If you like Swedish grind you will love EXHALE. Check out this interview to learn a bit more about the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2014

Is the name important in establishing what kind of metal it is that you play?
-I guess so. But it’s more important to have good music. It’s not the name you got that’s decided if it’s a good or bad band.

Just so we know what we are dealing with could you please give us a short introduction to the band?
-Exhale is a grind/death band from Sweden that’s been around since 2004. Released three albums. Latest was just released through pulverised records.

How do you find your sound? Do you take a whole bunch of influences and mix them together to make it your brew?
-Our goal is always to play fast and brutal music. But we also mix all kind of influence to make it more dynamic.

Is art work and lay out still as important when more and more people download legally music to their phones or ipads/computers?
– No it’s not important if you only listen to the digital releases. But we always release the music on vinyls and the artwork is really important on those.

What are your feelings on this development of digital replacing physical?
– I’m old-school so I prefer physical releases. Vinyls it’s my kind of thing. I like that the lps are selling more and more. But the internet has also made it easier to spread your music so it’s good in that way

Do you agree that digital is killing the music scene as we know it now?
– Yes it’s killing some of the physical copies. It’s hard to sell CDs these days. But it’s also easier to reach out to people. So it ain’t all bad. And the lps sell is raising so people still enjoy physical copies

How important is playing live today? Is there still a live scene to talk about? Do people still go to shows? To me it seems that it is all big tour packages or festivals that are left.
– Yes it’s important to play live. It’s hard to sell physical copies if you’re not. In Sweden there’s a lot if gigs. And people go to them. We don’t have so many of those big package you mention. Here were I live there’s a lot of small punk gigs.

How has the internet changed the feeling of community in being a local band playing local shows? Does it still feel that you are a product of your surrounding area?
– Internet has made it easier to communicate with fans. People can follow their idols in everything they do. Both good and bad. I think it’s good to have some distance to it.

I guess that most bands go through one or two lineup changes. How do you as a band contain your sound when one member leaves and a new one arrive?
– We have changed a couple of members during the years. Since I write most of the stuff it’s pretty easy to keep the sound.

What would you like to see the future bring with it?
– More gigs and release more albums. Cheers!

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