Apart from being one hell of a Scorpions album BLACKOUT is also a cool band that you need to check out. Answers from Christian Gordy Anders Ekdahl ©2017
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-I wouldn’t say there’s ever been any vision per se, other than wanting to be raw, loud and heavy. not a lot has changed. we have a new drummer now so the new stuff is a bit rhytmicly different. but yeah, we’re not on some cosmic spiritual journeyß or having rituals in the cemetery or anything, we just like drinking and playing the shit we do. that’s the vision i suppose.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-if you’re in a good band you’re in a good band. doesn’t matter where you’re from.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
– we follow up by making more music! i want the albums to evolve as naturally they can without overthinking it, and hopefully that translates with the people listening to them.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
– the only challenge really is making the time to write the stuff. it’s fairly easy once we get going. best songs are the ones that happen the quickest. when we nail a new tune within an hour, i’d say 99% of the time it will be on the record.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-i like protools because you can move super fast. i think it’s like a mixture of digital and analogue that we used? i have no idea to be honest. whatever is the easiest.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-yeah to an extent. but at the end of the day i’m just amazed we actually made a record, and that’s a great feeling.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-not important at all. no message. well, maybe drink beers and remember to feed your pets.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-it’s different for everyone. i have definitely bought records based on covers alone. especially when i was a kid. that’s how i discovered black flag, misfits, slayer etc. but you never know, could be bullshit. we intentionally made our covers on the last two as non metal as possible, just because. you know? like giving someone a glass of cold water but it’s actually tequila. the music is definitely the focus with our band. cover art is super secondary.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-well, we don’t really tour a lot right now but we’ve been super lucky to play with some fucking amazing bands and everyone always seems psyched. we shall see.
What do you see in the future?
-in general, we’re fucked. as far as the band, working on some new tunes. we’ll be cutting a new demo in the next month or two. trying to get on tour, hopefully overseas. so any of you booking types reading this, get at us please!