FORE – Interview
Interview with Taylor Nordberg (Guitars) of FORE and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TN: An insane one. I think my head would probably fall off except I’m too busy to get around to it.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TN: I grew up in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania (or “The Historic Boalsburg Village” to some), with an incredible family and encouraging and supportive parents. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13, and I’m utterly obsessed with music.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TN: Well, I started playing guitar because of Aerosmith. Other huge influences are anything from Megadeth to Offspring to Simon & Garfunkel to Keep of Kalessin to King Crimson etc. Non musical? Jaws, horror movies, Dylan Thomas, X-Files.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TN: To be honest most of them have been met at this point. It was always: make an album, go on tour, tour in Europe, play to 1000 people, play to 5000… One thing I still want to do is go cage-diving with Great White Sharks, which I had planned on doing this summer before the virus botched things up.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TN: These songs aren’t songs until everyone has put their ideas to it. They usually start as guitar riffs or bass riffs, but it’s not until everyone’s put their stamp on it does it sound like FORE. Brian (Stephenson) writes all the lyrics, and I think he’s a great writer. A lot of his lyrics have a positive message, which is nice to be a part of. He’s got some clever lyrics, so be sure to read them when the album comes out. Brian writes these incredibly catchy vocal hooks. I refer to him as the Canadian Glenn Hughes.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TN: Well we have only been a band for less than two months, so we have no shows lined up, but we are taking the whole thing with a very laid back approach. Let the music do the talking. We’re just putting the songs out there, seeing if people still like this kind of punk, haha.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TN: I admit I used to download music back when I was younger, I discovered a lot of bands that became hugely influential to me, and who I went to see live, and bought their music and shirts. I think a fan should support the bands and buy the albums, but if they download it and share it with their friends, and they tell two friends, and they tell two friends…then they all might come out to the shows and buy a shirt. At least that’s the way I’d like to think it works.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TN: Well there are probably about 1000 songs I wish I had written, but one that comes to mind first is Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd. It’s just a gorgeous song, top to bottom, from the production, to the build ups, to the melodies. Gilmour’s bends and phrasing are out of this world.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TD: Back-seat drivers. Spiders.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TN: In a way, it’s today, because I’m still pursuing my love of music all these years later. But I’m pretty proud of the people that I’ve played music with or on tour with, because many of those bands I have been a fan of since I was a kid. Releasing my first album on a label, first tour, first European tour.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TN: Well we are mixing the rest of this first FORE album, the new album for the Absence is being mixed, the new Massacre album is being finished up, we have a new Goregäng album mostly done, vocals are being recorded for the new Ribspreader album, and there are a handful more projects that Jeramie (Kling) and I have that have albums coming out most likely in 2021 now.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
TN: Well, shows keep getting canceled and postponed but the first ones for me will most likely be with Massacre, and you should be there because we’ll be playing a good mix of From Beyond material, new stuff, and even demo-era songs.