at: 17th, March 2015
The first thing that comes to my mind when I read your
bandname is the "Grizzlman" film by Werner Herzog.
Is there any kind of associartion with this? And how much
the whole concept was an inspiration for your music and
trying to go for a bandname that could represent our music
both artistically and thematically, we broke down all our
thoughts into basic emotions, where we wanted to express the
deep raw form of something primal yet not let go of what
makes us human. In that sense the name
"Grizzlyman" became something that we easily could
embrace through our music, our lyrics and our seperate ways
of thinking of the music we create.
base a part of our lyrics on the concepts of Richard Adams
and Stephen King, but also from different animal worshipping
cultures, myths and the human wish and longing of nature and
desolation. On our first release we made an introduction to
the bear god Shardik, but on our new songs we try to evovle
on that concept and expand the lyrical theme. Musically we
are inspired by a wide range of music ranging from
post-metal, sludge, doom, hardcore and death metal.
Have you as a band developed and aesthetic that is uniquely
yours? How have you developed a sound that is all yours?
What influences have been the most important to you guys?
are definitely not unique, but we try to build from
different styles and genres that we love and try to mix it
all into something we as individuals would like to listen
to. When we write music we usually try to convey a specific
feeling and create something from that. Sometimes the
smallest things and nuances have the biggest impact on the
final outcome. We often know what feeling we're looking for,
even if we don't know the way, but then together we try to
envision it as a whole. We later add the vocals as another
instrument rather than expressing a lyrical theme. But with
that said, lyrically we try to expand on that feeling and
also use the correlation between animals and humans and use
our vocal differences portraying human despair and the raw
force of nature.
an early stage we decided to use a baritone guitar to expand
the dynamic. We already tuned down pretty low so it wasn't a
far stretch. And the use of two guitar amps really added to
the feeling we were going for and helped to build layers and
create a massive tone. We're really a bass and drums driven
band where the guitar works as a bass usually would, filling
out the basslines and following the drum rythms.
of us come from different musical backgrounds. Davis
(guitar) and Joel (bass) played together in the hardcore
outfit Damage for about 2 years before forming Grizzlyman.
And before that Joel played in the local death/prog acts 12
Gauge Dead and Prowess. Those backgrounds really are a
starting point for us and we just keep adding onto that with
influences ranging from bands like Cult of Luna, ISIS,
Neurosis to the whole Savannah scene with bands like Kylesa,
Baroness, Mastodon and Circle Takes The Square. But also
playing with other bands make an impact on the musical
outcome. Some influences are actually taken form listening
to electronic music, the repetition and dynamic is a huge
influence when we make the foundation of our music.
When you work in the studio what kind of process do you go
through? Do you come in all prepared or do you impovise?
write the songs first, it's easier that way and saves a lot
of time. But when recording you might notice things you
didn't hear before that need to be changed or added. Like
the guitarpart in the intro of "Last King" were
written differently but when recorded we noticed that the
guitar didn't quite fit with the bassline so we erased it
and improvised the new part that's on the cassette.
Your first and only record so far is your demo tape, which
is in my opinion a very good looking production, with a fine
and decent presentation. Are you satisfied with the work
made for your label?
you, we put a lot of thought and work into it and we're
really happy with the outcome of the tape. Soundwise we had
an idea of what we were going for. But when we had recorded
everything and listened through it for about a week we
decided that we weren't happy with the over all guitar
sound. So we decided to take the time and re-enter the
studio and record everything all over again until we were
happy. In the end it was all worth it, because now we can
say that we are proud of everything we did and we have
learned a lot from the process.
One of my fave areas in art work. In my opinion bad art work
can't kill great record but great art work can make a half
decent record seem so much better? What are your opinions on
is definitely true. Art can be an extension of the music and
an extra level to the message of an album. Davis, our
guitarplayer, did the art work and layout for the cassette.
He mostly works for local bands and draw merch art and album
covers or make and sell art prints. For this release we
wanted something that represented the concept we're going
for, the human animal. So he mixed the jaws from a bear with
a human skull giving it the aestethics of a manlike creature
breathing the force of nature.
How much of a DIY scene is there still left around the world
that can support you if you want to tour or release an album
on your own?
pretty huge actually, we've been contacted by other bands in
Europe and even fans that want to help us book shows. There
are a lot of amazing men and women aorund the world helping
bands and each other booking shows and releasing merch just
because of the love of it. That's one of the reasons why we
love both the hardcore and sludge scenes, everyone's looking
out for eachother. There's already too much elitism and
profit thinking in this world today, we don't need it in the
scene where we just want to do what we love. So go to shows
and support the bands you like, buy their merch so they can
print more and continue keeping the fire alive. Friendship
over economical interests.
when recording and making our demo tape we wanted to use the
help of people we knew and small independent labels. So when
Pelle from Ljudkassett contacted us we felt that it was
exactly what we were looking for. Working with them was
great and they helped us get in contact with Richard of
Tartarus Tapes from the Netherlands who did a stunning job,
handprinting everything. Which gave a certain beauty to the
When you're a band on demo level what ways are there to
spread the word on the band?
actually a lot you can do and everything comes from hard
work. What we have learned is that it helps to have a
concept, or a certain approach and goal to your music.
Whether it's a sound, a lyrical theme or a whole stage show.
Reach out to other bands and venues and ask them if you can
join them on show or if they know some place you could
contact. Be patient and humble. Give favours and ask for
them, the contacts you make now might be able to help you
out in the future. Play a lot and get your faces out there,
use the tools of facebook, bandcamp or youtube to help
promote what you're doing.
How tough is it to be a Swedish death metal band today? Do
you feel that you get extra attention just because you are
pretty hard because there are so many great bands hailing
from Sweden these days. But we don't think that we get any
extra attention just because we're from Sweden, but that
might be because we're living here and most of the attention
we get are from the local scene.
How does your metal fit in with the rest of the Swedish
well actually, guessing it's because of our mix of different
genre's we fit in with the bill pretty well. There's a rise
of sludge influenced bands right now in Sweden which is
really nice. We've played with a lot of different bands
ranging from doom, death and stoner to dark hardcore and
crust. We seem to have the same kind of audience.
How much time do you spend on the band both physically but
also mentally each day? Is it worth all the time and effort
in the end? What do you want with the band?
really depends on the day, all of us have full time jobs and
families. In some ways when you listen to good music the
mind wanders back to Grizzlyman, taking mental notes of
riffs, layouts of songs, vocal melodies etc. Physically, we
spend as much time as we feel we can fit in with the rest of
our daily lives. Sometimes we meet a couple of days a week,
sometimes it might take two to three weeks becuase we are
swamped at work.
main goal with the band have always been personal
development as musicians and the creative process of making
something musical and emotional. To see what we can do as a
band and to always push ourselves to find new ways. Playing
together is a great way to unwind and distance ourselves
from the hectic outside world. In the end it is always worth
it. Without the musical outlet we would probably go insane.
Grizzlyman has some experiences in performing live... so
could you please share with us some memorable shows the band
actually only played about six shows with this band so far,
but we've had the opportunity to play with some great bands
and met some amazing people including Riwen, Ocean Chief,
Rising and canadian Zaum. One of our first shows was with
swedish doom veterans Switchblade which was huge for us. At
the time nobody knew who Grizzlyman was and a small hype
began that there were members of Ghost who've started a side
project, since there was no information of us online and we
come from the same town as the nameless ghouls. And that we
didn't use lights on stage unintentionally helped with the
rumours. After that almost every show we've played have been
with our friends Siberian who are another dark sludge band
from Linköping who recently released their first album
around the same time we released our tape. With our next
album we hope to spend more time on the road and collect
more stories to tell.
you for the opportunity to reach out to more people and for
doing this interview with us.
out the independent labels Ljudkassett, Tartarus and
Gaphals. And keep an eye out for our friends in Siberian,
Zaum, This Gift Is A Curse, the Moth, Ocean Chief, Maim, the
Great Dischord, PG.LOST, Seeds In Barren Fields and Dead
Gorthaur and Pain Fucktory!