ZeromancerLe 09/02/2010

interview du groupe norvégien Zeromancer réalisée par email à l'occasion de la prochaine sortie le 5 mars 2010 de leur nouvel album "The Death Of Romance".







Chronique de/French review of The Death Of Romance

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2° Your new album is entitled “The Death Of Romance”, why did you choose this tune?



KIM: I always start by a title. This goes for an album as well as for a single track. I had this title in mind even before Sinners International was released. When I have the words in mind then I kind of can picture how it will be in the end. I came across a survey done on how long it takes before romance is dead after you marry. The general time for how long the romance last is measured to be is 2 years 6 months and 25 days. It’s kind of a surrealist thing to measure but I found it extremely fascinating. I am btw getting married this summer. I have serious plans of not being one of these statistics

I also picture this to be our self titled album. I mean it’s basically the meaning behind Zeromancer. Our name is put together by Zero and Romance.

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3° Did you change something in your creating process for this album, or do you use the same “recipe”?

ALEX The making of “Sinners International” was such a huge inspiration to us. Finally we produced, recorded and mixed the album ourselves and we found the perfect way to work, both technically and creative. With “The Death of Romance” we continued and upgraded the workflow from Sinners and the result is fantastic. Better sounding, exiting, intense and a very personal album. I’m proud! With Dan and Lorry onboard we’ve worked as a band 24/7. All five giving the best we have and inspire each other all the way. We are family now……You can’t beat that!

KIM: Yeah Alex is right at the point here.

We continued what we did so well with Sinners. Alex has his own studio in Oslo and the rest of us is based here in Tønsberg. We have our own studio and this means we can be very productive and work at the same time. We have developed a great way of sharing workloads and be as effective as possible.

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4° Did you try some new technological stuff for this album?

ALEX: Everything was mixed on an ipad……..haha…no. Not anything that we haven’t used before. We always use the network a lot, cause my studio is in Oslo and the rest of the guys live an hour away.

KIM: Of course we try to upgrade the studiogear and for this album Alex bough some new very valuable preamps, especially for the recording of drums. It’s called the lunchbox. Fantastic design.

I have also gotten some old keyboards fixed. We love the vintage stuff like ancient synthesizers, tape delays and effect pedals. And finally we have found the perfect guy who can do all this necessary repairing. He is also the man behind some of the distorted sounds on the album. The reason being him as a manufacturer of some incredible effect pedals we love to use.

DAN: I always try to experiment with new sounds on the guitar, on The Death of Romance I think one of the combinations we used a lot was to send the guitarrig through

the classic Mini Moog. I think we did that on almost every solo on this album.

NORALF: Some of the percussion are done playing with my hands, then triggered. We simply love experimenting by fucking up acoustic sounds. I’m also using destroyed cymbals and putting them on top of each other getting cool noises as well.

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5° You create always some sweet or cold or dancing songs, don’t you ever want to have a really aggressive one?



KIM: I believe there is tons of aggression on this album. Just like it was on Sinners and on Eurotrash and Clone your lover. I feel having a song based on pure aggression from start to end has very little in common with our musical direction. Zeromancer is all about mixing the emotions we feel as persons. And most of the time we try to do it all in one track. That is what Zeromancer is all about. Creating different aspects of feelings by having several layers of dynamics into one single song. A track like Revengefuck which has a really aggressive beat backed by heavy guitarchunks and some nasty lyrics, is a good example. Instead of choosing a metal-like chorus with screaming and a non-melodic theme, we prefer going for balance and a more hooky refrain. I feel everything you do should be a reflection of your own thoughts and beliefs. Unless you want to perform a great big lie.

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6° You always use different levels of voices on your tracks, by mixing clean vocals and effects. What do you like in the mix of so many levels of voices?



ALEX: Kim and I always experiment with the vocals. It’s more exiting to mix between two different voices. Sometimes Kim’s voice works better than mine as a lead vocal in a chorus or a mid section. If that happens I’ll do the backing vocals instead. The mix of the two of us singing together makes that effect you are talking about.

KIM: Almost every track on this album has many of what has become the Zeromancer signature. Alex’s and my own vocals intertwined, often in harmonies. We really feel we complement each other.

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7° To know a little bit more about your inspiration may you tell us some words about these songs (how did you create the music, source of inspiration, what do the lyrics deal with, recording…):



- The Hate Alphabet



KIM: This started off with Lorry and me at an aftershow party in Hannover. They were playing these really aggressive tunes on the dancefloor and people were going mad. This inspired us to start off a programmed beat that later turned into The Hate Alphabet.

The lyrics are influenced by my favourite author, James Ellroy.



- The Death Of Romance



KIM: This was along with Virgin Ring the first track written for the album. Like I said I had the title in mind way before and I thought this to be the sort of anthem for the album. Much like the title track was for the previous album, Sinners International. To give the song the massive feel we added different types of strings to it. Then we used lots of the old string keyboards we have. Like the Roland strings, The Omni and the VP 330. I also find the track with the lyrics and all to be not that pessimistic as you might think it’d be.



- The Pygmalion Effect



KIM: A lot of the guitars on this track is actually kept from the demos. We found very early on in the process that this one was all about getting the right atmosphere. So we didn’t wanna ruin the initial feeling we got when recording it. It’s driven by the monotonous bassriff and accompanied by the offbeat clean guitars. I’m very fond of the way the chorus hits you by surprise. Plus the fact that there is so much going on underneath the track. The Marilyn Monroe sample, The sound of the old arcade game, Sinistar and the distorted sound of a guy who gets his parachute caught up in the airplane he’s jumping from.

Definitely one of my favourite tracks on the album.



- Murder Sound



KIM: This is for me the perfect statement as us being an industrial rock band. And not just an electronic act which is hiding behind distorted vocals and programmed beats. For Zeromancer it is of great importance that we always thrive to blend machinery with the organic feel. That is our big goal as a band to get it all right and to make it feel natural. The challenge of Murder Sound was to tie the verses which are based on the programmed basses with the choruses which hardly have any programmed elements at all.

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8° Where did you recorded the album? Why did you choose this place?



KIM: We have recorded everything on this album ourselves. We are actually all five of us capable of engineering and has done so with many other acts before. We have two studios that we run ourselves. It’s Room 13 in Oslo and The Oval Room in Tønsberg. We record mainly all demos, overdubs and fuck up stuff plus my vocals in The Oval Room. All the main stuff like drums, bass, proper guitars and Alex’s own vocals get done at Room 13.

In both environments we have total control and no hassle thinking time is running and that we are spending lots of money.

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9° A special remembrance about the recording time?



ALEX: One early morning during the guitar recording a friend of ours, producer John Fryer popped by the studio. He said he wanted to mix a track on the album. We said….”Hell yeah!!” We had this song called “Mint” and we wanted it to be a little different sounding than the rest of the album. I wanted someone else to mix that song and when John said he wanted to mix a track for us, it felt like he was sent from heaven…ehh…I mean hell

KIM: In general though this has been a very strange experience. Everything has felt right this time. You always end up having a lot of difficulties during composing, recording and mix. I must say this has been the easiest of all times. Strangely enough with only 8 months on our hands. However it felt like it was all meant to be.

NORALF: I almost freaked out, going to the studio to track the drums for all these songs, I wasn’t sure I had rehearsed them enough. But I was in great shape at the time, and Alex as an experienced engineer who knows me very well, made the session and my performance in the studio better really great. I was kind of scared in the beginning, but in the end, now I’m just proud of the work.

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10° Will you shoot a video clip? For which track?



ALEX: We had a meeting today and it looks like we are doing a video.

KIM: Yeah we are teaming up with the same director who did the Doppelgänger I love you video. It will be a two-day-shoot and we have picked Industrypeople as the track for it.

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11° A word you would like to add?



KIM: I really hope we will come to France on The Death of Romance tour. We also feel this time that we should try to get more dates in France and not just Paris since there is something unusual and special between Zeromancer and the French audience.

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