Experimentalists from Serbia, Wolfram released their debut album “Music Of The Heathen” in 2015–an excellent released that everybody must hear.
I talked with the band about it and more, so head over the band’s Bandcamp page, press play and dive into the world of Wolfram.
Alright, first things first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
You know when you are in your twenties and you’re not entirely sure how your life is going to work out? Well, that feeling is constantly following us nowadays. I think it will continue to linger until we reach our thirties, I guess… That’s when things usually start to sort themselves out. Still, don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot going on, we made sure that this year is going to be packed with all manner of tasks and obligations which will bring us closer to fulfilling our private and professional ambitions. The only thing that is sustaining us right now is that gut feeling that everything is going in the right direction and that it is only a matter of time before everything explodes.
Speaking of new music, you have a new album. What can people expect from “Music of the Heathen”?
It’s quite open for interpretation because it deals with those abstract thoughts we all occasionally indulge ourselves with. However, we do not want to induce certain expectations from potential listeners. It will ruin its charm. We may know which emotions gave birth to these nine songs on MOTH, but what will become of them when the audience reacts to it is beyond our control.
Bear in mind that this album is definitely much more than just a collage of our regular mind-numbing perplexities of life. It is our sanctuary, our therapy, our “haven of sounds”. It is about the raw sensation we get when we play that music live, how it truly makes us feel powerful, defiant – godly, even – and out of place with reality. It is one beautiful form of escapism, a drug like no other with rather pleasing side effects; and we want to share it with everyone else.
What was it like working on the album?
It’s like going into labour and expecting a healthy child. All of the preparations, arrangements, contacts, and previous efforts have let to this point where we were finally going to record some of our songs. However, we didn’t record the tracks in just one studio, but we had to visit many, because our financial situation didn’t allow us to bide our time and wait for the magic to happen. I won’t bore you with the details, however, just know that learned so much from this experience, which will definitely help us become better producers and musicians in the future.
Are there any touring plans in support to “MOTH”?
Of course there are, it’s just that we are in the middle of negotiations with a few booking agencies which have offered to help us, so we have to choose wisely. We’ll start with the Balkan region (Novi Sad, Belgrade, Zagreb, Rijeka, Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Maribor, Ljubljana, etc.), but we what we really desire is to present ourselves to the crowd of Western Europe. We feel that this is where our opportunities lie and we are convinced that the people there won’t even presume that we actually hail from Serbia. We just need that chance and right now we’re tirelessly elbowing our way to get it.
While we’re on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
Definitely the four major markets – Germany, UK, USA and Japan. However, we are definitely suited for the Scandinavians, Brazil seems awesome, Australia, too, and Iceland is simply a must. Still, let’s not dwell on wishful thinking, there is much to be done until we get anywhere.
Who and what inspires you the most?
This is a tough one, because we are all influenced by a rather wide range of artists… There are tons of small homages in our entire work, some of them are beautifully hidden, while some are blatantly placed in front of your face. Every song naturally has parts which were influenced by some other artist’s or band’s approach to making music, but all of them have our distinctive mark, nevertheless. As film director Jim Jarmusch said, you cannot invent something out of nothing, so you might as well “steal” whatever resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination and make your own version of that experience.
What other genres of music do you listen to?
EVERYTHING! No, seriously, everything that feels good to our ears is welcome. We don’t necessarily differentiate music by its genre, only by its appeal to the senses. If it is good – it’s good, end of story. For instance, Marilyn Manson’s ‘Pale Emperor’ is the shock rocker’s road back to the blues and it is raw and awesome; New Zealand’s post-rock band Kerretta was a beautiful discovery; Denmark’s deep electronica duo Lulu Rouge is a revelation; Velar, our native music brothers are a thing to behold and they are finishing their debut album soon enough; Stonebride from Croatia are the baddest, meanest stoner rock you can hear live; Smallman from Bulgaria will jolt your entire body with its tasteful blend of metal and ethno music; Meshuggah is an undisputed demonstration of power and you can grease up your barbecue wire just by holding it in front of the speaker when these Swedes play; FKA Twigs is how modern pop music should look and sound like; Zebra Katz is the master of combining queer hip hop music with fashion; UK’s Lamb is just breathtakingly beautiful to listen to; Dopethrone oozes doom like no other; Type 0 Negative is what life sounds like to a depressive yet sexy vampire of a giant; Gesaffelstein makes one of the nastiest, most addictive techno music you can jump to; David Bowie is simply king; and the list can go on forever!
Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
As previously mentioned, definitely yes. You’d even be surprised just how much. For instance, I believe that every song has to have something catchy in it, something “pop”. Since we have drop-tuned guitars, heavy distortions, unconventional drums, electronics, and a lot of bass, the only thing that could remain in the pop realm are the harmonized vocals. It makes the whole thing even more listenable. It’s like cream on the cake. Any musical genre can teach you something, the key is to be adaptable and open-minded about it.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
Trust us, there is more to “second and third world bands” than meets the eye or ear.