CANKER is a cool Spanish death/thrash band that I just got to know a bit better. 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?
-The style and the personality taken by the band in the beginnings marked the path. We have evolved as time goes by but we keep on our defining essence. The aim of our work is to make up such a style that makes us keen on trying different perspectives in order to adapt them to its own roots.
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?
-At first, when people discover the band and they ignore where we are from, our origins are usually thought to be Anglo-Saxon, so it gets surprising as they find out we are Spanish. Clearly, though, unfortunately, in Spain they rather appreciate bands from abroad than the local ones.
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?
-When releasing an album, we pay attention to the market evolution it does convey to confirm the places in which it produces a larger acceptation so to let know the ways our fans would be able to contact us, and, moreover, we publish about our current activity in social networks as well as at our website.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-As with any other creative option, the ideas emerge from imagination after exploring every musical field. When inspiration comes out from recall, it is the appropiate moment to be seized to link the ideas appearing from a given point of reference. It is paramount to pick up out of every source in order to develop a unique personality offering interesting staff completely off what it has already been written. Every member of the band presents his ideas and then everything we think it is commonly related is eventually compiled.
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?
-Our first album was recorded in a digital tape, the second one was analog. Logically, frequencies are so different between these modes, so is the perception. We will not refuse analog recording if we have the chance, for it is how to widely reflect each and every nuance of the real sound.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-In this sense, it is important to feel satisfied with a well done work. As in composition tasks, when a convincing, optimal result is perceived, we keep on with the project until we get the agreed goal. In case we experience what we made as touching deep in the soul while empathising with the audience, we get sure a high number of fans would feel the same.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Based on obvious reasons, most of people stands a priority of music over lyrics in this musical style. Nevertheless, we give them both the same importance because it is an opportunity to supply the most important message, namely: To express what truly happens in a crooked system based on manipulation, cheating and subjugation of the population to keep us modernly enslaved within a global dictatorship that has turned most of human beings into gear cogs of a clockwork destroying ourselves. Technology has become the most lethal drug, turning into powder the mind of the ones who avoid to awake to the blowing reality. This is the message we want to send out so it does not remain hidden.
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?
-A good piece of artwork for the album covers is important as reflecting the conceit of what we want to show. So many times it signs the band takes care of launching a work wholly having the best quality able, every way and each.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-We have experienced different situations regarding that. At the beginning, the reception reflected what the novelty of a style rising up with just a few bands in our country supposes, so the expectation made people to throw themselves into our appearances. The fact of having had stops, apart from other external situations, made these things change, but nowadays I think the outlook is, bit by bit, gradually recovering.
What do you see in the future?
-We actually prefer to stick to the present and live the moment . Our expectations are to continue working and to live our passion day by day