SOURCE – Give us a brief history of The Sorrow.
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – In 2005 forur adolescents from Austria decided to quit their old bands and start something new, which would fit their ideas of becoming a decent metal outfit. Then things led to each other, we recorded a well-received demo, got inked with Drakkar Records and recorded our debut. From that day on we’re working hard to build ourselves a constantly growing amount of people who dig our band and here we are, I’m doin’ my first interview for a Brazilian webzine!
SOURCE – What has the early response to the album been like so far?
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – It was overwhelming, most of the reviews were great, there are always a few ones that don’t blow your head off, but most of the time the resonance was simply awesome. the greatest thing though is to hear from face to face that people dig your stuff on shows. i´m always a kinda proud person then.
SOURCE – What was your mindset going into the songwriting for the new album?
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – No masterplan, just a decent preproduction to start working with. Our friend and producer Sky Van Hoff helped us a lot to get the most out of the songs we wrote. We rearranged a lot of stuff and made completely new tracks. The only thing that was for sure was the direction the lyrics are going to head in. A much more intimate, personal way like we used to handle it on our selftitled record.
SOURCE – What occupies your guys’ time outside of music? Any jobs or other interests?
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – We all still and probably will always have our daily jobs besides of the band. I’m working as a nurse in a hospital in an emergency room, our drummer Dominik studies drums and works halftime as an electrician, Mätze, our singer, still works on construction sites and Andi on guitars uses every little chance to make some bucks besides handling all the bands duties… there are a lot of interests, but to less time to them. We enjoy climbing, hinking, fucking, drinking and eating, but evreyone has his own faves.
SOURCE – A lot of bands are more respected in other countries than their homeland. How is The Sorrow received in Austria?
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – Austria is still the country we are received the best. People are very proud of us that a band made it out of our little country, which is really lacking a bit in metal culture. The most emotional shows we paly definitely in Austria!
SOURCE – Do you see the whole downloading/file-sharing issue as a problem or a benefit?
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – Since we don’t have a world wide record deal, we see it as a benefit. How did you get in touch with The Sorrow ? I don’t care if a kid from South Africa buys our record or downloads it, as long as it enjoys our music. On the other side of hand, the effort of the musician put in a record isn’t estimated in some ways… if you really enjoy music and want to suport the artist, buy it, if you really can’t afford it because you need your money to buy food and beer, steal it. We don’t give a fuck, we won’t get rich anyway, really.
SOURCE – Do you have any ideas of what could be done to reverse the negative trend the music industry is currently heading in?
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – Estimate quality! by pushing honest hand made music… I cannot really say to much about that issue, it’s fucked up…
SOURCE – What’s the rock scene like in Austria at the moment?
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – It’s small but it´s growing, there are a lot of bands with potential, but they always figure out to break up before something cool happens, but it’s OK, I understand it. If you live in a country with a solid economy, music isn’t the only thing you think about…
SOURCE – What do you think about the Brazilian metal scene? Do you know much about our bands?
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – We toured across Europe with Sepultura in 2009, then there’s a band sticking to my mind since 2004, I don’t know if they still exist: Point Of No Return. And of course we all still know Ratos de Porao. And I know that our record label Napalm Records signed an all girl brazilian thrash metal outfit, which name I forgot and I’m to lazy to google it (ed – Nervosa). I don’t know to much about it, but enough to know that Brazil brought out some great bands, and some of them wrote history!
SOURCE – Any final thoughts or remarks?
Tobias Schedler (Bass) – Thank you Falber for doin’ the first interview for Brazil for us. It means the world to us… Hopefully we’re droppin’ by in your country someday, that would be madness… get us over there.