Whenever I get in touch with a Portuguese metal band it feels like I am starting all over again but there is a metal scene there even if we don’t get to hear about it too much. BURNDAMAGE are proof of that. 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?
-Concerning our name, we have an intention of leaving a mark on people, make them not to forget us, even if they don’t like music. We love the stage, we love the crowd and we love what we do, and in that sense this is what BurnDamage is all about. Maybe we’ll reach something even bigger someday, maybe not, the fact is that we’ll stay here to keep leaving the mark.
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?
-It doesn’t depend on the place you came from, it depends on what you’ve reached until now! You have also portuguese bands you sold out concerts outside our country. The more you work and give to them, the closer they get to you.
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?
-Well… Of course we can’t please everyone and that reflects on some reviews. But overall we have been receiving a very good feedback from fans and webzines, and that means a lot to us. Is the best reward you can get from your work.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The challenge there is to create something that does not sound copy of another band, because we have so many bands and good musicians nowadays that you don’t want to sound exactly like someone but you neither want to stay behind in terms of quality
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?
-No, we never did. Talking about technical terms, digital recording only allow us to record at 192KHz, while the analogue is about 390 KHz… So you can see the huge difference there.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-Is the feeling of “Done and done, good job!”. Sure, we wonder about what will be people’s feedback, but the most important thing (and this I think can be applied to any type of work or art) you do must do things firstly for yourself.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Our lyrics are part of what Burn Damage is, we try to bring awareness to some important issues of our society, contemporary subjects such as the global warming, war and the social and political degradation, there are many authors quoted if you take a closer look, like Nietszche, Plato and Orwell.
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?
-Our artwork was created by the amazing João Pinto, a young and very talented artist specialized in science fiction. He had the extraordinary capacity of illustrating each one of our songs using his imaginary allong with our concept. If you take a closer look you can see that the lyrics, the illustrations and even the songs themselves are connected with a purpose.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-No doubt! Like I said before, the more you work and show yourself, the closer people get into you. We usually we have fans nowadays that already told us they saw BurnDamage once and they didn’t pay much attention… Currently, most of them are always asking for news gigs, merch and albums, which is amazing!
What do you see in the future?
-Lots of gigs all over the world reached with good spirit, good beer and good music. At least, are our wishes!