Welcome back! I hope you’ve had a chance to check out our first couple of Nerds in Bands interviews, but if you haven’t all you need to know is this a series where we interview people in bands who also happen to have a nerdy side.
For this installment of Nerds in Bands, I had a chance to chat with Timo Silvola, drummer for Norwegian band Barren Womb, about his love of comics, and their new album “The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken”.
4LN: When did you first get into comics, and was there any specific issue or series that got you interested?
Timo: I’ve always been into comics. When I was a kid I used to scavenge secondhand bookshops for old Conan the Barbarian issues. One day I picked up a compilation album from a Norwegian comic publisher and it had a piece of Preacher in it. My mind was blown. Soon after I began working at the local comic book store and a new world opened up before me.
Do you have an all-time favorite issue?
Hmm. That’s a tough one. I’m a sucker for one-offs and although I’m not a Superman fan, I really enjoy Red Son. Instead of crashing down in Smallville USA, Superman grows up on a Soviet collective farm in the 1950’s. This results in a global communist superpower that is governed by Superman. Batman, my favorite superhero (due to his lack of any real superpowers) also has a different spin put on him. He is an anarchist saboteur who opposes Superman’s totalitarian regime. It’s a perfect mindfuck of an alternative course in history – both in comic and the real world.
Typically, comic readers will gravitate to certain writers and/or artists whose work they really enjoy. Which writers and artists do you feel most drawn to?
These writers certainly adorn many covers on my shelf: Moore, Jodorowsky, Ellis, Ennis, Miller, Loeb and Mignola. As for artists: Bolland, Mæbius, Gibbons, Miller, Mignola and Sale.
What’s your favorite ongoing series right now?
The Manhattan Projects is absolutely the best new thing I’ve read in a long time. Jonathan Hickman incorporates historical people and events into a crazy new story where nothing I love gets left behind. From aliens to the Illuminati, Einstein and quantum physics, killing nazis and the multiverse to exploring the mind. It’s like the comic equivalent of DMT.
Switching gears, let’s talk about your band, Barren Womb. How did you guys get started?
We met up in Tromsø with a band in mind which never took off. Moved to Trondheim around 2007 to start a three piece and from the ashes of that came Barren Womb.
You just released an album “The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken” last year. Can you tell us a little bit about that project?
There’s something special about putting out the first full-length. For us it was a confirmation. We recorded it during a weekend in our rehearsal space and Tony mixed it. It felt like nothing could stop us from doing what we want. It received an overwhelming amount of good feedback. We’re really looking forward to the next one, it’ll blow your mind!
Finally, do you guys have any upcoming touring plans?
Oh yes sir. We’ll be touring the US East Coast with New Haven’s Grizzlor From March 21st to April 4th. Starting in Austin, TX at SXSW and ending up in New York, we’ll be promoting “The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken” as well as our new split 7″ with Grizzlor. Later this year we’ll be releasing our second LP and touring accordingly.
I want to thank Timo for taking the time to talk with us. If you’re interested in checking out more from Barren Womb you can do so by going to any one, or all, of these links:
I spent quite a bit of time jamming “The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken”, and I really love it. I think most people would say that Barren Womb has a vibe that would remind people of Every Time I Die or maybe even The Chariot (RIP), and they’d be right, but they actually reminded me of a band that I used to listen to about 15 years ago called Selfmindead (and I maintain that their album “At the Barricades We Fall” still holds up today among all the other late 90’s/early 00’s hardcore punk albums.) However, it wouldn’t be fair to label Barren Womb as any one specific genre. These dudes are all over the place (there are even some black metal elements, and I LOVE ME SOME BLACK METAL). I honestly feel like you just have to listen to their album all the way through in order to fully appreciate their sound. Just listening to a few track won’t give you an accurate comprehension of their versatility. Do yourself a favor and listen to “The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken” as soon as possible.