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Review and Interview 2008:

Band Members: Emma Varg (Vocals), Christian Silver (Drums), Robert Vintervind (Guitars), Manne Engström (Guitars), Peter Falk (Bass)

Origin Country: Sweden

TWDSO are a gathering of many musical talents. The band is made of well experienced musicians from various areas of the musical world. This is a new and very exciting band. I expect to hear big things from them in the future. So keep an eye out for them

http://www.myspace.com/twdso

1. Let's begin with the introduction of the band.

I'll try to keep this one short because all of us have been around for long time now in the Swedish music scene. To tell the whole story would just take too long. While I was recording the swansong of Beseech “Sunless Days” they were approached by a record company that wanted them to start a new band that would focus on a more modern metal sound. So Robert and I got to talking about it and decided to write and record a few songs to see where we would end up with it. Manne who also were pushing Beseech in a new direction was instantly recruited and we got to work. At the same time I was going to record and produce a couple of songs that Henric Carlsson had written that Sara Lofgren was going to lay down the vocals on. When I heard his demo recordings of his material it struck me. This sounds kind of what we're writing. So… they needed two guitarists and a drummer and we needed a bass player and a vocalist. The rest is history. The funny thing is that we had not planned on having a female vocalist, but after hearing the result we couldn't be happier about it.

2. Obviously Sara is away for now. Will she be returning to the line up in the future?

Sara is away for personal reasons. She is having a baby in January and is planning a new Solo album. It's hard to say when and if she returns to the lineup. We're moving on without her and we'll see what the future has in store for us. It is working out great with Emma Varg at the moment so we're not too worried about the “loss” of Sara.

3. What is the next big goal for the band?

The goal is the same for every new band. Finding a label to call home and to release an album and go on tour I guess. Since we've been doing this for so many years we're not rushing into it this time. We're going to let our manager sort out all the offers that are coming in from different labels and then we're going to sit down and see what works out best for us. For the time being were just focusing on writing enough material for an album and doing some live shows to get a feeling of how those songs work live.

4. The band is made up of members with a great diversity of experience in the music world. How does this affect the music writing process?

I've hardly ever come across a band with so many songwriters. Everybody contributes in the process and somehow all the material seems to fit with what we want to achieve. When we started out we were afraid that having so many different writers would make our songs sound too diverse, but we make it work. It's a inspiring to go into the studio to write and record songs with this band. Everybody is open-minded and lets anybody come with ideas to push a song in any direction.

5. Is balancing the band with the work of Studiomega a challenge?

So far it hasn't been any problems. It just takes a bit of planning. We have competent people working for us and if there is a recording going on that I have put my hands on. Then we just plan our time to make it work.

6. What is most important to you to relay in the music?

I think a song should be able to stand on its own two legs, so to speak. A good song works when you play it on a single instrument like a guitar or piano. You shouldn't have to rely on the production or cool effects to make people nod their heads when they listen to it. I think that's what we try to do. Write and record good songs. We still make sure the production is up to date and we're not afraid to experiment with a lot of things in the studio, but the focus is always on the songs.

7. How has the band been received by fans in your home country?

I feel that we've been received really well. We were wondering how much focus that were going to be put on the fact that we all come from other more or less well known bands. We were also a bit worried how the “metal” audience would react to the fact that both Sara Lofgren and Emma Varg comes from more mainstream genres. So far there has been nothing but positive feedback.

8. Is there anything new of different you want to incorporate into the music that you have never tried?

The really big difference that we have in this band that none of us has experienced before is that everyone writes music. That's very rare and like I said before, it works out really well.

9. What is one thing listeners should know about TWDSO?

That's a hard question to answer, but I guess we can without lying say that the music comes first. Always! We don't let anything compromise our music. We will only put out songs that we are 100% satisfied with.

10. Where can fans get band merchandise?

At the moment we don't have any merchandise for sale. The first batch of T-shirts and Hoodies has been sold out. As soon as we are re-stocked we will put on our website so that fans can order it.

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