Monday, September 12, 2016

Chine Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We have continued distributing 'Immanent' as much as possible, and at the same time putting on a couple of shows in Sweden and Denmark. A lot of rehearsing has been going on as well, with focus to make Immanent sound tight and well played live.

2.In July you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
This new album is a bit like a blend of our previous two albums, not as technical as 'Betray', nor as basic as 'Repulsive'. We wrote whatever felt good, still maintaining the dark melodic atmosphere.

3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
One very time consuming issue is the line-up changes, at first our new guitarist Jokke and later vocalist Ola joined. Almost half of Immanent was written when they entered Chine, and we worked a lot with the material together and changed arrangements and lyrics, which improved the album a lot.

4.Some of your lyrics cover dystopian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
For myself the dystopian feeling is very important when writing music. My own personal fascination of the post apocalyptic theme pulls the melodies in these directions, and I like to think that it all fits very well together. The artwork (the Immanent cover is made by the brilliant Axel Torvenius), the emotions you get from the songs, the end of the world that we're bringing upon ourselves, and so on. The topic is very relevant considering the things we do to our planet in an escalating pace. Earth will however survive, but we on the other hand will not.

5.Originally the band was called 'Chaeostribe' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Chine'? Chaeostribe felt more like a school project (which it was) both the name and the songs. Since Repulsive was our first "real" album, I felt that the timing to change the name was right. Chine means "backbone from an animal", which is very suiting. When it really matters we all follow our instincts, and we do not differ from animals. Still we like to think that we are so much higher in rank and smarter than them. Chine has also got a nice ring to it in comparison to Chaesotribe.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Unfortunately we haven't been playing that many shows over the years that we have existed. Most of them has been in smaller venues, some times with small, but great crowds, and some times not so great. I can't think of any particular gig that has been exceptional at the moment.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are doing a small tour in Spain i February, hopefully some gigs in Europe will add on. Since we do not have any record label nor management, its quite hard to go on tours without having to pay lots of money for it.

8.The new album was self released but the band has worked with labels before in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?
We are definitely open to working with labels again. Though one should remember that most of them are desperate as well in these times when people don't buy music, so its really difficult to get signed. If you manage to get a record deal there is also a substantial risk of being screwed by the label.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of extreme metal?
The response has been very positive, which we are much grateful for.

10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Every member in the band has other projects, from country to punk rock.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Probably more towards simplifying and  putting more effort into grooves and the whole picture. We feel that we need to prioritize between being able to perform the songs correctly during the shows, and moving/jumping around. We are definitely not one of those bands who stands in one place with our eyes fixed on the fretboards.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Our strength in music writing is the width of our taste in different genres. You can always grab groovy stuff from Pantera and Gojira, melodies and rhythms from Meshuggah, and dream about the gigantic perfect stage show from Rammstein, but we listen to a lot of different genres in Chine as mentioned.   

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Some of us work out, others goes traveling or stuff like that. Tommy is a real adventurer and has ridden a bike to Spain amongst other things. He also got himself a parachute license a couple of years ago.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We would like to thank everyone who supports Chine and helps us to reach more dystopic metalheads.

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