Alien Cargo // alternative sci-fi rock band // from Trondheim, Norway // Talk With Rock ‘N’ Load

About The Band:  

For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band/project.  

Alien Cargo is an alternative sci-fi rock band from Trondheim, Norway. These questions are answered by singer/guitar player Jonas. The two other members are called Alex and Vebjørn.

What was your earliest memory of music that piqued your interest?  

I think listening to The Beatles at a young age causes permanent brain damage of some sort. I was very much affected by that.

Who was the first album/single you purchased?  

My first proper album purchase was “Demon Days” by Gorillaz in 2005.

When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?  

I started playing guitar around the age of 13, but I didn’t start singing publicly until I was like 22. Too shy, I guess.

What route did you take with your music/instrument/lessons/music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?  

I’ve never really learned to play guitar or sing. Mostly I’ve just listened to a lot of music and things have kind of happened organically.

Who was your hero as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?  

Conor Oberst was very important to me.

Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?  

The first time I heard Arctic Monkeys on the radio, in late 2005, I knew instantly that this was my band. It still is.

What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?  

Probably Arcade Fire in London, 2007.

Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?  

“Murder On The Dancefloor” by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, for one.

About Now:  

So any new music in the works currently or just released?  

We just released our first EP this January.

Where and when did you record it?  

It was recorded last spring at our bass player’s cabin.

How does the songwriting process generally work for you?  

Usually, I bring in a sketch for the song, and then the others help to develop it further.

What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?  

We’re still very much at the beginning of things, playing local gigs and trying to make people interested.

What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?  

There are many bands in Trondheim. We like to think of ourselves as outsiders, though. It’s in our nature.

Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?  

There could be more, obviously, but we can’t really complain.

What would you like to see ideally to help hard-working bands/artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living from their craft?  

It would be fun if more strange/alternative music was pushed by all those channels/websites currently pushing boring stuff.

What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?  

We ignore all advice, it’s more interesting that way.

What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learned on your journey to date? 

Time drags it’s broken limbs through vicious mud.

With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?  

The indie-way has always been a struggle, I guess.

Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance? 

It’s more of a hindrance, as it takes more time away from rehearsing and writing songs.

The Future:  

So moving forward what’s next for you?  

Recording new stuff in May. Otherwise, songwriting and stargazing.

How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?  

We found our feet pretty quickly and have kept up a good speed so far, so hopefully, this will last.

Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?  

Short term: record the second batch of songs. Long term: play a gig in space.

If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?  

Sleater-Kinney (reunited with Janet Weiss).

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