EIGHTY ONE HUNDRED

EIGHTY ONE HUNDRED is a band that I had not heard of before. Read this interview to get to know them a bit more. Anders Ekdahl ©2020

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?
E1H: We create new songs inspired by our background and influences, also looking at new sounds around us.

How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
E1H: Next will be a band new album, far from previuos one. It will be stronger but always melodic.

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?
E1H: We want shake up and wake up peoples to free them from a system that wants them as lab rats! Nature must play an important role again in our society

Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
E1H: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Queensryche, Helloween.

How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
E1H: Our artwork is based on an iconic character (Pulcinella) of our land, but revised in a mixed steampunk and wasteland style.

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?
E1H: We are old school, so we are linked to the concept of buying physical, but we know that this market will slowly die.

How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
E1H: Although our songs have different interpretations, you’ll know where to go just reading the title.

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?
E1H: The difficulty of selling CDs and merchandising stuffs stops the underground bands rising, so labels don’t want to invest and bet on them. On the ohter hand internet marketplace allows people to find and ear you in more direct way.

How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
E1H: Live is our life. Music does not exist without stages

What lies in the future?
E1H: We are working on the next album and trying to create a new kind of show hoping that this will give us more visibility.

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