Orbit Culture’s new album is out as of this morning, and to tie in with it we’ve got them as our Band of the Day…
We are from the small town of Eksjö located in the countryside, just in between the cities of Gothenburg and Stockholm.
How did you meet?
We met through mutual friends hanging out at our old rehearsal space in Eksjö with people coming and going all the time. Eksjö is very small and the amount of people who were into metal at the time was very limited, so we all got together and talked music pretty naturally.
How long have you been playing as a band?
We’ve been going at it for seven years now, I believe. Though, our line-up has switched several times during the years. Absolutely no disrespect to previous members, we had a lot fun in the early days, but this line-up we have now feels like the one that it should have been years ago, coming in with the needed drive and passion the band deserves.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
This is one of our most un-creative things we have done in our band! But we couldn’t settle for a band name for almost six months in our first year. We knew we wanted the word ‘Culture’ in it, and we used this band name generator online and out came ‘Orbit Culture’. Hopefully, the band name means something more to us and the fans these days even though it came from such an uncreative place!
What are your influences?
We get our influences from almost everything there is out there, but the main and more obvious inspirations have to be Metallica, Gojira, Behemoth, Lamb of God, Static-X and more.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I think we’re pretty good at writing songs that sound familiar to the audience, drawing so much inspiration from our favourite bands, but through this hopefully we create something new and fresh, but with an old school and familiar vibe to it.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
In the early days of our band, we wrote about monsters, killer machines and that sort of stuff, but it wasn’t until Rasen and Redfog that we decided to really write about something that we had experienced ourselves, like anxiety, depression, grieving and all of that.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
It’s very intense, especially at home here in Sweden where we’re able to use our fog machines, strobe-lights and all that, to boost the intensity and quality of the show a bit. It’s harder outside of Sweden due to the logistics and stuff. I think we’ve played around 30-40 shows, which is very little considering we’ve been a band for seven years I guess! But it was only about two years ago or something that we really started to get some shows, mainly due to the Redfog EP.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
People has always been nice to us and the rest of the audience fortunately, so other than strings popping, computers failing and so forth, we’ve been quite blessed really.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Richard, the lead guitarist, and I use several guitars depending on tuning, live show or in studio. However, we mainly use our Solar Guitars with the Evertune bridges by Ola Englund. The guitars play great and the Evertune has saved us a lot of hours tuning when recording and such. Fredrik, the bass player uses Dingwall basses and without trying to sound like I’m selling something here, I’m pretty sure he’ll never play another brand than Dingwall. He’s just so satisfied with that bass. I believe Christopher, our drummer, plays a Tama Superstar Classic-kit. I could be wrong though.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are a couple weeks away from releasing our upcoming album Nija which we’ve been working on for the last couple of years. Nija will be released worldwide through our label Seek and Strike and we couldn’t be more excited to finally reveal the album to our fans.
What are your plans for 2020?
With the Coronavirus still at large, it has halted our year a bit as much as the rest of the world. As all of our upcoming shows have been cancelled/postponed this year we’ll do our best to write even more music, as well as keeping up the video content online.
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!
Opening for Gojira would be a huge dream come true. Naming a band that could open up for us would be harder to answer, since we’re such a small band still. Touring with Humanity’s Last Breath, Dyscarnate and bands like that would be awesome though, with no particular supporting order.