Interview: Exploding Head Syndrome

Interview about Exploding Head Syndrome, hardcore band from Norway.


Cheers Eirik, how are you? Make a short about the band, since when is it active?
Hi! I’m good, waiting for the album to finally drop out next week. The band started in 2010 in Oslo by me and Morten who are old friends. We had a complete band after a few months and played our first show in the fall of 2011.


You signed a deal with WormHoleDeath records to release your 3rd release under the name of ”World Crashes Down”. How the recordings went so far?
The recordings went well. We had done a pretty good job in pre-production, so we wouldn’t waste too much time in the studio. We recorded it over 3 weeks at MathLAb Studios in Montale- Italy. For the last week we rented a house with a pool and some of us brought our family and had a little vacation. We are very satisfied with the end product, we like the sound the producer, Jonny Mazzeo, who managed to create.


Tell me about ”World Crashes Down”: the sound, lyrical themes, cover artwork…?
The two previous releases have a more LO-Fi sound, and with ‚’World Crashes Down’’ we wanted to up the game and have a more  “punch in the face” type of sound. Our songs draw an inspiration from hardcore, punk and rock and we wanted a sound that combines these genres, We said to Jonny that we wanted a sound that was a mix between Comeback Kid’s Die Knowing and The Bronx. We think he nailed it.
Lyrically it’s basically about the same things our other releases are; about giving up or fighting on. Our bass player, Bjørnar, died last summer and that definitely played a part in the lyric writing process.
The artwork was made by a friend of ours, Therese Haaland, who also did the artwork for ‚’Disiples of Reason’’. We were supposed to go with a photo of the same motive, but ended up with this very cool drawing.

As mentioned, you have a 3rd release, there exist two others, what can you tell me about the previous ones?
Our first release was a self titled ’DIY’’ EP where the goal was to just get something out there. The sound is quite raw, and most of us had never recorded anything before but I think there are some good songs there. Our first full album, ‚’Disciples of Reason’’, was recorded at Observatoret studio in Oslo, Norway and released in 2013.

How do you describe your genre? After that, what do you consider to be the influences of the band?
We think of ourself as a hardcore/punk band. There’s definitely an element of rock ‘n’ roll in the riffing. Most of us listen to some hard rock and heavy metal, but punk is the genre that connects us. The influence comes from hardcore punk bands like Comeback Kid and Gallows, but we also draw from the ’90s punk scene with bands like NOFX, Rancid etc.

What about shows? Are you planning to tour soon to promote the new release?
We’re doing some shows in Norway in November, with the release party for the album on November 18th at Revolver in Oslo with our friends in Bokassa and Bits Between. We’ll resume touring over the new year, and hopefully play some festivals in the summer.


What do you think is the main goal that you have achieved so far until now?
We’ve supported or played festivals with a few bands we really like Satyricon, Turbonegro, Sham 69, Marky Ramone and Alcoholio Iglesias to name some. It’s mostly just about having fun.  The thing we’re most satisfied with right now is the new album. We feel we have better songs now, and that we found a good sound for us.

Is there anything else would you like to add about Exploding Head Syndrome?
Check out the music, and come see the shows if you like it!

Thank you for your time Eirik. All the best!
Thank you!

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