so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to FABULOUS DESASTER. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-Actually we don’t care about what other bands do when it comes to our music. All we do is play the music that we like!
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)? We play the same aesthetic thrash metal on every album!
-No, seriously: All our album titles so far are about killing people. Our first album was “Hang’ Em High”, the second was “Off With Their Heads”. We already have a funny idea for the next album title, but I’m not sure if we are going to continue with this kind of album titles forever.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics? I only play the drums and don’t write the lyrics. Our singer Jan takes the lyrics pretty seriously. I think all of his lyrics are great because they all have a funny or interesting topic and they even sound well! This way he comes up with song titles like “The Revenge Of The Mighty Alouatta”, “Nut Up Or Shut Up”, or “Midnight Fistfight”.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-I think album covers very important because they kind of express the music and the style of a band. It’s the same with band names: When I hear the name of a metal band, that I have never heard of, I am usually pretty sure what kind of metal they make. And when I see an album cover of a metal band that I have never heard of, it’s the same thing. Apart from that, an album cover is more than just an image on a cd. Usually the t-shirts, backdrops and websites of a band are made in the same fashion. So I would say that an album cover is really important for a band.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
– Yes. We play thrash metal in the style of a lot of old thrash metal bands from the 80s and Jan’s voice is similar to Zetro from Exodus. Because of that we once thought it would be a great idea to name our band after an Exodus album. Now everybody thinks all we want to do is imitate Exodus. We love Exodus, but we have a style of thrash metal, which is influenced by a lot of other bands as well.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Firstly to have easy access to so much music is a great thing for fans and we are fans too. But we notice that some fans suddenly turned away from us after the release of our second album, although we think that we did not change our music in any way.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-We should not always see everything that changes as a bad thing. It’s great that we can easily access so much music. When you look at festival line ups you see more and more unknown bands and for them it’s hard for them to stick out of the mass of bands, but that’s just the way it is.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-I don’t know. I haven’t been playing in a band long enough to know how hard touring was in other times.
What does the future hold?
-We just released our second album “Off With Their Heads” and we are planning our gigs for this year with hopefully a lot of festivals. And we already working on new songs!