„Neptune im Interview“

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Heute haben wir Anders Olsson von der schwedischen Melodic-Metal Band „Neptune“ im Interview. Per eMail sendeten wir unsere Fragen ins schwedische Königreich und seine Antworten lest ihr in diesem Artikel!

„Metal and Me“:
Hello! Hope you are doing well. How have you spent your time under Covid 19 so far?

„Anders Olsson“:
It started with us having to cancel a couple of concerts, which was boring. However, we had already started recording our new record, so we made sure to use the time to complete it as many other bands seem to have done during this lock down.

„Metal and Me“:
If you could privately go to a concert in this, sorry for the expression, shitty corona year, which one would it be?

„Anders Olsson“:
It’s a difficult question, I really want to go to festivals and see many bands. But if I can only choose one, it will be with Judas Priest. And if we could warm up the stage for them, that would have been a dream come through.

„Metal and Me“:
How important is social media to you at the moment?  Do you often check how your Fans and Friends are doing?

„Anders Olsson“:
Social media is very important today and has become one of the most important tools for reaching out to new as well as old fans. We in the band are probably a little different there, but overall, I dare say that we probably check it at least once a day, probably more. Thanks to having it in your pocket, it is very easily accessible, perhaps too easily accessible.

„Metal and Me“:
Are you planning a concert via livestream? Perhaps a Release Party for Northern Steel?

„Anders Olsson“:
We are planning some type of release party for the album Northern Steel. Although it is possible to play for a limited number of people, it is not really so we want to play our new songs for the first time. Many venues with a combined restaurant have restrictions which means that as soon as we open the guitar case, they have to empty the restaurant of people down to 50 people. In short, we will do something on 6/11, but what we do not reveal yet.

„Metal and Me“:
Do you have your favorite song on your new record?

„Anders Olsson“:
Ohh, yes but it changes a bit during the day and in what mode I am in. All singles are close to me but one song that has grown on me is Ruler of the sea. It has a lot of what I myself listened to in the 80’s.

„Metal and Me“:
What inspired you, for example with Angels or Viking Stone?

„Tosh Ason“:
Tosh Ason replays; Viking Stone began to be built from the guitar riff that came out of nowhere. Sometimes it just happens. It became a solid foundation for us, to build something heavy and powerful on, like a Viking stone. The little child learns from the elderly, grows up and carries on our Viking traditions. 

„Row Alex“:
Over to Row Alex regarding the song Angels .. Many times, in life you go through tough periods that feel invincible. You fight with yourself not to lose your grip. Anger wants to take over and you sometimes choose the wrong path. But suddenly everything turns around and you get help from somewhere without a logical explanation. Something we all have different theories about. In my case, it’s Angels. The music is inspired by all the years of 80’s music that you listened to, where guitar accompaniment in the song’s verse was the start for Angels.

„Metal and Me“:
Are there any plans to tour Europe?

„Anders Olsson“:
Nothing has been booked yet, although discussions are underway right now. Thanks to the fact that the entire tour schedule for 2020 has now been moved to 2021, many festivals are already fully booked. With that said, if all can open up again after this pandemic, we really hope we can do some gigs on European soil next summer.

„Metal and Me“:
Is Heavy Metal also a means for you to switch off everything in this hectic world, to pause and just listen?

„Anders Olsson“:
That’s partly true for me, it’s hard to turn it off, especially now that we’re releasing a new album. But in these pandemic times, even if we are not on lock down here in Sweden, you are not out as much as before, which for me means that I shut myself in and write music instead. I may not sit and listen 100% to music but I always have music on in the background when I sit and work… as long as I do not write music.

„Metal and Me“:
A question apart from music: do you like football?  If so, which team?

„Anders Olsson“:
I asked the band the question and got silence and a smile back. We just realized that we do not have much time left for sports strangely enough. I got some sporadic answers like AIK, which is a team from Stockholm and Row who has been a lot in South America has an extra big heart for Brazil. In addition to that, we have more to learn when touring in Europe I assume.

„Metal and Me“:
A few words to your Fans out there in Sweden, Germany and all the Others in the World?

„Anders Olsson“:
First of all, we hope that everyone is fine out there and has managed to get you out of Corona. The album can already be pre-ordered, both from our website and our distributor who delivers in large parts of the world. We also hope that our record will be appreciated. We have really tried to write an album that you want to listen to from start to finish. Can also mention that we have a somewhat hidden message on the disc, if you manage to solve it, you will be taken on to unknown places on the internet. It’s our way of making the album cover itself grow beyond its physical size and only those who buy the CD or vinyl can access it. Once again, we really hope to see out there on a festival sometime during 2021 and 2022.

Danke an Anders, Tosh und Row für das Interview! Am 06.11.2020 kommt das Debut-Album „Northern Steel“ in die Plattenläden. Auf sämtlichen Streamingplattformen könnt ihr euch die ersten drei Singles anhören: – Fallen Nations, Last Man Standing und Angels. Hier könnt ihr Northern Steel vorbestellen! Wer mehr über Neptune erfahren will, kann hier unsere Bandvorstellung lesen.

Row Alex | Lead & backing vocals
Anders Olsson | Guitars
Tosh Ason | Bass & backing vocals
Johan Rosth | Keyboards
Jonas Wikström | Drums
Website: https://www.neptune.nu
Photo: Anders Olsson