Whenever I see a band name in Latin I get My Dying Bride vibes. Don’t know why but I somehow seem to connect Latin with death doom. I wanted to know more about ET MORIEMUR so I interviewed them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We just make music we love, it gives us joy and we don´t really think about how other people will react to it. Of course it´s a great reward if somebody else likes what we play, no doubt about it, but it´s not our main motivation. The main motivation is to express our feelings via music because it makes us feel better. We´d like the listeners could perceive the emotions we put in our songs, be it sadness, anger or hope, but that´s beyond our power.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was not very hard actually: one day my girlfriend was reading Philippe Ariès´ book „Western Attitudes toward Death“ when she encountered the phrase „Et moriemur“ – „And we shall all die“. She told me: „This wouldn´t be bad for a band´s name“. I liked it too and so it was done 🙂 The phrase´s meaning for me is: you cannot find any sense to life, no matter how hard you try you cannot explain the suffering and death of sentient beings. This is the source of all of our anguish. Interestingly enough though „Et moriemur“ acquired lately a broader, deeper meaning to me: life has no sense – but this paradoxically allows you to enjoy it much more.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-I guess that back in 2008 we started like most of doom bands around – inspired by music of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Saturnus, Swallow The Sun or Shape Of Despair, though personally I felt – and still feel – very close to early black metal bands like Burzum or Bethlehem and all the Neue Deutsche Todeskunst darkwave movement. And the rest was a natural development of our style towards more personal shores when we put in influences from the classical and traditional folk music, ambient or noise. Nowadays I rarely listen to metal but my bandmates have a much much better knowledge of the extreme musical scene 🙂
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-First there was the idea of playing highly emotional yet hard music – doom metal – and then came the rest. We´ve never wanted to be musical pioneers as generally we appreciate much more tradition than innovation 🙂 Anyway I think our music is not entirely „old school“ and we try to vary our style a little on every album.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I don´t know, on the one hand most people downloand mp3s, on the other there still are those who prefer to buy a physical copy of the album – think about the renessaince of the vinyl industry. It will never become mainstream but the best things have always come in small packages, right? 🙂
As far as single tracks are concerned we prefer to release full albums, or at least EPs, because it gives you time and space to create a certain atmosphere. And for us atmosphere in music is everything.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-On our albums everything is inter-connected: the music, the lyrics and the artwork. We want our albums to constitute a unity in every sense, every part is essential. Of course there are people interested only in music without lyrics but as I said before this is our approach, that´s what makes us happy. To capture people´s attention is hard work with thousands of bands active nowadays: better just to do what you like. Even if nobody likes it at least you can be proud of your own work!
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-I guess we should do much more promotion than now but trying to persuade people that our music is good or to buy our staff is not the reason we got into music. Of course we do promotions now and then on Facebook for example but we are not good salesmen I am afraid 🙂 That´s also the reason why we´d like to find a manager who could organize gigs for us so that we can focus on the music only.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-In a sense yes. We know many excellent bands and musicians, who are splendid people as well and it´s a good feeling to be associated with these guys through the music. But it´s more like a circle of friends which you could create even without playing, when you just happen to meet great people.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We like playing live but don´t do it too often: there are not many doom metal fans around and we can´t annoy them playing every weekend 🙂 Of course we are not a big band as well and so many people still don´t know us. I think gigs are still a good way to let the people know you exist – they see you live and you can´t cheat about your performance. Everybody can see it for himself, it´s not like in the studio where you can disguise many things.
What will the future bring?
-In April we are returning to the studio to record the successor to „Ex Nihilo In Nihilum“ (2014). The new album will be a little different, more history-oriented let´s say, but still very emotional, melodic, hard and atmospheric.