FUNERALGLADE

This week I am doing a Inverse Records interview special. If you haven’t checked out the quality metal this Finnish label brings us now is the time. I present to you Funeralglade. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
Kalle: Well I think that the idea alone of releasing a legit album causes some pressure. You definitely get the kind of “this is it, it’s for real now” feeling when releasing an album. I guess that the biggest difference is that with demos you can always defend yourself by just saying that “it’s only a demo, wait till you hear our legit album” haha.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
Kalle: I’m not sure if we have any expectations on it to be honest… Of course we hope from the bottom of our hearts that people like it. The main goals at least with this first legit release is to get people to notice us and to grow and build our fanbase which is not too big yet, since we’ve only released two demos and played like 14 shows, so that we can play more shows etc!

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
Kalle: Even though I don’t write our music alone by myself It’s one of the best feelings in the world to see that people actually enjoy what you do that much that they can memorize the songs and show up to your gigs!

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
Kalle: Kind of. It’s important to maintain the same originality and passion that you put into the previous record when making the upcoming one. And no I’m not saying that you should make everything sound the same musically or lyrically!

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
Otto: That is a hard question, I don’t really feel like I am a part of something “better” or “greater”, I just feel like I’m in a different community than most people and that this community seems to work better for me than the so called “normal community” ever could.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
Aleksi: Well when I’m making music, sometimes it might take like 6 hours to come up with any good shit, haha.. There is days when riffs, melodies, choruses etc. Come very easily and then there’s days when I don’t get anything done, it depends so much. It’s all about the passion and the attitude… That might be the thing that makes it easy because you can play/practice/compose like many hours in a day when you have the passion that it takes… Sometimes 8 hours and sometimes 3 hours…

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
Kalle: For the most part the hard times that we have to go through as humans and of course our idols and bands that we look up to. As far as having a message goes I think that you “need” to have one only if you really have something real to say.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
Kalle: Yeah it’s been really depressing with the record sales for a long time now. I didn’t actually even know that it’s increasing! Really happy to hear that!

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
Otto: I really like both of them, I think people say a lot of negative stuff about digital albums for no good reason other than money, in my opinion you shouldn’t think about money when making music. I listen a lot of my music in a digital form but I still prefer physical. I think they both have their upsides and downsides, neither is better than the other.

What lies in the future?
Kalle: More good and hopefully even better music at least!

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