There has always been room for humor in metal. From Spinal Tap to Bad News to Lawnmower Deth to ALESTORM. You gotta be able to laugh at yourself. Answers from Chris. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
It’s dreadful! None of us like drinking Ale (we’re wine drinkers mostly), and Storms are awful things (we like the sunshine). We should have called ourselves Sunnywine, that would have given fans a better impression of us.

I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-That’s where you went wrong buddy, the 80s was a dreadful time. Should have started your band 20 years later. We all got into music to be famous rockstars with hot girlfriends with huge boobs. It’s worked out, for the most part!

With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-I guess it’s sorta folky power metal with other elements thrown in? Doesn’t really matter, we’re not trying to be part of a scene or fit in with any other bands. We’re just Alestorm!

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Put all the good songs first, then leave all the shitty filler songs to the end! It’s a winning formula that has stood the test of time.

I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-It just sorta happens. Songwriting is a skill, the more you practice it, the better you’ll get at it. There’s no such thing as creativity, just hard work.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Usually i just contact artists from indonesia who are willing to draw a sick tshirt design for pennies. So, not much thought really! Hell, our latest design features a pirate on a skateboard eating pizza. What is that supposed to mean? Nothing, that’s what!

I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-If I had my way, we’d just release a new single every 9 months instead of having to write entire albums. There’s only ever like 3 good songs on an album, the rest is just filler trash. The “album” as a format was a short lived fad that started in the 70s and is finally dying. Music is about songs, not about arbitrary collections of them.

Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-It means bands will stop releasing shitty album tracks. When was the last time you ever listened to track 7 on any album? Never, that’s when. It’s the worst track. If it was only singles, it wouldn’t exist. Life would be so much better.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-There is no scene. We don’t tour with bands who sound anything like us. We just want to do our own thing, and we know that the fans love it. That’s all that matters.

What does the future hold?
-A guy dressed as a cowboy doing a backflip. Who doesn’t wanna see that? The future is awesome!

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