5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Barren Womb are a duo from Norway whose latest album is The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken. Tony Gonzahl introduces us to Barren Womb.
Give us a brief history of Barren Womb.
The two of us met and started jamming in Tromsø around 2003 and have played in various constellations together since then. Barren Womb was born in late 2011 out of a desire try something new and the duo format seemed like a fresh challenge. We've always worked well together and at this point we're as thick as thieves, so it's a really comfortable situation to be in.
Describe the songwriting and recording process for The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken.
We rarely bring finished songs into the rehearsal space. All the magic happens through jamming and working on the structures together, a very fun and spontaneous way to go about things.
When time comes to put something to tape, we show up well prepared and record everything live. It's a really raw, dogmatic process. The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken was recorded by our resident sound wizard Ole Spangrud (Mørkemakt, Neptune Surf Club), who's also done our last couple of releases. We mixed the album ourselves with some additional mixing by Juhani Silvola (Mala Fama, Sacred Harp, Highasakite).
How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?
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Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems from metal's past.
This week is a very special edition of Retro Recommendation. It's the Italian band Dark Quarterer's 1987 self-titled debut. The album was recommended by Cormorant frontman Arthur von Nagel, and Dan spoke with von Nagel about the album and how it influenced Cormorant's music. He was also able to interview Dark Quarterer vocalist/bassist Gianni Nepi, who gives the historical background of the record.
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In addition to his main gig as Sepultura's guitarist, Andreas Kisser is also part of the band De La Tierra, who released their debut album earlier this year. That was on the heels of 2013's Sepultura album The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart. I spoke with Kisser about the genesis of De La Tierra, Sepultura's U.S. tour plans, another solo album, his son following in his musical footsteps and other topics.
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(photo courtesy Roadrunner Records)