I just want to say get on iTunes to grab our new single “Black Hole Halo” and we can’t wait to play for you again. This album is definitely for the fans, mainly because we realise how much we miss you all. The fact that recording this gives us the opportunity to tour again is one of the best parts. Get on our Facebook because we spend a lot of time there talking with fans, and its a great place for fans to meet each other and to arrange to go to the concerts together. We love that we have such a tight community online, and we always reply to messages people leave for us. You rock!
added by kumelia, on June 28, 2014 for Metalship