The Vintage Caravan: “Arrival” – Interview with Alex Örn

How would you describe your music to somebody who doesn’t know you? Would you use refernces to other forms such as graphics or movies?

It’s hard to describe really, how you see your own music varies a lot from what the listener will experience for himself. I would say it’s definitely a mix of old school rock music with a lot of more heavy, progressive, funky influences. The best would be for the person to listen and judge for themselves.

I think your influences vary from Black Sabbath to Doors to Opeth, from stoner rock to doom: anything else you’d like to put in the mix?

Well sure, we listen to a lot of progressive rock, funk, 80’s pop, electronic music, jazz and all kinds of other crap. I think in a way that all mixes together in a melting pot whether we realize it or not.

You come from Iceland: how is the Icelandic musical scene? Was it hard for you to get an international recognition?

Iceland has very vibrant, close music scene. A lot of great bands from various genres doing cool things both domestically and overseas. International attention has been increasing a lot in the Icelandic music scene and now it looks like foreign record companies are trying to catch every good Icelandic band left. We just kind of stumbled upon by meeting some good people who were very willing to help us. In the end that got us a in contact with Nuclear Blast among others.

“Crazy Horses” is a very good choice to launch the album, and the song is somehow more direct than the others on the album: do you think about how the listeners will get a hold of what you mean when you start working on new songs?

No not really, that’s actually the only song that was mostly put together in the studio and when we were finishing it we had so many longer, heavier songs we just wanted to do one song that was just really simple.

Your music is very much based on the atmosphere you create: can you tell us something about the writing and recording process? Is it connected with the mood you try to inspire?

Well yeah definitely, it’s all about the feeling we get when playing it that ultimately decides if we’ll keep it or not. For the new album the process was a lot about just bringing in a riff or something as a starting point then building around that. With recording we just decided to do it over a longer time period so we could experiment more in the studio. It was a very interesting process and very fun as well.

One of my favourite tracks on “Arrival” is “Babylon”, with all its mutations: can you tell us something more about it?

I think Babylon is kind of funny because it’s probably the heaviest track on the album. It’s been kind of surprising that this track stood out for so many people but I guess that’s kind of cool.

Another one of my favourites is the psychedelic “Winter Queen”, what can you tell us about it?

That was always meant to be an epic and It was one of the tracks with the most space for experimentation especially after we decided it to close the album, then we just went nuts in the end.

David Paul Seymour’s artwork is very effective: how did you get him involved in the project?

That was actually through Nuclear Blast, they have some experience with working with him before. But we are very happy with his artwork, especially because it’s very different from the previous album. It provides a good contrast between the two.

How important to you is to play live? Your music could be partially based on improvisation, so I would really look forward to seeing you play, yet it might be strange for you coming from a small country with – I suppose – little live activity…

It’s definitely one of the most important things for us and yeah we do like to improvise a lot. Actually Iceland has very much live activity and we have been very busy with touring for a while. We try to play as many shows as we can.

Any chance of seeing you play in Italy?

Yeah for sure, I think we will play Italy in either November or December so stay tuned. Thanks for the interview, hope to see you when we come to Italy! 🙂


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