ALLOCHIRIA

There isslow and havy and then there is slow and heavy and then there is ALLOCHIRIA. This is not for the party people out there. This is for the introspective ones. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? What pressure is there in releasing a follow up album? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release a second album, that it sorta is for real now?
-When releasing your first album you have no idea what you’re getting into, on the first album you have some experience but not much. In the second album you know exactly what you want and how to do it. We feel a pressure, but it comes from us first, we wanted to be 100% happy with the result and I think we did it. We hope you like this result us much as we do.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-No, we release it because we want to take a snapshot of the new compositions that have survived through our rehearsals. The goal for us is to be satisfied with it and see some development in our music. Of course we all have the dream to tour the world, who doesn’t. We know that this is really difficult for now, so we just keep on creating music for ourselves.

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?
-It’s awesome being 2000km away from home and have people asking you to play a specific song, or come to your show with one of your 50 first T-shirts, the ones you picked up the day you left your job earlier in order to make it on time for a show. It’s unbelievable.

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?
-No, every album is unique, the art behind it is unique. We evolve, we make music from the heart. So we create what we feel like creating depending on our thoughts, feelings and mood. We cannot promise that the next album won’t be “hard trance”.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Not because we play in a band, but because we love music and we support local shows and bands. Being every week at a show with the same people makes you part of a community, a legitimate music-loving community that supports itself. A lot.

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?
-As I said we evolve. When we play something we like, we try to develop it further. If it sounds like something we have already played, we reject or alter it. That means that it is not easy, but on the other hand, this does not really happen very often.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-The lack of humanity on modern society. The fact that we only care about ourselves, and only if we have a problem, then we complain. We are divided, trying to make it another day alive. Humans are the worst animals on this planet. About having a message. No it is not important, but since you can say something or send a message, you might as well do it. Giving food for thought never hurt anyone.

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?
-No. We don’t have a clue to be honest!

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Physical is ritual, digital is practical. In other words, you do not really listen to music while on the computer. You do while on the sofa with a glass of wine and a good soundsystem.

What lies in the future?
-Shows in Greece, a European tour, maybe one more European tour, and then jamming and recording a third album.

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