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Monday, October 21, 2019
GIK Acoustics - Europe
GIK Acoustics - Europe
The Moshville Times

Band of the Day: Carry The Weight

Coming to you from Finland today (spoilers), we’ve got some melodic hardcore for you today.

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Finland, USA and Panama, we know… the weirdest cocktail ever.

How did you meet?

We all met very randomly, mainly through gigs and at work.

How long have you been playing as a band?

About a year and a half now.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Well, the name kinda comes from the fact that life sucks sometimes, we all at some points in our lives have heavy burdens we have to carry. Whether that be depression, addiction, stress and anxiety etc. But the only way you ever come out on the other side of those dark or hard times is by carrying on and moving forward in life past them. So that’s kinda the idea behind name, we wanted it to overall have a positive meaning and that’s also something we hope we reflect in our music.

What are your influences?

We listen to a ton of different stuff. We all have different backgrounds genre wise, but I guess Counterparts and Capsize to name a couple.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

I wouldn’t say unique, we didn’t really reinvent the wheel so to speak. However our music is very sentimental, there is a lot of feelings in our songs. We tend to write most of them while going through rough patches in our personal lives and hopefully we capture some of that in our sound.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

I try to capture the feelings and experiences that have affected me in a way or another. Themes are usually really dark and full of misery and sadness, but I always try to keep things real you know.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

I think we are somewhere around 22 shows now? We try and make our live shows something people don’t forget. We try and go as crazy as possible and still hit a couple of right notes here and there. Our set has a lot of ups and downs as far as emotions go. We try and have a good mix of sad and pissed off!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Mikael broke his guitar once and even a guitar tech of 22 years had never seen one break the way it did. Also people seem a little surprised when we jump in the pit with them while playing. Or just us climbing and jumping off anything near us in general.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

  • Winnie – Mapex drums/ Sabian/ Istanbul/ Wuhan cymbal.
  • Jon – Orange Amps, Sterling by Music Man Sting Ray guitar, Dunlop picks, D’Addario strings.
  • Mikael – Hagström Viking guitar. EVH amps, DR Strings.

P.S someone sponsor us please, we’re broke!

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Our EP… Low Points!

What are your plans for 2019?

We would like to record a short EP and do a full European tour at some point of this year.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

We would have our good friends from Abort Once Around open the show! We recently did some German dates with them. They are F*%king sick, everyone should check them out.

Closing is a little harder cause there are so many bands we would love to play with. Counterparts, The Ghost Inside, Architects, Slipknot, Comeback Kid, there are too many!

From previous Band of the Day, Saltlake: what the best food to eat when on the road?

Vegan food! So we can keep on healthy and continue doing our best, we are old so we need that healthy shit!

From another BotD, Drama Scream: who is the “diva” of the band?

Depends, we are all pretty flexible for the most part, but we all have had our diva moments. It’s Pete, it’s definitely Pete (frontman syndrome).

And from Cancel: How do you start to write songs? For example: a riff from one person while jamming together?

Well, most of us will come into the rehearsal room with either an idea for an intro or some riffs or something like that and then start jamming on it and see what comes naturally out of it. Other times, Jon or Mikael will write song demos at home and then show them.

Carry The Weight: facebook | instagram | spotify

About The Author

Ross

Described as a gig junkie, can be seen at anything from the Quireboys to Black Label Society and everything in between.

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