With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to FUNERAL CULT. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
1. How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-I think it is important, but not the most important. Maybe it should match the music and imige. However, keep in mind that the line-up may change and the music may change and the name won’t match any longer. That’s why I think that first of all the names should be chosen wisely.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-You tell me! We’ve reactivated the band after 19 years. It was and is called – passion for music. And one more thing I can tell you for myself – the stage is addictive. And band memebrs? I can’t say they should be polite and kind people. We have six different characters in the band, we argue a lot but we respect each other. Sometimes is really hard and unpleasent. But the joy of creating the music makes us keep working.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-In the 90’ we palyed death doom metal. I would add to this a little bit of black metal thesedays.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-The only method is that we bring some ideas to our rehearsal room and then we develope them. Sometimes it takes a few weeks and sometimes a few days. In the lyrics I try to find a concept, a pattern.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Yes, it is fascinating, indeed. If you ask me what is Infinite I’d answer that the music is. Maybe there is finite number of sounds but the combinations are endless. And the inspirations are around us. It may be a book, a movie or nature itself.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-The layout and the covert art are very important. Now I can say for sure it should match the music, the band name and the title of the record. The specific record. We hired professional artist Anna Jarzynska to draw the art work. And she did much more we expected.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I agree. And this is so wrong. I can’t imagine not to hear the whole album. Even if there are good and worse songs. Anyway, I hear whole records and don’t make some playlists with single songs.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-It depends on education. If we tell and show our children how to listen to the music it won’t be gone soon. We metalheads have a different approach. If you like a band you like it for years. We are not interested in summertime singles.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We have a lot of fans since 90’. They are very happy after our return. But these people are over 40 years old. They accepted our new sound which is different from the sound of ’90. And this makes us happy. We’d like to get new younger fans. And this is not so easy. The best way to do that is to play live shows. But it was taken from us lately because of the epidemic.
What does the future hold?
-We work on full lenght. I don’t know when it is ready. We’ve just launched the tour over the Poland before the lockdown. We’ve palyed just one live show and after that all has been cancelled. We have to set new dates and reopen the tour. These are the plans for this year. We’ll see what comes…
Thanks for the interview and support. Greetings from Poland.