With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DESOLATION ANGELS. Answers from Clive. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Why does the “While the Flame Still Burns” album get a re release now?
-WTFSB was only released on cassette tape back in 1991 in USA and had been boot legged on CD in Greece a few years ago. Decades ago actually so we showing our age here. We asked our label if they would be interested to release WTFSB and they were more than happy to release it on CD, and if it sells well a vinyl release will follow.
What has happened to the band since your last studio album was released.
-King was released in 2018 and we had a successful tour of Europe and England through to 2019. There are some crazy stories on that tour but that is why you tour, for the insanity of your situations…
We continued playing festivals and gigs in 2019 and were ready to start our new album as we had most of the songs ready. Dissonance were keen for us to get a new album out for 2020 so we started to rehearse for the new album late 2019 and into 2020.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-The most influential for me is early AC/DC all day long. I got into Uriah Heep, Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath, Boston and Nazereth in the 1970’s when I was a teenager, but once I heard the “Let There be Rock” and “Powerage” albums it just flicked a switch for me as far as how I wanted to be a musician and play in Rock Bands. The tempo and feel of the music and lyrics by Bon Scott did it for me, and had a huge influence of my teenage life and how I perceived where I was going…
What inspires you today?
-As for today, it is really still the older bands that inspire me as they all still touring and playing the music they love. This seems to be after a lengthy break for most of them, the money is there for the big bands which must be a factor. But to me it just shows that this is what they are happiest doing even after decades of touring and playing gigs, so it gives me inspiration to know we can get out there and people still enjoy our shows even after 40 years of Desolation Angels being on the circuit
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days where digital seems to be king?
-I got an email from a mate of mine just a week or so go and he said his daughter asked her daughter (his granddaughter) what music she was listing to when she came downstairs and she said she had been listening to a band called Desolation Angels on Spotify. She is 7 years old…. must be our youngest fan…So cool… So I said I would send a signed CD of King or on vinyl, but she said the only cd player is in the car and she only listens to music on line.
So I think it pretty much says it all for the future of music to the masses… So vinyl is the only option as far as physical copy goes I feel, and when the bands are gigging people want to buy vinyl and get it signed by the band. It will bring back memories in years to come.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-The previous answer cover this and it feel the CD is going to be phased out rather than vinyl. Fans like to buy vinyl to keep for memories of the times and they can get it signed by the band when the see them gigging.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-The bands image and look is very important and fortunately Rob is a great artist and graphic designer so we have an inhouse media man to sort out our website and social media outlets.
We live in crazy times right now. How has this whole Covid-19 business affected you as a band?
-Nightmare really. We were in the Studio recording Burning Black before lock down and are halfway through the recording of the album, so once Steve Grimmitt can get back to work we will be finishing the album. Then once we can get out and gig we will do a UK and European Tour. We had the dates set for our Burning Black tour for 2020 but that has now been blown out the water.
What was it like when you started? Was it a big happy family or where there any sort of rivalry and envy between the bands
-I was not with Desolation Angels in the early days but as a touring band it is always difficult when you on the road and in each others pockets all the time, but D.A have managed to get through the last 8 years in good order and we enjoy touring and gigging together as this is what we love doing In the early days there was that rivalry and “we better” than every other band in your genre but as time goes on you realise that is all just a waste of time and your there to enjoy yourself and be with other musicians.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We love to tour and that is really the only way to get your name out there. The more gigs you do the more invites you seem to get for gigs.
What will the future bring?
-Desolation Angels have now been together for 8 years since reforming so we are looking forward to doing what we do best and gig and write great songs. So more albums and gigs will be on the cards once the Covid 19 nightmare is over and gigs reopen.