With a second album there was a need for a second BLOODY HAMMERS interview. Get updated on what has happened in their camp by reading this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
You are now on your second album and you are not the new kids on the block anymore. Did you ever feel any pressure coming up with a follow-up to your highly praised first album?
-As a songwriter, I try not to let that get to me, but on the other hand I don’t want to disappoint the fans we have made so far.
How did you react to the reactions you had on your last recording? What kind of reactions did you get? Any weird ones?
-There was nothing too odd, really. I really felt like we connected with many like-minded people, and I’m very thankful for that. Some folks who started out as fans have now become friends and vice versa.
Is there a difference in how you create when you are on your second or third album?
-I want the albums to sonically sound better than the last so I’m always trying to learn new studio tricks and become a better producer. “Spiritual Relics” has a much better drum sound in my opinion than the last.
How important is the time factor in the creative process for you guys? Did you have like a ton of stuff written over long period of time for the first album? Or was it written in a short period of time?
-Most of the first album was all new stuff that came very quick. The new album “Spiritual Relics” is called that because some of the songs are older. I’ve reworked some songs I had written years ago like “Shiver” and “Night of the Long Knives” while “At the Well of Nazareth”, “What’s Haunting You” and others are new. I’d say the album is 70% new material and the other 30% is older tracks I wanted to rework.
Would you say that there has been an evolution in sound on this new album or is it just a continuation of the last one?
-I think it’s a continuation – lyrically “Spiritual Relics” is different than the first. There are more metaphors and stream of consciousness writing while the first were more direct horror stories. This one is more personal.
How much of a touring entity is BLOODY HAMMERS? Is touring a great way of building a band up?
-It is a good way to build a band up, but if you’re not careful and smart, it’s also a good way to go broke and homeless. Touring is very expensive so you have to make sure there is an audience and the circumstances all make sense. We just did a tour of the eastern US and had a great time. We’re looking forward to another run!
I recently discovered that there is a HC band by the same name. How confusing is it that you are not alone in using this moniker?
-I have seen this online but I guess it’s ok since we have an “s” at the end and are a different kind of music. I own the trademark for the name but I guess we can coexist unless some problem arises.
Do you adhere to some specific aesthetic when it comes to art work and presentation?
-I just know what I like when I see it. I just go and check out different artists until something jumps out at me. It will forever be hard to top the album cover for the first album. My wife and our organist Devallia took that shot of her friend, just improvising with the camera one day and it worked out so well.
How much of a retro act is BLOODY HAMMERS really? How would you define retro?
-This is all subjective I guess. I do not go out of my way to try to sound retro. I don’t spend hours in the studio trying to get an old sound or anything. My songwriting is what it is… I’m influenced by what I grew up with, and that just carries through.
What will the future be like?
-It’s tough to predict, but I hope more albums and maybe we can get on some festivals! These songs are so strong live with the whole band, and we love to go out and play them for people.