FINNR’S CANE could really not have come from any other country than Canada (or they could but they don’t). Check them out for yourself. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
The Peasant: We have achieved much more than we ever imagined from when we started this band. We simply wanted to write a few songs that we would enjoy listening to. We never expected to release an album, let alone three.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
The Bard: Yes, that’s one of the benefits of doing your own mixing and mastering- you can really achieve a very specific vision, and we did. We’re very happy with the result.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
The Bard: I think the foundation of our sound was there from the beginning, but we try to do something different each time so it’s always hard to say what the next album will sound like.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?The Peasant:
The lyrics are not overly important in our music but instead are somewhat abstract. Usual themes include the interplay between humans and nature, the passage of time, isolation and loneliness, the change of the seasons, etc.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
The Bard: One thing I’ve come to realize is that cover artwork is very important, especially in this day and age. I think YouTube is a very common place to find music nowadays, and the cover art is always presented clearly with the songs on YouTube. I think that exposure to album artwork has a profound psychological effect on our enjoyment of music, and very good cover art will influence the listener in a very positive way.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
The Bard: I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but Canada has numerous barriers towards becoming successful as a metal band. I’d say the two biggest barriers are 1) a culture that doesn’t appreciate dark art in the same way as Europeans do, and 2) extremely sparse population in a very large geographical area makes touring very difficult.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
The Peasant: To be honest, we don’t do a lot to try and stand out. We are pretty inconsistent in updating any type of digital media presence related to Finnr’s Cane. It probably irks our record label, but that is the way we are.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
The Bard: I mentioned earlier the logistical problems with touring such a large and sparsely populated country. Geographically Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories, and each of them have their own unique, isolated scene. As a Canadian band, I don’t think it’s very important to appeal to your local scene because its typically so small and isolated.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
The Peasant: It is definitely not like Finland! There is a small scene with a handful of bands in our city of origin. However, the average person would not be familiar with metal artists outside of the most popular groups (Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden, etc.). The other confounder factor is the large distance that exists between large cities in Canada. We don’t feel particularly akin to the artists even within our own province because we will likely never cross paths. Metal is still an underground genre of music that is associated with the fringes of society.

What does the future hold for you?
The Bard: We are going to continue doing what we love and see what happens! Thank you for the interview.

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