ANGEROT is a band that I want to give my attention to as they are really cool. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-I think we do a fairly good job of getting our point across our of the gate as to wha we are all about. We are very 90s focused and heavily influenced by early Swedish bands. We do bring our own flair to the genre and we definitely do not feel we a re a nostalgic carbon of that era…but the influence is there.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Names are always a bitch. I am very particular on things and was pretty insistent on something that fit our sound, singular word and unique. Much like our lyrics, our name leaves room for the listener to make it theirs and decide for themselves what bn ot means to them.
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?
-Our influence comes from a lot of directions, but primarily from the early 90s and the pioneering bands that created the genre. We cut our teeth in that era and feel very at home within it. Inspiration evolves over time. We are all over 40 and things are so much different than when we were teens driving all over the country. We are far more focused on producing a product that is detail oriented from top to bottom.
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?
-The core of Angerot has been together in some form or another since 1989 thru different bands and projects. When our last band split, I was pretty adamant about what I would personally like to achieve sonically. Jason and Josh were very much on the same page. Zaugg came back into the fold with ambition. He was an old school friend who we used to jam with in the 90s, and a great for what we were looking to do. We fired about 200 names around in a group text until something stuck. That is pretty much how we communicate daily…I would bet about 50 texts a day!
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?
-Killing or already killed? I would say I partially agree. I do feel the vast majority of the damage has already been done. I do personally feel a lot of this falls into the bands in the end. Putting out records and marketing them to fans is not a “if you build it they will come” game. Far too man bands do little or nothing to market themselves and blame the digital world for their woes. I have seen the rise in interest to own hard copies of albums over the last handful of years…but buyers are still selective, and should be. This forces bands that work harder to to rise to the top, and self entitlement to sink to the bottom where it belongs.
I am not opposed to releases on any level or any length as long as the band is pushing quality product. Singles are nothing new by any stretch..hell I grew up on them as a child….remember 45s?
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I think far too often people overlook the importance of cover art. When I was a kid, I bought tons of albums with my eyes as a preview wasn’t an option. Back then killer art was the hope for a killer band under it. The art should reflect the vibe of the record and what the band is all about. We took that approach with The Splendid Iniquity. We wanted to capture our roots with a bit of a fresh take.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Uggh….sadly social media has changed the entire game. Like it or not, it’s a fact. I can’t say that I am a fan of many side effects of social media as a whole…this being one of them. People look to one source for all of their connections to a life and miss out on all of the real fruit. It should be called an antisocial network as it removes people from actually being social. We do market online, but we also take a very old school approach to things…flyers around town, handbills, connecting with who you know and who they. We work pretty hard to keep real personal connections alive, work with people we respect and friends who understand and support what we do.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I definitely feel part of something. I have been a player and fan of Death Metal or Grindcore since 1987. I take it personally and feel it is partly my responsibility to produce the absolute best product I can as a contribution to the genre that built me. It is much bigger than a band, a label or a show…or a scene really. It is a global movement that refuses to die. Extreme metal is the only true genre that was born underground, stayed underground and continues to thrive underground. There is nothing else like it in the world of music.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We aren’t really. We are very selective on what we do…we have to be. As I mentioned earlier, we are well part our prime touring age. We are career people and we all have families, wives and children. I do not enjoy being away from them. Now, that at said…we understand that there are times that call for it. We will just have to see what opportunities arise and how they can be facilitated. Touring can be great for a band, but it can also destroy it. There is no money in it..quite the opposite actually for most bands. Sad but true.
What will the future bring?
-Right now we are just looking forward to seeing this release in people’s hands, seeing their responses and playing a few killer shows. We have already began work on material for the next release and formed many of the connections, guest spots and studio crew to help make sure we can put out something bigger and better with the next release. We are excited for the future