-Interview- Wardenclyffe (9/29/21)

Wardenclyffe talks about their signature sound, upcoming plans and much more.


From: Sweden
Sounds like: Doom Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Wardenclyffe" and is there any meaning behind it?

I started playing in bands then I was a teenager. The influences was mainly The New Wave of British Heavy Metal and the emerging Thrash Metal Scene. The sound of Wardenclyffe has been inspired from all metal and hard rock that I grew up with. Mix 1970s Scorpions and Black Sabbath with early 90s doom metal bands like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride and add a flavour of Dead Kennedys and you get the special Wardenclyffe-sound.

Wardenclyffe is the name on inventor Nikola Teslas research facility in New York there he experimented with wireless transmission of electricity. It connects to my own research as a Ph.D on the politics of energy.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

I want it to inspire to act against the abuse of power. But also that the riffs and melodies will get people hooked.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

See above (question 1).

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Samael, Coroner and Voivod.

5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

It has disturbed our chances to play live but got us time to record a killer album. The song Georgia Guidestones/Evilution is a direct answer to the things that has happened in the wake of the pandemic its refrain: ”Devil Bill and the Gates of Hell”.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Doom Metal?

We live in what can be described as the Apocalypse so Doom har never had a more prominent role to fill. It is the soundtrack of our times.

7. What’s the current music scene like in Sweden?

A big scene with a lot of talented bands. I especially love Tribulation. But I guess most bands has been around for a long time. Young people tend not to get into forming bands any more.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

We are not in it for the money. That I can tell you. It will take a long time to earn any money. The streaming revolution destroyed those possibilities, My book sales as an author pays the activities of the band at the moment.

9. What’s next for Wardenclyffe?

We will release on song per month until February 22d 2022. I also give a lecture and explain the content and meaning behind each song once a month. Next time will be at Café Sten Sture in Stockholm October 22d. These events are filmed and can be viewed on our Youtube-channel.

10. Any shoutouts?

Listen to what we have to offer. You won’t regret it.