By Kim Mercil
Can a band be as good as Skinny Puppy or Die Form? One
listen to Imago, Interlace's newest CD, and you will answer "yes" with
no hesitation to the above question. Interlace brings us to a whole new level
within the context of the music they create. They weave a new insight on
cultural expressions that they feel are void of content. Thus giving the
audience new knowledge while letting them get in touch with their emotions
about it. Other than music, Interlace incorporates many different artistic
forms into itself, hence their web site
www,designforanewbreed.com. Interlace will change their stage
shows with new props for each conceptual phase. It is for this reason Interlace
is one of the few bands I would kill my parents to see live.
1. Whos in the band Interlace? Where do you call
Interlace has four members. We live in Malmö,
2. Interlace formed nearly a decade ago, but the
band didnt get underway until 2001. What other artistic engagements led
to the delay of Interlace?
Just as you say, the blueprints for Interlace were conceived
in the mid nineties. At that time, we didnt have the resources to pull
off a project of this scale, so we decided to wait until the time was right. In
2001 all the pieces finally fell into place, and we were able to take on the
massive task of realizing Interlace.
3. Your debut CD Innuendo was written and produced in
three months. How long was the production time for Imago?
We entered the studio in November 2003, just after the
Euopean tour with Suicide Commando, and delivered the master copy to Memento
Materia in February. So it took about three months this time too. Although we
are quite comfortable with working like this in shifts around the clock
with sessions spanning days, having to plan every detail meticulously in order
to be able to meet the deadline we have decided to try a slightly
different approach for the next album. In the end, our production methodology
perhaps isnt ideal from a health or social point of view.
4. Imago is my first contact with Interlace, how would
you say Imago differs from Innuendo musically?
Imago picks up where Innuendo ended. We want
Interlace to evolve, gradually shifting form while remaining true to the
fundamentals of the project. The biggest musical difference between the two
albums is probably that we decided to be quite open with the musical roots of
Interlace on Innuendo. With Imago we didnt feel this
responsibility, and instead allowed ourselves to bring forth more of the true
musical core of Interlace.
5. Interlaces music is created to form a new state
of awareness. What exactly is it that youre trying to make us aware
We feel that a lot of the cultural expressions that surround
us are void of content. There is colour, shapes and sound, but neither heart
nor brain. Do people really want to be treated as if they were imbeciles by
those who make a living out of entertaining them? We think not, and we are
devoted to creating art that stir emotions at the moment of consumption as well
as leaving the audience with something more lasting the seed of a new
insight, or a piece of knowledge they did not previously have. We see no
contradiction between these two objectives; rather, the best art is often that
that evokes both direct and indirect emotions. We want our audience to expect
nothing less from us, thus contributing to a society in which the line between
the entertainers and the entertained is erased insofar that cultural
expressions arent produced and then consumed, but rather created at the
moment of interaction between the object and the subject. That is, a piece of
Interlace art isnt truly created until the moment it gives rise to
emotion or insight until then, its merely data. We want people to
raise their expectations on culture and demand to be treated as individuals
with the potential to mold their universe, as opposed to passive receivers of
products that fail to stimulate the very processes of mankind that separate us
6. What would Interlace say is the most difficult and
controversial issue of today?
There are obviously a number of important issues that
mankind has to deal with, but we generally prefer to communicate our opinions
on them in the context of what we create rather than in interviews.
7. How would you describe Interlace as being a virtual
Its important to us to place our art
in a context that is perceived as meaningful by our audience. However, we
despise artistic pseudo-intellectuality. We have decided to pursue an academic
discourse for Interlace, and this implies a responsibility to actually know
what were talking about. This is why Interlace could be described as a
virtual laboratory the project itself calls for constant knowledge
creation. For instance, Teiaiel spent weeks studying organic chemistry and the
anatomy of the foetus before designing the Innuendo incubator. If the
details arent correct, the whole picture isnt credible.
8. Interlace has released two full-lengths and an EP
prior to Imago. Yet Imago is your first north American release. Why is that?
Innuendo was available in North America through
Metropolis catalogue as well as via Storming the Base. For Imago
we wanted an American license, because you need skilled marketing people who
continuously promote your products in order to actually penetrate a market.
Artoffact had all that we asked for; its a competent and dedicated label,
and so far weve thoroughly enjoyed working with them.
9. How did you go from the Swedish label Memento Materia
to the Canadian label Artoffact Records?
We are still on Memento Materia, who licensed us to
10. Interlace is also sub-licensed by German Dependent
Records. Are you still with them? Why are so many labels involved with your
music? Creatively speaking, is this a good thing or not?
Yes, were still licensed to Dependent. Interlace, like
all international bands, needs a global network of skilled and dedicated people
in order to function well.
11. After listening to Imago a few times, I feel a
musical similarity to that of Wumpscut and early Skinny Puppy, do you agree?
Would Interlace consider Wumpscut and Skinny Puppy as influences?
Skinny Puppy is an important reference for Interlace, at
least in terms of the approach to the music making itself. I wouldnt say
that our music is particularly similar though. As for Wumpscut, I only know
them by name.
12. On Imago, why is track seven titled Track Two?
Actually the title has nothing to do with the track order of
13. How does Interlace come up with their song
The names of the tracks describe their contents, thats
really all I can say.
14. Interlace remixed the track Rain Of Brass
Petals for the soundtrack to the game Silent Hill 3. How did this
We sent a copy of Innuendo to Akira Yamaoka through
his Team Silent, and he appreciated the music and concept so we decided to do
some kind of artistic collaboration. A remix exchange followed, in which we
wrote a version of Rain of Brass Petals called Three Voices Edit.
The remix is included on the Japanese soundtrack to Silent Hill 3. Akira
chose to take on our Missing Link, and created a magic track that we
released on Under the Sky.
15. Do you find it more beneficial to do
remixes or have studio versions of your material appear on
We definitely prefer remixes, since most of our audience
already has the original versions on CD. However, we get too many compilation
requests to be able to provide a unique track for each one its a
lot of work to produce a quality remix that stands out enough from the original
version to make it worth releasing.
16. Why was your bands website created using
www.designforanewbreed.com instead of the bands
Although first and foremost being a music project, Interlace
spans over a variety of artistic forms. We strive to incorporate all these
expressions into one coherent framework, where each component adds to the total
experience rather than being an independent piece of art. We use the term
Design for a New Breed to encapsulate all Interlace art, and this is the logic
behind the address of our official web site.
17. How did you come in contact with artist Dave McKean,
who provided the cover art for Imago?
Teiaiel designed the cover art for Innuendo and
Under the Sky, and she agreed to do Imago too. At the time she lived in
London, working with digital effects for Dave McKeans new movie Mirror
Mask. Teiaiel introduced Dave to Interlace and asked if he would be
interested in doing the Imago cover art together with her. He agreed,
and thats how the exciting collaboration came about.
www.teiaiel.com, has designed
accessory apparel and props for Interlaces stage show. How did this
working relationship come to be? How long has Teiaiel been doing this for
Interlace? Besides neck corsets and the bishops crosier, what other items
have been designed for stage use?
Teiaiel is a good friend of ours, and weve been
working together for several years. The props you mention are part of the Imago
stage show, which Teiaiel designed and built together with us. Since each
conceptual phase of Interlace means a completely new stage show has to be
created, there is a lot of work involved in the live dimension. Teiaiel is a
leading Scandinavian designer, and its of great value to us to have her
involved in the process.