Eluveitie - Odd Folk’s Serenade
By: David E. Gehlke
Blistering.com: Your music has always had quite a cinematic and conceptual feel anyway, so was doing the concept natural?
Glanzmann: Pretty much. Well, Gaulish history is the main topic in concept behind Eluveitie anyway. When we decided to create an album about the Gaulish wars, it was quite obvious to make it a concept album.
Blistering.com: You were able to snag [noted Swiss actor] Alexander Morton to do some spoken-word bits. How fun was it to work with someone of his stature?
Glanzmann: It was great, really. Well, especially the prologue and epilogue were very important, even though both basically consist of spoken word. There's a lot of emotion in the lyrics, and so it was very important to find an adequate narrator. It took me quite some months to find one. There have been diverse candidates, but none of them completely convinced me. Rather by accident I found out about Alexander by checking out the movie Valhalla Rising and I loved his voice and accent immediately.
He completely convinced me with his performance as well. It was a pleasure to work with him. He got the atmosphere of the whole thing immediately and really got into the spirit of the story. I guess, that's where you can see that he's not only a speaker (he does a lot of things like that though, for instance Heavenly Sword or Witcher & Viking: Battle for Asgard), but also an actor. So yeah, it was really nice to record with him.
Blistering.com: "A Rose for Epona" is a wonderful song and great lead single. Plus, it's nothing like you've done before. What's the genesis of this song?
Glanzmann: Well, to be honest, I think it's pretty much what we've done before, actually. It's almost something like a little "Eluveitie tradition" that there's kind of a "ballad" on the album - one a little softer song, with almost acoustic parts and mainly female vocals. "A Rose for Epona" is like Helvetios' answer to "Slania's Song" off Slania and "Siraxta" off Spirit. "A Rose for Epona" is about in the middle of the album and thus more or less in the middle of the storyline. I wanted to create a meek, but emotional and melancholic song expressing the sorrows at that point of the story (in the storyline it's pretty much after the war basically erupted and the first large battle was fought).
Blistering.com: A quick visit to your various websites (including Facebook) reveal how tied-in you are in with your fans. You're always posting updates and blogs, so are you social media junkies?
Glanzmann: Ha-ha, not really! Well, some of us use social media things personally, some don't. We're far from being social media nerds, though. But yeah, as a band we're pretty active in the internet, granted. The reason for that simply is that we believe that it's important to be tied-in with our fans. You know, even today, where the music business is a massive, marketing controlled machine, it still is the fan, the common music fan who decides, what's good and what's not. It's our fans who give us the opportunity to do what we're doing. That's a fact one should never forget.
Blistering.com: You'll be paired up with Children of Bodom for a North American tour shortly. What are your expectations for the tour?
Glanzmann:The tour started about two weeks ago and so far it's going really well. For all the bands this tour was kind of an experiment a little bit. Of course we're playing all cities you just play when you tour the U.S, but besides that lots of the shows on this tour take place in cities and/or states where usually not many metal concerts happen.
Blistering.com: Finally, what's on the agenda for 2012?
Glanzmann: Helvetios is just about to be released and we just started the touring cycle for our upcoming album some weeks ago. So, the tour, which will take us to pretty much all corners of the world, is still being planned. But as far as it looks like at the moment, we'll be on the road pretty much constantly until spring 2013. During the summer months we'll have a touring break to play the summer festivals all over Europe. So yeah, that's pretty much what we'll be doing. We won't be bored.