INTERVIEW: SWEDISH ALTERNATIVE METALCORE OUTFIT “IMMINENCE” ON UPCOMING RECORD “TURN THE LIGHT ON” AND TOUR.
SICK AND SOUND is pleased to present to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with IMMINENCE alternative metalcore outfit hailing from Sweden currently signed to Arising Empire and SharpTone Records.
The band is fronted by vocalist and violinist Eddie Berg and guitarist Harald Barrett – who are also the founders – drummer Peter Hanström and bass player Christian Höijer. This fabulous outfit has been knocking around for a few years now since they formed in Trelleborg, becoming one over the years, one of the most promising acts in Europe.
After a few EPs, IMMINENCE debuted with first full-length I released in 2014, followed up by This Is Goodbye released in 2017 and they are now dropping third album TURN THE LIGHT ON on May 3rdth 2019 via Arising Empire and SharpTone Records.
We had a chance to have a chat with Harald Barrett guitarist for IMMINENCE who took some time out of his schedule to sit down and talk with us about their forthcoming record and tour.
- Hello guys, it’s a massive pleasure to have you here. We typically start off with a question to get to know the band a little better. Tell us a little about how IMMINENCE originally formed and how you got into music in the first place.
Imminence is actually the first serious band that me and Eddie, being the founding members, were involved in. We grew up together and had played in many different constellations of bands throughout our teenage years, and Imminence started off exactly like one of these garage bands projects. None of us had any experience or understanding of what it meant to actually get a band going or doing music professionally, so believe me when I say that we’ve really built this band from the very bottom.
Music has always been very important for me. It’s been an emotional outlet ever since I was a child, but I never really considered learning an instrument until I was 15, when I found the more alternative styles and discovered heavier music. I’m a self taught guitarist and started to really explore music and ways to express myself through my own playing and writing, starting without any sort of musical knowledge, which I really can thank the band for.
- Your sound is truly unique starting from your mesmerizing violin, layered atmospheres, melodic and symphonic, piano and so many elements that create rich textures and a highly memorable kind of metalcore. So what sets your sound apart from some of your contemporaries in the genre?
Going in to detail, I think your description is getting quite close to defining our sound. It’s really important for us to approach a song in our own way and not trying to imitate someone else. In general, I think that we’re looking for big emotive themes and a lot of richness and width in our sound, however, there’s a distinct difference in music that is soulful and music that contains good ideas. The most important thing for us is not how something sounds, rather how it feels. If it doesn’t speak to us on a deep emotional level, it’s not an Imminence song.
- Let’s talk about your songwriting. What’s been the creative process when you guys sat down and wrote your new album TURN THE LIGHT ON and what were your biggest challenges as musicians?
Starting off from where the last album, THIS IS GOODBYE, ended, we found ourselves at a point where we didn’t really know where to go. The last album was a huge change in sound and musical approach in comparison to our previous material, and the road laid completely open from there. We tried to look inside of ourselves and wanted to find out what really defines our very own sound. I think that we tend to be quite diverse in our song writing and love to write songs with different approach and character. The real challenge comes when you still want to put your own trademark on it, even though the songs character changes drastically. We went over so much material and were writing fearlessly. If a song didn’t feel like us, it didn’t make it to the final drafts.
- In what measure has your sound changed since your earlier materials and how much have you progressed as musicians and individuals through music?
If someone has gone through our entire discography from front to back, I’m pretty sure you’d think ”wow, these guys must really have gone through a huge identity crisis”. We always wanted to be bold as song writers, fearing no boundaries or limitations, and breaking down the previous album to the ground in order to build up something new. This time, it was about applying the sincerity and rawness from our earlier material with the wider musical spectra we explored with the last album. We were looking for a more organic approach, where the focus of the music was more about the core instruments. We wanted the listener to really feel the expression of each instrument, and were pushing the influence of these components to really give the sensation of us playing the music.
- Singles Infectious and Paralyzed have been released to introduce the record. Let’s briefly talk about the songs.
Infectious was the first song that was written for the new album. It was one of those songs where you just knew. It was spot on and perfectly captured what we wanted to say and exactly the feeling we wanted to express. Most importantly, Infectious sounded like us, and didn’t remind us of anything else. Paralyzed opened a door that had stayed closed for quite some time. I remember that we started of writing the song and having the feeling that we were holding back, meaning that the song didn’t really work out. Daring to go fully in to the heavier approach again was a very liberating feeling, and suddenly, downtuned guitars and screaming was back on the table. The song took this unexpected turn, and we wanted to show people that we still can do whatever we want.
- You have a tour kicking off in Germany on April 26th 2019 upon the release of Turn The Light On including Impericon Festival. How do you prepare for this tour and what gets you amped up?
We decided to go on our very own headline tour in December 2018, and had a really fantastic experience. Aside from premiering the new songs live for the very first time, we’re excited to give something new to the crowd. I think there’s always a challenge to head out on a new tour and give something more to people that have seen you live before. Having these very carefully selected album release shows to make use of this opportunity is so exciting, and this April, we’re planning something very special indeed.
- What else can we expect from Imminence in 2019 or anything you wish to add for our readers?
We have some exciting plans for touring that I’d love to share with you, but unfortunately it’s all confidential right now. Let’s just say that it looks like we’ll be traveling quite a bit this year!
Thank you for your time Harald, we wish nothing but the best for your upcoming record and will keep on supporting Imminence into Europe and US!
Imminence Turn The Light On release tour dates:
26.04 Frankfurt, Zoom, Germany
27.04 München, Impericon Festival, Germany
28.04 Bochum, Rotunde,Germany
01.05 Göteborg, Metal City Festival, Sweden
03.05 Berlin, Musik & Frieden, Germany
04.05 Leipzig, Neues Schauspiel, Germany
05.05 Köln, Helios 37, Germany
For all articles and reviews available on SICK AND SOUND for IMMINENCE please check out:
For all interviews available on SICK AND SOUND please check out:
For all reviews and articles available on SICK AND SOUND for new albums, please check out:
For all reviews and articles available on SICK AND SOUND for concerts, please check out: