The new release by Snailking, “Storm“, took me literally by storm. I got the chance to have a quick chat with guitarist, Pontus, from the band and we talked all things Snailking.
Congratulations on the release of your amazing debut album, Storm. How are you today?
Thank you! I’m fine.
Can you please tell our readers how did Snailking come into being?
Our bass-player Frans and I are childhood friends and we have always shared an interest in music. So one day we decided to form a band together, we liked the same heavy music and started Snailking along with another friend of ours who joined in on drums. After two years of rehearsing for ourselves we decided to part ways with the drummer as we had differences in which direction we wanted to take. We found Jonas shortly thereafter through an ad we had placed on the internet. There was already a couple of songs written when Jonas joined the band, but we started re-arranging them together. Then we recorded the whole thing in his home studio over a weekend and put it up for free on Bandcamp. That’s pretty much it.
How long did it take to make Storm?
About a year to write it and almost six months to record and produce the thing ourselves. We’re all spread out through the southern parts of Sweden as we all live in different cities nowadays. It is 250km just between me and Jonas, so there were a lot of driving between us and working only on weekends. As for songwriting, we’ve always been firm believers in that writing music isn’t something you do on a schedule; it takes time. So we give the song writing all the time we feel it should take.
Let’s do a quick track by track if you don’t mind, tell us about “Storm”.
Storm for me is a very metaphorical album, it can mean anything and from a lyrical standpoint it’s meant to be interpreted in any way the listener want. I tend to write from own experiences, so a lot of the lyrics are very personal to me. Whilst writing for Storm I was going through a depression caused by too much stress at work. I ended up being on sick leave for almost four months from work and wasn’t naturally feeling the best at that time. If you ask the other members I’m sure they’d say it means something else to them. That’s why we chose the Storm title, it can mean many things and it isn’t meant to be straight forward.
It’d be weird of me not to think this is our best effort yet and I know everybody say their latest work is their greatest. But I think we’ve written an album as band more than we did on Samsara where a lot of the songs were already written before the three of us were a band. We all put our heart and souls into this one and I hope that comes across to the listener. I’m also really satisfied with the production, Jonas gave it a lot of time and he’s been putting in countless of hours into making it sound the way it does. Hat’s off to him!
What are your musical influences?
This totally depends on who in the band would answer this question, but speaking for myself on this one I really like the following bands in no particular order; Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Neurosis, Pink Floyd, Sleep, Ufomammut, and YOB.
What has been your favorite country you have performed in?
Germany. We had a really great show back in April 2013 at the Droneburg Festival in Hamburg and still today we think that’s the best performance and reaction from the crowd we’ve had so far.
What are some of your pet peeves while out on the road?
There’s too much punk stew everywhere. Don’t get me wrong I love that you get food at places you play but a lot of places put very little effort into the food you get. The last thing I want to eat before a gig is a tomato sauce with all the spices you can get ahold of. As if my nerves before a show aren’t giving me enough stomach trouble. On the last tour though we were served great food every night though.
What are the top 5 artists or albums you are listening to now?
I’m trying to catch up with the latest of releases of 2014 at the moment so this is what I listen to the most at the moment.
Earth – Primitive and Deadly
Indian – From All Purity (Totally have potential of “best album of 2014” in my opinion!)
Ocean Chief – Universums Härd
Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend
What does the rest of 2014 and 2015 hold for Snailking?
We’re planning a tour in winter of 2014-2015, nothing is set yet but we’ll keep everyone posted about the plans as soon as they materialize into show dates.
Thank you so much for taking time to do this interview. In closing, do you have any parting comments for the Snailking fans out there, and where on social media can we find you?
No problem. We decided early on not to have a home page, we just feel that it’s outdated nowadays most people use social media anyway. People can always find the latest news on us at our Facebook site.
We would like to send out a big thank you to all our fans. We are very humbled by all the support we’ve been getting and we hope to see you on the road soon!