DUNBARROW

If you like your hardrock/metal heavy this is for you. Check out DUNBARROW. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
– It was our old vocalist/founding member Richard Chappell who came up with the name and the rest agreed to it. So it wasn’t hard for us remaining in the band. I think the band name fits the music. The name sounds old-ish and the band play old-ish music.

What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
– I think most people who picks up an instrument want to play in a band. Basically it’s fun to play with other people.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
– I think we’re more inspired by the atmosphere of a song or a record. We’re kind of our own “riff police”, as we of course have bands that we are heavy influenced by. We try to have our own take at the genre instead of borrowing riffs.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
– In a way, yeah, I guess you could say so. We’re part of a small genre and in a way it’s all about creating a scene for one and other. It’s not like we’re competing against each other, so it’s important for us to be supportive of our fellow bands and friends both because we like their music and because we want the genre to grow. Espen (lead singer) and Kenneth (guitarist) used to run a record label called Heksekunst Productions for a couple of years, where the goal was to gather and connect bands in the doom-genre and help them getting their records out. We got to know many great bands and put out some cool records that way.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
– The art side of it is much more important to us than promo shots and good photos. We hate being lined up for photos and usually start fucking around and ruin the whole shoot after a couple of minutes. So kudos to every photographer who have and would like to work with us. Good album art and merch designs has always been very important to us because it tells the tale of an album or a universe in a good way.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
– Very important. Our lyrics are influenced by wanderers, witches and woods, guillotines, darkness and suffering. We work very closely with one of our founding members Richard Chappell who is an amazing lyricist. Together we try to create a universe that is Dunbarrow. He was the band’s lead singer and bassist up until 2014, and we highly appreciate having him as a recurring member of the band.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
– Not as relevant for sure, but in our case we’re lucky as we’re in a music scene with a lot of vinyl fans. Vinyl is still the best sounding format available. Here in Scandinavia it’s obvious that the focus is on dropping a ton of singles and then maybe dropping an EP or something. People care more about playlisting and consuming isolated songs instead of getting an album experience. There’s no point in complaining about how streaming services are making life more difficult, people do whatever they want and they should.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
– I guess digital will be preferred for the regular Johns, but true music lovers will always have a soft spot for a vinyl record.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
– Atmospheric, heavy. More dynamic than in the studio and straight to the point.

What lies in the future?
– Hopefully a lot of touring and many, many more records.

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