With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to BACKSTABBER. 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?
-Music, as many forms of art, tends to live within a spectrum of Intellectuality to Physicality and in between astounding technicality to groovy riffs that make you want to bang your head, we are definitely on the latter side of that spectrum musically. Lyrically though, we explore concepts that are intriguing and we’re only scratching the surface which leaves the listener eager to learn more.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-When I first started the band, I had just left a former band that I was in for the past ten years, certainly not without resentment and I decided to channel this anger into music then Backstabber came as a revelation to me. I wanted a band name that left no interrogations as to what style of music we play but also a band name that I can relate to and that can generate a spirit and Backstabber was the perfect match for all of these reasons.
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?
-I first got into metal with thrash metal bands such as Megadeth and Metallica and I quickly moved into Sepultura (Cavalera Era) which has a special place in my heart. Then I discovered Death Metal bands in the likes of Death, Deicide, Deeds of Flesh, and later I got into Black Metal with Swedish bands like Marduk, Dark Funeral, Dissection, etc.. I have a weird tendency to fall in love with bands where there are brothers playing together; sometimes I don’t even know and discover later that there are 2 brothers in that band. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Every Time I Die, only to discover that there are two brothers, same goes with Lamb of God, Gojira, etc..
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?
-I think of a band name as the main pillar of the Temple and albums, music and sounds as the structure gravitating around. We had a different vibe and sound on our 2016 Revenge Demo than we have on Conspiracy Theorist but both can relate to our band name in their own ways. It’s part of the fun to glue album concepts to the band’s name and imagine the links in between these two.
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?
-I think we will have to agree to disagree on this topic hahaha. Of course, there are downsides to the current way people consumes music but it also forces us to rethink the way we create music and the way we present it to the world. I see this as an opportunity to break the 45min album barrier and instead give life to a recording by limiting it to line-up changes and collaborations or periods of time and moods related to them or simply by the concept behind it. I think it forces bands to stay meaningful and focussed because even if you can drag a whole lot of attention with a single song, the rest of your material needs to live up to the same standards if you want to keep that people’s attention.
What part does art-work and layout play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I have always considered artwork and layout as an important part of a band’s presentation and might not be alone in this situation, given the return of Vinyl and their big artwork. There are many ways to catch people’s attention but we thought an intriguing cover such as a grey alien suited perfectly the concept of the album, we also tried to tell a story throughout the cover art and layout of the album.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-As much as the Internet helped metalheads to get in touch with each other, no one wants to be flooding their communities with self-promotion so traditional mediums of promotion are still as relevant as they were before. Social media has given the opportunity for fans to get in touch with their favorite artists and for artists to share their own love of music too and I think that’s what it’s all about too; Sharing.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Of course, more so for us since we come from a rural area where everyone knows each other, local bands are basically working hand in hand with promoters to make sure the local scene thrives. Like any passion, it’s very important to nurture and pursue it since that’s what life is all about and it’s the best way to teach future generations to pursue their own dreams too.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We are relatively new and haven’t toured a lot yet but we’re ready to hit the road with Conspiracy Theorist and already have a couple shows scheduled in the local area. I think shows are still the best way to promote our music since it gives us the chance to meet with the fans and also with other bands and that’s how a scene bonds together and grows.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully a lot of shows and of course new music. We want to tour Canada as much as possible in 2019-20 to get the name out there and we are already into new compositions for a future release.