After his association with Danish acts such as The Chairman and The Awesome Welles, Emil Wahlberg formed Nûrnbear in 2016. Joined by Christian Tranberg (beats), Mads Siggaard (synthesiser) and Rune Christensen (bass), the band writes energetic, playful tracks aimed to resonate with a new generation of music lovers. Following the success of ‘Isolation’, Nûrnbear has just released single ‘Words (Can Tear Down Walls)’. We found out more.
‘Words’ is a metaphor for all the times good people gets persuaded by what is easy as opposed to what is right.
Hi guys, how have you been?
Very well thank you.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single ‘Words (Can Tear Down Walls)’?
I think ‘words’ is supposed be sort of the catchy tune that catches the listener of guard you know? Obviously it is a heavy subject, but there’s no reason that the listener shouldn’t have a good time listening to it. I mean if it forces people out of the chair and on to the dance floor, we’re happy.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Actually a very real event inspired this song. A few years ago I was travelling through Palestine and Israel. It was beyond any doubt the most inspiring and beautiful place I’ve ever been, but at the same time there was such a divide, in fact a very physical one. Of course I’m speaking of the great wall that divides the two people.
The thing is I thought I was going to a country where people would hate each other and sure; there was ill will on both sides of the wall, but mostly I saw people who just wanted to get along, to coexist and be happy. That made me ask myself; who’s pinning these people against each other. It seems like there’s always some very powerful forces playing a higher game somehow. Whether that’s government, organized religion or some completely different thing, I don’t know, but my believe is that most people just want peace.
At the same time I’m privileged enough to go visit this wonderful country and by the end of the vacation I get to go home, to welfare and security. I get to be this tourist of misery and I get to forget about it if I want to. Obviously I can’t.
Now, of course, ‘Words’ is not just about standing in front of a big wall and feeling both very small and also completely useless. It’s a metaphor for all the times good people gets persuaded by what is easy as opposed to what is right. We all have the power in us to make a difference and 99 % of the time all it takes is words.
How was the recording and writing process?
Actually our writing process is pretty much the same each time. I write what you might call a rough draft and then the rest of the band brings their creative forces to the process. Finally our manager and producer takes an active and very important creative part in the process and when everyone is happy we get the track mastered. In this way the only part of the process we can’t do ourselves is the master. It really works for us to have the entire thing as close as possible, so we really couldn’t imagine a different way of doing things.
What role does Denmark play in your music?
That’s a tough one. I don’t think it playes a very big role. Not one I’ve ever thought of, you know. I mean we’re from Denmark and obviously we’re Danish so it’s hard to say that it plays no role at all.
How do you normally go on balancing your personal feelings with politics and don’t get caught up in the trap?
I can’t, that is the honest answer. I am highly subjective, which is also why I’m not a politician, though I don’t believe they can honestly say that they’re a 100 % objective. I’m writing about what moves me, when it moves me, that’s the only way I can keep it real.
The upside is that opposed to the politician, I can be honest, I don’t have to impress anyone or pay heed to false idols like, money or fame. For me it’s only about the message and I can only convey my own message, my own truth if you will.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material? How’s that coming along?
We’re working constantly to write new material. Actually we have a bigger thing in mind, perhaps a complete record or EP. Nothing substantial jet, but I think I can promise that good stuff is heading your way and we can’t wait to get it out there.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We really want to focus on making a record that we can be proud of, that has a unison expression, so it’s hard to say when that’s ready. I think that we’ll get past the festival season before releasing anything.
Any plans to hit the road?
So far no actually. We’re really just taking time to perfect our sound and make sure that we have enough material for a full record and of course a couple of b-sides. Having said that, we wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to play a few shows.
What else is happening next in Nûrnbear’s world?
Just trying to stay fresh.
Listen to ‘Words (Can Tear Down Walls)’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to the Nûrnbear Facebook page.