The UK will always have a special place in my metal heart. So whenever I discover a new British band I do take notice a bit more, like with BLACKWORK. Answers by Josh. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-This is our first proper EP so we didn’t really feel the weight of any expectation. We’d released a couple of demos in late 2014 that were well received, but as it usually is when you start a new band, you’re writing all the time so we knew pretty much as soon as we’d finished those demos that we would top them, and as much as we’re really happy with the EP we’re already really excited to go on and do the next thing whatever that may be.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-I wouldn’t say we have a lot of aesthetic in terms of our actual image, we like to wear all black on stage as for me it least it helps having certain clothes that you associate with playing a gig so it gets you a bit more excited than turning up in your usual day to day gear, and it means there’s a visual connection between each member.
Lyrically there are a few different themes that get used often, personal stuff, political stuff, social stuff, just whatever I’m feeling. I like when bands aren’t just about one thing lyrically as I feel like it’s probably pretty rare that bands can feel truly inspired to write about the same thing all the time, and it also means you’re getting a better idea of who the person writing the lyrics is and what they care about.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-It’s not hard to be inspired to write lyrics because there’s always something going on in your personal life or in the world that’s quite interesting so I think it’s just a case of working out how you can put your own experiences into a song. Actually finishing lyrics is a different story, I often write lyrics before I hear a song just so I can fit a vibe to whatever song gets written by the guys, but then I’m really lazy with actually putting the lyrics to the songs so that process is rarely finished until the week before recording, and even then it gets changed if it sounds shit when you actually record it.
How hard is it to find the right art work? What are you looking for?
-Depends really. We actually had a different original artwork, our friend Ross Grant from Land Ahoy Tattoos made us a really cool artwork that I think we want to use for physicals, and it was basically two king chess pieces on a three square chess board, kind of linking in with the title of the EP. For digital stuff we wanted to go for something more simple. That’s why we just have the top part of the king chess piece as it’s a lot clearer and easily remembered, especially if you’re only going to see it on a phone or iPod or whatever, so we get our main art guy Graeme Duncan to do that for us. I really liked the That’s The Spirit umbrella artwork that Bring Me The Horizon had for the same reasons, and it was very effective. Obviously our idea was on a much smaller scale but that was the general gist!
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the metal you play?
-Not really, I don’t think there’s any shame in being a metal band like this, we’re not any different to anyone else as people we just like different music. It’s not even really an issue in terms of trying to get gigs as Glasgow has a really strong circle of alternative and metal bands and promoters so no I wouldn’t say we’re misinterpreted or underrepresented.
Is the end of physical close by or is there a future for all formats?
-I think there’s definitely a future for all formats, I still buy CDs when I’ve got the spare cash, and if not I’ll just download it off iTunes or something. I do stream stuff but only if I’m wanting to check it out on a sort of trial basis as I don’t really find I can get properly into an album in the same way if I don’t sit with it for a while. So yeah CDs and stuff are obviously less of a thing but I don’t see why they can’t occupy the same kind of space as vinyl.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Good question! I love when bands have a really cool backdrop that has interesting videos and visuals, I went to see Chvrches a couple of years back and while they’re hardly the only band that do it I was totally mesmerised by their light show, loads of lasers and things like that, so I’d love to see more metal bands doing things like that, that would definitely be something I’d want.
What does the future hold?
-We’ve got a couple of shows coming up, we’re playing with When We Were Wolves, Values and a really cool new Glasgow band called Cast Under The Lake at the Garage Attic in May. We’ve got another one that hasn’t been announced yet but is going to be super exciting, we’re also working on getting some short tours around the UK so that should be fun. Music wise we’re just keeping on writing, hopefully have some more new stuff out sooner rather than later!