Low Roar's latest album Once in a Long, Long While deals with some big changes and challenges in Ryan Karazija's life, including the breakup of his marriage and leaving Iceland, a country he has been so synonymous with that people often forget that he's actually from California.

We caught up with Ryan to talk about touring, moving to Poland and Hideo Kojima using his music for the trailer for upcoming video game Death Stranding.


Today is the last day of your European tour, which was preceded by your American tour, I'm guessing you're pretty tired?

I actually feel really good. I was only really tired this morning because I now live in Warsaw. There were a lot of friends at the show last night and a lot of hanging out afterwards. But no, I feel really good. We actually have one more show, we've got to fly to LA for the E3 convention for the game we were on.

How did the show go last night?

Last night was great. It was the one I've had my eye on the whole time. When we started, I was thinking we just have to be good by this one, because I've got to live there and people are going to come and see us who are friends. If we play shit I've got to hang out with them. It was really important and it couldn't have gone any better.

Have you noticed a new group of fans from the being featured on the trailer for Death Stranding?

Definitely there are always people at each show that have that vinyl who have discovered me through that.

I've read that you don't play computer games but I've also read you want to be Link from Zelda.

The last game I ever finished was Ocarina of Time. It's a great game and I would buy a system to just play it again and Mario Kart.

Actually that's not true I finished the first Halo, after I broke up with a girlfriend and I moved into my own apartment.

What's the plan for after the convention?

I think we'll have 6 weeks off or so. Then we'll figure it out and get back on the road.

A question I get asked a lot is how did I end up living in Poland...

When I was making the last record, I went from Sweden to Poland. Then we started the record at the end of March. I did only four days and went back to Poland because I felt like going back there and then my sister had a baby so I went to the States. The record was finished in Wales in a studio called Monnow Valley Studio.

After recording I came back to Poland, I was looking at tickets to go back to Iceland because I still had my apartment there, the tickets were about $400 and the tickets to Poland were only $60. So I came back to Poland and I was hanging out with friends and I got offered an apartment. So I was like, 'fuck it! Let's do it!'

How long ago was that?


How's your Polish?


Does it feel like home yet?

Completely, it's what I call home. So going back to yesterday's gig. It was like the hometown show.

Do you prefer colder climates?

I don't know it wasn't about the weather for me. It was how I felt when I was here. Where I was raised in San Jose there was no vibe, it's just dull. Even in Iceland, there's something there and I feel that in Warsaw too. There's something happening and it's exciting. I didn't feel that in California.

I need to ask you about the track 'Gosia' firstly because it's my wife's name and also because today (June 10th) is Gosia's name day. What's the story behind this song?

She was one of the first people I met the first time I came to Poland when I played a festival in Białystok. We became really good friends. It's kind of like this story that has to do with her. I'm not saying it's necessarily about me and her but it's something that was going on in her life, we'd become really close and you'll get it.

The record (Once in a Long, Long While) deals with some big life changes, has writing these songs been cathartic for you?

Yeah, because I was in a pretty shitty place before I started writing it. Now it's done I feel much better. It was the hardest one to make for me. It takes place over the course of a few years, I was starting to write stuff almost immediately after the second record because I'd gone through a divorce.

It's nice to have it out. Sometimes I get a little feel for it when we're playing it live, I'm reliving it a little bit, sometimes it hits, which is nice that it does that because that feeds across when you're playing live. It still affects you, you know.

Obviously this is good for a performance but as for you as a person is it fun reliving that?

It depends on what happens. On the first record, there's a few that really sucked to play live for me at first. I almost couldn't make it through them. I think it's important though, it's nice to feel a little bit sometimes. It's not the same as it was, it doesn't go back to being as bad as it felt when it happened. I like to feel that sometimes. Most of the music I listen to is sad music, I like it. I'm generally a happy person but it's just a nice feeling to feel sometimes.