Interview: Absent Elk

By on Tuesday, 9th June 2009 at 12:00 pm

Absent Elk (side)Next week Absent Elk are off on tour, and to celebrate we sat down with their vocalist Kjetil Morland to mull things over…

Hello Absent Elk. Who are you and what are you up to at the moment?

Kjetil here… We’re all promoting our debut single ‘Sun & Water’ like mad!

What do you reckon you sound like?

An explosion of colour and flavour

On songwriting – how does it start for you? Lyrical concept? A riff? Turn of phrase? Or a drug fuelled orgy that results in a great song?

Most often I write the song, then we work on the arrangements together as a band. Melody always comes first to me – the lyrical concept comes after daydreaming and dwelling on it for a few days. Other times a song starts with a riff written by someone in the band, we develop the music together, then I write the lyrics and melody after. You can tell which songs are based around a riff or a groove and which started with the melody. It gives a nice diversity to the album.

Before going on stage, do you have any rituals, either individual or as a band?

We usually have a little fight – then after that a ‘buh’. The latter is a ritual where we stand in a circle with our arms around each other trying to say ‘buh’ at the exact same time after a moment of silence. It’s really hard, but the times we get it spot on, we feel like one united unbeatable force ready to blow people away.;)

Slightly strange name for a band – where did you get it from / whose idea was it?

We just wanted something really different that people would notice in the whirlwind of band names out there. It’s a nod towards the scandi influence.

Before things really took off for Absent Elk, what were your jobs? Did you have day jobs or just focus 100% on the music?

We all had day jobs up until we got signed, and worked on the music in the evenings. Mike and I were designers, Ric worked as a Cardio Physiologist (testing peoples hearts), James ran a Ladbrokes branch and Ross worked testing drugs in a lab.

Touring with Girls Aloud must have been pretty amazing experience and a huge step up – how did you find it? Any amusing tour tales you can share with us?

Touring with the girls was amazing. The venues were massive! We only got to speak to them briefly in the passing in the corridors, but they seemed like really nice, down to earth girls. We really enjoyed watching them every night (obviously;). We were actually very well behaved on that tour. I think it was due to us having no rider what so ever, so by the time the show was over we didn’t really feel like going out.

What’s coming up over the next few months for you?

Our debut single ‘Sun & Water’ is out now on iTunes and any other download site. We’ve got our own UK headline tour coming up in June, so check our myspace for dates! We may do some festivals this summer, and our album should be out early August!

Finally, what’s one thing we wouldn’t normally know about you?

I spent a year in the army (compulsory in Norway), Ric is obsessed with belts, Ross used to have dreads, Mike ran over a squirrel on his driving test and passed, James is a ninja and has a black belt in karate.

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