If you like Corrosion of Conformity you are gonna like this too as it is in that same genre. So check out EXTINGUISH THE SUN. Answers by Nick. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-We definitely think its important, but maybe in the OPPOSITE way that some people tend to think of it. In this band, and in past bands we’ve been in, we really try to not pick something that is too indicative of the style of music we play. We’ve always wanted it to be a bit ambiguous and not scream “METAL”, just because that’s what we play – the same goes for our song titles. Extinguish the Sun is probably a bit darker than some of our song titles suggest.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
– Its great to have this outlet and to be able to get the stuff we do out there and just see what people think of it. Playing on your own or whatever is fun and cool, but I think for us a lot of what we get out of it is jamming together and seeing what comes out of the mix. And then being able to perform that in front of people and see their reactions – Its a lot different than just doing it in a vacuum.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-We consider it Metal or Alternative Metal. While alot of what we do is pretty heavy, we try to write with “hooks” in mind and keep it catchy on some level and bring more straightforward “rock” stuff into the mix to really drive it and keep the energy up.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Sure – a good flow with peaks and valleys for the overall experience is really important. Rather than just thinking of everything as individual songs, just being mindful of the albums beginning, middle and end is important.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-I think a lot of what goes into our music is just the variety of things we each listen to and our individual backgrounds. None of us really come from a total metal background, and Dan (bass) really listens to very little metal at all and tends to gravitate alot more towards pop punk and hardcore. In the end its all rock n roll, but putting those different styles and traits through the lens of metal ends up bringing out something unique and different.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-That stuff is really important to us. From the videos we do to album artwork, we try and keep that at as high a level as possible too – and same as with our feelings on band names, we try not to necessarily worry about keeping it too “serious” or “metal” and just do stuff that looks cool and is interesting.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Who knows? We all still really like listening to complete records – but at the same time, with streaming services, just turning on a genre based station is a pretty great way to find new music. With peoples shortened attention spans it seems like releasing more music more frequently – like with EP’s for instance might be the way to go – but we’ll see.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-Despite how things are changing and all the arguments for or against digital solutions, you cant argue that the potential for people to find your music and for a band to get exposure is better than its ever been. I mean, we are doing an interview RIGHT NOW with a publication thousands of miles away from us – thats pretty incredible. Its probably more important that we try and figure out a way to work with the people that are actively looking for new music, work with publications like yours and get creative and figure out how to make it work.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Yea absolutely! There are a ton of different styles out there right now and tons of people that are looking for new music. I think that our music has a lot of different things to offer – If you are looking for something with good energy and an overall groove – check it out!
What does the future hold?
-Right now we are writing new music and preparing to record our next release which will be an EP. Our music is definitely evolving and we are really excited to get this stuff out there – we think it’s killer and we cant wait for people to hear it. Other than that, we’ll see what happens. We will continue to get it in front of as many people as possible, continue to play live and see where it goes!