Interview: Greenhorn

Lockdown has completely stopped us to be honest - we have young families and a heart condition in the band, so we’re not taking any chances ya know? We were booked into the studio in the first week of April, so by now we would have been well into mixing and might have even had something to preview.

I remember first discovering Greenhorn after they put out their single ‘The Narrator’ in 2017. This was a simpler time where I was filled with rage at the obvious downward trajectory of society, and most people were still pumping out music that seemed oblivious. Greenhorn immediately struck a chord with me with their bleak, slow-trudging and dirgeful music and now, I would like to attempt to draw you as readers into the miserable Lovecraftian swamp they sonically refer to as home. *In the midst of working on this interview, I became immensely ill so, the fallout of that has made further questioning no longer viable as I play catch up with life.

(((o))): So, to get things off the ground, who are Greenhorn, who is in the band, what do you guys play? Got any gear you’re especially fond of?

Greenhorn: Greenhorn is Sid (Bass/vocals), AJ (guitar/vocals) and Mandy (drums/synth). We’ve been mates forever and playing together for about 5 years.

AJ’s very in love with his EHX superego synth pedal at the moment. Mandy has just added an Arturia Microbrute to her setup – we decided to add that into the mix for the new record we’ve been working on – so she’s having a lot of fun running that through various pedals to see what sounds we can get out of it.

(((o))): Who are some of the key influences on your sound?

Greenhorn: When we’re together we listen to a lot of Cult of Luna, Subrosa, MWWB ( (((o))): presumably Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard?). We’ve been trying to open the door to some other influences for this album though, so we’ve been chucking in everything from Anna von Hausswolf to Heilung.

(((o))): You should check out the new Oranssi Pazuzu album and also the new Radar Men From The Moon which is my favourite new thing I’ve heard this year…so far.

(((o))): What are you currently working on and how has the lockdown affected your band?

Greenhorn: We’re working on our next full length release – it’ll be our second as a band but our first since Mandy joined, so we’re really excited to get it out there. We’ve been underwater for our last couple of releases (‘The Race’ and ‘The Narrator’) so we’re heading into space for this one. Not to have our heads too far up our own arses, but we’ve really enjoyed translating stories into music (‘The Narrator’ is based off an HP Lovecraft story), so we decided to write our own this time. The record follows the story of a civilisation whose planet is destroyed for reasons they will never know – their escape into space and eventual decline into ritual and entropy.

Lockdown has completely stopped us to be honest – we have young families and a heart condition in the band, so we’re not taking any chances ya know? We were booked into the studio in the first week of April, so by now we would have been well into mixing and might have even had something to preview. It’s given us time to have a think about some of the stuff we would have been working out in the studio, but we’re gutted to be honest – Mandy’s words: “I miss making noises with my boises!”

(((o))): What are you listening to at the moment? Do you guys have any obscure gems or friends’ bands you want to share with us?

Greenhorn: We’ve been listening to RTJ4, Bismark, the latest Elephant Tree, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs and Russian Circles. Pals we always enjoy playing with include Tides of Sulfur, Tuskar, Cybernetic Witch Cult and The Dead At Sea. We’re hoping to hit the road next year when things like ‘hitting the road’ and ‘next year’ exist.

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