Extravaganza: Congratulations on the new
album! How do you see The Quiet Offspring when compared
to Green Carnation's past work?
like always, it's a little bit different for each
album. I think it's a natural progression from Blessing
In Disguise, but there are still some links and similarities
to Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness. I really think
that this album is more of an extension of the sound
we started to develop during and after Blessing In
Disguise, because before that we hadn't really played
as a live band, or done alot of shows at all. I've
been asked before why there was such a major change
between Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness and the past
two albums, and I think that both with both albums,
the sound grew out of our becoming a live band as
well, and not just a studio creation.
two albums following a definite musical and lyrical
idea, how much of a concept is The Quiet Offspring?
Tchort: There's not one. The Quiet Offspring doesn't really have
any sort of conceptual realization at all. The only thing that I could
say - and should say - is that The Quiet Offspring is very much a "band" album.
In the past, you had Light Of Day..., which was entirely written by me,
then we started to branch out with ideas of everyone in the band with Blessing....
This one has songs that I had nothing to do with the writing of, and I
think it's our most truly band-oriented album.
you think that Green Carnation is really as "groundbreaking" as
the press have been saying for the past years, or
is the band more an extension of the bands you listened
to in your formative years, like Pink Floyd and Deep
can see where it would sound like that, but I'm going
to let the truth out now. The fact is that I don't
listen to what you'd call "classic rock" at
all. The only time I ever remember listening to it
was when I lived with my father, between the ages
of twelve and fifteen. He was into bands like, you
know, Nazareth and Deep Purple, so I heard quite
alot of it around the house, of course. Once I started
finding my own music, though, I really jumped right
into the heavier things like Death, and Iron Maiden,
and alot of death metal. I still mostly listen to
death and black metal, and the other guys in the
band are in or have been in other bands as well,
so I think that Green Carnation is our chance to
stretch ourselves a bit.
been involved on and off with Green Carnation since
the beginning when you formed the band back in 1990.
Was there ever a time when you thought there might
not be another Green Carnation album, and what kept
the idea going through the years, even during your
involvement in Emperor?
Green Carnation started up in 1990, by the time I
had left the band in 1992 to do Emperor, we (Green
Carnation) had only done one demo previously. When
we came back together in late '98, we started putting
together ideas for our first full-length, which was
recorded in 1999, and released ten years after our
birth. Green Carnation has always been important
to everyone in the band, and that's why we decided
to reform. This was the first band for all of us.
We all learned to play, and write, and use our instruments
with Green Carnation. What happened was, we had five
guys, and thought it would be cool to start a band
together. We'd been friends since before we decided
to form a band, but we hadn't played instruments
before, so it really was like "Ok, you play
drums, I'll play guitar, you sing.". I think
that just knowing each other for that long, and being
with each other when we went through all the different
stages of learning our instruments, and layouts,
and how to put songs together makes Green Carnation
a very personal band for all of us. Even though we
move to other areas sometimes - like me with Blood
Red Throne and Carpathian Forest - we keep coming
back to Green Carnation because of what it represents
also very active in Carpathian Forest. How important
do you think it is for a musician to explore all
the different avenues of creativity? Could you ever
be in just one band?
Yeah, I know! Some people ask me if i have multiple
personalities, but I have to say that I am a Gemini,
so maybe that's got something to do with it. Most
people I know have their share of work with one band,
and they can't imagine how to have three bands, which
I have. For me, what happened is that I started in
music when I was really young, I had a big interest
in music, then it disappeared for a long time - close
to ten years - due to being in jail, plus losing
my daughter. Maybe it's like I'm trying to catch
up for the time I lost, and I have to try different
things all at the same time. I'm not sure why I have
three bands playing three very different styles,
but I think part of it, too, is that it keeps me
interested in what I'm doing. With three bands, I
have to learn to master different techniques in music,
learn other ways of doing layouts, and different
approaching the audience. I'm 30 now, and getting up and going to the rehearsal
room just isn't that fun, like it was back when I was 16 or 17. It's like
that for alot of people, so I'm not alone in this. I'd rather at this point
stay at home and write music there. Not that playing live isn't fun, because
it is. Your priorities just shift when you get older. And I'm happier when
I have something different musically to focus on. (Laughter) I'd go crazy
if I were in Megadeth, and wrote the same album every year, and never had
any other outlet.
to The Quiet Offspring. What can you tell me about
the song 'Purple Door, Pitch Black'?
one's one of Roger's songs, so I can't really speak
about the lyrics. I think it's something to do with
drugs. Now, Roger's not a drug addict at all, but
I think he has friends who might have problems. I
really don't know about the real idea behind the
words for the song, but I can tell you that 'Purple
Door, Pitch Black' is one of the few songs we haven't
played live yet. Alot of people have been saying
that's their favourite song on The Quiet Offspring,
though, so we may have to work that one out.
there tour plans in the works?
there's lots of things in the process of happening
right now. Just today, we got announced for the European
Prog-Power Festival, which is called Headliner. We're also going to Ireland,
the UK, and we would like to get over to America of course, since we've
never played there.
and I've never even been to America, so if we can,
it would be an experience for all of us, I'm sure.
in the US sees festivals like Ozzfest, and watches
Headbanger's Ball 2, and thinks that metal is popular
again, when really it never died. It does seem, though,
that fans in the US are more content to listen to
what the media tells them is cool, and that the underground
here is more for the fanatical metal fans. It seems
that in Europe, fans are more willing to try new
bands, and to listen to totally different styles
of music, instead of just focusing on one. Do you
think that maybe that's why a band like Green Carnation
or Tiamat can play shows to thousands over there,
but still struggle with recognition in the US?
hard for me to tell anything since I've never been
to the US, but from what I've been told, the underground
scene is nonexistant when you compare it to the one
in Europe. Dismember said in the early '90s they
were selling 120,000 CDs. Of those, 100,000 were
in America, and the rest were in Europe. Now it's
totally switched around the other way. Now there's
Dimmu Borgir and Satyricon who are doing major US
tours, and they're only selling around ten to twenty
thousand CDs, which tells me that the scene is pretty
stale. It's not that we don't want to be in that
position, though, of being able to do a major tour
like that. It comes down to that our first album
was never even released in the US, and if Season
Of Mist hadn't totally fucked that up, then we'd
be at the same level Satyricon is now in the US,
at least we'd have had the opportunity to. Blessing
In Disguise was in the stores two months before anyone
at Season Of Mist bothered to send out copies for
review to the media, or to set up interviews. Obviously,
no one wants to review an album that's been out for
that long, and the media only even knew the album
came out if they happened to be at a record store
and see it. We had a really good reaction in the
US to Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness, but with Blessing...
getting completely ignored, we're starting kind of
all over again with The Quiet Offspring.
RX: Maybe a Carpathian Forest/Green Carnation
tour! Then you could totally wear yourself out!
Tchort: (Laughter) Oh, no...I don't want
to even think about that! Right now, even today, I've had
a throat infection for the past five weeks, so I'm lucky
to be able to make it through this interview day!
metal scene, while growing larger here, is moving
to embrace genres it once avoided, like hardcore
and more radio-oriented styles. Is it the same in
Norway, or is the metal community there pretty closed
to whatever's going on in the US?
metal scene in Norway has always existed on it's
own. I think that's because Norway's always been
very good at being at the front of the others when
it comes to including new elements in the music.
People see Green Carnation as being a strange band
to come from Norway because they only think of black
metal when they think of Norway, and bands like Emperor,
Satyricon, and Immortal. What alot of people don't
notice is that there's a new wave of death metal
bands in Norway. There are also bands with electronic
music influencing their metal, and alot of new power
metal bands coming from Norway as well. The good
thing is that when these styles get popular again,
or whenever people start noticing them again, we'll
already have been doing them for a few years here!
RX: Totally! Thank you for your time,
and again, thanks very much for the music of Green Carnation.
you as well, it was a pleasure, and I hope we can
see you all on tour!