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INTERVIEW: MANKIND

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

-Thank you. Umm confused in a good way mostly. We can be very independent and that’s not necessarily a good thing, societies are built on trust and dependence. Sometimes it’s good to get back into dialogue with the rest of the world.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Three Handfuls Of Dirt”?

– We recorded this track together with HannesFerm (HOLY). We were recording bass and drums with this old tape recorder and one of the four tracks were just dying on us, leaving like this hiss all over the track, which seemed suitable for a song about death. Both lyrically and musically, it’s built on layers and layers, repetitive patterns, but all of them simple enough that in the end the light shines through.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

– It’s a song about mourning, or hopefully grief in general, and so is three out of four tracks on the EP. It’s a little naive but I had this idea that if I wrote a song about it perhaps I wouldn’t have to think about it as much. No particular event, just the ever changing nature of existence. In Japan they even have an expression to describe said feeling, Mono no aware.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

– Yes! No! I dunno. Dreams. We have several videos in the making, all of them consisting fully or partly by “borrowed” material found on YouTube. We are collaborating with Karl-Fredrik von Walden, a student at Konstfack, who has some very interesting ideas about the relationship between technology and people.

How was the recording and writing process?

– A lot a fun and very time consuming, hah. This EP is the first thing we did all ourselves, with no “adult” supervision, in our own studio and with no budget or deadline. Some things had the time to develop slowly, which I personally think is fantastic. Lyrically, there are themes and ideas derived from Allen GinsbergsKaddish, Walt Whitman, Bhagavad Gita, french graphic novels, old text messages from my old phone and nursery rhymes.

What can we expect from the upcoming EP, which the single is taken from?

– We don’t really think to much about expectations and such so I dunno. Some nice pop music about eternal love and death. I don’t think people will dance to this music so don’t expect that. It’s mostly transcendental music. We haven’t even talked about what kind of room this music is suitable for. Maybe headphones. This was a good question, we promise to think more about architecture in the future!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

– As soon as this EP is out, we’re going to start working on the debut album. It’s about time. Literally, it’s an album about time! No, I’m kidding. We’ll see how that plays out, we have zero budget, endless inspiration and about 200 sketches. So I’d guess it’ll be out within a year, hopefully a lot sooner. I’ve always liked aug, sep and oct the best. That’s when I want to release an album.

Any plans to hit the road?

– At the moment we want to focus on the album. But we’ve been talking about heading over to U.K. for a couple of shows, we’ll see how that turns out. Could be fun.

Why should people pay attention to MANKIND? What’s special about you?

-I don’t think that’s up to us. It’s asking a bird about ornithology. However, if you can see the connection between how you’d feel wearing the sweatshirt of the coolest kid in school and how shamans thousands of years ago used masks to get possessed by different spirits or entities, or at least if you find such relations interesting, then I’d like to think you would enjoy our world.

What else is happening next in MANKIND’s world?

– Y’know that sense of confusion I mentioned before? It’s a very strong creative force, and very enjoyable if you let it. I need disorder and chaos around me to get a glimpse at that magic that makes me want to write music all together. So that’s what we’re looking for. We want to write, record and perform pop music. So that’s what we’re going to do.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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