BEIRA

There is something special about a trio. Some of the coolest bands in the world has been a trio; Motörhead, Venom, Raven. Rock Goddess. So BEIRA are in very good company. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
-We had more fun with Vol I and we had a more clear idea of what we wanted it to sound like. We didn’t feel any real pressure other than wanting to make an album we like.

What response did you get on your last album? What was the weirdest response you got?
-People seem to like it and some very kind reviews have emerged. We were not expecting to get such a positive response from people in Europe and Australia. Thanks to James Rauh at Transylvanian Tapes distributing our album in cassette form all over the world and the magic of the internet, people we would have never reached otherwise at this level are hearing and liking our stuff. Pretty cool.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-We love what we have written and have been pleasantly surprised when other people love it too. It is a great feeling. I suspect it’s a mutual feeling of empowerment.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
-The three of us are evolving naturally as a band and whatever comes from that will be right. When we write together we don’t conceptualize what we are doing we just go with what feels good and what we want to play. Lyrics are almost secondary and are written to help further the feeling that the music is already evoking.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Yes, definitely.

When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with songs that fit into the sound?
-We are not trying to fit into any sound. “Heavy” seems to be our only real guideline and even that is not always set in stone. We’ve got some downright delicate parts in our songs! Ha-ha. We enjoy playing together and have yet to have a difficult time coming up with new songs.

What influences/inspires you today?
-Loud sounds, horror, fantasy, mythology, nature, the supernatural, mind-altering substances/activities, dreams, death, fear, anger, power, improving as musicians, and music of all types.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-Up to this point with Beira, we are paying for everything ourselves. Even with James at Transylvanian Tapes, the deal was a trade and no money was exchanged. So we feel pretty far removed from the record industry. However, we are not opposed to signing with a label that has our best interests in mind and using that help to make better albums.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-We prefer vinyl and hope to press our albums soon.

What lies in the future?
-We will record Vol II in the fall and are planning a west coast (US) tour for the spring. We hope to tour Europe in the not-too-distant future. AND-hopefully the person reading this interview will feel inspired to go tobeiramusic.bandcamp.com and stream our music for free for the rest of the day.

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