For melodic death fans, 2007 has already started out with a bang with the release of Blinded Colony's sophomore disc, Bedtime Prayers. I was able to get in contact with guitarist Tobias Olsson, who shed some light on the band at the moment.
Wayfaerer-First off, congrats on the release of Bedtime Prayers! How's the response been so far?
Tobias Olsson (guitars)- Thanks! So far we've got really good response which is always relieving.
How would you compare Bedtime Prayers with your last full-length, Divine?
The production is better and we've developed a lot since the last release both as songwriters and as musicians. It's simply better.
Do you have a favorite track off Bedtime Prayers?
Not really, but one of my favourites right now is the title track.
You didn't use a producer for Bedtime Prayers and recorded it yourselves in your own studio, any particular reason?
Mostly economical; we couldn't afford to record in a top notch studio so instead of putting money on a production we probably wouldn't be satisfied with, we recorded and produced everything ourselves.
After shopping the 2005 demo, how'd you end up making the decision to go with Pivotal Rockordings?
We found Pivotal in late 2005 and started talking with them since we knew they did a good job with Sonic Syndicate. So far everything has worked very smoothly and we are totally satisfied with their work for us.
There's a video posted for "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", is this your first video? What was the process of making it like?
It was actually recorded in like 8 hours and afterproduction for like one day, so what we did was basically go to the location record our stuff and then Tomas did his magic at the computer.
Speaking of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", you had me fooled before hearing it. Did you have many people ask you if it's a cover of the Great White song prior to posting it on the Internet?
We actually didn't know a band called "Great White" existed at the time we wrote it, even less that they had a song called "Once Bitten, Twice Shy". If you listen to our
song you'll hear it's not a cover. I think we got like 3 or 4 people asking if it was a cover.
I thought I had read something that you would be doing a second video from Bedtime Prayers. Is this true, and if so, what song do you have in mind?
Yeah we're recording a video for the song "Heart", we're working with Tomas again, I don't know if we gonna record it before or after our european tour though.
BC seems to use myspace as a strong promotion point. Do you think it's possible in this day and age to be a "serious" band and not have a myspace page?
As things are developing with myspace, no. Just have a myspace site especially for the American market, it's not that big in Europe yet but it's getting bigger everyday. I think it's a great way to communicate with people and also a really cheap way to promote your band.
You've put up tracks for a single day on myspace in preparation for Bedtime Prayers. Do you feel this is more advantageous than just adding and
keeping them posted?
We wanted to give something to everybody that got dissapointed for the delay of the release and also people are more eager to check out something that's just there temporarly. I think we had like 3000 listerners in 24
hours, which is really good for a small band like us.
In February, you'll start a major European tour with Ektomorf and Kayser. Do you have any mental preparations getting ready for something like this?
Not really, it's a lot of rehearsals and a lot of other practical things that have to solved.
If you could pick anyone to tour with, who would it be and why?
It's hard to say, because you have to work together as persons in the bands and also you have to attract somewhat the same crowd, and you want to have a good time both on the stage and off the stage.
What are your plans after the tour's ended?
We might do another tour and also we have some summer festival gigs coming, that and writing some new material.
What would you say to convince those who've "had enough" with melodic death metal to pick up the new disc?
If you want 9 really intense metal tracks you can't afford to miss "Bedtime Prayers". Do like most people and download it, it will be worth your time, and if you like it buy it.
Unfortunately, Bedtime Prayers doesn't look to be going platinum over here in the US anytime soon, What does everyone else do outside of Blinded Colony?
I'm a electrician, Schuster is working as a producer, Johan is working part-time as a fireman and producer, Staffan is working part-time as taxidriver and Roy is doing some shit at a factory.
Thanks for your time, anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks for the interview bro! For those interested in buying Bedtime
Prayers, the link below will be of some help! Cheers and thanks for the
support! We encourage everyone to check out our MYSPACE page
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