FIVE WAYS TO NOWHERE

Here is another cool band for you guys to discover. Give FIVE WAYS TO NOWHERE a listen after you or while you read this interview. Answers by Matteo “TEO” Lassandro Anders Ekdahl ©2017

I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
– Oh man, it’s been a hell! We were looking for a name that could sound “new”. Sometimes a short name could be easier to remember, but we wanted to have the “five concept” as we’re five people and our sound comes from 5 vibes that play together. “Ways to nowhere” expresses the idea of a Rock N Roll journey with no direction having our music as a travel buddy.

There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-We like to define our music as a mix of Hard Rock and Alternative that creates an explosive and melodic sound in the wake of bands like Halestorm, Shinedown, Papa Roach and others. We all 5 come from different genres, from 80’s Rock N Roll to Metal, from Punk Rock to Alternative, but that’s a very good thing for us: our different backgrounds join together when we write our songs and we love the result!

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-We’re influenced by the music we listen to, by the people around us and by the lifestyle we chose.

How important is it to have a message as a band?
-I think that every band should have a kind of “mission”, something that pushes you to go ahead and helps you when you’re on your knees. We hope to give emotions to the people that listen to our music: we just wanna say “have fun, enjoy your life…and don’t forget to Rock N Roll!”

Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-It’s definitely one of the factors: we live in a global-social-connected society where the “public image” is too often more important than the private one. Even in the underground rock scene there are so many bands now, so, if you got a music project, you have to take care about your image, your social connection and your promotion as well. It’s obvious that writing cool songs is the most important thing, but it’s “a part of your job”

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-it’s very important. It always had its importance and it will always have. An album cover isn’t just a photo or a drawing: it’s the first impression you give to the people, so it has to have a meaning.

What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-Our local scene is cool, but it could be better. Torino (our hometown) has a lot of cool underground bands and it’s growing up. The problem is always the same: to attract people to live gigs. Italy never had the so-called “band culture”, as it’s a country which always had the “singer culture”, that’s it. Sad but true. Another problem is that a lot of young musicians don’t attend to other bands gigs and I don’t understand why. I always went to see local bands gigs because there were (and there still are) good bands and, above all, because I love to support our local scene. If all musicians do the same, our scene will be huge: simple as that.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-It means the world! When you play in a different city or in a different country you maybe feel like “let’s hope it works”, but when you get a good feedback, when people you don’t know come to buy your albums and your merch or ask you for a photo or simply come to compliment you…well man, it’s an amazing feeling! Of course, even the “social feedback” is cool: when foreign people comment your videos, your songs, your pics or drop you a line…wow, it’s super cool!

Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Of course it is! I personally think it’s still the best way to get new fans. We’re a rock band that loves the “live experience” much more than the studio. Packing and loading tons of gear, driving, no sleeping, sweating, knowing new people…all of this makes us happy and proud of what we do. Playing live gives you a feeling that it’s more “real”: I mean, you can taste it…you can touch it…it’s live! There’s nothing better!

What does the future have in its womb?
– I hope a lot of awesome things! We’ve just released our double-single “Wildstyle / Obsessed” via our German label FemMeropa and we already got a very good feedback. We’re gonna play at Masters of Rock festival (www.mastersofrock.cz) next summer: it’s the coolest and biggest rock/metal festival in Czech Republic. There will be more news coming, so check our website (www.fivewaystonowhere.com) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fivewaystonowhere) to get updated and… stay tuned for more Rock N Roll… Thank you for your kindness and for the interview! It’s always nice to meet and see people that help the underground scene. Horns up to you!

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