With each member of the band involved in several projects at any time, how does any material get created? Do you send things between yourselves or carve out time for jamming and finding the time to create music together?
We do a lot of demoing of ideas/songs throughout the entire writing process, from initial idea to (sometimes) several iterations of a song being played as a full band. That way we can send files back and forth and always have a point of reference to talk about any changes or edits without physically being in the same place. This method arose out of the 4 of us being in different geographical locations, but I think at this point even if we lived in the same city we’d still go about it this way. It cuts out a lot of time dicking around in the rehearsal room, which is key due to the hectic schedules we all currently keep.
As a term music journalists like to throw around (sometimes seriously), how much weight do you put behind the term “Entombedcore”?
I personally don’t get the fascination people have with inventing micro-genres, but one time I saw Entombed play with Crowbar somewhere in Connecticut… So Uffe breaks a string in the middle of a song and he looks absolutely irate about it. He walks over to his guitar tech and gets his backup guitar. He goes back over to his spot on the stage and is about to start playing again, but then stops and goes back to his tech and snatches the lit cigarette out of his mouth and starts furiously smoking it before he starts playing again. I’ve never seen someone so mad before. It was great. Years later Bloodhorse did a few shows with Disfear and Uffe was furiously drinking black coffee the entire time. That dude rules and is one of my favorite guitar players. So I guess to answer your question there are a lot worse things people could call a band than “Entombedcore,” but I think all those types of “sub-genre” names are silly.
What is most apparent when touring Europe and the UK, in terms of the difference in crowds and atmosphere, as well as promoters and venues?
At the time of answering this, we haven’t left for this Euro/UK trip yet so I can’t really speculate on differences in atmosphere and venues for APMD, but the preparation and coordination with promoters has been great. When you’re dealing with work visas and coordinating travel accommodations, etc. everything is done far in advance and is all above board, so it’s a nice change to know the ins and outs of everything you’re doing for that entire day as opposed to rolling up to a bar within a 2-4 hour window and loading in whenever someone who works there finally shows up with a key. I’ve always had very positive experiences with previous bands playing in both the UK and Europe, so I’m excited to come back with be able to do this with APMD.
How do you know when you are writing material that it would be best suited for APMD, as opposed to Converge/The Hope Conspiracy/Bloodhorse?
Well the main songwriters for both Converge and Hope Conspiracy aren’t in APMD, which makes that somewhat of a non-issue. And the difference between Bloodhorse and APMD is wide enough that I wouldn’t say there’s ever much of an question differentiating which band a riff sort of “belongs” to. There’s a tonality that each band gravitates towards that we’re all aware of, so it’s not really something that presents itself as a problem. We are very much the sum of our parts, and we feel comfortable with what this band is. When we get together to work on new material, what comes out is pretty natural. There’s never any discussion about something being to close to something else.
Could you pick some of the best of the bunch from Southern Lord Recordings roster just now, and why they are worthy of your words?
I am a huge Burning Love fan. I generally like everything Chris Colohan has done but that band sort of ticks all the boxes for me. Awesome live and real good dudes which is always a plus. Martyrdod and Wolfbrigade have both logged a lot of hours in my headphones as well. Those are the three have been in rotation for me as of late. And then of course Earth, High On Fire, Goatsnake, Sunn O))), Poison Idea… that sort of goes without saying. It’s all very good company to be in.
When will we hear new music?
That I do not know. There are some new things in the works material wise but there’s nothing planned out for when or on what that material will live. Life’s been pretty busy for all of us in the past couple of years. With preparing for these shows we’ve seemed to have brought some focus back to the band, so I’m hopeful that will continue and that life allows us the time to do it because we all love playing together and have an incredible amount of fun doing this.