In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with DEAD BY WEDNESDAY. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
Opus: The vision was the same from the start… to be true to ourselves and always deliver a high powered energetic rock show that anyone can enjoy or relate too. Only change has been the line ups which we have finally landed the right combination. The sound has evolved through out the years as well but only to get more polished, better produced, more musical & melodic… heavier, tighter… etc. less is more… we believe in being real. Just 4 dudes playing the best to their abilities.
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.
DS: Certainly each locale has it’s own unique sound and scene. While DBW has some influence from the CT/Western MA scenes we feel we are tapping into something original. There is so much to be inspired from in metal and day to day life. We bring that to each tune in an unconventional format.
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?
DS: We actually have not traveled abroad as of yet. However, as we write this we are on a national tour with Flotsam and Jetsam that covers the US coast to coast. It has been killer turning on new fans to what DBW is all about. Each city brings a new flavor and we have been able to bring in new fans one at a time. It has been stellar.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
DS: We have received quite a bit of praise on both the songwriting and the production. Quality over quantity for sure. The songwriting is a team effort. While some contributors are no longer associated with the band, the group effort has remained prevalent. The work of engineer Nick Bellmore and Zuess who mastered the album have left indelible imprints on the DBW sound for sure.
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”?
DS: When the audience is singing along word for word you know you have something. That is the case for You & Die, the single off of the latest release. Its electric and transcends the rigor morale of a standard setlist.
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?
DS: We like to state that our live performances are analogue: four guys ripping it out on their respective instruments without backing or click tracks. These days it is apropos to use a digital software for recording. To a degree the product is a product of both. That said. We are adamant that the live performance is raw energy, no BS.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
DS: In some markets we are certainly a new commodity. However, we have found more and more people in attendance familiar with our music and it is a special moment when we are all on the same wavelength with the track that we are playing.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
Rob Roy: Lyrics are extremely important to me. On top of the sound of the album the words give another whole layer of art to the piece. Being a vocalist, this is what I have to say, this is what I want people to hear and be touched by, and learn from.
This album has some “wake up call” type lyrical pieces as well as some more personal on it. I think the more personal songs like You & Die, Out the Door & Beatdown Broken have messages that lots of people can relate to on how sometime beautiful relationships can end and be sad yet have a growth experience or opportunity. Sometimes there is empowerment in leaving someone and standing up for yourself. Sometime there is empowerment in being beat down and getting back up tougher and stronger.
Songs like (un)FTW, Smelling Salts, Darwin’s Dance, Manimal and Chrysalis are calling out the plasticity of our society, the selfishness and wastefulness, the brainwashing media, the unsustainable actions of humans at this point-and how they will end up being our own end if we don’t change.
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel
DS: We take the stance that the artwork and layout are an integral part of the representation of the album. While we have nothing against digital paid for downloads, there is another dimension of artistry when the liner notes, photos, art and shout outs can be taken in as well with the music.
What does the future hold?
DS; We are loing forward to more exposure, larger tours, and any other avenues to get the DBW brand out to the Metal masses. We know we can deliver and look forward to hanging with diverse metalheads worldwide.