FERAL LIGHT is another new experience courtesy of Sentient Ruin. Their track record has been almost impeccable and is so this time too. Read this interview and then check out the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is this band really all about?
-This is a pretty general question. I think for us, we have some years behind us in combined experience, so we play and write what feels right to us, regardless of trends.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-I don’t really think this is an issue in a digital age so much with the invention of this thing called the internet. Everyone has an equal playing field, which I think can be good and bad.
When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that? do you feel that you have a sound all your own that follows on from album to album? How important is identification from album to album to you?
-I think i’ts important. There is ‘lightning in a bottle’, which I think is more or less really just a hunger to create, combined with lucky timing. I think a style and signature sound is important, but so is growth. I feel that there is more freedom in writing and creating than people think, sometimes. You can grow and expand on a sound without sacrificing your identity and musical integrity.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up digitally or is physical still cooler with really good songs?
-I’m assuming this is in regards to the medium of a release? I’ll go with yes. I certainly like physical, tangible forms of music, but I’m old. I also think artwork doesn’t get the fair shake it deserves with digital.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-I have recorded via both. I don’t really have a preference. Whatever makes sense for the application.
How do you view your sound? Would you say that you have a sound that is all your own and that I’d recognize it instantly?
-Black metal, Black and Roll. I will always like hooks and memorable parts. So we try our best to achieve that. As far as subgenres are concerned, labeling and classifications aren’t all that important to me.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-This is Jeff’s arena. He deals with warfare and militarism, but not from a politically biased or politically charged viewpoint. More from a human nature perspective.
What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Very important. See above answer regarding digital versus physical mediums. I think a visual impact is huge. It can tie together and convey the overall feel of an album in an instant.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Time will tell.
What do you see in the future?
-See where things go. When creating for the sake of creating, expectations aren’t such a giant mountain of a thing.