trying to write about thirty new tracks, ten at the time, and in
the end we will choose the fifteen best to work with for the
Read the latest interview with Kiethevez from June 2003, written by J
Andersson for Kiethevez.com.
Your latest album titled Opium was released in 1997. Is there
any new material out soon?
Hopefully we will release a new album (not yet titled) in 2005. It may seem lazy that we haven’t released any
new material for almost six years, but after the Opium album we
were drained of creativity and inspiration. A lot of touring,
singles, videos and so on created some kind of emptiness. As a
band we need that extra energy, the special need to create and
express our self’s – and we can’t compose without it. It took
maybe three years before we felt that we had the need to create
again. So two years ago we started to write some new songs, just
to get the feel of it again. Some moths later we decided to make
a new album. Everything felt right to start writing together
So your working with a new album. Can you try to describe the
During those years since Opium was released we’ve got some new
influences. As always we’re trying to create something new on
each album, we’re trying to develop our sound, lyrics and
arrangements. So we have experimented a lot with our sound over
a period. We wanted to develop a more organic sound, something
that feels more honest. Our melodies have always been very
important, and it will be important for as long as we write.
Just to add more feeling to the melodies we developed that more
organic and acoustic sound. More guitars, samplings, odd
instruments and so on made the job. But the melancholic touch
and brilliant lyrics will always be our compass. We’re convinced
that the new sound is what we always searched for – but we
needed that break for a few years to realize what was missing.
There are both up- and low-tempo songs ready so far. Really dark
pieces but also some “melancholic happy” ones. We’re trying to
write about thirty new tracks, ten at the time, and in the end
we will choose the fifteen best to work with for the album.
About twelve of them will end up on the CD. The rest will be
used for B-sides, collections and so on.
It seams like a very long process...
Yes, absolutely. But we need that process to be satisfied with
the result. And we need that process to really get into what’s
good, and what’s not so good. It’s all about getting to know the
songs, then you really now which ones that fits on the new album
– and which ones that don’t. Sometimes the melody and the lyrics
is really great – but we don’t get the arrangement right. Some
songs are rearranged about fore or five times just to get the
right feeling. Thirty songs takes about two years to write, and
after that two years passes by before we have the ten or twelve
best songs for the album. All songs must fit the new concept,
and the album is a concept – not a collection of songs. It’s a
long process – and we’re that kind of band that needs time to
create what we want.
How do you work in the studio?
We have always worked in teams of two. Sometimes all four of us
get together to take a song a step further. During the years
we’ve worked together we have just positive experiences of
working in pairs. We achieve some kind of dynamic creativity,
and when we don’t get this right – we just switch members in the
duos to get new points of view. We also share early ides via
e-mail – mp3-files, chord analysis, lyrics and so on. Constant
communication. Frequently we meet all four during a weekend to
work with new songs and share new ideas.
And how do you compose?
It’s very often someone that comes up with an idea, some lyrics,
a refrain, a beat, a sound or just anything. From that we’re
trying to build a complete song. We also compose complete songs
with just a guitar, or in the front of a piano. When we’re
arranging and producing we experiment a lot like making an odd
chord change, reversing the guitars, adding an extra bar before
the refrain, using live drums and percussion. An of course we
work a lot with the backing vocal parts. A song is a never
ending project, the first versions of the arrangement is very
simple, and then we’re adding more and more instruments, sounds
and layers until we reach a critical mass of sounds. Then we
strip the arrangement until satisfaction. Therefore we always
have the possibility to add or remove layers and sounds from the
arrangement. After maybe six months the production is fairly
finished. We usually write the lyrics in the end because then
you got a lot of time getting to know the melody and it’s easier
to focus on what you want your words to say.
And what do you do right now?
We’ve right in the middle of the process of writing the new
album. We hope we have thirty
really good songs sometimes in the end of 2004. We’re very
satisfied with the material so far, and we’re absolutely
convinced that this album will be the best so far. It’s a long
way to go until we’re finished, but we love the process and it’s
worth all that effort to gain want we want. Hopefully the new
album will be out in the autumn of 2005 – and it will be
followed of some heavy promotion, videos, performances and so
on. We hope to tour the US and some larger cities in Europe and
in south America. We really longing for meeting all the fans
again after those years.
(c) J Andersson, June 2003