With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to FRETLESS . Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-If you mean our bandname Fretless… It come out of a funny situation when I lived in Gothenburg and did leave a band. I said to my girlfriend when I came home… in swedish ” Tror fan att det är bättre om jag är bandlös” In english… “Believe it is better if I am untied” In swedish the word Bandlös has the same meaning as the word Fretless, so that gave me the idea about the bandname…. If you understand The Title for our Album Damnation. I think the meaning shows in our songs so it felt right.
I think it is important to have a thought with the things we do such as name of the songs, album title and so on.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-I think it is a mix of many bands from the great days and I think you can feel it in our music Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Accept, Pink Cream 69, Helloween.
My inspiration as leadsinger is Andy Deres. Allways liked the way he sings. My inspiration as guitarist is many but lets say Dave Murray 🙂
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-We never play slow Oh yes it happends but not so often. For us that plays a hard and fast metal/hardrock it gets a lot different and we have to think in another way. Like our song Black Moon. That one is a little Glenn Hughes inspired and we love it. But we prefer the fast and heavy stuff
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Yes it sure does, Our music fits bets on bigger stages but we have played in small clubs both in US, Sweden and Europe, but we prefer bigger stages.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-We know that you are more critical during the recording process and during the release. But after a while everything starts to sound good We are satisfied with Damnation.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Today we got a great label and management working for us so we have it good today. But earlier when we had to do everything our self it was very very hard. So today it is more relaxed and we know that we are in good hands. We salute our label Pure Steel Records and our management Som Do Darma for their efforts.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Yes I totally agree with you. That is a hard one. But even here we are working with a good agency so we are satisfied with Damnation.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Fretless has allways has it pretty hard on the national scene. It has always been easier for us in the US, Europe and so on. We know many swedish bands have the same issiue. But it seems to have change a bit for us now in the national scene so we looking forward to hit more festival stages in our home country.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-Yes it gets harder and harder. When I was young and played in bands we always had a lot of gigs. I think it is easier to play a lot in the rest of europe. At least in the eastern europe you can do a tour and play gigs every day in a week with a good crowd. Sweden is harder.
What does the future hold?
-The future looking good for Fretless. Quite a lot of national gigs, European tour in September/October. Brazilian tour in November/December. Release of Damnation 16:th of August. So this year will be great. Then we will continue the hard work for next year. Lets see what will happend then.