I have only fond memories of having heard a previous BY THE PATIENT album. So when there was a new album lurking in the woods I jumped at the chance of interviewing them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
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?
– We’re inspired by new and old music all the time but we don’t start over in terms of how we want the next record or song to sound like. We write new music all the time so it’s not like we release an album and then just play the songs on that particular record. I think we are always trying to find what makes a song sound like us, I mean, it’s a continuous journey and it doesn’t stop just because we’re about to enter the studio or anything like that.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
– I think we are beginning to find a specific sound and even though we’ve evolved a lot from the first record (Servants) I believe that there has always been a very clear common denominator in all our stuff. I don’t know if you can call it an aesthetic but we’ve been together for so long now that it would be impossible for us to do something that wouldn’t sound and feel like us. Does that make any sense? I mean, the sound, the lyrical themes and visual side has changed through the years, but the core has remained the same underneath it all.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
– I don’t know if you know the story but our long time front man decided to leave the band right after the recording of Gehenna. He had done all the lyrics for everything we’ve ever recorded as By The Patient. Therefore I couldn’t answer you if it is difficult or not for us to write lyrics. We’ve simply haven’t tried it yet. We are looking very much forward to start writing though! Since our lead singer left we’ve been doing the shows with all three string men on vocals and it’s awesome. I believe with can do some really cool stuff with three different vocals.
How hard is it to find the right art work? What are you looking for?
– Our artwork has always been inspired by epic classic death metal covers but we also try to give it some kind of graphic edge. We put great effort into finding the right theme, set of colors, layout etc. but we try not to limit ourselves and we always go with whatever feels right. It is always about what we think suits the record and we are never trying to meet certain expectations or criteria, cheesy as it sounds.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the metal you play?
– I’m not sure if we want to be interpreted in any specific way. I think it is nice when people give some thought to what we do and have an opinion about it, but the interpretation is entirely up to the people who listen to our music. In a broader view though, it sometimes pisses me off that “society” as a whole doesn’t always find metal musicians to be equally as important/talented/ serious about what they do as other musicians who play different genres of music. But that’s how it has always been I guess and Metal has been surviving and thriving without the recognition from the mainstream regardless.
Do you feel that you get the recognition you deserve, nationally as well as internationally,
– We work hard and haven’t received anything without earning it first. We are very proud and grateful for that. I also think that we’ve made it farther than most heavy acts (at least here in Denmark). Last year we signed with Lifeforce Records and if that is not recognition then I don’t know what is That being said, I think we’re always waiting for that email inviting us to play one of the bigger European festivals or inviting us on tour with some kick ass bands. We’re more than ready to take it to the next level and without sounding like a douchebag, I think we deserve it.
Is the end of physical close by or is there a future for all formats?
– There’s definitely a future for all formats! Maybe with the exception of minidisc. Seeing the revival of vinyl and tape these last couple of years, I think that everyone can agree to that. It’s come to a point where the cd almost seems old school and retro
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
– I wouldn’t know. We’ve always been pretty DIY. Touring like that won’t make you any money but nothing in our business will. If a tour more or less breaks even then we’re happy. If there has ever been a time where a death metal band could easily go on tour and make money I would have wanted to be there. If money is not your goal though, then I think everyone has a fair chance of going on tour. Sure, it won’t be booked by one of the bigger agencies but there are a lot of good people out there who work with and book underground bands all the time. It all depends on how bad you want it to happen yourself. All good things come to those who work their asses of.
If you were to decide what would the stage show look like?
– If anyone ever told us how our stage show should look like we’d tell them to fuck off.
What does the future hold?
– All good things I hope. We’d love to play in Sweden! How come Sweden never asks Danish bands to come visit? We haven’t been at war for like 300 years. Other than that we’re hoping to be able to continue do what we do and keep playing new and exciting places and meet new and exciting people. Thank a lot for your time!