BESVÄRJELSEN is yet another band from that Swedish wonder of a music scene. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-I think it was Andreas who coined the name, and I’m sure he had a hard time coming up with it 🙂 For me it’s a great name and I think a band name communicates a lot about the music, so yeah, it’s really important. Had we decided to call us something like the Green Wieners you would’ve expected us to sound like something else.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-The foundation of our sound is really a mix of all our influences and previous musical experiences. We all like the Melvins.
To name one band that have meant a lot for me personally: I just love the Ramones! Especially the earlier stuff. Aggression, speed, great songs and great melodies.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-No I don’t think so. No matter the tempo, we have to try to make the song interesting.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small clubz
-Yeah I think it works great in a live environment. We have played a lot of clubs as well as some bigger stages and its all cool!
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-I’m really proud of the album and don’t do regrets really when it comes to these things. It’s about capturing a moment in time. But is there things I wanna make differently on the next album? Oh Yeah! Both in terms of sound and perhaps arrangements. But that’s the beauty of it, to learn and try new things.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Our label, Suicide Records has been handling the promotion bit so it’s a lot of social media but also via old school magazines. The videos we did before the record came out also helped getting the word out. Our Facebook page and Instagram are our own primary channels.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-It should spark your curiosity, It’s gotta communicate something about the music and it should be well designed. I’ll give you three great covers besides our own: Kiss – Rock n roll Over, Pink Floyd – Wish you were here and Propaganda by the Sparks.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-No not really. Sure, there’s a lot of good bands out there and we’ve played with some really good ones but I really don’t see us as part of a specific scene. We’re trying not to be, even though looking at it in the short term, it can have it’s benefits to be tied to a specific genre or scene.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-I’m not sure I agree, I think it’s almost the same as it were 18 years ago if not better now.
What does the future hold?
-Right now we’re doing some gigs in Sweden and writing new songs. We hope to be able to play abroad in the near future.