[EVERTRAPPED] thrashes like there is no tomorrow. Anders Ekdahl ©2020

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release an album, that it sorta is for real now?
-The biggest pressure for us is in making sure it sounds good. There’s so much work that goes into it that we really put the pressure on in making sure every detail of how we want it to the sound to come out the way we want it. So I suppose the pressure, in this case, is really self-imposed. But it forces us to do the best job we can which I think translates very well into the final product.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-We don’t really set too many goals since you never know what could happen. Ultimately we really just hope that people will like it as much we do. So I don’t really think we look at it in terms of goals, more in terms of our aspirations because you never know how people will react to your product, you can only hope.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-It used to be a little weird at first but after many years of playing it’s really just more satisfying and uplifting now more than anything else. That means that the fans are getting off on it just as much as we are and that’s what we really want.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and artwork for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-Not necessarily but I think to some extent we almost do that by default. And we’re ok with that because it helps to build a signature sound of our own which we like to think we have. Besides always doing the same thing is kind of boring so we try to mix things up in one way or another as we progress.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Absolutely! And it’s a great community also. I think that when you’re playing this kind of music which can tend to have somewhat of a niche market, having that community is very important. It’s nice to know that you’re part of something that whether you succeed or fail is always filled with like-minded individuals.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-Well, in our case Fred Dupuis our guitarist and main composer write all the music so as long as the songs keep coming from his mind, they will always retain the same type of feel. None of it is particularly easy, but as they say…no pain no gain.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-As with most bands I assume our inspiration always comes from the music we already love. And also from the music we’ve previously released. We will definitely draw inspiration from our previous work and try to build on it. In terms of a message, frankly we’ve never really tried to have one. Music being an art form we prefer the abstract approach and let the listeners interpret ad hopefully be inspired by it in their own way.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-We used to firmly believe in always having a cd version of the album, but on this latest release we simply couldn’t justify it. We love having that real physical copy but realistically we know everyone’s looking online for it so for the first time we released the album online only. It’s not really what we’d prefer but the thought of having another pile of boxes of unsold CDs didn’t really appeal to us.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-I will always prefer a physical copy. Anytime a band I like is putting out a new album if I can get my hands on the cd I’d prefer it. Younger generations now may not totally get this, but there’s nothing like the smell of a new album when you first crack that thing open.

What lies in the future?
-Playing live. We’re dying to get out there and play our new stuff live as soon as it is humanly possible. Right now, that’s the next big thing. Just waiting until everything opens back up and we’ll be all over it!

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