DESULTORY are forever. At least in the minds of us that were there when it all began. With their swansong album to be released we say goodbye to them and wish them good luck with whatever they do in the future. Answers by Thomas Johnson and Klas Morberg. 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?
-WE HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO OUR MUSIC AS UNIQ AS POSSIBLE MIXING DIFFERENT STYLES INTO THE MUSIC. WE´RE IN THE BAND, ARE LISTENING TO SO MANY DIFFERENT ARTISTS IN DIFFERENT GENRES NOT JUST ONLY METAL. SO WE CAN CATCH INSPIRATION FROM ANY ARTIST AND MAELT IT DOWN INTO OUR STYLE.
I was there back in the days. I bought your 12” EP directly from you. What was it like to be a part of that Swedish death metal wonder?
-NICE TO HEAR THAT YOU OWN “FOREVER GONE”. TO BE A PART OF THAT DEATH METAL WONDER WAS OFFCOURSE GREAT. SO MANY GIGS WE PLAYED AND LOOKED AT HERE IN STOCKHOLM DURING EARLY NINETIES. TAPETRADING DEMOS WITH ALL THE BANDS THAT WERE AROUND WAS SO COOL! I´M PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT!
What happened to DESULTORY on that third album? It was nowhere as cool as the previous two.
-IN MID NINETIES WE WERE FED UP TO PLAY DEATH METAL AND MORE HEAVY GROOVY MUSIC INSPIRED US SUCH AS KYUSS AND QUEENS OF A STONEAGE. WE KNOW THAT BOTH METAL BLADE AND FANS WERE DISAPPOINTED BUT WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. SOMETIMES IT IS A SUCCESS AND SOMETIMES NOT. WE ARE THOUGH PROUD OF THE ALBUM.
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 DEALS WITH ISSUES AND FEELINGS THAT I REFLECT UPON THROUGH EVERYDAY LIFE AS WELL AS THINGS GOING ON AROUNDS US, BUT USUALLY ITS WRITTEN IN A QUITE ABSTRACT WAY SO THAT THE LISTENER CAN MAKE UP HIS OWN SCENARIOUS AND MAKE HIS OWN IDEAS OF WHAT THE LYRICS ARE ABOUT, ITS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A MESSAGE IN THE LYRICS EVEN THOUGH IT MIGHT NOT ALWAYS BE CRYSTAL CLEAR.
I don’t think that I am any different from other fans in that we want our bands to carry on forever. This new album is your swansong. How and why have you come to this decision?
-WE DECIDED EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT WE WONT PLAY ANYMORE. SINCE WE RECORDED “THROUGH ACHING AEONS” WE HAVENT PLAYED AND REHEARSED FOR 2 YEARS. IT TOOK US CA: 3 YEARS TO MAKE THE SONGS FOR THE ALBUM. THE CANDLE WERE BURNT OUT AFTER THIS SESSIONS.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-WE CONTACTED SOME ARTISTS AND ALSO WE FOUND A COUPLE OF PAINTINGS THAT WE REALLY LIKED ON THE WEB THAT REPRESENTED THE MUSIC AND OUR LYRICS. DULL AND DARK PICTURES. UNFORTUNATELY PULVERISED REC WASN´T SATISFIED WITH THEM UNTIL WE FOUND THE PICTURE THAT COVERS THE NEW ALBUM. WE WANT THE PICTURES/PANTINGS TO BE DARK AND MYSTERIOUSLY. I THINK IN THIS PICTURE YOU´LL FIND THAT.
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?
-FOR US THE ARTWORK AND LAYOUT IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT. WE GREWED UP GOING TO RECORD SHOPS BUYING VINYLS, LOOKING AT ALBUMCOVERS. ITS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE A NICE COVER. OFFCOURSE ITS EASY TO USE FOR EX SPOTIFY BUT IF YOU WANT THE REAL DEAL YOU BUY THE MUSIC ON VINYL. YOU WILL HAVE THE ULTIMATE LAYOUT COMPARED TO CDS.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-THE TITLES NORMALLY COMES OUT WHEN WRITING LYRICS AND I TRY TO CATCH THE ESSENSE OF THE SONGS IN THE TITLE. I HAVE NO OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THE TITLES THAN THAT IT SHOULD REFLECT MY THOUGHT OF THE LYRICS.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-WE DON´T THINK THE MUSIC WILL BE DEAD AND BURIED. YES, PEOPLE ARE USING FOR EX SPOTIFY TODAY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME AT LEAST HERE IN SWEDEN THE SALES OF VINYL STEADY IS INCREASES. NO ONE HER IN SWEDEN BUYS CDS ANYMORE. ALSO PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CONCERTS MORE THAN EVER HERE IN SWEDEN, BUYING MERCH DURING THE CONCERT. SO NO WORRIES HERE.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-WE REALLY LIKE TO PLAY LIVE MEETING OUR TRUE FANS. ITS IMPORTANT TO SHOW YOURSELF PREFORMING PLAYING THE NEW SONGS FOR PROMOTING THE LAST ALBUM AND THE OLD SONGS IN A GOOD MIX. AND OFFCOURSE THE PARTYS AFTERWARDS ARE OFTEN GREAT!
What lies in the future?
-WELL, THE FUTURE FOR THE BAND IS NONE AS WE RECENTLY DECIDED TO QUIT. I DONT THINK THAT EITHER KLAS, HÅKAN OR ME WILL START UP A NEW BAND WITH NEW GUYS. THIS IS WHAT WE FEEL TODAY.