Moloken Begin UK Tour In Leeds Tomorrow

By on 7 April 2016


Atmospheric Swedish sludge act Moloken begin their UK tour tomorrow night in Leeds before going on to play shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London with Cult Of Luna, so we got in touch with guitarist/vocalist Kristoffer Bäckström to find out more about the band…

Could you tell us briefly how Moloken came into existence?
Kristoffer: “Moloken was originally a solo project that I started in 2002. But it wasn’t until 2007 when my brother Nicklas and I found ourselves without a main band at the time. We met up at his appartment and jammed on some ideas and ended up writing like 50% of our first song that ended up as our debut EP ‘We All Face The Dark Alone’. In the process of finishing the song, we recruited drummer Jakob and apated the name Moloken.”

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
“Our sound came naturally from the first time we rehearsed actually, our first song was very bass driven and we wanted the bass to have a more significant role in both songwriting and sound production. So I adapted my guitar sound around this idea and the foundation of the bands sound was born.”

What kind of stuff are you and the rest of the band into? Who would you cite as influences?
“We are really into everything that sets something in motion within us. So naturally music but also movies, literature and life experiences like everyday conflicts and mishaps. But to be boring and namedrop some of the heavy rock bands we like, here we go: King Crimson, My Dying Bride, Opeth, Breach, Katatonia, Black Sabbath, Death, Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Marillion, Led Zeppelin, Kongh, Rush, Mayhem, Entombed  etc etc”

What can you tell us about your most recent album, ‘All Is Left To See’?
“‘All Is Left To See’ is an unconventional metal album that offers different types of heavy and some un-heavy songs. It is intended to be listen to as a whole and works on differents sets of emotions and works more like a soundtrack than an ordinary metal album. And even though it is a complete album on its own, it leaves you with a somewhat cliffhanger feeling which is intentional. We have clearly taken a risk in this kind of album in this moment-to-moment world, but patience will be a rewarded.”

How does your writing process normally work out? Will you meet up with song ideas pretty much fully formed beforehand, or do you tend to jam stuff out a bit more?
Most of the times we present pretty much a finished song structure and then we jam together the finished result so everyone can add their special something. But it has never been decided that it is “our” way. And I believe that you should not limit yourself too much in the creative process, we are open to anything.”

You’re about to hit the UK too. What can we expect from the Moloken live experience?
“”… an Opeth with balls”, “Cult of Luna on Speed”, “As if Gorguts met Isis for lunch and the two later casually partook in rough coitus” (actual review qoutes FYI)”

If you had to give three rules for tour survival, what would they be?
“Practice your material until you literally can do it in your sleep, pack lightly and expect nothing.”

What’s been your best moment as a band? And on the flipside, what’s been the worst thing to happen to you in music?
“One of the best moments was just recently when we played the release show for ‘All Is Left To See’, we played a local metal festival on a pretty big venue and it was totally packed with over 400 people in the crowd, so they had to close the door and many didn’t even get in. One of the worst moments was on our european tour in 2014 that we did with our good friends in Age Of Woe. Half way in the tour we arrived at the venue in Dredsen Germany which turned out to be yet another bad example of a squat. Litterally everything was bad and I remember that the first thing the promoter said was: “there will not be any people” followed by “we are not allowed to organize shows here”.”

What does the future have in store for Moloken?
“After this tour, we will finish up the new album which is the second part of the trilogy. The plan is to release it in first half of 2017. And since we really enjoy touring, hopefully this tour will give us more opportunities to play bigger and better tours.”

The full list of tour dates is as follows:
8/4 Leeds, The Chunk UK (Facebook Event Page)
9/4 Glasgow, The Garage UK * (Facebook Event Page)
10/4 Manchester, Sound Control UK * (Facebook Event Page)
11/4 London, Islington Assembly Hall UK * (Facebook Event Page)
12/4 Paris, La Gaite Lyrique FR *
13/4 Tourcoing, Le Grande Mix FR *
14/4 Roadburn Festival, Tilburg NED *
15/4 Hamburg, Bambi Galore DE
16/4 Karlskrona, Oden SE

* supporting Cult Of Luna

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