AUDREY HORNE is a band that I have been aware of for a long time but not reallychecked out until now. Answers from Toschie…. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-Actually, I don´t think about it or how it is perceived anymore. When we started out we chose this name because we wanted a name that was not typical for our genre and that made people curious about what to expect. At the same time it has a familiar ring to some and we saw that as a cool thing. These days we just feel attached to it and do not think too much about if it fits our music or the vibe we want give out.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Some of us started this band as a side project because they wanted to express a different kind of music (Kjetil, drums. Thomas, guitar and King of Hell, bass), and called me and asked if I wanted to join them. My background was more power-pop stuff and they asked me to get a singer that was not too typical for this music. I absolutely loved what they had written and said yes on the spot. Ice Dale joined us around the same time. But this band grew out of its side project shoes pretty fast and soon became a full time commitment for most of us.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-As we can´t keep up with all these different sub-genres we like to keep it simple and call it hard rock. We are definitely very much influenced by the classic hard rock and heavy metal, but to call our music classic would be a bit too self-gloryfied I guess.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-We always write songs without thinking too much, and later on we try to see it from an outsiders point of view. If we feel we are repeating ourself too much then we do something about it. Like on “Naysayer”, where the original verse was too much alike the verse on “Holy roller” from our previous album, so we canned them and wrote a new one. We also shave off the songs. We try to think what is not really important and take those parts out. Sometimes bands tend to do stuff that really is only interesting to them and does not make a song better.
In the end we always listen to our producer, if he has any good input to the songs we take this into consideration.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Off course we find lots of inspiration in other peoples music, but we always try to write our own stuff. Whether we come up with something unique or not we hardly know ourselves, that´s for other people to judge. But we feel very sure that we have something that is special for us in overall. I guess what makes a band stand out is usually the combination of what each member bring to the table. When I write lyrics I always try to see things from a different angle when I am inspired by someone else´s work.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-It is very important even though we are not a band with a very strong image. We prefer to be ourselves and would not feel comfortable looking and acting like..say, Black Veil Brides. All respect to those guys for going all the way with their image, but it is important to us to be authentic, and we would not feel that way looking like that. However it is important that things like artwork is the way it is, It reflects both us and the music on each album. Same with merch etc. I do a lot of the concept thinking behind these things and drawing for some of it, as I am a tattoo/graphic artist we feel it makes these things more personal. But I like to include other good artists as well.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I guess you are right about this, but that does not mean that we all should follow a trend in order to increase sales. We do this because we love it, and we feel the album concept is important still. I think a lot of people do too, and those who do not can just download or stream what they want to hear, but we make albums for those who still love albums.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-I do not think we will see bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden and AC/DC again when it comes to popularity and such life long existent. Things change too fast for that these days, and the kids don´t have that kind of patience anymore. However, the good thing is that a band can build a fanbase without the support of a major record label, or a label at all for that matter. The internet and modern technology has made it possible to record, release and promote from your bedroom. And heavy metal music is also a culture and a language and will always be relevant to kids in my opinion.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Definitely yes. I guess we draw our audience among young kids who like good hard rock and older ones who miss their long gone favourite band. We are in some ways a bridge between these to types. A lot of people come up to us and say stuff like “ I have been missing an album like this” and I think we fit into that 70/80´s music but with a fresh authentic vibe. We do not try to sound or look like those times but we do want to express some of that attitude. We find our audience by making good records and doing good live shows.
What does the future hold?
-Only Yoda knows, but we will tour and keep on making albums for those who are interested in buying them.