THE ORGAN INTERVIEW...    -  April 2006
Somewhere back in Early 2006 Norway’s rather fine Next Life put out an album called Electric Violence on the rather excellent Cock Rock Disco label... Here’s the kind of album review thing, followed by Seven vital questions that first appeared in print via issue 151 of Organ (the one with Liars on the front) back in April 2006..

NEXT LIFE – Electric Violence (CockRockDisco) - Glitch that goes off and things left on the floor.... glitch twitch bite thrash, dive dive dive, this is it, next life, next, next next. Next Life is/are/exist in/from Norway – there’s sonic violence, there pin point progressive beauty, they are 666Daysofstatic. Next Live are like frantic electro metal Cardiacs for disciples of those 65Days, Mostly instrumental and so deceptively lush and full (and exciting and there’s too many damn bits of good music around, we can’t cope, stop stop). There’s lots of crossover guitar violated electro glitch emerging right now, there’s nothing this good, Next Live have the cut up dynamics of Cardiacs, it sounds so cleverly orchestrated, so extremely refined and consider and so so violent. They take it further than anyone else, yet they’re are probably the easiest to listen to (or is that just us?). Devo have to be mentioned, but it’s, it’s....  Here’s what they say at CockRockDisco: “You simply aren’t ready for Next Life. So rare is it that you discover a band with such an original sound, coming from somewhere within their own universe that when you do find a band such as this, it’s always surprising. We proudly introduce you to Next Life. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, Next Life are Hai Nguyen Dinh and Tormod Christensen. They make music that fetishistically explores the twin worlds of Death Metal and game music with a preciousness that somehow skirts into the art-rock realm. Around the office, we call their sound “Gameboy Deathmetal” and when you hear a second of the record, you’ll know why. Basically it’s real guitar, synth guitar, Nintendo “vocals” and programmed beats made to fit a metal archetype. This refined and personal new music somehow always winks at the artifice through which it was created (which is why it is also completely unnerdy).” Live they are said to be “like vicious robots spasmodically jerking to every power chord and chugging riff”. 

7 Questions for Next Life:

1. Why do you love heavy Metal so much?

Heavy metal and its variations has the quality of being both fast and slow and opens for many different solutions in order to keep up the level of intensity. It is a great way to keep the listener focused on the music and not forget important details, not too unlike old computer game music and some classical music like early J. S. Bach. We have been into intense, hard-hitting rock music for quite a long time, mostly hardcore punk. However this genre has, over the years, been influenced a lot by prog rock, indie rock, metal etc., which we think is important for developing an interesting and intense

2. And this gaming thing? Did you always play games? How did you decide to incorporate it in your music?

He, he, yes. I, the composer of Next Life, got my first Commodore 64 at the age of four and have been playing games since then. I have also for a long time been listening to the game soundtracks, which I find to be at an equal to other music. When Next Life was founded, it was much because of the lack of musicians (drummers to be exact) in my homecity Tønsberg, Norway. It was then natural to be influenced by what was closest to my heart: Prog rock, metal, punk and computer game music, as the possibility was there.

3. You've been making music for years, but this is your first release, why?

Actually, Next Life released a 7-inch on a small label called Lobster Attack in 2000. Since then we have been more focused on enhancing stage concepts and the musical expression rather than releasing records. Also, I have been going to art school where I have worked mostly with video and other forms such as sculpture and light. 

4. Have you burned down any churches lately?

Not lately.

5. You once said that Next Life is a "flexible project", what does that mean exactly?

Next Life is not a typical band with fixed members or a given form, although the project will most likely be based on music, whether it is presented in a gallery or on stage and on record. Right now the project consists of me (Hai Nguyen Dinh) and a choreographer/dancer/vocalist called Katrine Bølstad. As I see it, the project will be available for stage for a long time. Synth player Tormod Christensen has taken a break to do other things, but will be a part of the "family" as long as it exists.

6. Can you describe your live show for everyone? How did it develop to what it is today?

I guess it has been developing during all the years of our existence, but with a constant consciousness on making the live act an extension of the music. It is important for Next Life to use the stage as a tool to express our emotions when listening to/playing the music. Right now I think the best way to do this is by synchronized movements and lights in order to underline the breaks and variations of melody and tempo in the music.

7. Ok, what are your 3 most favourite metal bands and your favourite video game?

Oh yes. Here they are: Metal - 1. Zeni Geva, 2. Death, 3. Neurosis, game - Last Ninja 

Cock Rock Disco....?


Jason Forrest used to make music under the moniker Donna Summer but now is just Jason Forrest. He’s released records all over the planet. He’s been featured in many periodicals all over the world. His music is a combination of many, many styles, all edited into a sort of new rock music. His live shows have garnered him a huge international audience that involve much bad dancing, possibly some blood, and a few shattered laptops. His new album Shamelessly Exciting is now available everywhere.

He began the Cock Rock Disco label in the summer of 2001 and also is host of the Advanced D&D radio program on WFMUfm, in NYC. He occanionally co-hosts Wasted festival in Berlin too, which is where he currently lives....

Duran Duran Duran is mainly Ed Flis now. He's working on his second album, and playing a lot of shows all over the world. You should check him out, he's probably delivering the very best breakcore live set in the world (sorry everyone else.)  - "A pile of crap dipped in fool's gold"  said or sometimes friends over at Pitchfork