Green Carnation Interview
Green Carnation is a progressive metal band from Kristiansand, Norway formed in 1990. Green Carnation’s trend of music has continuously become less and less heavy after every release; from straightforward death metal to a progressive doom metal sound, to an atmospheric gothic metal sound, to a melancholic hard rock sound and in 2006, went as far as to release an entirely acoustic album Acoustic Verses.
Progressive metal/rock supergroup Green Carnation have recently released their fifth studio album, “The Acoustic Verses” to a great reception from the metal world. Ambitious to the last, they have embarked upon their first North American tour on a bare-bones budget with Beyond The Embrace to enthusiastic audiences.
Grim Magazine: First off, how’s the U.S. tour been so far?
Tchort: It’s been excellent! It’s a new opportunity for us to come to a new country and share out music with the crowd. We’ve only been to Canada last year, so that was fun and the tour so far has been excellent. The crowd and the response has been very, very good.
Grim Magazine: It was the Day of the Equinox festival in Canada last year, right?
Grim Magazine: Okay, so you played with Agalloch, who are actually from here, but they never, ever play.
Tchort: Really? Are they from Portland?
Grim Magazine: Yeah, but it’s been about three years since they’ve played here. Alright, now what exactly happened with the Boise cancellation? I know there were problems with the promoter; are there any specifics that you can give?
Tchort: I can’t really remember which one that was.
Jim (tour manager): We don’t really have an answer for that. The promoter called us at 10:30 in the morning and said: “don’t come.” That’s all we know.
Tchort: Well, we went to Boise, but not to the venue. (laughter)
Grim Magazine: Okay, what exactly is your anticipation level for playing the Quart festival?
Tchort: Actually, we played there two or three years ago…
Tchort: Two years ago. Thank you for the math. (laughter) It’s our home city and we play in Kristiansand a lot last year. I think we did five or six shows, something like that, some charity and some regular club shows. But it gives us an opportunity to play for a bigger audience coming not only from Norway but other countries as well. We’re playing with Bullet For My Valentine and other international bands. A couple U.S. bands as well.
Grim Magazine: Okay, where did you get the inspiration for an acoustic album? We’ve had a couple members of our message board asking about that.
Tchort: The inspiration… well, actually, we have done a couple of acoustic songs prior to this one. We did record some acoustic songs as bonus material for the DVD and also for one of the vinyl albums. So actually, we kind of picked up from the response and feedback we had on those songs. When we wanted to do the fifth studio album in 2005, that was our fifteenth anniversary, so we wanted to do something special. We thought about doing a single or an EP or something like that, but since we had already released “The Quiet Offspring” in 2005, we kind of felt it would be too much to have two releases during the same year, especially if they were full production releases, so that’s when we decided to pick up on the feedback we had from the acoustic material. The original plan actually was to do cover songs, but acoustic. But as soon as we got into the studio, being creative and all, we ended up doing a full album and an EP.
Grim Magazine: Now I know you had some of the acoustic equipment lost in New York, (small amount of laughter) how much did that cut into your set and how much did you have to change because of that?
Tchort: We didn’t have to change anything because we had planned for a long set, like an hour thirty, an hour forty, but we still have music to compensate for that. We’ll have to rearrange the set a little bit when the acoustic guitars finally arrive. I was just checking the UPS tracking system and it seems like we’ll have the guitars in a week or something. (laughter) So it gives us a couple of weeks or three weeks to play the acoustic material. I think we had scheduled twenty, twenty-five minutes acoustic and an hour ten with the regular music.
Grim Magazine: I’ve read that you do a twenty-five-minute live version of “Light of Day, Day of Darkness.” How did you go about deciding what to cut out and what to keep in?
Tommy: Well, “Light of Day” is like an hour long and we’ve made two sets of it, so it’s the first part and the second part, and we only play the first part.
Grim Magazine: Oh! Okay.
Tommy: So it’s as simple as that. We talked about it at the rehearsal room and tried to pick out elements from the song and make a twenty-five minute song out of it, but every band member and we also think that the fans would not appreciate that, so it’s either the twenty-five minutes or the hour, so it’s as simple as that.
Grim Magazine: Okay, just one last question; do you think this tour has been successful enough to warrant a return trip to North America?
Tchort: For us or for the promoters? (laughter) Well, actually we’ve already had requests from a lot of the promoters to return, but also from the record label, so most likely there will be a follow-up tour, maybe even later this year. But we definitely want to come back, so we’re hoping for the rest of the tour and making a foundation for future returns.
Grim Magazine: Okay, thank you very much!
Tchort: Thank you!
Green Carnation’s Discography:
(2000) Green Carnation – Journey to the End of the Night
(2001) Green Carnation – Light of Day, Day of Darkness
(2003) Green Carnation – A Blessing in Disguise
(2005) Green Carnation – The Quiet Offspring
(2005) Green Carnation – The Burden Is Mine… Alone [EP]
(2006) Green Carnation – The Acoustic Verses
(TBA) Green Carnation – The Rise and Fall of Mankind
Band: Green Carnation
With: Tchort and Tommy Jackson
Interview Date: March 10, 2006
Years Active: 1990–1991, 1999−present
Genre: Progressive, Gothic, Doom, Death
Website: Band Website
Label: Season of Mist, The End Records
Reviewed by: Grim Magazine
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