If you know your metal you’ll know that EVIL INVADERS is a Razor album. And if you know that much you have already guessed what this band is all about. Answers from Joe. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

You have one of these names that kinda leads you towards what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We were looking for a cool band name for a while. We started off playing music in the style of Black Sabbath/Ted Nugent and stuff and I remember we were considering “The Aces”. Because we couldn’t find a decent singer for that style we started changing our music and before we even realised we were playing faster and more aggressive shit. Intoxicated seemed more suitable and we had almost decided to stick to that but then I suddenly bumped into the song Evil Invaders from Razor. Obviously this was the perfect band name and I still have no regrets!

Do you notice that more and more people are new to you guys? Do you feel that there is an anticipation for you to bring out the good stuff?
-We definitely see more new faces every time at all our shows. We’re playing a shitload of shows the crowds keep on getting bigger and bigger. It’s cool to see the progression throughout the years.
The old fans keep on coming and the new ones bring their friends the next time. People seem really excited about our new stuff as well. We’ve been playing some new songs and the reactions were great. I’m curious to what this upcoming album will do for us.

We all carry baggage with us that affect us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-That’s a very hard one man… we have so many influences and our songs on their own sound really different as well. Mercyful fate, Exodus, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden are definitely among our influences but we don’t sound like them individually at all. We blend styles and influences into something new. We don’t copy what’s been done before. We have an oldschool vibe going on, that’s for sure but we still bring something new and personal. I can’t pick just one band that had the biggest influence on this band. It really is a mixture of a lot of stuff.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-We were really lucky to have a cool scene and a lot of people that were coming to our shows since the start. I remember the first show we played. The place was packed and everybody was going crazy. I bet we totally sucked but no one seemed to notice( or care?). I’m pretty sure that’s something that fed the fire inside of me to always keep on going and improving. It’s possible to grow as a band and become very good without playing shows but I think the adrenaline rush you get from playing a live show is something that you need to feel when you’re a musician. Being surrounded by a strong metal scene is definitely a plus!

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I personally don’t have this movement feeling. I always liked being on my own.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-A great album cover is one that grabs you immediately when you see it while showing the entire vibe of the album. A cover which you never get tired of with lots of details that you don’t see at first sight. One that you can watch while listening to the album and recognise stuff from the lyrics that are coming back in the artwork. We put a lot of effort in our artworks as well. I think it plays a big role in the metal genre.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I personally don’t really join the digital madness. I prefer to have something physical to hold/look at while I’m listening to the record.
Digital and physical both have their advantages and disadvantages. These days it’s easier to spread your music than ever before. On the other hand is it easier for everybody (even shitty bands) to spread their music so you might drown in the mass of mp3’s.
If I hear how older bands talk about the budgets they had back in the day to record records and video clips etc. it sounds crazy. Impossible to imagine that these days. We’re still flipping every coin twice before we spend it. So if people would actually buy physical stuff it would be better for the bands and record labels. That could also be the reason why there aren’t as many great bands as back in the day. Lots of great musicians still have regular jobs to be able to pay their rent. They can’t put their full focus on music and of course the quality of the music goes down then…
I don’t think anything could really kill music though… he’s one tough motherfucker!

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Actually the more we play with mainstream bands and on mainstream festivals, the more I realize there are a lot of people from different styles/scenes that actually appreciate what we’re doing. Last weekend we played an open air festival where we were the only metal band. The crowd was cheering loud as hell and we even had a mosh going on. That was really beyond our expectations. If you’re playing convincing, kick-ass shows, it doesn’t matter what scene you’re playing for. No matter where we play, I’m always there for the full 100%.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-If you had asked me this question a few years ago I wouldn’t have to think and just yell PARTY!!!
But we’ve been growing really fast as a band and the bigger the stages and our show is getting, the more I tend to say happening. We’ve really put a lot of effort into our live setup and lights and stuff. We want to give more to the crowd than the other bands on our level.
We’re working hard to give a full show instead of just a cool gig because that’s something that’s really important to me when I’m watching a band. I want to feel energy and excitement. Not just everybody being bored in the crowd and the band just playing their songs. There needs to be some action going on! I need to feel a rush!

What would you like to see the future bring?
-The ideal future would be that we could do this full time and make a living out of it. I guess that’s every musician’s dream. To play big venues and have a kick-ass show! To make people go crazy and wild. Be the next Judas Priest or so haha!
The sky is the limit really…

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