Touted to be one of Denmark's most promising acts, with a host of accolades to their name, Cold Night For Alligators, are one artist that deserves much more credit than given to them. With successful stints at Norway and UK to their name including the prestigious UK TechMetal Fest, Cold Night For Alligators are riding the crest of the massive buzz they have generated with an eclectic mix of Technical Hardcore coupled with Technical Death Metal and the likes, bounded by a thick slab of groove and ambient soundscapes.
Having released their entire body of work for a “Pay As You Want” scheme on their Bandcamp page, Cold Night For Alligators have been busy working on their next offering. In the meantime they found themselves headlining at Dhanak, IIST, in late September. Amidst the amusing tidings of their first visit to the country the humble lads in CNFA sat down with us for an interview. This is what transpired.
IMR: Hey there dudes, how’s everything in Camp CNFA?
Everything is great! - a lot of really exciting stuff happening at the moment.
IMR: 2013 seemed to be a busy year for you, what with the release of your “Young Catalysts” and “Tranisitions” singles, not to mention the UK trip which saw you sharing stages with The Color Line and also playing alongside Monuments and TesseracT, Pheww! So what’s up next for you lads?
Now we have had our first trip outside Europe and what a blast! Hopefully we will be back in India sometime soon!
Now we are going to continue writing our debut album which will be released in 2014. We have a few festival dates sorted in start of 2014 but else we wouldn’t be playing many shows before the release of the album. When it gets released we will be playing as much as possible, both national and international.
IMR: How would you define Cold Night For Alligators for the uninitiated? What does CNFA, with its lyrical themes and ambient-meets-brutal compositions represent?
CNFA is a band that brings whatever they like musically into the music they create. Our sort of main expression is obviously metal, but still, we belive that what sounds good is good, and o we bring it into our music. So how would we define ourselves? By saying the CNFA is an honest picture of what its five individuals represent.
IMR: How did you guys come up with such an interesting name for the band? More importantly how did CNFA come into existence?
As some may know, we got the name off a font online. We weren't that into the font itself, but we liked the sound of it. But most of all we wanted a name that wouldn't instantly label us or put us in a box, for which this seemed like a perfect fit.
A few of us (Kristoffer, Jack, and Roar) merged from another band because we all wanted to play more heavy stuff than the grunge we were playing at that time. From the initial thoughts on what music we were going to play we've evolved quite a bit, but we love everything about it.
IMR: How does CNFA tackle the songwriting process? Also if you could give us any details on when your next studio effort is going to brutalize our ears, that would be awesome.
Mostly a guitar or drum part is written and then added the touch of the others afterwards. Normally that happens in front of the computer, and when enough pieces are created, we go into our rehearsal facility and play it and turn it into a complete song.
Hopefully or most likely our debut album will be out sometime next year.
IMR: Seeing that all of your works are available for free on Bandcamp, how do you breakeven as a group of working individuals, from this? Is this your tactic against the whole Internet piracy/Illegal downloads shebang? Do you plan to change this in the future with lengthier releases? Would you consider the crowd-funded method?
It’s difficult to be a small band and it costs a lot of money. When you can’t get thousands of people to attend your show you don’t much money by playing. The best way to get people to your shows is to attract them with good music. Because of this we believe it’s best to give away our music for free. We want as many as possible to check us out and hopefully they like it and will catch us live.
Right now it costs a lot of money but we believe this is the best way.
IMR: What are your thoughts on the genre based biasing that is so rampant in the community these days? What do you have to day to those who lump your band with one category or the other?
We don't really pay that much attention to it. We feel we do what we do best, and that is to play music. We have been placed in so many categories and that's quite perfect for us, since we strive to be ourselves in every situation, and when we are, people consider us to be very versatile, which is a good thing.
IMR: What Metal bands do you listen to? What do you listen to when you are not listening to Metal?
Well, i'm a big killswitch engage fan, so i gotta mention them, and i've been listening to: Fit for a king, Lower definition, Erra, Devil sold his soul and Hands like houses.
My not metal bands are: City and colour, Deaf havana, I the mighty, the Elijah and a danish artist called Rasmus Seebach.
IMR: Recently in July CNFA played the main stage at the UK Tech Metal Fest. What was it like to share the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry today? What experiences did you take away individually from the UKTMF episode?
It is alway a great experience to play with great bands of the scene. By getting these kind of gigs we get the opportunity to play in front of a bigger crowd on bigger stages than normal.
The show at UK Tech Fest was a great experience for us. It seems like people really liked our music and our live show which really gives us a lot of confidence that we take with us to the next shows.
IMR: We hear that you challenged the lads from Monuments for a football friendly at the UKTMF; what was the outcome? How big fans are you when it comes to football? What are your thoughts and predictions for the World Cup that would be held next year?
Unfortunately Monuments didn’t dare to play us when the day arrived. We are more than willing to give them another chance if they are up for it
We are all big fans of football. Unfortunately the Danish national team isn’t at the top right now. The way to the world cup in Brazil seems really difficult – we need the old days with the Laudrup brothers and Schmeichel in the goal
Perhaps the coach should think of getting some of us on the team. We always bring a ball with us on tour and use lot of time playing samba ball. Some say we look like FC Barcelona when we are playing with each other ;-)
IMR: What’s the next step for CNFA as a band? What can your fans expect from you next? Where do you see yourselves 3-5 years from now?
Right now the most important thing for us is to write our debut album. We hope to get this out in first half of 2014. The album will be produced by Daniel Braunstein, who did our two new singles, and we can’t wait to hear the output!
IMR: Would you give us a little insight into what is it like being a nascent Metal band from the Danish circuit? Tell us something that’s uniquely Danish Metal, and won’t be found anywhere else outside the scene.
It's hard to be a metal band from Denmark, cuz the metal scene isn't very big. There are only 6 million people in Denmark, so it's quite hard to get noticed.
Hvis der er nogen der har noget at tilføje eller her må i meget gerne skrive noget, for jeg er blank?
IMR: The gig at Dhanak, IIST, would be your first show outside Europe; what are you looking forward to the most, on this trip?
Exactly, It is our first trip outside Europe, and that's why it's a special moment for us. At some point, we always wanted to come here, and now it's actually happening, so we are really honored to finally being here. - You can be sure that this will also have affect our show at Dhanak 13´. It's going down!
IMR: “Cold Night For Alligators” has a dedicated fanbase to its name. Are you aware of the Indian Metal scene or the bands from here?
Before going to India, I had no idea, cuz you always hear about the Bollywood scene and that's so huge over here, so i had no idea that metal could thrive here. But I told by one of the guys who have been taking care of us, that there are a lot of metal bands over here and that the metal scene is growing fast, and that to me is amazing.
IMR: This is your space, in case you want to share anything with your fans, especially the Indian ones.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE SUPPORTING US! We really appreciate any support we get, whether it’s a like on Facebook, someone attending our show or buying some of our merch.
We had the most amazing time in India and the crowd at Dhanak was fantastic! We really hope to be back in the future.
PS. Your food is so delicious, but a bit hot spicy for us.
Arkadeep Deb, as of now is a 20 year old engineering student from Kolkata. When he’s not harmlessly trolling around or watching Two and a Half Men re-runs, he dabbles in all-things-Metal, Photography, Songwriting, Reviews, you name it. While building up his chops in guitar/ vocals as we speak, he’s doing his utmost to represent the genre he loves, protesting social-stereotyping and pigeon-holing of its followers and lending a patient ear to the beloved underground. His first tryst with Metal was 5 years ago, when one fateful day he popped a bootleg SLIPKNOT: SUBLIMINAL VERSES and LAMB OF GOD: ASHES OF THE WAKE split-record in the cd-tray. There has been no looking back ever-since.