Whenever I see a band using the Swedish Å, Ä and Ö letters I think back to that old classic British metal band Trojan (Tröjan) and how bad it can be if you are not familiar with other languages than you native tongue. BÄD BLOOD don’t have that problem. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-It’s a learning experience caught on tape haha. Me and my bassist have been trying to find the right guys for years and went though hell since about 2008 going back and forth from our old hardcore band and get these songs out there in whatever incarnation of a band we could. We were bith going through some heavy personal shit and this recording almost killed us… or we almost killed each other becuase of the people and bullshit we had to put up with JUST to get the music out there. We live in a small town with a bunch of cluless wanna be rock stars that don’t get rock and roll and how to just do the damn thang haha. Thats why we called it “Our Time In Hell”.
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?
-We honestly thought that our old name was cursed becuase we could not get away from drama, tragedy and general stupidity coming from all angles. Many line up changes and bridges gladly burned with some shitty people. You know who you are. Anyway, we retired the old name and went on hiatus to rethink everything. Well since we really dont give a shit about who doesent like us or what we do or past band members who wasted our time and screwed us over. We are totally prepared for confrontation and beef. So there is some “bad blood” between us and alot of people so it only fit. Add some Umlaut dots for an homage to Motorhead and you have our name: BÄD BLOOD.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means SO much to me. All I want to do is connect with other people’s positive energy and have people like our music, our stage show and us enough to want to see us play and hear more of our music.
Honestly since we changed our name and played our first show back in may, the response has been insanely positive and people get it and like it. It’s the leastcan ask for.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The main thing about a band’s image is that its genuine. We pride ourselves on being a fluid combination of rock and roll, punk, hardcore and metal and a common visual theme that works in all the above genres is darkness. Black, the abyss, evil. We always secretly root for the villain. All good villains wear black. There has to be a darkness to it all. Thats what draws people in. Its dangerous and exciting. A real subtle hint to all of that is all you need so as long as we are wearinf mostly black, it will help deliver our music and vibe to people into all genres looking for “danger”. Presenting yourself as professionals and not being dicks also helps haha.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Very. I’m a self taught, freelance graphic artist so I am always making graphics for my band for possible t shirts, album covers etc.. I’m very critical of every detail that I can control. To me the art has to encompass the vibe of the music so it “looks like it sounds”.
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 down side to it too?
-Only beneficial. Extremely important. I have played and toured in bands since the mid 90s and using social media is essential if you want anyone to know what you are doing. If you say a bunch of stupid stuff about politics or religion on either side you immediatly set yourself up for drama you don’t want. Music to me is an escape from all of that so if youre in a band on social media, just stay out of it … in my opinion ofcourse haha.
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?
-Yes. I have noticed there are 2 types of musical cultures with many subcultures attached to them.
You have the “We are gonna be huge” culture where its full of mostly people that don’t understand that there is a process of networking paying dues that want to bypass all that and feel entitled. They end up following trends and the usually starting a cover band when they are not Metallica status after a year. Fucking sad. I dont relate to that.
I am fortunate enough to have started out in a scene that was very DIY and all about the experience and supporting each other so there would be more shows, venues and bands all the time. A lot of bands from my “culture” have been real successful because of perseverance and feeling rewarded by the work and not being obsessed with the pay off. Yeah there are countless acceptions to the rule and Im sure there are people who would disagree but its all about your experience and perspective but it is what it is. The band to me is a small tribe that intermingles with or is unfortunately at war with other tribes so to speak. I feel there is a culture and not a community. People fade away and drop out all the time.
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?
-It’s always been the same and it all goes through the same phases over 20 year periods. Social media makes people more accessible so there isn’t more drama but more people can talk shit from behind a computer or smart phone. Less people come out to local and non national touring band shows nowadays i have noticed but the ones that do are awesome and we always go off no matter what on stage.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-No idea yet haha. We have only been around since May as BÄD BLOOD. Playing tons of shows in our state and surrounding states. We hope to go everywhere that wants to see us.
What will the future bring?
-Putting out a new records, playing shows, meeting cool people, having fun and bumming out those who wanna see us fail.