We'd been playing together for a while, eventually we had to sit down and agree on a name. Caves of Steel turned out eventually, because we're a bunch of dystopists. You should read the book. We like to think it's at least a tad more pretentious than naming ourselves after a fictional creature from an 80s movie. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.
2. How did this band get started?
Peter and Gaute used to play in punk and hardcore bands together, and wanted to try something new. Eventually Magnus and Inge joined up. That was five years ago.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Ah, tough question. It suffices to say we have a shared affinity for post rock, with bands like Mogwai, Red Sparowes, Caspian, God Is An Astronaut, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions In The Sky. But really, our influences are all over the map, from metal and prog rock to indie and electronic music.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
We're big fans of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, sharing the bill with them would be an honor. Touring with The Doors would probably have been … interesting, as well. In the end, being on tour together for weeks requires good chemistry, and good hygiene.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
6. Why should people listen to your band?
We make the kind of music we like to hear, and we think you might too.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Magnus: Javier Sotomayor, the Cuban high jumper.
Inge: Honestly, all due respect, but I think I prefer my life over the training and diet regimen of a pro athlete. I could see myself as a skater, though.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
The people who made it possible. Not that it's ever going to happen though.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Less commercialism, more genuine emotion.
10. Memorable tour experience?
Magnus waking up alone in a park somewhere in Porsgrunn as the sun rises. Gaute misplacing his phone, his car and himself, leaving us to stuff all our gear into a cab with new, shiny leather seats.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
It's a great resource for keeping track of what's moving in the undergrowth.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
Peter: Last Citizen of the USSR. It contains all the elements I personally look for in a proper track.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
By the coast. We're from the nation of fjords, after all.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Being able to play three instruments simultanously. We'd sound like a 12 man band.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Looking for Gaute. Doing a group-hug backstage once we find him.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
This is actually our first interview.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
Magnus: I think radio stations will be more genre specific in the future, which probably means that we'll get airtime on channels that play the same music that we do.
Inge: Radio is mostly irrelevant to me personally. Streamed music and podcasts is where it's at. Seven minute long instrumental songs is pretty much the antithesis of radio friendly music, so I don't think that's on our radar at all. Then again, a radio station that would play our music sounds like something that I actually would be interested in listening to.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
You mean apart from playing in a band? Dicking around on the computer, travelling, getting drunk and generally living life.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Gaute ran the Paris marathon, and has taken up knitting. Peter trained thai boxing and submission wrestling. Inge is the resident hacker, and is apparently gearing up for Tour de France. Magnus earned a living as a fishmonger, and picks up girls without even intending to.