DECADENCE might still be very much an underground band but they deserve to be taken notice of. I will do my bit for this to happen and leave the rest up to you. Kitty answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-Thank you, I believe that it’s the drive to constantly want to improve that pushes both Kenneth Lantz and I to come up with new things for DECADENCE.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-The new DECADENCE album ‘UNDERGROUNDER’ will give you something familiar while having nice refreshing bits and pieces that will make it special for all of you who like our sound. We’ve taken all we’ve learnt and gathered through the many years we had with early DECADENCE and lifted it to create an album for you that reveals everything about who we are as musicians due to it. DECADENCE is such a huge part of our lives and it always will be. We didn’t leave a bit behind. It’s all there for you.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-The lyrics on ‘UNDERGROUNDER’ are all connected to the album title. It is named after who we consider ourselves to be and who we consider their fans to be. That is the red thread. Generally they are thoughts that have crossed my mind that I wanted to share, regardless if they are uplifting or aggressive. I wanted to keep it down to earth and share my views on things at this stage of my life and the experience that I’ve learned from. I do believe in having a meaning with things you do and that concerns the lyrics as well.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you identify with?
-The base is Thrash Metal in the style of TESTAMENT and KREATOR while there is another level of melody and viciousness over it that could reminiscence of DEATH. The vocals follow that same combination.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-The skull is a more realistic version of the DECADENCE logo skull. I liked the fact to make it more real, because that’s how it feels coming back. It’s buried in sand, a symbolism of the Underground but is kind of peeking out of it and actually has eyes looking back at you, more alive this time. The meaning behind ‘UNDERGROUNDER’ is a statement. DECADENCE’ mission is to encourage other bands to also go DIY. And be able to continue doing great music while still owning the creations and never letting go of the passion behind it.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
I’ve always sat down by the drawing table and done the artworks myself. With the exception of ‘UNDERGROUNDER’ that is actually a photo. So I do agree with you, I see everything connected to an album a package. The songwriting, drawing artwork, the studio work, the promoting, the touring, everything around it. In DECADENCE, all that is done by us, straight off DIY.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-For ‘UNDERGROUNDER’ the songs are a way to share my views on things at this stage of my life, as mentioned earlier. With the Underground-lifestyle as a red thread. As an example, the song ‘ONE MORE FIGHT’ is about a fighter who people thought were out and then returned to prove everyone wrong. Looking at the words from a different perspective, parallels can be found for other things and you might connect the dots quickly there. Another example is the song ‘ALWAYS THE MORE EXTREME’ which is a line I’ve hear throughout my life. People told me I always push things further, often it was said in a negative way as if I should simply leave things as they are. This song is my thought on that.
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?
-I’m quite the same there, I also have Spotify as a compliment to CD’s. It actually took a while before I accepted digital streaming but as it gave me the opportunity to work with DECADENCE beyond traditional record labels their distributors it opened new doors, many of which I haven’t even discovered yet. Music as we know it will soon be gone, but that doesn’t mean the end. There are still many of us who cherish what was special about the past and we will make sure it is done in the right way in the future.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Back in the day, we considered DECADENCE a live band. We have kept the live aspect in mind while making the new album and made the songs pretty well adapted for that so there are quite a few I’d love to bring to life on a concert. This time around though, it was fun to really focus on pushing ourselves in the studio without having set plans on hitting the road.
What lies in the future?
-A couple of weeks back we released all tracks off ‘UNDERGROUNDER’ free for stream on YouTube with lyric videos. Next up is the worldwide digital release that should be out within days now and after that there will be – nothing less – than a real CD! I leave the rest after that open, exciting times ahead. Thank you and the readers of Battle Helm for your support, it means a lot to us.