ELEINE are by now a well known entity. With a new album out they’ll just keep growing. Answers from Madeleine Liljestam & Rikard Ekberg. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
Congrats on your latest album. Where I sit it is a massive hit? What are your feelings on the reactions you have received?
M: Thank you! Even without having a tour or gig in sight due to the pandemic, we are very happy to say that “Dancing In Hell” has become our break through album. It really took off and keeps on spinning hard. We are lucky to have such awesome fans that keep the album alive despite no gigs.
R: *nods along with Madeleine’s answer
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
M: It came very natural, so it wasn’t hard at all. Almost set from the minute the title track “Dancing In Hell” was done. It set the mood of the entire album.
R: The album’s title reflects what the album is about.
“Dancing In Hell” is about being trapped in your own personal hell, whatever it may be. To not get stuck there forever, you need to learn how to tame the flames and dance around them so you don’t get too badly burnt. This way you will navigate through the hell you’re in and get out on the other side. Things won’t be the same and with time you will be stronger than ever before.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
M: I remember hearing Iron Maiden, Dimmu Borgir and Arch Enemy when I was 13 and that really made me feel that metal is my call in life.
R: Oh man….I like all kinds of music! Metal is a great way for me/us to express ourselves. Artists/bands I like are Arch Enemy, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Jackson, Hans Zimmer, Dimmu Borgir, Amon Amarth etc
You released the new album in a whole bunch of different versions. Is this something you have to do to get people to buy physical today?
M: No, of course not. We wanted to offer what WE would have wanted, and that ended up in CD’s, vinyls, cassette and the most epic collector’s edition box set that includes it all in exclusive versions and exclusive merchandise. So pleased with that outcome!
We released it all in both color and black/white version since we simply couldn’t choose I love the colored artwork, but my black- and death metal heart beats for the old school black/white vibe so the B/W version really became our little tribute to all the old school metal fans that we know we have with us.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
R: I’m not really worried. I mean, I myself collect and see value in physical copies of video games. New and old. Some prefer digital, others prefer physical.
M: Fully get what you mean, but I got to admit I’ve been searching for a retro freestyle..
I’m not worried about that at all. Physical copies still sell very well in the metal scene at least, and vinyls really has made its way back. Listening to Spotify, Deezer and other digital platforms on top of that is GREAT. You can collect your physical items if you’d like, and still listen to it easily while being on the road by using digital platforms. It’s a great combination. It never has to be either black or white when it comes to this, I appreciate both sides of it and I think they should work even better together.
Spotify could for an example really push the physical copy even more, perhaps connect the bands Bandcamp or Shopify or something to help them show their merchandise and physical copies even more.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
R: It plays a HUGE part. The artwork is yet another extension of the music within the album.
M: Exactly! The artwork is the first impression of what the album will be all about. I see artwork as an extension of expressing the song in a piece of art, we take it very seriously.
I get inspired by artworks, and I love when there’s some certain details that you maybe don’t discover right away. And if the extension of the album itself is something very simple as an artwork, that’ll be it!
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
M: We use social media, and if promotion is done correctly, word of mouth takes over when you’re touring.
R: Yeah, you gotta do both.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
M: Yes.. aren’t we all?
R: We all share the same stage in life, let’s make a helluva show.
Covid-19 has fucked up everything, not only live gigs. What are your feelings on the live scene getting back to what it was post Covid-19? Will it ever be the same as it was?
M: Indeed it has. And I definitely think it’ll go back to what it was, and I think we all will appreciate it even more.
R: Oh of course it will. As long as we work together we will be back in no time. It doesn’t help anyone to go around believing this nightmare will be forever.
What will the future bring?
M: A LOT. Hopefully sooner than we think and expect! We have big plans for tours which I can’t reveal at the moment of writing, but it will happen at some point. The closest thing right now is a new music video and the single vinyl release of “Die From Within” April 23rd.
R: Yeah, the closest thing we’ve got going on is the upcoming video and, almost sold out, limited edition single vinyls for “Die From Within”. A track that revolves around all kinds of depression, loss and mental health. This track was written well before the pandemic, but it hits home for so many where we are right now. Depression is not a thing that came about over the last year, it has always been there. But I think that more people are aware of it now that there has been such a huge surge in cases. We all know what it’s like when you take one step forward, and take two steps back when dealing with depression and grief. There are no words that instantly fix everything, but as you continue working on getting back to your daily life, you will get better little by little each passing day by finding the small things that comfort you and that keeps you pushing forward. Even if it feels impossible sometimes. So it was of great importance to us to highlight “Die From Within” from our new album. The single vinyls are open for pre-order (hurry up, they’re selling like hot cakes) and the music video will be released on April 23rd . We are really looking forward to this and hope that people will find comfort and strength in “Die From Within”.