DRÅP

DRÅP is much more a crust name than it is a metal name in my book but then what is a name but a bunch of letters put together. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

What is this band really all about?
-In the beginning when we started DRÅP, it was more of a project, formed by Lyngfelt, vocalist in DRÅP, to record an album dedicated to Catharina Ottander, his mother.
With very personal lyrics based on real events of that period when she passed away. with all the misery and grief on his shoulders, DRÅP became a really explosive liveband and continued.
Playing live is now what DRÅP is all about, many bands go out on tour and play gigs just to promote their album, but we are more the opposite, we need to record more music just so we get more opportunities to continue to get out there and play.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you when you come from Sweden say had you come from mainland Europe?
-I’m always happy to get the chance to tell how the scene is in Sweden, because every time you meet people abroad, they tell me about how much good music coming from Sweden.
The problem is that we just have a lot of bands, we hardly have an audience anymore. Anyone who goes to a concert here has his own band and just stands there with his arms crossed thinking they can do better when they don’t.. Some kind of a rockstar attitude when you play hardcore/punk/metal is odd. And don’t get me wrong, I’m only 23, so i have no idea how the scene was here back in the days, but that is how it is here now. Playing outside Sweden, it feels more like the crowd and the band is more equal, with squats and collective/basement-shows.

When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
-Well, we have our first album ’En Naturlig Död’ (a natural death translated) out, we released the LP version ourself and Xtreem Music spread it on CD. Dave on Xtreem Music did a really good job to promote it.
One thing that has disturbed me a little is that since we sing in our native language, people who review our record appears to have completely ignored our lyrics and gone for that we only sing about anarchy and politics, when our music more paints a picture of a crime scene, or right straight out of everyday-misery that many persons can relate to. Everyone looses their loved once in their life.
We are in the making of our second album, ’Roten Till Allt Ont’ (the root of all evil translated) and the main theme will be about money. The sound will be both less punk and less metal and more of.. something else hehe. If you enjoy the first one, you sure gonna love this one.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-If you come up with filler-songs, there is no reason to release a full-length album and that you can just pick the good ones and release EP’s.
It is just stupid to rush with art, i prefer much more to spend time and make sure that you are proud of every song, every word of the lyrics, every image in the artwork and so on. Then it gets good. I delete maybe 80, 90 %
of the ideas that i come up with so.

Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-Still buying records. I guess you cant avoid the digitally era with music, but Vinyls, cassettes and CD´s feels just that you get more than if you pay for a download, that you also know that you can get for free.

With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound?
-Thats a pretty good question too, among punks they see us as metalheads and among metalheads so people see us as punks. We play dark and aggressive music, inspired by bands like Skitsystem, Rotten Sound, but also bands like Portal and Deathspell Omega with an approach full of dissonance.
So yeah, ”rotten D-beat” we usally say, it describes our sound pretty good.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-It depends on what you want to do with your music.
Me personally think you have this case the message is very important because we have a lot of texts and elements involved with real stuff. Worship death has always worked and is a common subject in metal, but it has been done in atleast 30 years now and we know that there is more to say about life than just the end of it.

What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-It is the very first impression, so it plays a huge part. I love oldschool movie-posters when it was more drawings and artwork. Now many movies and bands thinks it is enough with a photo and i think it is boring. The artwork is made by Ethan from Primitive Man and its really sick, really great guy!

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
Yes people sure wont forget if they have seen us live. We do not have the luxury to get involved with music in some of the larger cities very often, so it’s always appreciated when we’re out playing.
In Sundsvall, where we live, we are probably the only band that worships the D-beat and it often feels out of place the few times we played local evenings.

What do you see in the future?
-A lot more with Touring for us, playing more live ect. But first we will be ready with our second full-lenght, ”Roten Till Allt Ont” first.
Hopefully there will be a new generation with kids that enjoy live-music here in Sweden because the scene really is dying here.

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