ALLIE’S MASS

ALLIE’S MASS is a really nice stoner band that more people should discover. Read this interview to start with and then keep exploring. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We want people to get an up-to-date vision on life from the youth’s point of view. Oh, and them to smoke weed.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was truly one of the hardest things to decide. We agreed to make all of our album speak about the figure of a certain woman. We rehearse in an old alley, and we thought “alley” closely resembled “Allie”. Also, when we play live, we do so as if we were in a mass. So we finally mixed up both things and ended up as Allie’s Mass.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-All of the members fucking enjoy music, so speaking of common influences is hard, but here are some of the bands we’ve always really liked: Electric Wizard, In Solitude, Satan’s Vomit, Candlemass and of course Black Sabbath, which has probably influenced everyone in a band. Some bands we’re listening to right now are Slabdragger, Elder, Goya, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Earth, Satánicos Marihuanos and Telekinetic Yeti.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Actually, all we really wanted was a place to smoke weed and play some music. There was some idea floating around but we hardly ever spoke about it. We had to really go there, smoke and play, and everything started flowing smoothly.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-We think people should listen to music just however they want.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Artwork comes to life on its own, we just give it shape.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Would you tell a 1979 kid to not promote his band via fanzines or radio stations? There’s incredible underground communities in Facebook (and in many other sites, thankfully). We live in an awesome age in which anyone who creates some music can share it and express himself towards a massive audience. For us, it’s wonderful. Maybe we would never have listened to the 90% of our favorite bands if we hadn’t been born in this age. Maybe we would never have developed an interest in music. And we wouldn’t be answering to this because we would have never been in a band.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-The scene is undoubtedly there

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-obviously yes!

What will the future bring?
-Weed, music, stages and eternal damnation.

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