:: Interview with Ghost Brigade
Interview with Ghost Brigade
Ghost Brigade's new album "Isolation Songs" was released August 3 rd, 2009 and it was very well received by critics and the band's fans. Moreover, the Finnish combo, signed on Season Of Mist, is preparing to tour with Samael
and Paradise Lost
in November. Well, Ghost Brigade
are certainly quite busy, but this didn't prevent GB's guitarist Wille Naukkarinen to be particularly nice and available by taking some time to answer my questions about the last album, the band's news, but also its origins and identity. Thank you to Will!
Metalship : Hello Ghost Brigade ! First of all, a rather classic question : the name of your band is quite mysterious. Could you explain its origin and its meaning ?
Janne was playing around with the word "ghost" before we had a name. He just happened to like the word. I then added the word "brigade" which I took from a song called "Snow Brigade" by a danish pop band Mew. Great song by the way. So that's pretty much the story behind it. There's no deeper meaning to it, we just thought that it is a name that goes hand in hand with our music and sounds and looks good.
Metalship : How did you create Ghost Brigade ? Have you the kind of history like « we were all friends and we deciced to create a music band to play together », or is it totally different ?
That's exactly what happened. We all played in different bands before Ghost Brigade
and we have known each other for many many years. We often talked about forming a band together at some point when the time was right and one thing just led to another and Ghost Brigade
was born in 2005.
Metalship : Ghost Brigade manage to build his own musical universe, and a very personal atmosphere. Which are you main musical influences, and what does inspire you in art and in life more generally ?
My greatest inspiration to write music are my friends and my own experiences in life. As far as musical influences go, I don't really have a definitive answer to you. We all have very varied taste in music, we listen to everything from old school death metal to electro and I guess all of those have had an impact on how we sound in the end. We refuse to limit ourselves to represent one specific genre. That'd be boring.
Metalship : How do you compose your songs ? Is it the work of only one member or nearly ? (and if yes, who is the main composer ?) Or is it a collective work in which everyone from the band is involved ?
I write most of the riffs at home and then send very raw instrumental demos to everyone. Manne writes most of the lyrics and is responsible for composing all vocal melodies as well. Aleksi also writes his keyboard parts by himself. We then gather at our rehearsal space and just play the "skeletons" over and over again until everyone's happy and the song sounds complete. Some songs come together very quickly, others take more time. So yeah, it's definitely more of a band effort these days for sure.
Metalship : A question about your last album, « Isolation Songs », now. What do you think about the rather good opinion from the critic and the fans ? Can you feel a big enthusiasm from the people at your gigs ?
I would lie to you if I said all the positive feedback didn't feel good because it sure as hell does. I'm really glad that there are so many kindred spirits out there that find good things from our music and appreciate what we're trying to do with Ghost Brigade
. It makes me happy and it's very inspirational. I feel privileged to be a part of this band, I wouldn't trade this for anything.
Metalship : I found this album more melancholic and « introspective » than « Guided by fire », even if your first album already gave me this kind of feeling. What do you think about it and could you explain the evolution you see between this two albums ?
Hmm. I don't know man, to me GBF is an album full of hate and aggressiveness. It's a very angry record. This new one might be more melancholic yeah but at the same time it's not so anxiety-ridden. There is more hope and more light. The main difference to me is that we are now better players than we were a couple of years ago and because of that, we are more aware of what we are and aren't capable of and that I think shows on "Isolation Songs". To put it simple; the arrangents, vocals, playing, lyrics and compositions are better.
Metalship : What are you last discoveries in music and what have you mostly listened to recently ?
I just saw Chuck Ragan from Hot Water Music doing his solo thing live a few days ago and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen in my life. Very moving. Other than that I've been listening to new Insomnium
album a lot to which I also did the coverart for. And what else...hmm...new Thrice record sounds pretty decent. And Amesoeurs
from France are good too!
Metalship : You have in Finland a very rich, various and interesting rock/metal scene. What do you think of this positive context, and what are the bands you like most in your country ?
Best bands? Um...Insomnium
, Sweatmaster, Deathbed, Xysma, Amorphis
...the list is endless.
Metalship : You have the Irish post-rock band God Is An Astronaut opening for you for some gigs in Finland. Did you choose them, and do you like their usic ? I noticed you will tour with Samael and Paradise Lost in Benelux, Germany and also Coepenhagen and Stockholm, which is a quite impressive program. Are you impatient at the idea of touring with bands such as these ?
The guy who is bringing GIAA to Finland likes Ghost Brigade
and asked if we wanted to play with them. We of course said yes because we are all fans of God Is An Astronaut. Great great band. And what happened with Paradise Lost
was that their manager contacted us and offered us the suppot-slot as apparently certain members of Paradise Lost
like Ghost Brigade
and wanted us to be a part of this tour. Needless to say we're really looking forward to it...it feels great to be able to share a stage to such a pioneer band. I used to be a big PL fan in my teenage years so going out on tour with them feels a bit surreal to be honest ;) I heard the new single too and it sounds good.
Metalship : You made a great prestation at the Hellfest 2008. Have you a last word for the webzine, its readers and your French fans ? Do you plan to play again in France soon ?
Thank you!! I remember it was a good show too. We are coming to France in 2010 for sure, so see you all then! That's a promise.
Metalship : Thank you very much.
added by Maczym, on September 25, 2009 for Metalship