800 kilometers apart. The two members of Jeudah, vocalist Jan Jämte (also in Khoma) and instrumentalist Kristian Karlsson (also in pg.lost)
, hasn't had that many chances to meet in person. Instead the sound of Jeudah has been forged through a long-distance relationship built around countless of hours of talking and experimenting alone in front of microphones and amplifiers. The result is a sound that encompasses vulnerability, heaviness and epic soundscapes - all in a straightforward, melodic manner.
- When Kristian sent me a few songs 2008 I immediately felt there was a musical connection. Sometimes you don't have to talk a lot, or spend hour after hour in a rehearsal room. You just hear it and know what to do. So I started to sing, says Jan.
It was like opening a dam. During a couple of months 2008 Jeudah had written over 20 songs and in January the following year Jan and Kristian finally met to start the recording of the debut album While We Sleep. With the exception of Thomas Hedlund (also in Khoma, Cult of Luna, Perishers, Deportees etc. ) recording the drums the idea was to do as much as possible themselves, keeping interference to a minimum and to learn and grow in the process.
- We soon decided to keep guitars out of the music, says Kristian. I think we´ve only used it in two songs, and there it just adds atmosphere. Both Khoma and P.G Lost are guitar-driven bands, and in Jeudah we wanted to try and experiment with other instruments to create new sounds and landscapes, without loosing the nerve or thunderous dynamics that guitars can bring.