Eddie Jacobsen: The story of SIC goes back to 2002 when I and a few friends of mine began jamming in a basement. It was simply for fun back then but it soon became obvious that the all of us wanted more than just jamming in a crappy cellar. Then I hooked up with vocalist Mikkjal - who was at the time already famous as the lead singer in a Faroese act called KRIT. He joined the band in May 2003. Then in February 2005 Mikkjal & I decided to replace the other members in the band as they didn't share the same interest in the band as we did. Then we hooked up with Frans (guitar), Gudmar (bass) and Magnus (drums) and the lineup has remained intact ever since and we couldn’t have wished for a better lineup; apart from really understanding and complimenting each other when writing music, we are all really close and good friends, and you need that when spending so much time together!
Suiciderock: You come from the tiny Faroe Islands but the band had gained recognition throughout the whole world! Would you say that it was difficult for you to gain the ears of your fans abroad ?
Eddie Jacobsen: Before the release of our album, it was a f***ing bitch getting across to people with crappy demos that we had recorded in some garage with old equipment *laughs*, but after getting our album out there and using websites such as Myspace as a tool, things went more and more smoothly, our fanbase grew (and is still growing) and people gradually got more interested in the band. Without the help of many online promoters and dedicated fans, we wouldn’t be where we are today, that's for sure!
Suiciderock: Let`s talk about your music. How would you define your style?
Eddie Jacobsen: It’s always been sort of difficult explaining our style. Our producer on our debut album, Tommy Hansen, called it “intelligent thrash metal”. Some simply say “thrash metal”. We often refer to it as “groove metal”. We rarely write anything that doesn’t have what we call “the fucking groove” which is the coolest groove there is! *laughs* We draw influences from many different bands and genres - not only from metal, but from all kinds of genres that have had an impact on us over the years. The environment also plays a huge part in our influences: coming from an isolated group of islands, surrounded by a harsh and unpredictable nature, we often see our roots reflecting in our music. We always stay true to ourselves, we rarely compromise: what we feel is good and it's as simple as that. Music has to come out honest and you should never write what you think others think you should but what you yourself feel is right - that way the music and the sound remains genuine and pure.
Suiciderock: You name Machine Head, Panterea, Slipknot or KORN as your idols. Those are quite big names. Would you say that people can find something of this bands in your own style again?
Eddie Jacobsen: We mention those bands because those are the most obvious influences that you can hear in our music, but those are only a few of our idols, or to put it in other words, a few of the bands that we all agree on liking. The oldest member in the band is 31 and the youngest is 21. We’ve grown up with bands ranging from LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH, PANTERA and SEPULTURA, to MARILYN MANSON, KORN and MACHINE HEAD. It all depends on which member in the band you focus on. However, we see this as one of the primal strengths of the band: the more input you get the more output you have! It’s cool when we’re writing songs how every member interprets certain parts and uses his background in his role. So back to your question, yes, people will find something of all the aforementioned bands in our sound if they want to. What's the point in hiding where we come from? *smiles*
Suiciderock: Your debut album “Pandemonium” was produced by Tommy Hansen from Jailhouse Studios in Denmark. The recordings took only 15 days. Why did you record in such a short period of time?
Eddie Jacobsen: From the beginning of the band and up till the point where we decided to go to the studio, it was an ongoing fight and struggle to even make it happen. There are only 48.000 people living where we come from. We have this unwritten law called “Jante”. It’s a “law” that says “don’t think you’re better than anyone else”. So when you as an artist come up with an idea of something and make big plans and so forth, society here tends to push you down to know your place in life! We all find that law ridiculous and outdated and thank God that the new generation is leaving that shit behind. But, we believed in what we were doing. We prepared the album as best as we could and wrote exactly 13 tracks for it, sure that they would all make it on the album. Booked the studio, and then went on a hunt for money. It was a tough period, our good friend and mentor passed away, people weren’t really willing to spend money on it but we didn’t care and ended up having to take a huge loan (that the album sales covered right away *smiles*) and went into the studio. It was an intense process that - like you mentioned - lasted 15 days (+ 6 days for the mixing and mastering) and looking back at it now, we would maybe have wanted an additional week to make it even better - but then again, why should we? Hindsight is always easy as they say.
Suiciderock: The album was released February 26th 2007 and was embraced by the people as well as the media quite well. Could you tell us something about the songs?
Eddie Jacobsen: All the songs have a personal meaning to them - both lyrics wise as well as music wise. It's strange, whenever we’re feeling too good, we write crappy music. *laughs* Seriously, we wrote the songs as we felt they should be written, if you can say it that way. It normally starts out with either me or Frans coming with a bunch of riffs which we then work on together with Magnus and then all of us arrange them and re-arrange them until we finally make a song. Then Mikkjal lays down the vocals. All of the songs on “Pandemonium” are about personal experiences that we’ve all had, what it those experiences did to us, how we came over it and so on. None of our songs is without hope so to say, there’s always a light ahead in the tunnel, and that’s what keeps us moving. Some of the songs are also about the hypocritical religious fanatics that are on these islands and their double morals and so forth. We like to say things like they are and we can just as well take it when the finger is pointing at us. *laughs* Even though we know the meaning of each song, I’d still like to think that each fan/listener gets his or her own personal experience from it even if it wouldn’t fit our description! Music is the universal language; we all understand it, in our own way and that’s the beauty of it!
Suiciderock: Where can people get “Pandemonium”?
Eddie Jacobsen: They can get it on iTunes, cdon.com, amazon.com, cdbaby.com and so forth. It’s available on many online stores in both digital and physical format. We’re still working on licensing and distribution deals in some regions of the world, and we hope to have it everywhere as soon as possible!
Suiciderock: You will go on a extended tour, starting from Feb. 19th. The tour, that bears the same name as your debut album, will lead you to many different countries. Until July, 16th you will perform in Germany, Norway, England, The Netherlands and many other countries. What are your expectations for that time?
Eddie Jacobsen: We have pretty high expectations actually. This is our first big tour - we’re playing over 50 gigs in total! We are hoping to get as many people as possible to our shows and to gain new fans at each show. We’re doing our best to promote it on the web and so on! On one leg of the tour (April 2nd till May 3rd) we’ll be supporting HATESPHERE throughout their entire Alive and Dressed To The Nines Tour where we’ll perform together with bands like GOJIRA on selected dates and that’ll introduce us to a crowd we otherwise wouldn’t play in front of on this tour and we’re looking forward to blow them away! I’m sure we’ll have loads of fun during the entire tour; we’re looking forward to interacting with the fans, hanging out with them etc at each show. Getting in touch with different media, getting to know different bands...it can only turn out good!
Suiciderock: How do you prepare for that tour?
Eddie Jacobsen: Well, we rehearse 4 to 5 times a week, 4 hours each night where we play the set, write new material, jump around and simply have a great time (what we’ve always done for the past couple of years). We also rehearse individually, as some of us have their own families now and so forth.
Suiciderock: What can people expect from your life shows?
Eddie Jacobsen: They can expect an intense performance where we let it all out at each show. One of the things SIC got recognition for right away was the stage show/appearance and we strive to top that every time! It’ll be in-your-face, brutal, fun and hell raising! *smiles*
Suiciderock: As already mentioned you will spend lot`s of time on the road together. What are the positive and negative characteristics of your band mates? What makes it easy to deal with them on the road and what ruins your nerves?
Eddie Jacobsen: Good question. We will spend a lot of time together, but we’ve been hanging out the last couple of years, we’ve been to hell and back and survived - there is nothing that can break us. That we’re sure about. But, there will be days where we’ll be sick of each other and probably kick each other’s ass, but that’s part of it all I guess. We know each other’s limits and communicate well enough to resolve any conflict that might occur. The thing is that each person has his own characteristics when he freaks out and more importantly: what makes him freak out. Stressed conditions can make anyone crack; therefore we’ve made sure that our accommodation on tour is as good as it can be. We do respect that each man needs his 5 minutes alone every now and then and so forth. We’ve been through all that crap way too often to not know it. *laughs* Some of us go quiet and you know something is wrong while someone will yell and the other will punch, but you always know when something goes wrong and we tend to resolve it before it gets out of hand, that’s why communication is a really important part of any relationship, isn’t it? *smiles*
Suiciderock: What does the band name “SIC” mean?
Eddie Jacobsen: I came up with the name in school actually. I was looking for a band name and while reading some paper I came across (sic!) and looked it up. It’s Latin and means “thus” and several other meanings. I liked it because the way I interpreted it and used it was “this is what you see and what you get - take it or leave it”. Also, it just sounds cool. *smiles*
Suiciderock: Your future plans for the band?
Eddie Jacobsen: After this tour we’ll enter the studio to record our 2nd album that we’re currently writing songs for. We’ll play some of the new material on the tour, and I guarantee that it’s killer material!Then we’ll shoot the video for the upcoming single and then hit off on another tour!
Suiciderock: Famous last words?
Eddie Jacobsen: Burned babies smell bad. GarGarGar. .....and we hope to see as many of you as possible on tour!