Hello! First of all, I want to thank you very much for accepting this interview. I’ve been following your career since the times of Mithotyn and it’s a great pleasure to
exchange some words with you. Please, I ask you to introduce yourself to our readers.
–Stefan Weinerhall 38 years old. Guitarist and dictator of FALCONER. Also played in Mithotyn and Indungeon in the past. Semi bad guitarist but write great songs.
I think it’s pretty obvious that we should start this interview by talking about Black Moon Rising, which will be released in June, if I’m not mistaken. Musically, what can you advance to us, is it a continuation of your previous releases or can we expect any surprise? I am aware that Locust Swarm video has already been released, but I’m asking about the album generally, if you will.
–My fave album by us so far has been NORTHWIND, and as for now I think B.M.R. In that class. It’s not the same since NORTHWIND was quite commersial, easylistened and straight where the new one is trickier, faster, ballsier and more guitar oriented. It’s easily the fastest album we’ve done. Some tracks sound as they could had been on the first album while some have traces of my Viking black metal band Mithotyn. I would say the new album sounds hungry and not as laid back. More riffs and less sugar.
Connected to the previous question, I was reading the band’s diary on its official website and in there we can find the following statement: “For the first time we have actually skipped harmonies instead of adding in order to de-happify (is that a word?) the tracks and keep them more down to earth.” Could you explain to us what was this meant as well as how this affects the music? The “more down to earth” part, I mean.
–Not as produced. We don’t have many thing on this album that we can perform live. Most often we add 2:nd and 3:rd harmonies on the guitars or vocals for example and add a keyboard or two. Not this time. It sound more like we actually do in the rehearsals. ABAT for example had a lot of keyboard tracks and many guitar overdubbs with different interactions and harmonies etc. So the 2 really differ production wise.
I was reading the song titles and was wondering if Black Moon Rising will be a concept album. Being the answer yes or no, could share with us what are the main lyrical themes as well as why this time there won’t be a song in Swedish?
–No it’s not a consept album. The title track is mainly a song about mankind symbolizing the falcon flying blindly into a dead horizon. A quite gloomy environmentalistic song. But it started mainly as a cool title I thought could symbolize my own rise after the ugly time I’d been through. When I thought of different titles I just got stuck on BLACK MOON RISING how it somehow symbloized my own rise, but the lyric itself is another story.
Is Andy LaRocque producing Black Moon Rising again? How is it to work with him? I’ve been a huge fan of his guitar work, I don’t know why, but when I hear him play, I think you know exactly that it’s him, like if there’s a trademark, but still he doesn’t play the same old thing again and again. It’s hard to explain. Well, being a fan, I’d like to know how the man is, how he works with you.
–He do have a special big vibrato and a nice flow to the playing indeed although I’m not a big fan of King Diamond…..well “The EYE” is actually quite good. He is a calm relaxed guy. The last he think of himself is being a rockstar, I have never heard him brag or wanting to show of something. You actually have to directly ask him anything about his fame or history to get to know it. He could just as well be you carpenter neighbour. So allthough he knows music and production he feels like he’s on of the guys in the bad no bossing or being tired or anything. You get the feeling that he actually cares and love what you do. And honestly he can’t like everything that get into the studio walls.
I read that you almost quit the musical career. Could you share with us what were the main motives for this? I’m sure so many people (including this humble interviewer) are glad that you didn’t. And also, what were the main reasons why you didn’t give up?
–There was a tragedy in my closest family that happened in late 2011. It’s not really something I want to go deeper into but it just took all ambitions and inspiration away. My mind and heart were elsewhere for a long time and I totally quit thinking about music or playing guitar since my mind was just not up for it. At some points I thought that I could just end the band since I had bigger things to handle now but somewhere in the back of my head I knew that things always gets brighter along the road so I postponed the decision until a more sensible time. I listening to stuff I used to when I was younger like thrash and death metal along with both Falconer and Mithotyn. I guess I got a bit nostalgic for a while. I started to think that if I will write another Falconer album after all this, I refuse to make a run of the mill album, just continuing where we left off. I wanted to shake myself up and kick my own ass to make the very best writing I could.
How do you feel over the power metal as well as the folk metal scene nowadays? Some say it’s declining due to the huge amount of mediocre bands and this lead to a stagnation of the genre. The same was said about folk metal. Do you agree with people that defends these thoughts? In your personal opinion, what a band has to do in order to stay relevant to the public?
–No idea. I have neither any big insight nor interest actually. I know what I like and most of it was done at least 30 years ago. Of course a genre is water out if there’s too many similar bands. Themarket get overfed so to speak. I guess a band ina genre need to differ from the other, the risk is that the result is that the band doesn’t sound to belong in that genre anymore. Contraproductive! I don’t care about that. I know what I like and want to do, and it been pretty much the same thing for 10 years. I won’t force myself to do something unnatural just to try and stick out in order to sell 1000 copies more.
I am aware that you have been asked many times before, but hey, who knows you might change your mind someday. Mithotyn was, in my humble opinion, one of the best bands! I couldn’t stop listening to the albums, I just couldn’t. Don’t you see any sort possibility in the future of reviving this band, maybe for some shows or a release?
–First of all the vocalsist in Mithotyn Rickard is tied to a wheelchair aftera motorcycles accident. Wheelchair and Viking metal……no. Most of us have other things to do also, besides our current bands and that would mean that we would have to paus some other actuvities in order to rehearse some old songs and play with Mithotyn. I know ther is not a big chance we want that now. I don’t say it will never happen but for the moment it will not.
This is a question I always enjoy asking: What are your feelings and thoughts when you get to know that a person indentifies himself or herself with your lyrics/ music and that the band’s releases have actually helped them to go through a rough time or that, at least, they forget about the troubles while listening to your music? Have you received any messages from the fans concerning this?
–It’s happened a few times. It’s a bit strange that my personal creation that I have worked on in the silence of my home has taken such a intimate part in someone else’s life.
Can you tell us some of the confirmed show dates or festivals to promote Black Moon Rising?
–No. Actaully we planned to do some festivals this summer but when I finally came around to look around many festivals were already booked so we just postponed it until next year. If we were to play live we didn’t want to start rehearsing all the song from scratch again if there wasn’t any special gigs planned. Since we haven’t played the live songs since 2009 it’s not like we know them from the back of our hands. So I really hope that we can do some festivals in 2015 to show the people some kind of life sign at least.
As it’s usual on this website, we leave this part to ask a few things about the person behind the music. Nothing to invade your privacy though. What are your favorite activities or hobbies (if any) outside music? What do you prefer doing after a day or work, to relax at home or going out? Are you more of an outdoors person or a city person? Your favorite drinks… well, anything that you’d like to share with us.
–Ok, to be honest. Since I bought a house I only take time to do music during the fall and winter. I love gardening, building brick pathways, laying cobble stones, buying a new bush to plant etc. I’m getting more and more into cooking, spicy or indian cooking to my wife’s dislike. Each week I bake bread although I could just buy it. Drinks: I prefer weissbier. Hotshots is still great allthough it’s not the 1980’s, so is Jagermeister. I don’t like single malt whiskey. I love blue cheese but hate Gorgonzola. And for the last I have just started realising I’m getting old since I need to start to think how I lift or dig in order to not get that “knife in the back” feeling. I’m already bald and grey bearded and now I get the old man back too…..yay!
Unfortunately this is the end of this interview. One more time, thank you very much for your time and I would like to wish the band the best in the future. Do you have any last words for our readers?
–Thank you very much and hope to see all of our fans on the next big world tour coming to a town near you!!!!May 26, 2014