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 DEVILS GUN. Answers from Phillip. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-no we don’t feel like starting over in any way, we’ve been gaining new fans all the time, and we’ve been playing at the same time as we’ve been working really hard on the new album, so for us there hasn’t been any steps back.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-No not really, we choose art work that we think goes with the musical sound and lyrical theme of the album. And we write about what ever comes to mind while writing, so there’s no plan that all our lyrics should be about the same theme or anything like that. Even though the lyrics on this album pretty much revolve around chaos and evil that wasn’t something we planned to happen from the beginning, it’s just what we see in the world around us, so then it gets in the lyrics.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-Not that hard, first thing i do is to come up with a story and a theme for the lyrics, then Everything comes naturally, says Joakim.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-I think that’s a shame that bands don’t prioritize the art. We still believe in album covers and see them as a work of art to represent the band and the album. Nothing can beat the feeling you get when you’re putting on a vinyl while studying the album cover. And I think that most bands that are serious with what they do still think like that.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-no not really, we don’t try to reinvent the wheel, we just put new tires on it. We play the music we love to listen to, and most people get that, some like and some don’t, but that’s up to them, we like it and that’s what’s important for us.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-I don’t think it’s a bad thing. The difference I think is that in the past, maybe you had 3 bands that you payed all your attention to, now you have 10 bands instead. So they’re still true, they just have more bands to stay true to nowadays.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-I don’t think it will do more harm than good because many more bands will come forward, but the downside I think is that no band can ever be as big as bands got back in the day before internet. And I don’t think it will kill music, just that we won’t have any acts that will get as big as for example Judas Priest. For example I think that big rock festivals will probably have more smaller stages and not so big stages in the future and more bands instead.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Well yes, it’s definitely harder to get gigs because there are so many bands out there fighting for every gig that’s available, but on the other hand it’s good to do gigs with multiple band line-ups because that will attract more people and every band gets a bigger audience, so it’s pretty much a win win situation if you look at it like that, if there just would’ve been more gigs, that is.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Like Mötley Crües shout at the devil stage in 1984 but bigger and with crazy amounts of pyrotechnics! That would be a killer!
What does the future hold?
-We are currently trying to book as many gigs as we can, so hopefully a lot of touring! And in the meantime we’re planning to make a couple of more music videos for this album and release a couple of live videos. And we’re always writing new music so hopefully the next album won’t be too far away. ”