This week is a good week for Aussie bands. ALL OF THE DIRT ALL AT ONCE are yet another cool band from Australia. Answers by Davd. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-This album was made in a very different way to the first two. We usually book recording in before we’ve started writing so we have a deadline to write the songs, about two months. What we didn’t realise this time was that what we’d written was more complex than before so recording took twice as long and was a pretty tough process. Once we were done, we lost any remaining objectivity and had no idea whether it was good or not. I think we both knew it was but were so over the whole thing that we just let it sit for a while. Quite a while. But now it’s coming out we’re really excited about it.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-We sat around for a while trying to find a way to verbalise what we thought we sounded like. The phrase “it sounds like…all of the dirt… all at once” came up pretty quickly. We tried to think of a name for that idea but we liked how stupid and heavy it was so it stuck.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?>
-It’s great hearing that people like what we come up with. We’re really proud of what we’re making and are really attached to it so to have people get it is amazing.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-That we’re really just trying to make stupidly heavy music and that being stupid and heavy is a beautiful combination. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but at the same time we absolutely love metal and love the style we’ve come up with.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Like any band, we want the artwork to reflect the sound of the album. For this album, we used a photo I took of a huge warehouse fire from my rooftop. We wanted something that matched the over-the-top and angry sound of this album.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It is what you make it. If you don’t like it then you’re not doing it properly. It’s a great and easy way for us to get our sense of humour out to people.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Honestly? No. We don’t play regularly and are a little odd-sounding for a heavy band so don’t fit in very well. It’s okay – we started this band with the express intention of having fun and not operating in a traditional way to avoid grinding the enjoyment out of it, something that we’ve been through several times in previous bands. We get such a positive reaction from everyone that hears us so that helps to battle the existential blues.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-I don’t know. I’m pretty cynical about it all. A lot of scenes are built around bands mimicking a particular sound instead of making something unique or personal. It creates this kind of closed loop that doesn’t foster experimentation or creativity or sincerity. It’s more about wearing the right stuff and liking the right stuff. When you’re part of a scene you should be worried because you’re obviously not doing something right. Or I could just be a curmudgeonly asshole yearning for acceptance. Who knows.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Haha, we’re about to release our third album and we’ve played four shows – two launches and two supports. We’re definitely not the right people to ask! We should probably fix that because playing this stuff live is such a blast. It’s written specifically for some pretty sweet head banging and/or toe-tapping (listener’s choice) so translates so well live.
What will the future bring?
-More future. We’re toying with the idea of incorporating electronic instruments, so maybe look out for us at a bush doof down the road.