ORBIT CULTURE (from l-r): Richard Hansson (guitar), Niklas Karlsson (vocals/guitar), Markus Bladh (drums), Fredrik Lennartson (bass).
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Hailing from a small town deep in southern Sweden, metal quartet Orbit Culture have been making quite an impact on the rock scene in their native homeland these last couple of years.
With a sound that is heavy but melodic and progressive at the same time, and lyrics dealing with themes of science, mythology and the struggles of humanity, they have attracted a devoted following in their part of the world.
Therefore, coupled with the success of their third album ‘Rasen’, released earlier this year, it surely can only be a matter of time before the four-piece’s popularity spreads across Scandinavia and on to British shores.
I chatted to frontman Niklas Karlsson about their past, present and future.
How did the band get together initially?
Originally, we started out as a small jam group with different people playing different instruments.
It was not until I started to record some demos on my computer that our old guitarist Maximilian and I decided to form a band.
We got two more guys on board, Christoffer and Markus, and that’s when we officially became a band.
How did the name Orbit Culture come about?
We used a band name generator online to come up with the name, so there’s not really a background or message behind it.
To somebody discovering your music for the first time, how would you describe it to them?
If you like Swedish metal from the 90’s combined with a touch of modern metal, modern production and deep growling vocals, I really think you should check it out.
What are your musical influences?
Metallica, Behemoth, Meshuggah, Gojira, Lamb of God and so many more.
What is the band’s approach to songwriting?
There never goes a day where we don’t think about creating or playing music in some way and that can both inspire you but also wear you out.
Where does the inspiration come from for your lyrics?
Lyrically, we’re very interested in the topic of anxiety and such and living with those sorts of things.
How is the experience of playing live?
The experience up till now has been good. Let’s hope it stays that way (laughs).
What have you got lined up in the near future?
A bunch of new songs that will be released as an EP and hopefully some live shows around Sweden.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
We’ll be hopefully picked up on a steady touring schedule, along with releasing new music for people to enjoy.
CHECK OUT ORBIT CULTURE’S MUSIC ON SPOTIFY, SOUNDCLOUD AND AT: https://orbitculture.bandcamp.com/
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