XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Saint Karloff: Yes, our debut album “All Heed the Black God” is being properly released on the 27th of July. We have the album on YouTube and saintkarloff.bandcamp.com now, and people can preorder the CD’s, cassettes and vinyl’s from various places. On the 27th it will hit all the major and minor (not all the minor)streaming services and the CD’s will start shipping. Vinyl will ship a bit later, late August or September. On the 28th we’re playing a show at a place in Oslo called Vaterland. It’s a fairly new, but cool club for all who seek a bit of heavy listening when they go out. We are joined by Mother Trudy and Orbiter, both are cool Norwegian bands, on the 28th. Get to the airport and we’ll see you all at Vaterland!
XS ROCK:How long has the band been together?
Saint Karloff: We have been together for around 3 years all in all.
XS ROCK:What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Saint Karloff: To be honest I don’t think we needed, or really had, a main motivation. We are musicians and we love to play. When you love doing something you don’t need motivation. But we had an idea about what we wanted to do, and that was to play heavy, groovy music… simple as that.
XS ROCK:What is your music background?
Saint Karloff: Our background is probably pretty similar to everyone else’s. We grew up listening to music that we got from siblings, parents, friends and strangers. Fell in love with the more heavy stuff. Got our hands on our instruments, and the rest, as they say, is unknown history.
XS ROCK:What image do you think your music conveys?
Saint Karloff: It probably conjures up images from the early 70’s for many. Too much so for some, maybe. But that kind of music, Sabbath, Purple, Hendrix, Priest, Pentagram, and the list goes on, is the bands main hub of inspiration. Apart from that Adam likes some stuff that Ole and Mads don’t dig to hard, and draws inspiration from that. Mads has his own stuff that only he likes, and the same with Ole. So being centered around that main bonfire of 70’s hard rock, and chucking our own personal inspirations on that fire, is how we build the Saint Karloff pyre. And those out there who have keen ears will hear and see more than just the same old Sabbath worship.
XS ROCK:Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Saint Karloff: Let me rephrase that question: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording, playing gigs, or mixing, designing album covers, deciding on vinyl colors, posting stuff in social media all the time, filming and editing music videos, doing interviews, etc? Definitely writing new songs, recording and gigging!
XS ROCK:What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Saint Karloff: Everything from intergalactic love stories to pointing out what’s wrong with this god damn planet to a wizards physical meltdown.
XS ROCK:Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Saint Karloff: We once forgot a bass cab, and had to turn back to get it, when we were going to a small festival in Norway. Pretty crazy shit!!
XS ROCK:What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Saint Karloff: We’re not big enough to get those kinds of requests.
XS ROCK:Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Saint Karloff: Hehe, we are all 30+, so I don’t think that question applies.
XS ROCK:What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Saint Karloff: Right now I think it might be Radioactive Tomb. We love playing all of our songs when we play live, but Radioactive Tomb gives off great amounts energy, but requires very little effort to play. But we really don’t know… which of your kids do you love the most (or least)?
XS ROCK:Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Saint Karloff: Too many to mention. But listen to our album and you might figure some of them out. We’ll give away a vinyl record to the first person who contact us and tell us where we got the inspiration for the vocal melody on When the Earth Cracks Open.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Saint Karloff: We could never design a dream tour. I think the main part of being on a “dream tour” for a small time band like us, is the surprise when hearing about what other bands were on the bill. Most planned dreams end up bad, man. But gigging with Devil’s Witches would be pretty unreal, hehe.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Saint Karloff: Our album “All Heed the Black God”, for sure. It’s probably gonna stay on top of the accomplishment list ’till we make another album.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Saint Karloff: The careers we actually have right now. We are living off the money generated through music. Our careers are radiologist, acoustical engineer and assembling ventilation systems.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Mads – 1980’s Greco Les paul, Roost sr20, 4×12 cab with celestion v30s, various pedals.
Ole – 1975 Fender Precision, Sound City 200 or Laney Klipp, Mesa diesel 2×15.
Adam – Late 70’s Ludwig vistalite smoke, blue/olive badge, drums sticks made of unknown woods.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Saint Karloff: It’s got its ups and downs. Don’t really know too much about it. But seems to be filled with assholes, nice people and everything in between. Hard to get gigs in Norway.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Saint Karloff: We don’t have, and will probably never have, tattoos.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Saint Karloff: Familiar, but with a hint of something…
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Saint Karloff: We’d love you to check out our band page at saintkarloff.bandcamp.com. We are also on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, so be sure to check us out there for music videos, pictures and super interesting posts about us, hehe. If you crave some old school goodness, we might be the munch you are looking for.
XS ROCK:Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
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