Σάββατο, 3 Μαΐου 2014

Toner Low Interview




Hallo, uit Griekenland! I hope that sounds right and not something offensive! Let’s get started ....!!


From Weedland (Netherland) to Sunland (Greece) how do you feel about that?

Hi, yes it’s great to finally play in Greece. I hope not all the green gets burned by rays of the sun before we arrive!


I can’t wait for that gig but let’s know better who Toner Low are. So, when, how and why did you get started?

We started in March 1998 with five people and made a couple of demo’s in the first years. Those early songs were influenced by all kind of stoner and guitar rock bands, such as Kyuss, Sleep, Fu Manchu and Monster Magnet. In 2002 Toner Low became a three-piece, our sound got heavier and we stopped playing most of the older material as we began working on songs for our first full-length album (2005). Our current line-up got together in December 2007 and we’ve made two albums since (2008 and 2013).


If someone hasn’t heard your music, how would you describe it and which bands would you use as references?

To someone who hasn’t heard it, I would say that it’s slow and mostly instrumental with lots of low frequencies and repetitive riffs. Nowadays we have bands such as Sleep, Acid King, High On Fire and Electric Wizard as our references, but of course there’s many other doom and stoner bands that we have things in common with.

“ III “ is the third studio album of the band. A year after it was released how do you feel about it? Would you do any changes or not?

No, I don’t think we would change a lot and I guess it would have had more or less the same outcome if we had recorded it this year. On the whole "III" turned out to be quite a divers album, a bit like a cross between our first and second full-length maybe.


What’s the current status of the band ? Any new stuff coming out in the near future like Ep / Lp or whatever ?

Because we are very slow at writing music and songs, a new release is not planned in the near future. Instead we focus on playing live.



What’s your opinion on the growing popularity of psychedelic/stoner rock scene? Where could Toner Low be placed in this scene?

It’s a great thing that the doom and stoner scene is expanding, there’s a lot of bands with a sound of their own which makes it a very divers scene for the insider. I don’t know where Toner Low can be placed though. Last year’s album has been described as a ‘land mark release’ in some reviews and that’s of course very cool to read.


Thanks once more for this interview. The last section is “Free Mode” say
whatever you want to close this interview.

Thanks for your interest, see you at one of the gigs in Greece!

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