Two men making an awful lot of noise. Check out today’s Band of the Day, Miscarriage…
Jon is from the United States and Ulf is from Sweden.
How did you meet?
We originally met around 6 years ago through similar interests in extreme music. We have since then been a part of many albums and bands together. Although we have been in several bands or groups together, we had actually never done a band together where Jon played guitar and Ulf played drums. Within a couple of months of first conversing in late 2016 Miscarriage was born.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
We had several ideas for what to call our band initially, but we were certain we wanted something gruesome and appalling sounding. We both agreed that Miscarriage was the perfect name for what we set out to do musically for this project.
What are your influences?
We’re influenced by a ton of music and bands really. Overall we’re influenced by all kinds of art, but we have to say that we find the more extreme or intense creations to be the most stimulating and interesting. Anything that is emotionally driven, ambitious, creative or unique can be very inspirational to myself. We love music that you can really feel. Honesty can be quite important as well… to read or feel the unfiltered truth that manifests in someone. Day to day life and the events that follow definitely play a pretty significant role with the kind of music we are a part of. We want to branch out more and let creativity have no constraints for our future works though.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It sometimes can be difficult to describe our music, especially with our most recent release. We come across as very violent and psychotic quite often. We try to be as relentless as possible. In all honesty we tend to strive to make our music “too much”. We feel that what makes our music unique is that we are quite unconventional. You never always know what direction we will go next. We try our best to stay true to what we feel rather than making music that would be more accessible or easier to follow.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Jon: Lyrically I more or less open my body letting my entrails and guts pour out onto paper. I leave nothing to the imagination and really let the reader feel what I felt as much as possible without actually inflicting the words onto their flesh. However, the music is what is most important to us. In many ways the music speaks far more than what you can read from the lyrics.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Jon: We only write and produce music due to the far distance in which we live apart. To be honest I would prefer to solely focus on continuously creating new music anyway. Although playing live shows can be fun, we find the actual creation of the music to be the most rewarding.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Jon: I think probably the craziest thing I’ve seen at shows is when someone or multiple people get so brutalized that they get sent to the hospital. I’m not sure how common it is, but I’ve seen it happen a couple of times.
Ulf: I can recall a gig years ago when I was fronting a death metal band where there was one guy who split his head open after he fell and hit his head on the stage. There was also a gig where someone broke his arm that I can recall vividly.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Jon: I play a Schecter Hellraiser guitar for our recordings. It’s honestly probably my favorite guitar I’ve ever played.
Ulf: I currently utilize a Roland TD9 along with a couple of different plug-ins, but there are plans to utilize an ”acoustic drumkit” for future recordings.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We would like to promote our new release, Imminent Horror. We went a much more atmospheric and drawn out approach for this album in comparison to our previous albums. We would like to think of it like dragging our listeners through mud and filth. It definitely won’t appeal to those desiring a more straightforward approach when it comes to music, but we would like to say that if you’re looking for something unlike most or perhaps anything that’s coming out, give it a chance.
What are your plans for 2019?
We’re going to begin writing again within the next couple of weeks for our next album. We’re going back to our roots so to speak and going to really amplify the sickness.
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!
Jon: I would love to play a show with Daughters and Hexis. I feel that we should be the opening band for either of those bands though to be honest. I think Primitive Man would be another awesome band to play a show with as well. Wonderful music to be obliterated to.
From previous Band of the Day, She Burns Red: What is the one thing that really annoys you about being in a band?
Jon: I’d say the lack of commitment, honesty, and integrity can get under my skin. I feel that you’ll come across many individuals who talk, but never do anything.
Ulf: More or less what Jon just said. Luckily, we’ve never had any problems of that nature with Miscarriage as we’ve both had the similar issues when playing in other bands before Miscarriage.
From another BotD, Divided Minds: What has been your favourite venue to play?
Jon: I’m not sure about an exact venue necessarily, but I do have more fun at the smaller venues. I feel that they’re more intimate and intense.
Ulf: Smaller venues are definitely the best. It is far more closer and personal than standing on a stage overlooking a crowd. You don’t even need a stage to perform on.
And from Harakiri for the Sky: If you had to smuggle drugs onto an airplane. How would you do it?
Jon: I don’t believe I would to be honest. I’ve come to find drugs to be an unfulfilling route to take in life.
Ulf: No comment.