I’ve said it before and I’ll say it plenty of more times; I’m a sucker for female fronted bands. I can’t get enough of them. So here I present to you ELYRIA. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Actually – surprisingly – It was no big deal at all. Oli and Patricia started the whole project and the name Elyria was in fact in one of Patricias lyrics from a song idea that didn’t make the album ironically. It appeared in the context that it was an abstract name for a place where you could go in your mind and basically create your own world. Funny thing is it turned out to be an actual place – a little town in Ohio. Patricia suggested it and we all thought it was good. Maybe because the word Lyric is in it in a way and the songs do have lyrics where a lot of thought has gone into it.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Well maybe it is not that necessary to have that big of an introduction. We were founded in 2012 in germany close to the swiss border – at first as already mentioned it was only Oli and Patricia – then Sascha and Stephan joined. Three very experienced musicians not trying to invent something new – since music has to great a history – but certainly giving new progressive colours to a known thing and a singer who refuses to grow up and be a joung person at the same time. We are rhythmically complex and have our highlights in the melody. Trying our best to live the dream even though there is none in this day and age.
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?
-Oh that question is not as easy as it sounds – For this album we have used different methods and the songs matured over years as more people could take their parts in them. Thje second album might be made in an interilyy different way. Well the most of the very first songs where based on a singing melody Patricia had made up for poems she wrote – A lot of that you won’t hear on the album since it was early stuff – others where born from Oli’s guitar riffs and intelligent arrangements he could come up with. Much later most of them would change in their mood due to rhythm that Sascha and Stephan created. All of us like Dream Theatre and all of us like certain areas of classical music very much. And there was some pondering about which direction we should generally go and – well – We wouldn’t say that Within Temptation is an influence but generally it turned out to be the closest to what is easy for us to do. Which doesn’t mean of course that we try to copy them.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are in a worldwide movement?
Actually not. To be quite honest we don’t really know what you mean by that question exactly. As we are not politically driven band We don’t think that applies to us. We are a community amongst us but not worldwide – maybe if we make it against all odds haha.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Well we are not that superficial but the two biggest girls in this band are certainly Patricia and Stephan since both of them have a gothic background and Patricia of course being the singer and the youngest and the creative mind of us feels it her duty to live up to the task. She always gives us last second instroctions concerning style when a shoot comes up, but she also sows or wires parts of her costumes herself. Oh And we forgot Sascha he is not vain but definitely the craziest we tried to emphasize that in the fotos.
What would you say influences your lyrics – how important are they?
-The lyrics are entirely written by Patricia and they are very important to her. Some of them were there before the melody was. Her inspiration is basically the world and how differently it is perceived. She tries to get to the bottom of things – sometimes to hard in life as she admits herself – both abstractly and personally and there is a very intimate thought behind each and every one of them. She said once that she thinks she failed to stay abstract in this album – some became very emotional and described misunderstandings between human beings being on the same plane of consciousness but in different life situations with different priorities. Sometimes they seem very personal and syrreal because she had to cut some bits out in the process of making the melody, but that is basically what they are.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70’s and 80’s? Is digital killing the album?
-Oh so many points of view we have to cover here. Well first of all the kind and quality of attention would be very different if we still lived in the 70’s or 80’s . This style of music was very new then and musicians that could play were praised much more – in those days everyone was praised more for different things then today. Now everybody who is sponsored by daddy or a good job and nows a lot about social media can get famous for basically nothing apart from that (that and maybe a huge ass) The second part of the Qestion we have to answer separately : Digital is not killing the album – Digital is killing the way to promote it. The digital age has brought us great ways to communicate but not so great ways to recognize great efforts or achievements.
Where will the future of format end – Digital vrs physical vrs whatever?
-We honestly don’t know. We think it is remarkable that the vinyl record is back in style and a lot of bands transfer their digital stuff to vinyl we see and hope that this trend continues
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a life experience with you like?
Oh we really like each other’s company – so far there never have been any tensions. A life experience is mostly us chilling waiting for the show and telling stories.
What lies in the future?
-Hopefully a big happy audience and a smashing new album in which we have processed all our experiences. Oh and breakfast tomorrow morning.
Thanks so much for this conversation. We appreciate it. Greetz and rockn roll Patricia, Oli, Sascha and Stephan