With a name like CITIES OF MARS you could be in for any sort of treat. Thankfully this lot are cool enough for me to want to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
D: The name came from the early ideas, to create a band that would have a story throughout every aspect – band name, lyrics, artwork and such. It was like deciding to make the Star Wars movies, there is a story, a setting and a mood decided beforehand. We’ve all played in lots of bands before and this approach really got our own creative juices flowing.

Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
D: We really came together in mid -2015, when Johan joined us on drums and vocals. This line-up really clicked on a personal and musical level, and a few weeks after that we recorded our first two-track EP, Cyclopean Ritual/The Third Eye.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
D: For my part it’s part 90’s doom like The Obsessed and part newer heavy stuff like Mastodon and High on Fire.
J: For me it’s a mix between old rock being played when i was growing up like AC/DC, Zeppelin and the other usual suspects which most likely left their mark, whether i wanted it or not. And a lot of music from the 90s for example Pantera and Alice in chains.
C: I would say it’s pretty much the same for me. A lot of inspiration from older bands such as Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, but also a lot from bands like Cult of Luna, Tool, Mastodon and such.

4. What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
D: Locally in Gothenburg it’s not much of a proper scene? The underground that we feel a part of is much more widespread, with small clubs, festivals and bands spread all over the globe?
J: I agree that the local “scene” is quickly growing beyond what you would call local with the social media way of shrinking the planet. But that’s a good thing, more people more love!

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
C:I would say yes. Music is such an important part of life and knowing how much we our selves depend and relate to music I would say that we are indeed part of something bigger. We do this because we love it and every time someone tells us how much they love what we do it confirmes our beliefs that what we do matters.
D: Well, the music itself is quite overwhelming and fulfilling when we’re playing it really loud? But movement?… Perhaps any creative lifestyle that takes time and effort and therefore keeps you away from being a mind-numbed consumer in front of the TV is a kind of movement?
J: We definitely hope that our music will keep growing and find more people around the world that like what we do and understand what we are trying to portray with our music being so storydriven and all. And at what point is it allowed to be called a movement? I don’t know, but visualizing it in our heads i think makes it feel like a movement already.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
D: One that sets the mood for the album, where the imagination gets going in the direction of the music?

What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
D: Technology isn’t killing anything. Good songs will always be of interest and the internet is making it all easier to reach people.
C: You can never replace the feeling when you pick up a vinyl from your box of records and sit down by your player and just listen to the record, without focusing on anything else.
But as Daniel says, a good song will always be a good song. It doesn’t matter if it’s on a CPU or physical player.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
D: The underground scene is really growing and thriving for our kind of music. DIY festivals, small clubs, promoters setting up shows in DIY locations, it’s all a reaction to the mainstream music scene growing big, fat, expensive and totally lifeless.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
D: It should be both I suppose? Our music isn’t really party-like, but we expect to get a crowd heads banging pretty good at a show.

What would you like to see the future bring?
D: We’ll record an album in January and we hope to find the possible partners to work with, to get a killer album out on vinyl and tour extensively!

Danne Palm, bass & vocals
Christoffer Norén, guitar & vocals
Johan Küchler, drums & vocals

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