I don’t have any idea whatsoever what a BACKDAWN is apart from a cool band that I am about to interview. But that is enough for me. Don’t need much more than that to feel alright. Answers by Chris Snaeder. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is this band really all about?
-Backdawn is all about what we call the clan, a group of living people, working and thinking together. We are all good friends and hardworking musicians. This is all about accepting challenges every time and we like to get further each time we make something new.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Well I guess there is a difference, but not in a negative way though. I have a bunch of friends in LA and San Francisco, we are all from different cultures and social backgrounds, obviously we are all different. There, people are quite excited to hear to an European band and to meet a European dude. I feel very welcome each time I travel to America. Concerning Europe, people are sometimes surprised, amused or speechless to know where we are from. I consider myself as a European, I’m in touch with a lot of people from a bunch of countries and I think that fans in Europe were excited to discover American or British artists for a long time, but in the last couple of years, European metallers are supporting new European bands that are worth a lot to the wider metal community.
When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
-First off all, we are very happy about it. Then we read the entire review, and see if the reviewer finds or understands what the whole album is all about. Some reviewers get it all and understand everything about our music and that’s very pleasing.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-I usually think that the biggest challenge is to write something that will please actual and new fans. Every song should be an intense work in which you will put the best of your creativity.
Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-Both ways are interesting but different in their own goal, but I think that physical is way cooler. Physical versions of our work make it concrete and real. I mean that you can literally hold it and play it in a physical sound system, and this is in my opinion the most important point.
With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound?
-We wanted to create the best metal sound ever, with a powerful voice, extreme hi-gain guitars, a deep and powerful bass that you can hear in the mix, and a nice and original drum sound. We worked a lot in pre-production and production to design that sound, and I think we managed to find it… extreme, modern, loud and easy to reach.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Lyrics are primordial. I wanted to express myself and I did. I consider myself as an angry man, and all that anger should be told. I Shall Burn Your Empire is all about defining something new, in music, but also in a literal way. We think that when anything is wrong, you can burn it all and create something new. Obviously I used double meanings in each song, where everyone can refer to it or recognise something in the lyrics. I wanted it to be easy to reach, with strong and direct words, without paraphrases…
What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-That artwork is a vision of how I would imagine a sort of antichrist, reigning on ashes of a doomed world, invoking dead people and spreading desolation. This is all about I Shall Burn Your Empire and this is a way to complete the whole musical part of the album. I also think this is the first thing a fan will see, and I wanted every fan to get intrigued by this cover, to ask themselves what’s in this album, or what does it mean etc…
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Indeed, each time we play live we meet new fans. Older and younger, and after every show there are more of them writing to us, following us, sharing us with friends and we feel very pleased to meet them all.
What do you see in the future?
-Well, the future is the future, I don’t really know, we are working a lot everyday on the band, we hope that our work will get rewarded one day as every band wishes. I can’t tell more, because this all about the future, but be sure that we’ll come back with a lot of new materials.