Audio Indulgence with Ice Cream Cathedral

This edition of Audio Indulgence with Nordic by Nature takes Wolf to meet the very cool Danish 'space electro' trio, Ice Cream Cathedral. On some what of a roll at the moment after releasing their new song Swans in May and releasing a galactic inspired music clip to match, the band are entering the summer strong. Playing at Nordic by Nature's Midsommar festival on June 20th sees the start of a summer of shows throughout Europe, including Distortion on Friday the 6th of June. 

What got you started?

We didn't know each other very well when we all started art school back in 2010, but we quickly found out that we shared a common interest in and passion for odd genres like witchhouse, psych, weird America,  past and present electronic music...

If you had the chance to do a duet with one artist, who would it be?
Elvis, who else? He's the original alien!

Who would be your dream fan?
A person who knows all the lyrics by heart, ranting them out loud at our gigs. When our instrumental parts take over, he or she will then begin an awkward imitation of the instrument-sounds and dance too - fearlessly, but not to attract attention. Pure ecstasy.

Who was the last interesting person you encountered in the past 24 hours?
My mum. She is by far one of the best human beings on this planet. We had some coffee, dark chocolate and strawberries on my parent's porch and talked about life. This is definitely my favourite summertime activity.

What are your three favourite tracks at the moment? 
Anja: Eddie Cletro - "Flying Saucer Attack",
Kristian: Suzanne Ciani - "Water Lullaby", 
Anders: Nico Muhly - "Fire Down Below".

If you could play at or attend any European festival, which one would be at the top of your list?
Sonár in Barcelona is high up on the list, but it's just so hot at that time. The Way Out West-festival always have a great line-up, but is kind of boring because it's too close. Iceland Airwaves would be awesome to attend, because there's lava and stuff. But worldwide, any festival in Tokyo would be a dream come true.

Do you have any weird rituals before jumping on stage?
We usually stand in the classic circle formation, patting each other on the back making low pitched humming-noises. This usually sets off the need to get on stage, and we do so with a calm and focused attitude - laughing, though, because someone just farted.

"This usually sets off the need to get on stage, and we do so with a calm and focused attitude - laughing, though, because someone just farted."

If you had the chance to send a message to musicians of the future, let's say 2020, what would you say
2020? Wow, that's soon. Too soon actually - how about 2222?! My message at first would definitely be that melody from that Spielberg movie, "Close Encounter Of The Third Kind" - just to see if irony still is in the human blood. After that I think I'd just start asking these guys a myriad of questions, like: "How's the weather?", "Is Apple still around?" or "Whatever happened to R. Kelly in the end?". Something like that.

What are you doing or where do you feel the most inspired/creative/radical?
Ice Cream Cathedral is a genuine collective in terms of composition and songwriting, but our creative outputs usually come from many different sources of inspiration. Anders gets pretty psyched and feels radical when working and trying stuff out on the software MaxMSP for a couple of hours, trying to unite math and art. Whereas Anja gets pumped when drinking a lot of coffee: by then the writing of lyrics starts to speeding up and this radical imagery comes out of nowhere. Kristian is more of trans-artistic kind of guy: he get's really inspired when being confronted with other art-forms like movies or anything visual. 

Talk us through the best performance or show you've seen? Where was it and why was it so good?
When we played at Roskilde Festival back in 2013 we had the pleasure of experiencing Animal Collective a couple of days later. There is no other band in the universe that can unite chaos and coherence like these guys. Their way of playing seamlessly together as an organism transcend what most bands only dream of and their presence at this particular show was extraordinary in every way. It was like witnessing the arrival of some alien species.

Being a musician is an extra bonus skill, right? Tell us something that you're embarrassingly unskilled at
Anders: Drawing. There is no way in hell I'll ever be good at this. I draw like a retarded monkey. It's just blurry lines where it's obvious what the motive is, usually a stickman, but it's so unaesthetic, no human could ever possibly be so bad. I cry when I draw. Seriously.

How do you know when your work is finished? 
When we acknowledge and accept that it's never finished.

What's coming up? Albums, Tours, etc.
Our sophomore album, "Sudden Anatomy", just came out in Scandinavia, so our focus right now is Denmark, Sweden and Norway, where we are currently touring. We have some dates in Germany and the United Kingdom coming up as well, prepping us for an international release of "Sudden Anatomy" in the fall of 2014.


Article: Ash Francisco