All done! Hope you like it and realise that there are
some not particularly sensible answers among them. All questions answered by
Ian. This write Ian from My Silent Wake that you should try to listen to.
This was done in the end of September 2010.
-MSW started in 2005 after the split up of Ashen Mortality. We recorded our
debut album the same year, followed by a double album the year after. Since
the start we have released 3 full albums and a split album with The Drowning
and our new album IV Et Lux Perpetua is released next month.
Please tell me a little about every member, age, family,
work, interests and
something bad about every one?
-I am Ian. Other members are: Kate, Andi, Jasen, Steve and Tank. I cannot
reveal our ages! We have a variety of jobs outside of the band - mine being
a train driver. No one has any major personality flaws.
I compare you to the old group Amebix?Comment
-I saw that in your review. Thanks for the review by the way. Although I
know the name, I can't recall any songs - must check them out.
Is there any other bands youīre being compared with?
- Often My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, but this is mainly down to
journalists knowing bugger all about doom.
Do you care about reviews?
-Of course I do. I have learnt to take the rough with the smooth, and not
take one person's opinion too seriously, but a nice review can be very
Which is the most peculiar review you ever have got?
-One that said our music was extremely depressive. Although we deal with
depression and some similar subjects, I tend to find our music more
comforting than anything.
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Death/doom (counts as one word) gothic (a much misused term but still
useful) folk. Another way of answering this would be: Melancholic,
thoughtful and honest. See how I cheated there.
How is it to live in your homecountry?
-Still good, even though some things have become more difficult for many due
to the economic problems.
What about the government?
-It is a little bit new to be able to tell, but I think they are maybe going
too hard on the cuts right now. Never been keen on Conservative government
Do you think that music and politics goes hand in hand?
What do you sing about?
-It can do, like music and religion can, but it can be a very bad thing as
well. I think anything that is sung in an honest, poetic way and is not too
overbearing can be good. It is important to retain the entertainment
element. We sing about all manner of nonsense.
Best political band?
-I suppose Warrior Soul and Rage Against The Machine.
Is there any good bands in your homecountry now?
-Esoteric, MDB, Paradise Lost, Crowned in Earth, Khthon, The Prophecy, Tor
Marrock, The Drowning, Attrition, Anathema, Hawkwind, The Damned,
iLikeTrains, Editors, Pure reason revolution, Witchsorrow, Doves...
there's a few for you, but there are many, many more!
What do you know about Sweden?
-It is a Scandinavian country which I have never visited, but would love to.
Have you heard any good swedish bands?
-Of course. Candlemass is one for a start.
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a
lifestyle? Or is punk nothing you can relate to?
-Definitely something I can relate to. I think true punk goes beyond the
musical style and embraces a whole way of doing things. I grew up being into
metal and at the time, there was less crossover, but I appreciate punk much
more nowadays and I hate the way music is so over-polished these days. We
always had to scrape by on a shoestring budget with all the bands I have
been a part of and do a lot of things ourselves.
Please rank your five favourite records, five favourite
concerts and five most important things in life?
- Tubular Bells, Zep IV, Dead Can Dance - Aion, Marillion - Fugazi, Trouble
- Trouble. Off the top of my head. Difficult decision to make. Probably the
five best gigs were: Sabbath, Hawkwind, Bauhaus, Brendan Perry and Leonard
Cohen. Most important things: Family, friends, love, hope and food!
First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-First: Adam and The Ants 7" Stand and Deliver. Last: (one of the most
recent anyway) Blue Oyster Cult comp. Most expensive was a Tubular Bells box
Most embarrassing record in your collection?
-I like all my albums and don't consider anything embarrassing!
How much do a band like My Silent Wake sell?
-Not very much. Between about 600 - 1300 of each album at a rough guess plus
Which type of people comes tou your concert?
-People who have nothing better to do. Sometimes not many, and occasionally
lots of nice enthusiastic people.
Is it many interviews? Is it boring?
-No - not many at all - it can be quite entertaining!
Which is the question you never get, please ask it and
-Trivial pet hate - pop music.
Is it any chance to see you in Sweden soon? Or anytime?
-Ok go on then.
Where is the best place to play?
-It would probably be Sweden.
How is a good gig with you? And which is the biggest band
which you have played with as a support act? And which is the biggest band
which have been support act to you?
-We have played with our friends Attrition. We have played gigs with big
bands at festivals. Probably Virgin Black would be the biggest. I don't
think anyone big has supported us.
The name where does it comes from?(yeah itīs a boring
question but itīs
-It comes from my imagination.
What shall we do about all rascists?
-Hope they become more enlightened and think things through better.
The best band in musichistory?
The most important song?
-The Birdie Song
Futureplans for the band?
-World domination or just to play a few gigs and record a few odd albums.
-To survive and be relatively content.
-Don't be fake.
Something to add?