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OBM: Hi, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. How are you doing; what’re you up to at the moment? 

No problem, happy to do it! Right now we are just enjoying the summer - doing some weekend shows here and there. We’re also waiting for some fall tours to be announced. 

OBM: Would you mind guiding us through the writing and recording process of the new album? 

Well usually we go about it in 2 different ways; either we have one riff and just record it as it is - add drums to it - and start working off it. Normally we record everything as soon as we have an idea and work it through that way, adding and changing stuff as we go along. The other way is when Chris have worked out something back home via a guitar pro file. To be fair, most of that stuff comes out pretty raw and unfinished, but it's a good way to get some ideas spinning and work out later in the studio. It most often happens than Pontus and Chris work on the songs until a point where they are confident enough to show it for the rest of us. Then we pitch in whatever ideas we might have if we like it or not. In that moment it's finer tuning than major changes, besides the drums where Mikael might change a lot of the basic comps on the songs. 

OBM: Lyrically, what were the main inspirations for Terra? 

As you can tell by the album cover, it’s highly inspired by nature, and not least our local surroundings in the northern parts of Europe. During the last century the environment has been put aside for the benefit of profit and monetary proceeds. And we are starting to see the consequences of that. The message behind a lot of the songs on the album is to take responsibility and action. We as humans have to see our fault in the decline of the natural world and start working towards a better future. But that is not all. Several members of the band went through some really, really bad breakups during the writing of the album. And that shows off in some songs, such as Echoes and Carry the World.

OBM: Do you find your writing therapeutic or is some of this stuff hard to disclose? 

Hmm, haha, I think we find it as work really. For us, touring is the golden pot at the end of the rainbow. Like we don't hate writing/rehearsing and all that but I don't think we would do it as actively if we didn't tour. For us it's all about getting out on the road, meeting new people and get into crazy situations that you only encounter on the road.
 
OBM: Did you try new things musically? 

Yeah I think we did. The carillion parts we put in there, because we haven't heard any other metal band experiment with it before. We tried working more with synthesizers than we have before as well. On the vocal parts we tried to add tones and pitches into the screams; which I feel adds a whole new feeling to our sound. 

OBM: How has the writing process and band dynamic changed in the years between Hardships and the new album? 

We weren’t as stressed with this album as we were with Hardships. When we got approached by Panic And Action about releasing Hardships we got a timeframe saying when they wanted to release the album which kind of put us in a spot where we really had to get some songs together. This time around it was more a "We will release it when you are ready. It can be before the summer or after the summer". So that gave us a lot of room to breathe and do what we wanted with the songs. 

OBM: The album art for the new album is absolutely fantastic. Is there any significance or symbolism behind that? 

Well, all the photos on the artwork and within the booklet is taken in our hometown Trollhättan. Most of the photos were taken at a place where the river goes through the town center. Just an awesome place to hang during the summer. We have a lot of great memories from this place, and that’s something that we wanted to preserve as it is, which I think a lot of the album stands for. 

OBM: What does "Terra" mean to you personally? What do you hope people get out of it?

To us it is the comeback album. It is the album where we showed everyone that we were not done yet, and we can come back and blow peoples asses off if we want to. It’s about rebirth, new possibilities, reaching the next level and starting fresh. It sounds very little like our previous album ‘Hardships’ and we hope people will get excited about the band and look forward for whatever we will release next.

OBM: The album seems like it is getting quite a few positive reviews. How much attention do you pay to the press’ opinion (positive or negative) on your music?

We read some of them, but we don't look into it too much. If anything we look at the fans reception. But in the end of the day we write what we want to play.

OBM: Could you tell us a little about the video for “Echoes”? How involved were you in coming up with it’s concept?

The album cover is shot with a technique called Double Exposure, which is a combination of two photographic elements. When we finished the cover we knew that we would be able to implement the same technique in a video – and of course this got our minds spinning. We felt that Echoes would be a good choice both visually and musically/lyrically because of the versatility of the song. Looking to the lyrical theme, it is about the initial phases after a separation from someone you love and we wanted to embody that emotion. So we came up with this dreamlike concept where you chase something or someone, but you’re never able to reach it. When you are just about to come close to that you love, it goes even further away and disappears.

OBM: Could we have your favorite song from the new album? 

Changes from time to time but we are looking forward to add Carry the world to the live show since it feels like a tune that will get the crowd going.

OBM: What kind of music have you been listening to yourself lately? Do you have any recommendations you'd like to make to your fans?

It's just a lot of different stuff depending on whom you ask in the band, haha. 

OBM: Are there any new, upcoming bands on the scene that you feel deserve more attention?

We actually just made a list on Spotify with great metal bands from Sweden. Some of them are old major bands that we listened to when we grew up and some are newer upcoming bands that we want to spread out to our fans, you can find it right here: https://play.spotify.com/user/wwsofficial

/playlist/3RO7WFuxWvkKnd8ohEGsDL

OBM: Thank you very much for your time. I wish you all the best. You’ve worked hard and produced a fantastic album! Anything else you’d like to say to finish up?

We’re on tour in Europe/UK with The Browning, Silent Screams and Capture the Crown this winter. Come to the show, get drunk and watch the bands! After-parties are a guarantee! Last tour we bought like 16 bottles of Gin every two days and we’re definitely going to boost our drinking to even greater levels during this next one. We are great at playing drunk. Also, our videos are pretty damn good. They’re all on YouTube and our albums are available on Spotify, Apple Music and everywhere else. Some members are also available on Tinder. See you <3

 

WALKING WITH STRANGERS | Echoes

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Walking With Strangers | Terra

Erscheinungsdatum: 12.Juni 2015
Spielzeit: 39:11
Label: Burning Heart Records

Walking With Strangers | Hardships
Erscheinungsdatum: 16.November 2011
Spielzeit: 50:33
Label: Panic and Action

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Robin Schulz | Gesang

Pontus Johansson | Gitarre

Chris Crane Lennartsson | Gitarre

Christian Höijer | Bass

Mikael Norén | Schlagzeug

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"We weren’t as stressed with this album as we were with Hardships. When we got approached by Panic And Action about releasing Hardships we got a timeframe saying when they wanted to release the album which kind of put us in a spot where we really had to get some songs together. This time around it was more a "We will release it when you are ready. It can be before the summer or after the summer". So that gave us a lot of room to breathe and do what we wanted with the songs. 

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