偏執症者 (Paranoid)

Talk about strange band names. This gotta be one of the weirdest I have come upon in a long time. 偏執症者 (Paranoid). Answered by H = Henrik Låsgård (Vocals/guitar) E = Emil Bergslid (Drums) J = Joakim Staaf-Sylsjö (Bass/vocals). Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
H: There’s not really any difference wether it’s a demo or an album, you always want people to like the songs and get the releases. You have to put more work into making an album of course, so then you might become a bit extra relieved when the reactions are positive. But everyone’s opinion is different, some still think our first demo is the best thing we’ve ever made.
E: In my opinion a demo is more like trying out the band and see if it work’s out as a whole. When the band is ready then it’s time for a album. And the album should show what the band is all about in every way. So I think there is more pressure to record and release a album than a demo, for sure.
J: I would say that it depends on what you mean by “demo”. We often record rehearsal-demos to learn and remember new songs. Which we don’t put that much energy or focus on. The first demo recording is often very important cause in many cases it may be the first contact and experience people will have with a band. At the same time in an early stage of a band you don’t have much pressure or something to live up to. Which I think can be very liberating. When it comes to recording and releasing an album, it’s clear that it’s on a different level, if you ask me.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
H: The most important thing is that you feel pleased with the final result yourself. If it then sells more or less and people like it or not is beyond our control, so you really can’t do much more than making sure that it lives up to your own standards.
E: Just as Henke says. The most important thing is that you do what you think is good and you are pleased with it, then hopefully people like it as well.
J: We always try to make plans and set goals for the coming months, but it’s for the band as a whole. Not necessarily for a separate recording.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
H: I don’t feel like that happens so frequently, haha. People just sing along if we play some cover of any old classic, our own songs don’t really have that status yet.
E: I have never thought about that.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
H: No, not at all, our new album both looks and sounds quite unlike the previous one. The basics are still intact though, it’s not like we’re a totally different band, but I still don’t think many expected us to go in this particular direction.
J: Rather the opposite, I see no point in reinventing the wheel or making and release the same album again. Everything is based on current influences and what state of mind you are in. But the main foundation will always remaining the same.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
H: Absolutely! You get to know a lot of great people, play with lots of great bands and see many fantastic places. Things that probably wouldn’t be if you weren’t doing this.
E: Yes. We are part of the punk community and you feel like you belong to a world wide family.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
H: It sure does get harder with every new recording. I constantly catch myself writing lines or riffs that we’ve already used for our other songs while working with new stuff. It will probably happen even more the larger our back discography grows. But the well of influences is very deep, so I doubt you’ll ever run out of ideas completely.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
H: Pretty much anything you’re listening to at the moment or any good old favourites from the past. You never know what will be in the back of your head while you’re trying to come up with something for the band.
J: Recently, I’ve listened exclusively to the Heavy Metal band from the 80’s such as Chariot, Tyrant, Atomkraft, Savage and so on… Then if it will be heard on future songs is too early to say today. But am inspired by pretty much anyhing around me, not only music. Fall/winter and its darkness is a great inspiration for example. Unreachable things like atmosphere and a certain feeling are also other factors that I get inspiration from as well. The message is a question of interpretation and lies rather in the listener’s own interpretations and views.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
H: We have only released one cd so far, and at least our copies of it hasn’t sold really well. Don’t know how many copies the label has sold. I still buy a lot of cd’s myself though, it’s the format which I grew up with. Of the music I buy, the ratio is probably around 50/50 vinyl/cd. I buy some tapes as well, but very few lately.
J: The only way you notice it in recent years are all delays and constantly rising production costs and terrible service. Like Henke, I still often buy/listen to CDs, but find it very hard to sell.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
H: Always physical! I only listen to the physical records I buy, only digital if a download code is included in some lp. Or if a band releases a new track before the album is out, but I try to avoid listening at all ’til I have the record in my hands.
E: I like physical more than digital. But the good thing about having your online records is that almost everyone can listen to it. I mostly listen to digital records at work, in the car, etc. But to sit down, put on a vinyl you just bought, have the cover in your hand and a nice beer in front of you, just listen to it from the beginning to the end, that can not compare with anything.

What lies in the future?
H: Not so sure, just got back from a US/Canada tour, still quite blank and not really recovered after that. Still waiting for our new album to be released as well, it’s a bit delayed. But once it’s out and as soon as we get some distance to it, we’ll start to work on some new stuff.
E: Of course, we will start working on the next album asap. Start making plans for upcoming tour(s), as well as play when an opportunity is given. We have some good shit cooking, but to soon to tell. Also complete 12″ discography in two volumes and our first demo reissued as 7″ getting released early next year, keep an eye open.

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