ANARCHOS is a band that I totally like. So much that I had to interview them. So read this interview and keep checking them out. 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?
-For us the album is glorious in a lot of ways. We are proud of what we’ve achieved, proud of the music, proud of the artwork and proud of the labels that wanted to work with us for “Invocation Of Moribund Spirits”.
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?
-Literally it means without leaders. For us it’s about doing what we want without anybody telling us how to live, breathe and create our music. This is how we do it, like it or not.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-We appreciate and respect those souls. They are like us, true and dedicated. We ourselves like what we do, anyone who likes us are our equals. We won’t disrespect those by changing our metal of death or give in to trends. If we do that we betray ourselves and them and we will be not worthy of living.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Dedicated to the metal of death. It’s who we are and how we live, none above, none below.
I am a huge fan of LP artwork. How important is it to have the right artwork for your album?
-The music, lyrics and artwork must complement each other. Just pick a piece of artwork and put that on the cover is not an option. The artwork must be a visualization of the music and the title. Dark and obscure art is what we wanted and what the very talented Jenglot Hitam delivered on “Invocations Of Moribund Spirits”.
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 downside to it too?
-It benefits to reach out to fans, share the dark arts and let people know your music. Get in contact with other bands, bookers and labels has become much easier then years ago.
As always something good comes with something bad in it’s shadow. So there’s a downside too, like spreading lies,
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?
-We wander alone and are not part of a herd. If there’s a community that appreciates what we do then so be it. Only death gives real meaning to life.
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?
-We choose the ones we work with and if we don’t trust those then we don’t work with those people.
There is and always have been some ailment and the best cure is to eliminate it. People trying to get rich over the backs of others, people that are spreading lies and of course the always raging plague of rip-offs are just a few examples. Better ignore those and focus on the things that work.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Common day life that preserves us from having the luxury to tour. Only standalone gigs or short 3/4 day mini tours during the weekend is what we can afford.
If you know the right people it’s easy to get gigs, but to get known by those people is hard work.
What will the future bring?
-We will start the recording of some songs in the coming months for two splits. After that we will start on our sophomore album and the booking of some weekend tours at the end of 2018/beginning 2019.