DEAD SHAPE FIGURE

DEAD SHAPE FIGURE is a band that I have recently gotten to know about. I wanted to know more about them so I interviewed them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
Galzi, singer: For as long as we come out from a rehearsals, gigs, studio or whatever that is involved in this band business, still thinking “damn, this is what we wanna be doing” we know DSF stands out. The rest is out of our reach more or less. To concentrate on the core is not that easy but that is where it all starts to build up. After that comes the crap that neebs to bee sdon to exist, you know!

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
G: Shit, we needed to have a name that really means nothing particular. That we really nailed, didn’t we? I guarantee, because of our badass name we’ll stay underground enough forever! The Deads might be an option if we come up with a psychobilly band at some point,heh!

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
G:When we started 15years or some ago, i was into swedish metal quite much. To be honest:The Haunted made me do it!
But there were a hell of a lot of amazing bands, quite many still going strong to find crazy things from:
Insert Remedy, Gorefest, Samael, Hypocrisy, Rotten Sound, Deicide, Death, Gardenian, Septic Flesh, Ebony Tears, Cathedral, Napalm Death, Tiamat,Rotting Christ..
For Juhani, he adapted guitar stuff from Bay-Area, Testament, Slayer, N aachine Head, Metallica etc. and as he wrote the songs all by himself at that time, thrashy we were!
Today, there’s so much variated music we all listen in this band that it’s impossible to even describe what’d be the one band we all get inspired by. And i love that fact!

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
G: I guess we just have to face the fact that a physical release is on it’s way to grave, though there’s a very nice renessance of vinyl release existing, the vinyls are being sold increasingly worldwide yearly. Some of us in this band are quite into physical albums, me included, it is just so cool to get that album on the shelf. The unquestionable advantage of a physical album is, it’s not that easily forgotten. It’s not like you are getting tens or hundreds if cds and vinyls delivered at your mail box every day, unlike what you can stream.
But of course, digital is the way to find the new stuff you wouldn’t otherwise never be able to hear, that’s a damn sure. The other thing is, how much new stuff can you handle and be interested in? And how deep into music can you go if tge main thing is to find new all the time?

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
G:By music as we know it you mean the albums as a concept and a format as a physical object?
As a band we are not that worried if the album as a concept should disappear. It is a shame if that happens but that ultimately is not a reason to have a band, to make music. It’s cool that an margin type if music such as metal, jazz, hihop etc. is keeping the formats alive and i myself among other cd, vinyl and c-cassette fans will be buying the albums physically till the dawn of mankind but still, should that change be so vast that there wouldn’t be no more DSF albums, we’d still be doing gigs and songs.

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
G: We never have had a strict line on our album covers as you easily can see when looking the cataloque we have..on every album there’s been different individuals working with us, including the album cover artists. It is refreshing, though mainly opening only to the band, to look back and remember each album’s surroundings, the people and the resources. On every album’s art work and lay out there’s a lot of things we would have done differently, but exactly there lies the beauty of a creative work: once it’s completed, the result is locked and could not be anything more or less. Then loose the extre criticism and you’ll see it’s better than you thought it was ’cause you and the whole group put all you had into it.
But the message, no, not exactly. We do thrash rock, we do what we feel comes most naturally.

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
G: Yes it us a whole different thing to keep the band ‘out there’.
I totally suck in social media, which is almost a mortal sin for a singer, but there’s some of us who do the social media more or less successfully but with a frecquence anyway. Then again, keeping touch with the promotors and the core persons to get stuff done businesswise is not that different from what ut was when we started.So the boring stuff remains boring, i love it!
Uf it was up to us, we’d be doing nothing else but playing live to get DSF heard, but that alwayss feels as a reward more than a necessity. It is the live, the gigs why we’re banging our heads.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
G: We’re a part of an ongoing tradition, something that crosses the fucking borders. To see a crowd in China going crazy because of what you do just to come back home to say hi to a kid with DSF shirt after a gig in a small club, that’s a scene for ya. That’s real, don’t really need to know about other kind of scenes on my opinion.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
G: We’ve always been a touring band, in a sort if a suicidal way. The older we get, the more it takes a discussion about how stupid it is to jump into every occasion. But the touring is a crucial part if DSF and that what some musicians in the band every once in a while find tiresome. With this new album, we will do our best to get that touring going. All the offers will be concidered with great gratitude and care! To me, it has always been a matter of life and death with any band i’ve ever seen live: if it doesn’t work live, it’s done. So if you have a chance to see us live, please do not hesitate to kick our butt if you feel like it!

What will the future bring?
G: More good reviews for Cacoëthes i hope! The gigs! The vinyl release! The world peace! That’d be about it!
Thanks for the nice interview, cheers from DSF!

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