RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NORWEGIAN BAND TEMPERATURE FALLS
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history?
Hey, thank you for having us! Temperature Falls is Camilla who is the vocalist/writer and Ian who is the musician/writer . We write, record, produce and mix ourselves.
We are based in Norway, just outside of Oslo. We had a chance meeting at a party and were both going through some personal issues and were both there to just get some respite from this and just enjoy a few hours. We got introduced by a mutual friend and Ian started talking about how he was soon moving from Uk to Norway and had been in bands before but wanted to start a new project, studio based at first and moving on from there. I had been singing from a young age and had never really found the right project.
After hearing some of Ians demo’s I was 100% in. Ian moved over into a basement apartment in Jessheim as few months later and set up a studio there and we just threw ourselves into it. The name – well, when. Ian came over at the end of April 2019 we had this crazy summer! I mean like 5 months of intense sun and heat. Ian would walk down to the outside bar in Jessheim town every evening to have a few beers and listen to rough mixes he had made. He thought he was living in Spain 🙂 shorts and T short every day – sun till midnight in July, he couldn’t believe it! But the bar staff who he got to know used to warn him ‘ just wait buddy until the Temperature Falls, you’re gonna have a shock! He started naming mixes TF 1,2, etc and we went with it, it became a joke that stuck. He did have a shock come that winter – dark by 3 pm and -20C !!
We both come from different diverse musical backgrounds.
Ian grew up with 80’s influences from his parents – The Police, Blondie , Sade etc and developed himself into blues guitar with the likes of Ry Cooder which then transcended into the grunge scene and Pearljam which was a gateway into Nu Metal sounds of Korn and The Deftones. Ian was in a metal band and signed with Visible Noise / Sony Europe and toured and released a few albums with ’Number One Son’ from the Uk. But even during this he was still listening to non metal and struck a big connection with the Bristol music scene and the newly termed ’Trip Hop’ made popular by bands ‘Portishead’ and his all times heroes ‘Massive Attack’. I had grown up in Norway listening to a lot of various US and UK pop and also some popular metal. I had a huge love for Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga and also fellow Norwegian female singers such as Sussane Sundfor and Astrid S. We both love Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut album, we have been listening to that a lot recently. Everything Everything – ‘get to heaven’ is a classic we both love too
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
We got asked our favourite smell on a few occasions- think that’s pretty weird
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with america and the UK, good idea?
We think that’s great, spreading the news and sharing music from all over the world . We feel pop is dominant here in Norway, we know we are different, we transcend genres which to us is cool but I feel that here in Norway we don’t fit. We have a lot of interest from other places but here in Norway we can’t really get any press interest even music bloggers , we are too many things and not one style. Our genre can change song to song but its the way we write and what is inside us and we won’t change that just to fit in. So if you can spread word of our music to other countries in the world we think that’s amazing.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Oh my! Ok over to Ian !! Ha ha, too many to mention! I’m all in for most of them – except flat earth and hollow earth – I can’t go that deep, that’s my limit. Chem trails, the horrific 9/11, Roswell and the like. I’ve spent too many hours on that side of YouTube documentaries than I care to admit!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I think we have about 1000 masks lying about in a box somewhere in the car! Apart from that I think we did good! We really pulled together and we were lucky we have a home studio that we finished setting up in the basement the year before – we loved lockdown! Really gave us time to write and record without any outside distractions.
What useless party trick do you have?
Strangely we can both balance spoons on our nose
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I’ll leave this to Ian as his musical career spans further than mine- he was in a UK rock band ‘Number One Son’ signed to visible Noise/Sony Europe and he got to support Motorhead in Dublin. How can you beat that??!!!
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Ian is an engineer in construction – I’m a nurse, not sure if it’s surprising we have day jobs! But its who we are.
Ian can drink a lot and not get drunk and appear totally sober – a true skill. I can drink 1 beer and feel tipsy! That surprises me 🙂
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Any industry that tries to combine artistic vision and payment is tainted with compromise, which we won’t do – but I will give you 3 words that describe us and our sound – Honest, Raw, Ambiguous
We keep going and writing and recording as long as we feel we are enjoying it and making moods with our music. I think our music can vary in genres from song to song so it can be hard to define one of our albums- hopefully, we find our audience and people enjoy what we produce We’re continuing to look deeper inside ourselves and the world around us and continue to make music that is real to us.
We never look at what others are doing. Sure we listen to lots of music and we have our heroes and we keep finding new music we love – but to us our music is us – our journey and you really get our heart and soul on each record. Our worst fear is for someone to listen to our music and be apathetic to it, to not have been moved emotionally either way by it. I think I would rather someone hate it rather than say it was ‘just ok’ or ‘generic’. Hopefully, they are moved by it positively but I think apathy is our worst fear.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
We tend to gravitate to our own struggles, and mental health has been a big part of that especially throughout the lockdown periods. A large part of our recently released 3rd Album ‘Nobody To Believe In Anymore’ dealt with addiction or being in a relationship with an addict, self harm and some dark personal issues this has kind of continued with our writing. We try and stay true and honest. We have this indie, trip-hop and alternative rock vibes we bounce between. But we can as with this song go deeper with just piano bass and drums and really explore different sounds. We’re not scared of that. We never want to be pigeon holed into one category – we will stay honest with our feelings and how we write.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Fuck, what isn’t? War, poverty, lying company-controlled media dictating the narrative. The exploitation of normal people every day. It’s a shitstorm right now isn’t it? We try and focus internally as much as we can on our bubble coz I think it would drive us crazy if we worried about it all. That’s awful to say. We try and be the best humans we can be the way we treat others and in all our interactions, that’s the best we feel we can do, start with ourselves. If everyone could do that we could have better work maybe – but as they say, power corrupts and I’ve seen nothing to change my mind about that. I’m not sure what the answer is for a better world.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
Yep, we are halfway through writing our 4th album – so far we have released ‘Hide’ which was very trip-hop fused with a sprinkle of industrial beats. Again dealing with tales of our own inspired mental health struggles. ‘Apology’ was very alt rock inspired and really just a blast in the chorus – stemming from an argument between us in the studio 😆😆 – ‘ Reach’ was a driving beat yet chill. Now with ‘Please Don’t Go’ we write about losing a partner you love so much but you feel them drifting away and then they tell you they are leaving the relationship. That heartache of unrequited love I think most people including ourselves have experienced at some point in our lives. So i think we are about trying to dig deeper into ourselves, and keep trying to improve sonically. Stay true to ourselves and our ever-evolving musical identity.
Talk me through the thought process of the single/album/ep?
Music first as in 99% of the songs we make – We will discuss feelings and vibes of what we want to create musically. That’s kinda a broad brush stroke in a way because we never force what comes out as we feel that is ‘fake’, we only want to create what comes naturally in the case of a vibe, we are always pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone to be better and challenge ourselves but the thought or style of the music is true to us and will always be that way. Ian will take that and create some ideas, we will sit and listen to parts and discuss if we like it and if we should continue with it- if so where to go with it in which direction. And work from there, sometimes Ian can go off for a few weeks and come back with 2 or 3 finished tracks and I know straight away they are going to be great because I can see it in his eyes when he wants to show something – he has that spark and enthusiasm. Other times he has 4 or 5 parts or ideas and maybe he is struggling to find the path or meaning and we will work on things – I might be like ‘ heel yeah I’ve got a great melody idea for that piece of music etc. after the music is finished I will take it and listen to the hell out of it, driving in the car to and from work, etc and get that feeling of what it means to me and how I associate with it. I’ll write lyrics often as I record. I’ll pass these over to Ian and he mixes and then we have more listening sessions and make tweaks here and there.
What was the recording process like?
The initial spark is the hardest- we can maybe have 8-10 ideas before we find 1 we think ‘thats good’ we work on that and expand that and grow it. After that its the mixing , as spoke earlier about our progression in the studio, were not expert mixers but we want the control and we may spend weeks on it – it becomes frustrating sometimes and running in circles. But its a part of the ‘art’ in a way. You can totally change the song in a mix.
Would you change anything?
We would like to think we have made big steps sonically in our evolution. If we were being brutally honest we probably shouldn’t have released our first album as it was and we probably should have spent another year getting better at production. But saying that I always loved bands that you can go back to their early stuff and it’s raw and you can hear how they have grown. Hopefully, fans that have followed us from the start can hear that in us and appreciate the journey. We still strive to write from within and stay true to ourselves and our musical vision.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
We are spending the next few months finishing the album, then we hope the world is back to normal after Covid and we can plan some live shows!! 🤞🤞