I cannot let go of the feeling that I am more familiar with ENBOUND than what I seem to be. But it could be that I’ve seen an add or read a piece about them. Here is anyway an interview I did with them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
SWEDE: First off, thank you Anders and Battlehelm for featuring us, it’s a pleasure answering all and any questions!
Our first intentions was to write hard rock music that only consisted of guitar, drums and bass, well vocals too. We were aiming for a more raw sound and downscaled sounding wise, so to say. It was not supposed to be as big and detailed as we ended up, actually. And for being easy, I don’t know, I haven’t though of it. All of us have a natural liking for hard rock and metal so well yes, maybe it was easy, heh. The bigger sound we have came pretty natural too. We increasingly tried layering more instruments and supportive background stuff and it felt very right. We liked what we used to do but we like it more what became of it.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
SWEDE: By all means try! It’s lots of fun and it is when recording yourself you actually can hear your capabilities from the outside. It’s an awesome tool for one’s own development.
I am very pleased with how The Blackened Heart ended up, I’m very proud of our work. Speaking of my own personal contribution with playing bass, I am rarely happy actually. I’m not sure why but I have very high expectations on myself and I more or less always think “I’ve could have done that better”. But I also forget about my feelings for a particular take some time after a recording, haha. Once the bass in is the mix with the rest of the stuff, it usually works just great. Minor adjustments happen at times anyways. So I should be happier, heh.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
SWEDE: Great! I take it our name at least worked out a little bit for you then, haha? Once back in the days we had a brainstorming session over hamburgers to find a proper name. The name Enbound came up and we decided upon it. It’s our own mix of bound and unbound. We’re bound to hard rock and metal, but keep an open mind to external influences, hence being unbound. It’s fitting for other reasons too, being short and concise, and there is some sort of heaviness behind it when you say it. It’s good.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
SWEDE: That is always an interesting question. For us, and I’d believe that for most serious musicians the most important aspect is the music itself. The image come secondary, and it should, I suppose. But the human brain does not work like that. And as the fact we all know, music is deeply connected to emotion, and an image can be a strong visual catalyst for enhancing the musicians message etc. Or even the opposite, if you make questionable image decisions, haha! And for impressions, the full body paint we used for band photos is just that, an extension of our black and gold theme. And to be fair, it was pretty fun painting ourselves like that. Except scrubbing it off, that took a while!
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
SWEDE: Continuing on the previous question and answer, it does matter and it is important. For The Blackened Heart it is supposed to be badder, darker and gloomy. That album focuses on the black in our gold-and-black theme. Our debut, And She Says Gold, focused more on the gold then of course, and had a overall happier stance to it, but not entirely either. And TBH has lighter moments and themes too. So yes it is important and plays a big role in the entire idea/concept one present. I think we did good portrayal of what we wanted to say which each album. But we also owe it to the fine artists we worked with to make that happen. Big thanks to them all.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
SWEDE: If you use it correctly and respectfully towards your fellow humans it’s a great tool for communicating. And yes I’d say it is very beneficial, and for everyone. Of course the competition increases since everyone practically gets the same basic chance of being and getting out there – but it’s a super tool for finding a particular niche of any kind of art. And it’s very easy to find alternatives and widen your own taste, which I deeply recommend, enrich your life as much as you can! It must not be music, let it be anything. Just a general life tip of mine!
And for Enbound, while we are not the most famous band, we do have fans all over the world. And that became true directly after the release of And She Says Gold, and thanks to what? Internet and its social media! It helps any artist to connect with the “correct” fans more easy, if you understand me right. So it’s great, let’s all keep up the good work together, in connecting mankind.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
SWEDE: Oh yes, very so. I feel an instant connection to any other musician, on any skill level as soon as I find out someone is playing. Playing any instrument is such a conversation opener. I can go on for hours exchanging ideas. And in forums and such you can always get quality help, and lots of it. It’s awesome. I can’t see how you ever could be lonely with knowledge in music. Now taste, is a bit different. That is a matter of opinion and partially arguments too, but if a particular music or song make you feel good you can not be wrong, how could you? Music is fantastic!
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
SWEDE: I strongly believe you CAN do everything on your own. Who runs record companies? Humans do, heh, and I’m human, I can do the same things. What I lack is experience and connections, for example. And I can focus om making music, a label can focus on being a label. So I would not say it’s unimportant to have a label but maybe not very important either, maybe somewhere in between. I’m happy with our label and I feel we have a good cooperation.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
SWEDE: Unfortunately no touring. We’ll see when it happens.
What will the future bring
SWEDE: Another album! We also continue to promote The Blackened Heart, and there are some small extras coming ahead, stay tuned. Thanks again for having us! ROCK ON and You are now forever Enbound!