Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tonttu Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
-AGD4 just out and now I'm gathering troops for Remix/Remake-album due in the beginning of summer - I do write more propaganda there and then but we will just have to wait and see if / when there's another T-album out there to be heard. We work purely as a project with music so...
Lots of work trying to spread out the word about kabouters and their deeds by promoting new album, naturally...

2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from your past efforts?
-Earlier works are from 15-years time span (3 eps found on Nekrognomekon), so the development is there to be heard... Kabouters kidnapped our engineer after Gnomedrome (second ep) and we do not negotiate with gnomes and there we went (he made a mistake not to take this infestation seriously and did not protect himself properly)... Sayonara, out with the old & in with the new...
Enter Gro├činquisitor Rudolf Von Deer: Naturally sounds are better in this "New Era" consisting of Der Zwergenhammer (3rd ep) and AGD4, well the old material was made in 97-98 or something like that, new in 2013-2014... Rudolf is a wizard in raising some hell against those abominations you call gnomies... As lyrics are more war oriented so is the music. With AGD4 we also made some folklore style stuff (Tonttujen Kestit) for which we got some help with composing from our long time supporter High Commander Hephzibah (relentless anti-gnomeist)... That was our nod to our past and probably will use HCHs help in the future too.
But as we call our music: Anti-Gnomemartialindustrialneofolkmetal, that will include it all.

3.Your lyrics cover occult and anti gnome themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these topics?
-Basically these are the things you run into while fighting against gnomes so they're one and the same, so it's necessary to keep an open mind and plug in to these topics as perilous as they might be. Gnomes often use (red) magic so you'll  have to be ready for some proper defence. Naturally most legends and folklore are really about gnomes - for some reason there seems to be a habit of switching gnomes into other creatures as the time goes by: a plot by gnomes to polish their shields, perhaps? Sympathizers helping them? Naturally & unfortunately so.
To make it a bit easier for everyone you can find lyrics also in english in all our releases.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name TONTTU?
-Gnomes, naturally: Finnish word tonttu means gnome in english. We like to keep our enemies near by using that name. You meaning changes with spelling (TONTTU / Tonttu for the project, tonttu for gnomes).

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
-Musically: No shows even though asked, otherwise the best shows are The Hunts with most gnome casualties... Napalm, hard to beat that...

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
-No touring, T (musical operations) is a project which only concentrates on raising awareness about gnomes and evil that they do, hunting and such takes our time let alone the fact that we know that gigs would give those critters too much leisure time and good chance to reveal our identity. As I mentioned earlier: it is and always will be a project.


7.The new album came out on Panicmachine, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
-Excellent label from US with awesome talent in it, happy to work with them.... Many of my favourite acts are there to be found (Veil of Thorns, Choronzon... and surely anti-gnome attitude through all that they do. We do seem to share the same sense of humour (when there is time for that... Damn pesky gnomes...). Naturally it's easier to push our propaganda with some back-up. The easiest way is to go to their site and check out the bands (http://digital.panicmachine.com/), naturally we moved Nekrognomekon to their site even though it was released by ourselves - we were not sure of which companies those sympathizers lurk in and are ready and more than eager  to destroy our Great Work.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of neo folk, industrial and metal?
-Finnish (mostly metal) magazines have already given their opinions of Nekrognomekon and it seems the whole scene is occupied by gnome sympathizers, fortunately it seems there's still some free will around the world... Seems like our humour is a bit too much for metal fans (what humour? They must think it's all fun and games but I can assure you, that these are grave things we are trying to inform you of), even though if have to be more specific BM-fans seem to be more open minded with T and its theme... Best feedback has to come from industrial / goth people around the world (dark-ambient seems to be the world most welcoming to some goode-olde-gnome-eradication). We have met many excellent musicians around the world who now are supporting & helping TONTTU. You know who you are; cheers!


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
-Where ever the lyrics lead us, we will not forget our roots and mixing those ingredients... There's lots to be done to achieve such musical effort that it repels gnomes for sure!

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
-Well, mentioned in Nekrognomekon following acts: Isengard / Storm / Darkthrone (Saunatonttu...), Laibach (!!!!), NON, Blood Axis and Swedish band Puissance (Taisteluni) not to forget awesome experimental / avantgarde act Keuhkot from Finland.... So there you go: BM / NF / Experimental mostly... Nowadays big interests musically come mostly from same areas, maybe some more from Dark-Amb-neighbourhood, heh.... Coincidence?
To mention few inspirational acts (VoT and C already mentioned) Dead Skull (Unterwelt is awesome album), Harmony Garden (Finnish NF / Dark Rock), Ethernal (UK) and Xenomancer by MU sound laboratories...Skinny Puppy...Ministry... Emperor... List is endless as I listen very much music and find new anti-gnome-artists on a regular basis... Could write an essay of this, but: good music, usually from the darker side and naturally must be NGIT (No Gnomes In There)

11.What are some of your interests outside of music?
-Gnomes, gnomes, gnomes... If any leisure time gotta keep family safe and read some good books, let alone watch a good film every now and then... That should keep me busy.
I love to write, but that is connected to music, so... Oh, did I mention resisting gnomes?

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
-Support smaller acts if you are given the chance and if they're any good, many awesome anti-gnome oriented acts around there to be found! Bandcamp gives a good start if you feel like it.
Contacts:
Tonttufindergeneral@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tonttu/176461559038833?fref=ts
google.com/+TonttufindergeneralHanzBaal
http://digital.panicmachine.com/album/anti-gnomen-divisionen-4-mastering-the-fine-art-of-gnome-eradication

PS: Hopefully you could include AGD4-cover in this, awesome work from P Emerson Williams

Gnomen Est Omen!

Br: Tonttufindergeneral

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