Monday, March 13, 2017

Common Eider, King Eider Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band? I started in 2006 as a solo project and decided it was going to be the last project I start. I also decided that I would be working on this project for the rest of my life. Over the years it has opened up to be collective of sorts, with various members participating and being involved as much or little as they see fit.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings? Vulnerability. Exposed. Most recordings used on the releases are first takes, often recorded with a cell phone. I feel like that is the time things are most unsure and dangerous sonically. There is something truthful in it to me.

3.What are some of the themes and images you bring out with your music? Some themes revolve around the concept of extinction. Those already lost, and those losing the battle of the extinction crisis we are currently witnessing. Loss, and having nothing left to lose.

4.According to the fb page you are both politically and environmently active, can you tell us a little bit more about it? Common Eider, King Eider is in direct opposition to the Trump Administration. We are against racism, fascism, bigotry, misogyny, and xenophobia. We celebrate diversity. We celebrate and advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights, houseless people's rights, environmental protection, and indigenous rights and indigenous land struggles. We celebrate creation through destruction.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Common Eider, King Eider'? I liked the image in my mind of how the words common and king were used to compare to equally beautiful birds. Neither word means anything, we are all simple and majestic, humble and powerful.

6.What are some of the best shows that you have done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? We are incorporating much more collaborative ritual these days, and it feels really good. we are concerned with raising energy and directing that energy towards  a destination. Collaborative ritual has worked well to achieve this.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? 4/11 Berlin
4/12 Amsterdam
4/13 Lille
4/14 Diksmuide
4/15 Paris
4/16 Nantes
4/17 Tolouse
4/18 Lyon
4/19 Basel
4/20 Bruxelles
4/21 Rotterdam
4/22 Leipzig
4/23 Poznan

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the quests you have had on your new album and their contributions?

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music? Very supportive from a wide demographic.... fans of black metal, academia, experimental... all ages and backgrounds. I have been really inspired talking with folks after gatherings.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? Large choir pieces are on the horizon.

11.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? Arvo Part, Donald Miller, Draugurrin, Forndom

12.What are some of your non musical interests? Reading, spending time in Alaska. Trying to weed capitalism and patriarchy out of my life. Screen printing.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Take care of each other, protect those who need help, be ready for anything..... Black ash rains down upon us.

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