SÂVER are new, hot band heading from Oslo, Norway. Founded by some members of Tombstones, they mix post-metal soundscapes with impending heaviness of sludge and mesmerizing synthesizers. In this condensed conversation we’re touching on subjects as condition of the stoner scene, playing with the plan and Hostsabbat, 6 yo now festival organized by the band members.

How’s been beggining of the tour?

The first two shows have been great, good turnout, awesome crowd. We have never played finland or the baltic states so thats awesomewe have not played a festival yet.

You never played in Finalnd, really? It seems like an obvious choice for a Scandinavian band.

Yeah i know. for some reason we never made it over there, it was about time. But this is also the first time we tour europe with this band actully.

I wanted to ask about the Hostsabbat initiative.

Høstsabbat was fuckin killer. Completely sold out, very dedicated crowd. The church room has a completely unique vibe that resonates very well with both crowd and band. people were stoked.

Do you think smaller events with certain, precise “vibe” like this can compete with larger festivals?

In the sense that is certanly provides a unique experience it offers something different i guess. The cool thing about smaller festivals is that it adds a greater sense of community, and it brings the scene together.

How would you compare growth of the festival with growth of the stoner/ heavy psych scene in Europe in recen years?

It’s an obvious paralell. The last two years the festival has sold out and theres guest flying in from all over Europe.

SÂVER is a new entity on the scene. How would you like for to be introduced to the wider audiences, what does it stand for?

We hope our music can sepak for itself. Sound wise we have always just made what we wanted to listen to ourselves, basicly. With that as a starting point, we try to always challenge ourselves and make something that feels new each time. The band name is a norwegian dialect and it means “to be sleeping”. It is not a reference to Sleep.

I was sure it was some fancy literation of english “saver” – “someone who saves”. Good to know.

Yeah there’s definately a lot of different perceptions going on.

So, the question that must be asked: why Saver came to life, what happened to Tombstones? Was it some argument with Bjorn?

Absolutely no argument at all, we are all very good friends. To end Tombstones was a mutual decision that was very hard for all of us to conclude because we have had been doing Tombstones for such a long time. Life is hard hard and sometimes too hard to be able to tour and make music. So ending Tombstones was natural for us at that point.

How dynamics between you changed in this new band?

It’s funny because all of us have been playing togheter for many years now, so the dynamic between us as muscicians is very established already. the main difference is a new band name, different instruments and a different vision.

This is partially what I had in mind – some bands allow themselves to evolve very far from what they did at the beginning, but the name remains the same. That idea didn’t appeal to you?

I love it when bands do that. But we didnt want to continue Tombstones without Bjørn – that did not feel right to us. That being said, a completely blank canvas is very exciting too.

How did you end up within the ranks of Pelagic Records. I know, that Robin is very selective person and it’s not just a label you send a submission to.

Pelagic was our number 1 wish for a label actually. We finished the whole record in studio before trying to pitch it to labels. Initially Pelagic told us they were not going to bring on any new bands, and that they didnt even have time to listen to the album (they tour A LOT). Luckily Ole and Walter Hoijmakers talk sometimes because of Høstsabbat and Roadburn etc., and he told Walter we were hoping to get on Pelagic. So Walter sent Robin a mail encouriging him to listen to the album, and so he did and the rest is history. Super stoked about that. They are a truly great label and very good at following up on their bands. We got to tour with them right after we released the album.

What new qualities do you think you can bring to the post-sludge mix? Are you aiming to do so?

To write music with some kind of strategy feels very limiting to us. When are in the middle of a writing process, we usually follow ideas that feels interesting to us at that given point. It’s kind of intuitive. The post metal aspect in our music wasn’t really planned, it was just what felt the most exciting when we wrote it. Just a natural consequence of us wanting to explore something different. However, we always try to challenge ourselves and not create something that sounds to similar to that we have done before. It’s really based on hunches and emotions

What emotions fueled you this time? It’s not exactly the happiest and most positive record you can find.

We started right after we ended Tombstones, so definately a bizarre mix of loss, excitement and a dash of hoplesness at the sam time.

Quite fresh for your music is the heavy use of synthesizers on your debut album. What pushed you in that direction? Do you think metal audience is now more open to the experiments?

Perhaps they are more open, seems to work fine so far, hehe. Initially we wanted to explore different sounds. When we got our hands of a Korg ms 20 from the 70s, a lot of doors opened inspiring, really, to work with different instruments.

Any new favourites you discovered?

Moog sub phatty, and the Korg are fucking heavy. We’ll bring that heaviness to Cracow gladly.

Interview by Piotr Kleszewski