"Index", the new video from the Stockholm, Sweden-based band PORT NOIR, can be seen below. The song comes off the group's debut album, "Puls", which is tentatively due in September via Razzia Notes, the label headed up by IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén.
In November 2011, Andreas "AW" Wiberg (drums), Love Andersson (vocals, guitar) and Andreas Hollstrand (guitar, backing vocals) decided to meet up in a rehearsal room in their hometown Södertälje, outside of Stockholm, Sweden. They were all tired of playing music with people lacking the same level of ambition and wanted to create something new and fresh. Something beyond musical boundaries and invisible frames.
"We were seeking the freedom to do exactly what we wanted to," explains Hollstrand.
A few hours later, the trio started recording their very first song, the galvanic "Sun Dé Man". The first chapter in the history of PORT NOIR was written.
Before the track was even mixed, the trio made a music video and posted it on the Internet. A week later, Fridén heard the song and instantly sent a mail to the band. He stated that "Sun Dé Man" was the best song he had heard in a very long time and wondered if the band was contracted to a label.
Six months later, PORT NOIR played its first show ever — as the opening act for IN FLAMES in Stockholm.
"I did not even have the lyrics ready and improvised the entire show. But this was something we could not turn down," Andersson says.
A few months later, PORT NOIR began recording its debut album, "Puls", at Dugout Studios in Uppsala with producer Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, SOILWORK).
"Daniel's commitment meant a lot for the record," says Wiberg. "While the rest of us fell asleep in the studio, he kept on going until 4 a.m. We still have a close contact and have become really good friends."
The unexpected title, the Swedish word for "pulse," comes from the album's lyrical theme. It is about not being stuck in your safety zone but finding new ways of doing things. To follow the pulse that pushes us forward.
The PORT NOIR members come from very diverse backgrounds (black metal, jazz, alternative rock, death metal, hardcore, progressive rock), yet "Puls" proves that the band knows exactly where it is at and where it is heading. They are moving forward and upward — at a very fast pace.