It is easy to forget that even Metallica used to be thrash metal back in the time. But thankfully there are new bands that like to thrash it up, like FREAKINGS. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Our sound is uncompromising, merciless and fast. We just love playing that kind of music. So who’s keen on old school thrash, should definitely listen to our latest CD!

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-We were looking for a name that suited us and not necessarily a name that suited our sound. At that time we just knew we wanted to play metal but, from the sound point of view, we still had a long journey ahead of us.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Well, there’s many. Bands such as Metallica, Deliverance, Vengeance Rising, Slayer and so on. Today I (Simon, drummer) still get inspired by the same bands plus a few new bands like Violator. I guess, I just love old school thrash!

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-At the beginning we only knew we’d play metal from the harder divisons. Eventually we settled on thrash/death. Our name has nothing to do with our sound style. «Freaky», right? The name was born by compounds of different words to create a pun. Finding our sound was a long journey until we agreed on old school thrash.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-For those who only want to buy a few songs, digital is perfect. Personally, I’m not a fan of it, though. I hope we’ll never experience that there are only digital releases left. I’m the kind of guy who prefers a CD or vinyl. To touch the cover, hold it in your hands, is important to me as I don’t want to look at it on a screen only. The trend towards vinyl sales shows that digital is not everything.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-The art-work is really important because the first impression counts. The cover is supposed to give you an idea about what’s inside. Bands who are not well known, it’s often the cover that decides if a CD gets listened to or not. In our case we hope that people who like our cover also want to listen to the CD.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-When it comes to promotion, social media are a huge help. Nowadays it’s a lot easier to reach people all over the world within a short time. We’re certainly trying to seize that opportunity.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Sure but I think you are not only a part of it when you play in a band but also when you’re a spectator at a concert. Only the band(s) and the audience together are the real deal.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-It’s very important to play concerts and we try to play as many as possible. Gigs are probably the best way to promote the band and the sound.

What will the future bring?
-Perhaps it’s better not to know 😉 But we certainly hope for many gigs and it’d be cool if we’d sell a lot of albums. We’d like FREAKINGS to be a bit more than just one band of many.

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