Blodig Alvor – Interview with guitarist Truls Ringstad
Interview by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
It may sound like something an Englishman might say in a rage, but Bloody Serious or Blodig Alvor as they’re truly known, hail out of the chill of Norway. Playing punked up rock n roll, this is a band that seem dead serious about giving it their all and having a good time. Proving that the name doesn’t mean it’s all grimaces and long faces, guitarist Truls Ringstad tells us about the band’s latest album, different languages, and where’s good for a drink…
If I were to ask you for a one line introduction to who Blodig Alvor are, what would you say?
Truls Ringstad (TR) – We’re a catchy and brutal punk-orchestra.
The name translates to ‘Bloody Serious’ – does that reflect you as a band?
TR – Not really. We actually weren’t too serious about the band when we started it. We needed a name, and Blodig Alvor was short, easy to remember and it sounded cool.
What has the reception been like so far to your album Mørkets Frembrudd?
TR – All right. Reviewers are very fond of comparing us to Kvelertak. We don’t really understand how we resemble Kvelertak, but that’s ok. It seems like the Danish are into us, we’ve gotten a lot of great reviews from them.
Why did you choose to keep the lyrics in your native language?
TR – Because of our lack of English-skills we felt we had to, to be able to write lyrics about a little bit more than just sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll.
Whilst Norwegian is far outside my below-average language skills, what I found interesting about Mørkets Frembrudd is that I still felt I always knew what the lyrics were about – do you think the subjects you chose translate well?
TR – We’ve never really considered that before, but the reviews we’ve read about the album from countries outside of Norway have given us the impression that they get it. It probably has got something to do with the kind of music we play, people within our genre tend to sing about somewhat the same stuff.
Do you think that the market has become much more receptive to Norwegian-language bands in recent years? Has it paved the way for new acts to gain wider attention?
TR – After Kvelertak’s great success abroad, it probably opened many’s eyes to Norwegian bands. Thanks to them!
Your music is pretty fast and frantic – does that reflect your mindset when writing?
TR – When you’re playing punk rock it’s almost mandatory to play at a certain speed. There’s no point in playing slow!
The band signed to Indie Recordings at the end of 2012 – how did you feel about this opportunity? Have things accelerated a lot since this time?
TR – We’re eternally grateful that they were willing to invest in us and they’ve done a lot for us. Just putting out our album is a huge step from where we were before we signed with them.
You have a profile on Pledge Music – how at all have you benefited from the site? Do these sorts of initiatives fit well with Blodig Alvor’s philosophy?
TR – Yeah, we have a profile. That’s as far as we’ve gotten. We don’t really get how that thing works…
How have you spent 2013 so far? Are you looking to tour/work on new material etc?
TR – We’ve spent 2013 on touring as much as we possibly can. We’ve already have many songs finished and ready for recording. So there’s more coming, and it’s going to be kick ass!
Finally then, when you’re not being ‘Bloody Serious’ how do you spend your free time?
TR – Hanging out at Norways finest pub, Smutthullet!
Staying serious for a sec – check out my review of Mørkets Frembrudd here – http://www.metal-rules.com/review/viewreview.php?band=&album=&post_by=&rating=&month=&letter=B&year=&pos=282