During the day, I could already met Fernanda and Prika and it seemed these nice ladies were more than ready to rock the place down. They took the time to talk and make pictures with several fans. A few hours before these ladies went on stage, I could have a small interview with Fernanda (vocals and bass) and Prika (backing vocals and guitar). Nervosa is on tour for several months and were visiting Belgium for the third time.
Welcome to Belgium. We met about an hour ago backstage and I saw you could taste the Belgian beer. Did you had the time to taste the chocolate as well?
N: Yeah, I love beer and chocolate. The beer and chocolate from Belgium is aaaaaarrrch, awesome!
A: I tought so 🙂 (laughs)
Before Summerrock, I never had the chance to see Nervosa. I know you’re a female thrash metal band coming all the way from Brasil. Can you tell me a bit more about yourselves?
N: We’re a Brasilian thrash metal band. The three of us enjoy playing thrash metal but we like to add some death metal items to it. We just write the music we love. That’s basically it, and we’re very happy to be back in Europe.
This is not your first time you’re having a tour in Europe.
N: Second time. Last year we had a 2 month long tour in Europe and played two shows in Belgium. So this is our third time here.
The new (second) album just came out (3 july), and is called “Agony”. Was there a specific reason for this title?
N: Owww, it’s about the lyrics, the feeling that came from the lyrics. We feel agony of all the things we speak about in the lyrics, cause we’re speaking about corruption, human behaviours, all bad things that we’re feeling and all the bad things that are happening these days. All the lyrics talk about human beings being harmfull, the society transforming it in a chaotic place and what do we. The result from this is agony.
I could listen to the new album and I discovered a change of style comparing to the first album (Victim of yourself). Did you try to walk some new ways?
N: Kind of, it’s indeed a little bit different, because we have a bit more influences of death metal, it’s more aggressive. It’s still thrash metal of course, but with death metal. It’s faster, rawer, more direct, and I think it’s a step forward from the previous album.
Is this the kind of way you want to go in the near future or?
N: Actually it was never planned how we wanna sound or anything, everything happens in a very natural organic way. We just respect that and we feel like we’re ready. Of course when you’re writing stuff, you get influences from the things you listening to. Before this album, the three of us has listened to a lot of death metal albums. So we were influenced in the way we were writing but I think that’s a good way. I would like to stick up with that for the next album, a good mix of thrash and death metal. That’s what I’m always enjoying the most so I think this is a good idea to keep doing this.
Nervosa is only the three of you. Everyone’s having a big place in the band. Who’s writing the songs or who starts the writing process of a song? Lyrics or riffs?
N: Me and Prika, we always think about the melodies, the riffs and everything. After that, we stick together and try to improve that. Then we send it to our drummer Pitchu and she gives her opinion on the riffs and writes drumlines. The last thing is putting the vocal lines on it. I always like to have the song ready, I like to listen to the song a lot when it’s ready so I can have naturally inspiration to create the vocal idea.
It’s not easy to play, sing and entertain at the same time I think
N: You get used to it. For the lyrics in this album, we did something new, some of the lyrics we both (Prika and I) wrote together and that’s pretty cool.
I see a very huge list of upcoming shows in the next months. Some in small clubs, other on festivals like today
N: It’s different to play, but we do all shows. In smaller clubs, it’s more intimed, more direct. On big festivals, it’s always very huge, the energy is different, it’s important but so is playing in small places. I’m really looking forward to play in Tuska, in Finland. We’re playing there in july and it’s been a long term personal dream. I love Finland, I don’t know why, I just love the country and I’ll always wanted to visit the country, especially Tuska and wath the bands.
How do you defines the setlisdt? You can’t play the same setlist in a smal venue like you do in a festival on tour?
N: It depends, when we have the time for a whole set, we do a whole set. Sometimes it depends on the venue. Then we use a shorter set, we always can adapt.
When you change the setlist, you have to cut some songs.
N: Oh, I hate doing that. It’s always very difficult to decide which numbers we don’t play. Most of the time we choose the longest tracks to cut, so we have more time to do more tracks, that kind of helps it a little. It’s easier, but it’s always difficult because we love every song, they are like children. We play a combination of our new songs and old songs. Today, we will almost play our full set. We have 50 minutes to play!
You played in “Little Devil” in Tilburg yesterday. I’ve been there a few months ago to see Freedom Call. It’s a small venue, but that gives the possibility to be very close with the audience. How was the first gig in the row?
N: It was very cool. We also played there on the last tour in Tilburg. It was really great, very direct, very cool!
How did the people react to the new album?
N: The feedback was great, there were some moshpits and everything, also the feedback from the songs was great. We were pretty happy.
There are gigs almost every day in the upcoming months. Then a break for two months and again on tour with Destruction. It’s almost impossible to miss Nervosa this year. This must be very exhausting? How do you relax?
N: Well we don’t. Just kidding. We don’t have many days off. It’s 10 days touring, 2 days off, and another month with almost no days off. To deal with that, you have to make a “touring routine”. I listen to music, watch some stuff, talk to family and friends, that kinda helps relaxing, that’s the most we can do. And of course, sleep a lot in the van. It’s not easy but we love that.
I read the views of the first clip reached 20.000 likes in one week. But the views of new videoclip are going like a rocket, “Hostages” reaches already more than 50.000! It’s a very impressive clip. Did you expect that huge response?
N: I think we’re working a lot, we’re touring a lot so we get more and more fans and this results in a great number of views. It’s very intense this last one, with blood and everything. People love it and spread the word to their friends, but still we get surprised, you know. We are playing for many years and getting great chances. But we’ll still surprised and that is awesome. It’s like a kind of fuel to keep on going.
I also made some clips for Rik Priem’s Prime and we have 9000 views over two years.
N: Oh really? That’s good.
A: So a lot of people know who Rik is, but 50K in one week like you did, that’s very cool!
N: Thank you!
A: You’re probably the biggest trash metal band in Brasil?
N: I wouldn’t say the biggest, we have a lot of good bands, and there are a few bands with more history, more tradition, but wat I wanna say is that we are the most active band at this moment, like touringwise, we tour al the time.
A: This is a very good way to let people know what your doing, what kind of music you make
N: We have a recordlabel and this helps also a lot. They help promoting, that’s really a big help.
Thanks for the interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
N: Thank you so very much, I really hope you enjoy the show. If it’s your first time you see us, I hope it’s gonna be a killer show.
After this interview, we had the time to make some pictures.
Fotoreview of Nervosa can be found here
Full report of the summerfest festival can be found here