SEEDS IN BARROW FIELDS comes from the land of Bathory and Entombed, but also from the land of Anti-Cimex and Wolfbrigade. They mix perfectly the sound of black metal with the ethics of punk and DIY. They even released a split with the brazilian band MACULA. Check the interview with this great band from Sweden!
Please, describe the music and aesthetics of Seeds in Barren Fields.
Seeds in Barren Fields is an attempt to envision the collapse of civilization, unmasking humanity and gazing into it’s barbaric, scared and crazed eyes. We try to break the silence of a meaningless world spiraling downward into monotone despair. From this it comes as natural that our aesthetics are inspired by misantropic or anti-anthropocentric thoughts.
Musically we are inspired by a wide range of music from acoustic folk to industrial electronica. Many musical genres carry sentiments and emotions that we wish to tap into. Our focus however is the raw anger and despair of death and black metal mixed with the social outrage of punk and hardcore.
Being from Sweden, I can’t help but start this by asking what do you swedish people have on your water? I mean, Sweden has been presenting the world with the finest extreme music since forever. From black metal heroes Bathory to Entombed to Anti-Cimex, you guys seem to have classics on everything that’s metal.
I think that the basis for this actually is that musical education is made available to most Swedish children. This has been stated as the reason for commercial Swedish exports such as Abba and Roxette but could just as well explain why we’ve had artists such as Mob 47 and Dissection. Municipal music school is a cheap extra-corricullar activity that many parents give their children in Swedish and I’m sure that many punk and metal crusaiders started their musical carrier in this manner. That we are a very secularized place might also help when it comes to the more extreme forms of music.
I was listening to SiBF music and you also seem to cover different genres on the black metal spectrum. From the more extreme classical to more spatial stuff and not to mention the hardcore influence. Do you feel like you’re trying to expand the borders of the genre?
I don’t know if we are expanding any specific genre as much as being a part of a movement that try to bridge the gap between different scenes, most notably punk and metal. We are definately not unique in this but we are rather building on the work of bands that inspired us such as Catharsis, Iskra and His Hero is Gone. There are also many punks across the world that parttake in the building of these bridges today such as Panopticon, Peregrine and Marnost.
We have never claimed to be a band belonging in any particullar kind of genre but rather we identify ourselves as punks making extreme music inspired by black and death metal as well as punk, hardcore, emo, post rock and electronic music.
Also speaking of genres, you had released a remix album. This is a very uncommon thing for a metal band and even more for a black metal related band. How was the response of the audience to that?
The remix album came as a sollution when we shorty before a tour found ourselves without a drummer. Rather than cancelling the tour we developed a concept that we thought could turn this into something new and creative. We programmed a backtrack with drums, samples and synthesisers wich we synced up with a movie that we pieced together to enforce the feelings that our music try to convey. The result was quite a different experience than your usual metal or hardcore show and we were quite satisfied with the outcome. I know that at least some of the people that came to see us on that tour was impressed by the performance but at the same time I also know that some people had expected more of a conventional show.
The idea was to increase our assault on the senses of the audience by adding a wall of sounds alongside a video projection and in this we were quite successful. We also decided to release the remixed tracks on a CD called Replaced by Static Death wich is now available on our bandcamp.
You recently released a split with brazilian band MACULA. How that came out? Were you in contact with those guys? What do you know from brazilian music?
I’m not very familiar with Brazilian music other than Mácula, Point of no return and Condolencia I’m afraid. We had been on the lookout for a band to do a split with for a while when we were contacted by Mácula. We felt that what they are doing lined up nicely with our ideas and our music. Also it’s nice to know that our music is being listened to on the other side of the globe.
Another aspect of Seeds in Barren Fields is that your lyrics are inspired by anarchist writers. Do you think that it’s time for black metal go away from the satanic imagery or you think both can coexist?
I recently wrote an article on DIY Conspiracy about the relationship between Black Metal and veganism (http://diyconspiracy.net/is-it-really-veganism-changing-the-face-of-extreme-music/). In this text I talk alot about how I percieve the basis of Black Metal to be anti-antropocentrism. This can take many different forms such as satanism or ecological ideologies. I don’t want to tell anyone how to interprete Black Metal but to me religious imagery must be put into a political context to be meaningful. We dable a lot with spiritualist ideas because we think that modern humans are lacking a meaningful context in wich to make sense of their own existance. This is to me a political standpoint since it is our corrupt civilization that keeps us disconnected from reality and ourselves. This gives me more fuel to express my despair and emotions than what singing about space monsters and demons ever would. We are opposed to Christianity and organized religion on an ideological level as religion throughout history has been used to excuse the opression of the earth, of women, of animals. Christianity robbed Europe of ancient wisdoms by the massmurder of so called witches and gave legitimacy to colonization throughout it’s history. It is the religion of mighty men worshiping a mighty man and thus it is abhorrent. But it is also on this structural level we must confront organized religion rather than yelling about Satan and Belzebub. Ecological and non-antropocentric thought is just as much a threat to Christianity and most organized religions.
This way of thinking is represented by bands like Wolves in the Throne Room and A Storm of Light and I see no reason why these interpretations of Black Metal couldn’t co-exist with the more classical kind. I don’t know if they ever fully will be considered the same thing however.
You’re about to release a new album soon. What can you say about that? Are you going to expand even more your musical pallette? What can we expect from that?
Our new album will be called Let the Earth Be Silent After Ye. It has been about two years in the making and we feel that it is quite an acomplishment. Musically the album makes use of all the different influences we’ve had in the past and expands on them to new heights. There are electronic noises (not as much as on the remix album though), tremolopicking guitars, classical intruments and folk tunes mixed up in a great cacophany. We are moving more towards black metal and slightly away from our punk roots with this record but there is still a wiff of our old selves in there and we have even been told that parts of the record sound alot like Undying. I can safely say that this is the best piece of music we have yet to produce.
When you’re touring what’s the kind of audience show up? By the live pictures it seem very mixed and not only a strict metal public.
With the exception of the few times that we’ve been the opening act of metal bands we mostly cater to a punk or hardcore audience. We hope to find some kind of following among crust punks who like Black Metal music but who might feel that our politics and aesthetics are closer to their own ideas. As punks we feel more comfortable playing punk and hardcore venues and doing things in a DIY kind of way.
That’s it for now. Last words from you? Tack!
Thank you for the opportunity to reach out to more people. We appreciate it and hope that you keep listening!
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