Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
F: Metal from the middlemost of Sweden, faustus is a schmix of all the band members’ music taste mashed together but with as little ingredients taken from other bands as possible. It’s just us putting out music that we enjoy listening to and hopefully fans can enjoy and relate to.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
F: The foundation of the band was formed in 2011 by the two brothers Anton Pärlenskog (guitars), Oskar Pärlenskog (drums) and Mattias Lövhaga (guitars) soon after they met at a local School.
During the first years our main focus was to find a solid lineup, as well as writing material for our first demo.
As a session musician for an upcoming show Nils Hedberg (bass) joined in 2013, and has since been a member of the group.
Since then, we parted ways with our first vocalist Victor to find our next vocalist, Jonas.
Shortly thereafter, we began writing our first album Laments of an Obscure Mind. Featuring 11 tracks and released on all major platforms.
Ludvig Setterlind (vocalist) was in a band called Amentia, friends of ours during that time. As Faustus became in need of a vocalist, having booked some gigs in Sweden we reached out to Ludvig to help us.
After the tour we felt we had found the perfect match and asked Ludvig to join permanently.
Faustus started to write our magnum opus, THE record “Memoriam” right away.
One year after we started the writing process, the album was done. Scheduled to enter Obsidian Recordings Located in the well-known Studio Fredman In the fall of ‘21.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
F: Seeing as we are a Swedish band we don’t have to look very far regarding musical influences. But the main ones would would be Meshuggah, Whitechapel and In flames
Non-musical is very hard…the people that managed to make their dreams to reality
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
F: Doing this for a living and of course our goal is to selling out big stages/concerts and creating something we can be proud of
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
F: We write the songs together. Everyone has their part in a song.
Song ideas have started from the past even from a from simple or very complex drum idea or some weird noise that develops a feeling we jam out. Building the foundation of the song
What the songs are about differs a lot from. Finding something to talk/write about that is real and honest to yourself. Could be a struggle or a metaphor around something. Sometimes it can just be fantasy
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
F: Mostly social media, posters. Spreading the word around
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
F: As a listener – Great way of finding music and many bands in a short amount of time.
As a band – Harder to make a living out of it but a great way to be discovered
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
F: master of puppets? Demiurge? Sol Niger Within? White Christmas? Gods of Rapture? Gangnam style?
Imagine having that archive. Going from badass demiurge transitioning to white christmas
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
F: Noisy eating, double standards, unwashed dishes, to weak coffee,
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
F: Playing at the same festival/stage as our role models.
Hopefully there are more and bigger events to come.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
F: Getting our album “Memoriam” out and planning shows/touring. We also plan another music video after the release of this album
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
F: Currently available is our album “Laments of an obscure mind”.
We are on every streaming platform. You can buy or support us by merch/music from bandcamp “https://faustus.bandcamp.com/releases”.
Band/Artist location – Bollnas, Sweden
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