Refused-indebted noise rockers desperate to riff harder and harder
Without wishing to sound like too much of a smug twat, one of the best things about writing about music is the moment a band you'd never even known existed comes out with a thunderclap of a debut album and knocks your socks off. Blood Command, from Bergen, are definitely one of 'those' bands, and their album 'Ghostclocks' is as fine a slab of rock madness as anything we've heard in a while.
It's a real skill to sound like you're approaching the frayed ends of sanity and still holding shit together at the same time, and that's what Blood Command do. They specialise in almost falling apart - or at least suggesting very strongly that everything's about to explode - but reining everything back in at the last minute with a crushing riff or massive chorus; most impressively, they do all this without sounding like any other band around at the moment. Must be something in the Norwegian water.
Blood Command - 'On And On Chameleon' by RockSoundMagazine
We had a chat with guitarist Andersen - just the one name, like Pele or Ronaldo - to get him to convince you why they're worth your time.
Introduce yourselves: who's in the band and what do you do?
“Blood Command consists of Silje Tombre (22) lead vocals, lyrics, Sigurd Haakaas (26) drums, percussion and vocals, and Andersen (24) guitars, bass, keys, vocals, songwriting, lyrics. Live we add Ole Gunnar Eikeland on bass and John Olav Fløisand on guitar. We create and perorm artpunk / Deathpop / hardcore in the spirit of punk rock romance!”
When was your first gig and what was it like?
“Our first show was as support gig for a friends band at Hulen, Bergen, Norway March 11, 2008. At the time we had seven instead of five in the live band (One percussionist and one extra guitarplayer) We couldn’t play as tight then, so it became an orgy of noise rock with live posing, but it was fun enough to proceed.”
Name three albums that made you want to be in a band...
"Refused, ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’ - The best album ever written and recorded. Our all-time favourite.
At The Drive-In, Relationship Of Command - Dream production from Ross Robinson. Desperate energy and fantastic songwriting and use of chords, rhythm and vocals.
Drive Like Jehu, Yank Crime’ - Now that is riffmaking! We love everything on this album. The sound, the songs, the guitars, the bass, the vocals, the drums, the cover, the everything.”
At what point did you realize being in a band wasn't just something fun to do but a viable way to spend your life?
“First time I heard and saw Refused’s ‘New Noise’ music video, I knew that this is what I wanted to do the rest of my life. Play energic riffs, write songs, record, play live, tour. I'm in love with everything about it and around.”
How do you want people to feel during a BC show?
“I want the audience to block out the rest of the world, and join us in feeling energic, afraid, happy, strong, angry, good and beautiful. I want them to dance as if there were no tomorrow and feel the same energy as we do.”
What's the biggest argument you've had as a band?
“The biggest is a small one. Silje and me (Andersen) had a big argument in Oslo this year when we were dead drunk, discussing if there should be cigarettes on the hospitality rider or not. We became friends the next day and there are still no cigarettes backstage.”
Blood Command - 'Alarm All Assassins!' by RockSoundMagazine