As a guide to the vast array of bands in this universe I present to you an interview with BLESS THE DEAD. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
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?
(BTD) Coming up with a band name can be tough, but ya just got to go with one of the first ones. If not, ya gonna think on it to much. BTD for us is a name that keeps us honest. Keeps our mind on living life and not getting too caught up. Always searching for a good time when you can fit it in. Holding situations/opportunity as close as possible. As far as how important it is, hopefully music will always prevail over the name.
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?
(BTD) A bunch of metal/rock band that ruled in the 90s, and early 2000s. Bands like Pantera, COC, Motörhead, Sevendust to name a few.
At that time, most bands had there own sound and all brought there on feel to the for front. Phil, Dimebag, Lemmy, and all the guys in bands in that era was definitely living for the times. They didn’t have much care in the world and celebrated day in and out. Pretty sure those guys wrote what they wanted and your feelings was the last thing they thought about. They weren’t trying to be or sound like anyone else. They were hell raisers. I guess on the personal note, we all take the mindset of those guys to heart. Music was changing/growing so much in that time as well. Our sound has developed by not having a bunch of push back, doing what comes out, and not so much thinking about it. Playing what we want and having a damn good time doing it. What else you really got in the end anyways?
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
(BTD) Finding the groove in whatever you are playing is gonna happen regardless if you were the ones that wrote it. It’s what mood your in when that riff/beat comes out in the rehearsal room. It’s what state of mind your in as well. We like the altering state at times so….haha….We don’t put boundary’s as no band should. You never know when that good one is gonna be wrote and how it’s gonna come out. That’s one of the coolest things about music.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
(BTD) Hell yea, let’s rock! Each live environment has its on feel. With the size of BTD, we play way more small clubs than big stages. When we do get the opportunity to get on some of those big ones were all a bit more nervous until the show starts of course. Once in motion we may need some pads or something cause I’m pretty sure there have been some near death occurrences with guitar neck/headstock to the head, flying drumsticks, half backflips off the kick drum, and a couple stage dives that weren’t on purpose. What would work best is a bunch of pyro, and a salaried lighting guy…haha….that one hasn’t happened yet.
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?
(BTD) Yea not sure if any artist will ever be 100 on an album. There are so many factors to getting it right. Time and money definitely hold the key to happiness in most cases. You just got to do it. Don’t wait to long or think to much. Hopefully there is always gonna be another run at it.
As far as on the release of Overdue Lies, not really. You could pick at it all day, but we did the best we could with what we have to work with. For us, recording is important by all means but getting it out in general makes us happy. We always wanna out shine it live anyways.
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?
(BTD) We appreciate everything that Sliptrick Records and all the regional venues, promoters, and bands have done to work with us. As far as other things you can do than stated above, it’s all time in a day. We have crossed marketed some in the Motocycle industry as some of us have a huge love for motorcycles. We all make a conscious effort to support shows and have BTD party nights to promote as well. At the end of the day, We just got to keep helping and sticking together day in and out and get as far as we can.
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?
(BTD). The first that comes to mind is the shock value in a cover. Before the internet, a bad ass cover would get it purchased. Meaning/relation to the music your writing will always hold to a certain extent. That’s where you get the depth of it. Its kinda like a song that is wrote and everyone finds there own meaning in it. Those are the best songs so A cover should be the same if you can come up with it. The most outlandish shit is always a 50/50 chance to get the attention as well. Probably the fav but You just got to stand behind it whether it works or not. That’s the risk in that equation.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
(BTD) The line of local/regional/national touring bands is a fine line. Its close but so damn far. You can’t have one without the other and they both need each other. Sometimes that’s where it gets lost. Whether you are local/regional/national most bands are overworked and underpaid. At the same time, that’s the beauty of it. Musicians are gonna do it no matter what. The respect between the levels of bands needs to be better. You can be national, have radio play, and selling music online but still have the local artist draw the crowd for you. There are many national touring acts that pass through and haven’t figured that out. So the answer to your question is ALL bands should respect each other, take care of each other, and help each other. If that happened, and silly egos got put to the side, this scene could be so much better for growth.
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?
(BTD) Technology and the way of the land today is definitely a task to draw at a live show today. It’s not just music, it’s everything we do on the daily. Shop, eat, entertainment is all at your fingertips. It’s also expensive as shit to go out and have a good time. Tickets, dinner, and some brews could push $500 in a night. Just crazy how much it cost to go out these days. Agreed If music was a little more tough to obtain/purchase there would be more attending shows to get it but that’s a way of the past unfortunately.
What does the future hold?
(BTD) We gonna keep on, keeping on. Gonna play our hearts out at as many opportunity’s as we can. We’re gonna high five every fan/fellow bandmate we see along the way. Everyone in this band have been playing for MANY years no matter the situation really. Pretty much gotta do it to survive mentally. That being said, we got more music coming, and we gonna go as far out as the road of opportunity takes us. We appreciate anyone reading this for the time and the support for our band and any other in the industry!