Monday, 21 March 2016

Feature: Novah (21/03/16)

Swedish based group, Novah, consists of Simon Hagstrom Rennerstedt (vocals/keyboard/guitar), Filip Hagstrom Rennerstedt (bass), Paul Strand (drums), Oskar Karlstrom (guitar) and David Tranberg (vocals / guitar). After releasing the internationally well-received 'Robot' last year - a track that has now surpassed 100k streams on Spotify - they immediately started focusing their minds on a debut EP, which will be released this Spring. They have teased what's to come with their latest single 'Revolution'.

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
We were about 10 years old when we started playing in different bands. At that time we had no idea how to play any instruments but we thought we were the biggest rockstars ever. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
A Swedish artist called Moto Boy performed a few years ago at a small venue in Stockholm. That was incredible. And of course seeing U2 live is a godlike experience. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Rhodes, The Killers, Amanda Bergman, Novah, Aquilo. 

3 Qs for Novah:

1. Which three countries would you most like to tour and why?
Touring USA is a dream of course. Brazil would be fantastic too! And we have to say Germany as well. They have a great scene for our kind of music. Probably the best in Europe. 

2. Who influences you musically and what inspires you lyrically?
Artists like Arcade Fire, Glasvegas & Kent have been a huge influence for us musically. But also more dreamy music like Brian Eno and Sigur Ros inspires us a lot. We love big sounds. It's hard to say what inspires us lyrically. It can be anything from very simple and honest lyrics to more deep and metaphoric. 

3. What process did you go through writing 'Revolution' and how did it differ from the rest of the tracks on your debut EP 'Alaska'?
The funny thing is that we usually struggle with having a great verse but no chorus. With 'Revolution' it was the complete opposite. We wrote the chorus back in 2014 and when we picked it up again last summer it took us maybe 20 minutes to complete the whole song. 

Random Q:

First song you remember hearing?
Maybe 'The Look' by Roxette or 'Billie Jean' with Michael Jackson.

'Revolution' Review:
'Revolution' is a beautifully atmospheric track, the honesty in the lyrics and emotiveness really shines through in the vocals and the melody. The layered instruments come together brilliantly and grow into a fantastic chorus, impossible to not to hum along to. There's a really energy and rawness to this song, easily one of the best indie rock tracks so far this year! Looking forward to hearing what's to come on their EP. 

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