EINHERJER

EINHERJER is one of the more classic Norwegian metal bands. If you don’t know of them then now is the right time to correct that. Answers by Gerhard. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

You have a new album to promote. As I haven’t released anything I have no idea what kind of feelings you go through. What kind of expectations do you have?
– Yes, it was out just a few days ago. Like always, we sit left with a sense of relief.
Thank the Gods, it’s over For this time. But on the other side, it’s a great feeling to hold that
fantastic gatefold vinyl in your hands. Almost like a baby.

Since I don’t play any instrument or sing I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
– I started playing drums by a random coincidence actually. My first instrument was a guitar. And before I had any instruments at all, bass was my thing.
One day, I was invited to try out some drumming with Frode, and some other friends. And then I guess I was hooked.

When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
– Well, actually, that “getting paid for having fun” bit is slightly exaggerated. Usually what we do, is more of a moneydrain, than anything else.
It’s only in the last few years we’re paid enough so we actually don’t loose money. Technically we still loose money, since we take time off work to do this.
But then again, we get to travel alot. See new places, getting free booze. I don’t complain. I feel lucky to get opportunities like this.

When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
– Playing in a band like this is a continous uphill. There are always bad periods, when the only thing I really wanna do, is to just lay everything to rest.
Around 2004 or something, we had a break because we just had enough for a while. But there is areason to why we started up again.
And there is a reason we still continue. It has become a way of life for us, and I think we feel some commitment to what we do.
I know this won’t go on forever, but for now we’re good.

No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
– I don’t know really. I’m just gonna be happy if our music inspires other people to make great music.

Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album, the intense wait for the mail man to drop off the album or the store to open, now that you can download in an instant?
– A little bit maybe, because everything is so easily available The threshold for buying albums is higher for me these days.
Too many bands, everything available on Spotify. So I choose wisely. I only buy vinyl, because that makes the whole package more interresting.
But yeah, I remember getting Slayer – South of Heaven for Christmas It’s a paradox in itself. I had never heard it before. It was like…Christmas!

How important is image even for a band with a history in separating you from all the million different bands out there?
– Not that much anymore actually. We’ve done the whole blood and gore thing, but we’re too old for that shit now.
I guess drunk gig goers get a kick from that though. We are who we are, and we don’t use crocs and Hawaii shorts on stage.

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one just using different variations?
– We mainly stick to our original topic, which is Norse history and myths.
Dragging anything else into this band now, would feel totally wrong. I’m not the one usually writing the lyrics, so I won’t go in detail.
But it is also possible to write contemporary lyrics, based on our own everyday life and reality. And that changes everyday.

I have been there from the inception of black metal back in the 80s and forward and I don’t get the difference between Viking, Pagan, Heathen etc, metal. Are all these different sub genres a sign of health or is it a sign of deterioration?
– I don’t know Mister, I don’t know. I don’t get how there are so many sub-genres, yet everything sounds the same.
Concerning our own genre(with sub genres), I (think) I understood that Pagan metal, is far more folk influenced than Viking Metal.
At least in our case. We are influenced by folk music, and we use it to some extent. But we’re not a folk metal band. What Heathen metal is, I have no idea.
You have Battle Metal, Winter Metal, Suicidal Black Metal. Difficult to keep track.

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
– Basically, we don’t tour at all. We like to do festivals mainly. Short tours could happen, but we have jobs an families to attend to. Besides, I’m tired of being stuck in a bus wit two other bands. It’s no picnic.

What does the future hold?
– For most people, misery I guess. We however, are gonna start working on our new album shortly.
Although revisiting “Dragons of the North” was cool, it’s gonna be awesome starting to work on new stuff.

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