A long and warm summer has come to its end. One, which hot wind, has brushed both dirt and hair from our faces, but also a wind that has brought magic and ecstasy into our lives. Now the darkness is rising, the air is getting colder and the North’s wishing to be south. In absence of light you start to reflect on those times filled with it; the summer, the romantics and that certain naïve state of mind that without a doubt walks hand in hand with both of the above. Today Communions’ new two track 7″ has been released, and as they told us on a cold November day, their release is about just that – about being blissfully unaware of anything else than the magical present they’ve been experiencing this summer. We’ve invited the four young guys from Communions, Martin Rehof, Mads Rehof, Frederik Lind Köppen and Jacob van Derus Formann, into a shelter we’d found in the deserted streets of Copenhagen. Communions is a band from Copenhagens almost cult forming post punk scene based around the rehearsal space and concert venue Mayhem. Communions definitely shares characteristics with some of the other acts from this scene like the ever-present heroes Iceage with their gritty, punk sound, yet they maintain to have their own style with a very melodic, almost pop’ish twist. Genre categorizing can be a hard and stupid thing and even if we had a gun put to our head we wouldn’t be able to narrow it down to any less than surf-pop-post-punk. So we figured that it would be a better idea to let them and their music talk for themselves – and if you want to see for yourself make sure to stop by their gig at Sebright Arms in East London tonight, doors opens at 7.30. Read the full, and more in depth, interview with the interesting guys in the coming issue of Dry Magazine.
What is your new 7″ about?
Jacob: It’s a perfect symbol of the summer that we’ve just had. It’s funny because it’s not some certain things that pop into my head if I had to describe it. Describing that special something that is characteristic for the summer is something that you won’t be able to do before you’re greeting a new season, a new year or even a new time. At those times you will have painted a perfect picture of the summer, but right now it’s too soon for me to point out those things that had made my summer special. It’s still sort of a post-summer for me. It has been a magical one, and that’s why you get summer-blind, so to speak.
Martin: In some way it’s like time is standing still in the summer.
Frederik: It’s Martin who knows what It’s really about as he wrote the lyrics, but for me it’s really just about this numbing and ecstatic summer we’ve had.
Martin: The lyrics are actually pretty much similar to that. It’s about the constant recreation of oneself. It’s about looking back at something and being able to put things behind you. Even though those things might be a big part of you, you’re still able to start something new, and that’s what it’s about – constantly moving on from whatever it might be. Even summer.
Does the lyrics mean a lot to you?
Mads: Not to me, I don’t even know most of our lyrics.
Martin: It’s the combination of the lyrics and the instrumental that’s important to us, and it’s not like I write the lyrics and then we have to fit whatever sound we might find to that exact lyric. No it’s always the other way around. I like when the lyrics and the instrumental have some similarities.
Frederik: It’s important that the instrumental reflects the lyrics and vice versa, that’s when it reaches a higher level than the added value of the two parts. Of course the lyrics means a lot to us, it’s important that Martin does a good job, as it’s always him who writes the lyrics, but then again, I know he’s really talented and he’d never write bad lyrics. For me the lyrics and the music compliment each other in a unique way.
Jacob: You might even say that it’s the lyrics that put the face on the body.
Mads Rehof (Bass).
Frederik Lind Köppen (Drums).
How do you feel after releasing new material?
Martin: We always feel like it’s the best thing we’ve ever made when a new song is ready. And that feeling continues up to the point of the next time when we’re finished making yet another song. It has to exceed the previous one, but I think that we’ve managed that just fine. It’s like redemption to us to send a new song off into the world, and when we do, we come to feel this ease about all other aspects in life.
Frederik: If some time has past and we haven’t made anything new, I get this restless feeling creeping up inside of me and I start to feel that I don’t channel my time into something of value. It feels like I’m wasting my time if too much time has past since our previous success.
Jacob: The feeling of finishing something is just amazing.
Which feelings do your music create inside yourselves?
Jacob: It’s hard to tell. It creates all these different kinds of feelings, which are really hard to describe.
Frederik: Our music is an expression of something youthful and maybe even naively too. If I have to be cheeky I’d say it has this dreamy vibe, at least that’s a reference to me.
Martin: It’s romantic…
Jacob: You’re right, but all of those things are also walking hand in hand, aren’t they? I mean naivety, romance, youth and dreamy?
Frederik: Oh yes, indeed they’re. For me it’s also this feeling of something pure, something that isn’t corrupt. Its roots are in the reality we see happening in front of us everyday, but our music is also a stepping-stone to reach beyond that reality, and to find something greater, something nobler, than that.
What about the cover on your new EP, who have made that?
Jacob: Dan from Iceage made some artwork a while ago, and he gave them to me as a gift. They’re lovely, and we chose to use two of them for our new EP, front and back.
Martin Rehof (Vocals & guitar).
Jacob van Derus Formann (Guitar).
Is there a deeper meaning to why you chose his artwork?
Frederik: Actually not, we had some other ideas but we were on a really tight deadline, so we didn’t have time to set a lot of things in motion. We’re really happy with the result though, but for the next release we’re focusing on everything to be more scheduled than it has been this time around. We care a lot for aesthetics, and we put a lot of thoughts into it, but we haven’t really had time to focus on that part yet. That will be for future matters.
Martin: I think it’s alright that the aesthetics follow the music, and not the other way around. That way our music continues to be genuine because it doesn’t have a visual counterpart to live up to.
What are your plans now?
Martin: We have a lot of songs that we would like to record properly, and that we want to share with the world. We don’t know a lot about how to produce stuff, so that is definitely something we’re focusing on at the moment.
Frederik: What we really want to do is to make great hits, and make songs that people can relate to in one way or another.
Jacob: We actually get an indescribable clergy out of making a new song, and by that we get validated because we feel this positivity about what we’ve just made. Furthermore this makes us feel some kind of confidence to ourselves, and as a group. If we’re not happy with what we do, it really doesn’t matter if anybody else is.
Mads: It’s just a bonus to us that people enjoy our music, and for them to feel something by listening to it, but perhaps also the greatest bonus one can get.
Interview by Emma Møhr.
Photography by Jonas Bang, jonasbang.com.