BITTERED

BITTERED might be crusty but they are nowhere near old and stale. Check them put by reading this interview. 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?
-Still fresh and we like how it came out, it’s raw, was recorded in our practice spot and really exhibits what we are all about! Of course we all have things we wished were different but I think that’s with everything!

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?
-Dennis (was drummer now bassist) came up with it, we are a bit bitter with some things, we express our displeasures through our music so it fits and that’s what it means to me.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-That’s awesome to have anyone look forward to hearing your material, Firstly we do it for our own self-expressions and when someone appreciates that, agrees with that, and looks forward to experiencing and hearing our material we are honored by that notion! It’s truly an honor!

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-What is important first is that we are true to ourselves and display what we are about, image isn’t the most important thing to us but it’s important none the less. We want people to get that we are a politically based and angry band about the state of politics in general, more so American politics.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It is important, it’s the first thing people see so the first impression is important, based on art work a lone you may or may not even get a chance and you want your art work to appeal to the right people to kind of show case what your about.

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?
-Yes very superficial! I don’t think there is a downside to it other than when bad information is put out there and people just share it and share it and believe it. I rather enjoy interacting with friends and meeting new friends via social media rather they are fans, bands, or anyone else. It’s the fastest way to get information (just have to weed out the bad)!

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?
-I think we have a band for a few reasons, #1 we love music, #2 it’s a platform for us to release stress and get it out and share our idea’s with people, #3 – it’s a community of misfits that we are a part of, when I say misfits I mean that in a great way, we tend not to fit with the norm and music people rather they are hardcore fans, musicians, writers ect typically don’t fit in anywhere but with our music pals.It does give some meaning to life yes!

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?
-Well it’s like everything, can always be better, there’s always drama, and there is some suffering elements. Basically anywhere there are a bunch humans there are problems but for me it’s healthy and satisfactory as long as new music continues to deliver the goods and people are doing the best they can to support each other’s endeavors and not one’s own personal agendas.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Sadly there isn’t any real touring, we just aren’t in demand enough to draw great crowds everywhere so we play regionally and every so often we are lucky enough to trade some gigs with other bands and work on growing a fan base that will hopefully one day allow legitimate touring worldwide.. Gigs aren’t hard to get, it’s getting people out that is the hard part.

What will the future bring?
-Hopefully a lot of shows, new friends, and new songs. Going to keep the machine here productive and busy! Thanks so much for your time and support, we really appreciate it! Everyone get in touch with us and say hello! www.bittered.net or on www.facebook/bittered !

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