With: Gunnar H. Thomsen, Terji Skibenæs
Conducted by: Baz Anderson (in person)
Published: 25.02.2012

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Once a year the great and historical city of York transforms back into Jorvik to celebrate its Viking heritage. Aside from the usual Viking-themed activities such as the "best beard competition" held in the city's centre, this year the festival would be closed by none other than Faroese band Týr. Before this one-off show I got to speak to Gunnar and Terji of the band, to attempt to probe their minds.

00:06 | Good evening, how are you doing?
00:13 | We're here at the Jorvik Viking Festival, have you ever been here before?
00:26 | Had a look around?
00:32 | How do you think the show will be? There might be people who have never been to a metal show before...
00:52 | Do you think that England celebrates its Viking history more or less than other countries?
01:07 | Getting onto the band, firstly can you tell us how to pronounce the band's name...
01:25 | Can you explain the connection between metal and Vikings, why is it such a popular theme in metal at the moment?
02:15 | Last year you released The Lay Of Thrym, how would you compare that to the rest?
02:40 | It is less progressive, why are you moving away from that?
03:00 | Is it important to get radio time?
03:12 | How much of your soul are you willing to sell then?
03:21 | It's your sixth album, does it get harder to keep putting out album after album... the inspiration...
03:53 | You are from the Faroe Islands, how did you get into metal with presumably no metal scene there?
04:19 | Why aren't you another Iron Maiden? How did you end up how you are?
04:49 | With the first few albums you did more metal versions of traditional songs, you haven't done so many recently, so are you running out?
05:45 | As well as being a Viking-themed band, you're also an anti-religious band - where did this come from?
06:21 | So where do you think the glass ceiling is for a band like this? How big do you think a band like this could get in the world we live in?
07:10 | So next month you're off touring in Germany and Europe, what's next for the band after that?
07:36 | Any thoughts towards a new album or live album, etc.?
08:00 | You've got stuff written then...
08:09 | Last words...

A review of the show can be found here.

Thanks to Gunnar and Terji for their time.
Conducted and edited by Barry Anderson.
Recorded by Rachel Muir.


Posted on 25.02.2012 by
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daniel chack - 25.02.2012 at 03:48  
Thanks Barry . Great interview. Could you tell more about this festival? Best reggards.
Baz Anderson - 25.02.2012 at 03:51  
Written by daniel chack on 25.02.2012 at 03:48

Thanks Barry . Great interview. Could you tell more about this festival? Best reggards.

It's done by the Jorvik Centre (a museum in York) - website - and happens once a year. There's various different events going on through the week, but all the information about about this year has been taken off the website unfortunately.
Stabby - 25.02.2012 at 05:02  
Well they're not entirely underground, I mean you won't hear them on the radio but the video for Hold The Heathen Hammer High almost has 1.5 million views on youtube. But it's just that while all of the metalheads around the world love them and show it on the internet, we're fairly fragmented in real life.

Anyway no matter what they're called or who likes them they kick ass. Good guys and good interview.
Cynic Metalhead - 25.02.2012 at 11:01  
Well, they were not that much expressive as I was looking for it. Anyways, great interview. Awesome band. Need some kick ass recognition. btw still hard to pronounce "Týr".
Bad English - 25.02.2012 at 14:40  
Faroese lang is fuck up I can get 10% what they say when read and watch and comparing to swedish....OMG 12 century vikings good we went evolution and Swedish is eaery
seems only Vigo van learn it hahhaha

Øyvind - 28.02.2012 at 12:55  
The interview is as good as ever, good job. And I was surprised to find out that I've been pronouncing the band's name correctly for all these years, ever since I first heard about them. I remember on one occasion I wanted to buy a Týr badge and the salesman had no idea what I was looking for until I pronounced it "Teer"
Maxx666 - 02.03.2012 at 18:42  
Awesome interview.... very pleasant to watch...
Susan - 19.03.2012 at 18:46  
Sweet! Good to hear from these guys. I've loved their music for a long time and would definitely support a live album or DVD Hopefully they do those things one day soon, perhaps with the new label. Not the most talkative guys in the world but Baz you did a great job and keeping it going! And thanks for asking how to pronounce the band name, lol, I didn't even realize I was saying it wrong.

And it's cute when they say "Wiking"

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