I don’t know why but I always confuse CAULDRON with Striker. My bad. Read what Ian has to say about stuff. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-Our vision has always just been to write the best songs we can and perform them as best we can. We may have acquired some different influences over the years but the basic philosophy has always been the same.

Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
-That’s why everyone and their grandma moved to LA back in the 80’s! These days that stuff doesn’t mean anything. As long as you have wifi you can live in a hut in the middle of nowhere and it doesn’t make a difference. All you need is good songs.

What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-Touring to places we’ve never been or revisiting cities that are good for us is just a bonus. We really only do this to record songs we like and keep ourselves amused. But it is a great feeling to be able to run into friends you otherwise wouldn’t see for a long time.

What kind of feedback have you had on your music, yor latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-With each album I read less and less reviews. I’ve read 2 reviews for our new album and that was enough for me. The only feedback I get is from friends that message me “Love the new album!” or stuff like that. Honestly I don’t care what other people think about an album that I slaved over. For someone to give it one listen and then put a review up that it sucks just irritates the fuck out of me.

How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-Haha well I don’t think we get that feeling. It’s not really possible to have a “hit” with the style of music we play. There are times when we’re working on a song and a part comes together that makes us all go “Ooh, that’s good, that’s really good” but that’s as far as it gets I think.

As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-As in recording to tape versus doing it digitally? Well we’ve done both, and I can assure you that the cost of recording to tape is not worth it! Digital recording is so advanced now that it can be really hard to tell the difference if it’s done well. We did “Burning Fortune” to 2” reel to reel tape, and I think “New Gods” sounds way better and it was done in Logic.

What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs
-That’s always a good feeling. We make a point of hanging out at the merch table after the show so we can drink beers with the people who care about our songs. If it wasn’t for them it wouldn’t be worth it to tour at all.

How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-To us melody comes first and lyrics are second. If the melody sucks, who will care about the lyrics. On the other hand, you can sing shitty lyrics with conviction and people might not notice. Lyrics usually come together last so the music is generally the priority. However on this new album the lyrics are all quite personal to Jason so I think other people might be able to relate to parts of them too. We’ve never preached about anything with our lyrics, we’re not into that style of writing at all. But if someone reads into a lyric and it makes them feel better about something in their life, then we’re all for that.

What does the future hold?
-Well with this new album cover people have definitely not let it go unnoticed. I feel like no one said anything at all about our last album cover, but everyone has something to say about this one because it’s so out of the ordinary. And I would much people notice it and scratch their heads then not even look at it. That was part of the reason we chose it.
As for the future, we leave for our European tour tomorrow, but after that the band will be pretty dormant for a while. We’ll see what happens next year because so far it’s a mystery to us!

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