This song called “Mina polare” is a cover from a “Rasta Hunden” (Rasta Dog) tune. This Swedish band has only existed between 1989-1990 and released one record playing reggae.
You have probably never heard about And so Nova Blast, but you know what? It is my brand new favourite Swedish band. A “grunge” one. I mean, it is difficult to not think about Nirvana when you listen to them.
For sure, it is also hard to have a definitive opinion about them because they have only released few tunes. And one EP “Glitch” that just came out on Spotify. Do not look for a label: they have none. I hope they will find a way to keep on their music and release an album though because their music is built on everything I do fancy: a dirty sound, some melodies and a kind of “I don’t give a fuck” attitude. This could sound cliché, it just sounds honest.
Since I wanted to know more about this little crazy duo, I contacted them and we sorted out this little fun Q&A through the grace of Internet. If I were you, I would read it, and listen to the music, and keep an eye on those guys: if their music is quite dark, their future seems really bright to me.
First, it’s actually quite hard to get infos about Nova Blast. Could you give me some inputs? Like are you signed on a label and everything? What are your plans?
Diddi: We moved from Stockholm to Malmo about the same time and started hanging out skateboarding, beering and jamming guitar together. We tried different drummers but couldn’t find one that suited us so I dropped the guitar and picked up a drumkit for 300:- Swedish Kronor that I still use today!
Anti: There was some label interest, but we are still loose and single, if the right one approaches us we might lean in. Right now we are focusing on just playing as much as possible.
Diddi: In the future I see new songs, new videos and hanging in the rehearsal space sipping on 2.8 beer and sharing falafel rolls with our dogs!
Why this name « Nova Blast » ?
Anti: When I was a kid my dad found these fucked up broken consoles (Atari, Amiga, Commodore) in the skip and since he’s a tinkerer he would “fix” them. The sound and asthetics of the games really struck a nerve in me. The whole concept of escape to a parallel reality, secret dimension or exiting the “Minus World” is incredibly appealing. As I grew older this fascination expanded into literature. I read the obvious (Phillip K Dick, Hunter S Thompson, Charles Bukowski). But nothing compared to William S Burroughs, his Nova trilogy is down right damaged on the verge of unreadable! I loved it, and to later find out the connection with my favourite bands was a huge bonus. So basically Nova Blast is a nod and tribute to things that shaped us. 1980s video games, dystopian future and 90s punk/alternative music.
I first heard about you thanks to Edward Forslund, singer of Riddarna who gave me the hint about you in his « best of 2014 ». Are you related to Riddarna ? In which ways ?
Diddi: I met Erik and Patrick thru a common friend years before Riddarna even existed.
Anti: We heard they were playing this festival we were attending so obviously we had to check them out. I wasn’t prepared to get sonically as well as visually tarred, feathered and drowned in screaming wailing reverb! Soon enough Diddi tattooed the Riddarna “Hand” on both of us.
I thought Sweden was still stuck in a never ending 1980s revival full of keyboards, colors and stuff. You’re definitely not. Do you see other Swedish band with which you share some common points, musically speaking ?
Anti: I think Sweden still is, I get a bit annoyed of the lack of dynamics. I only hear a endless build-up, a repeating verse. The ones I feel closest related to besides Riddarna would be Westkust and Dokument#3. They both have this restlessness and static energy that resonates with me.
So you do grunge, right ? Am I correct ? Or how would you call your sound ?
Diddi: I’ve always found it difficult to categorize myself. But on our second gig we set off the car alarms outside so I guess our sound is loud and aggressive!
Anti: The band Pinkshinyultrablast called us GrungeGaze but I think we’re to messy to be considered either. Our main energy source I think is our restlessness, to fill it we’ve had to feed it punkrock, grunge, drum n bass, rock n roll, psychobilly, shoegaze, hardcore, anything with a beat faster than slow and a emotion not fuelled by testosterone.
Who’s your favourite « grunge » band ? The Pixies ? Nirvana ? Bush ? (no I’m joking, cannot be Bush…)
Diddi: Nirvana have always been my absolute favourite in “Grunge”.
That’s how it all started, In my room picking out Come As You Are on the guitar.
Anti: Nirvana also made me pick up the guitar, but The Pixies were literally my early soundtrack cuz my room mates were playing them nonstop.
“THE” grunge question to conclude: How many plaid shirts do you have ?
Anti: None! But I’m a sucker for warm, scruffy cardigan sweaters. Hand-me-downs yes please!
Diddi: I have two but I wish I had 47 of them! I like’em Vato style!