Not entirely hardrock/metal or even close to it GENE LOVES JEZEBEL still played a huge part in shaping the new wave/goth scene of the 80s and in that the growth of goth metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-I had been called “Jezebel,” so I had ½ of it already! Had to think quickly. I was under pressure, as we had a big first gig coming up. Everything was very bleak, so I wanted “Love” in the name. I like Gene Vincent. Put it all together… voila!

You are back with a new album now? What have you been doing prior to releasing this new music?
-James has done of stints with The Cult & The Alarm & many others. Plus a lot of recording {Scott Walker, The Alarm & his own solo album to name a few!}. Chris has toured a lot with Hugh Cornwall {The Stranglers main-man} & lots of young & exciting dance music bands. He’s also heavily involved in recording lots of film & TV theme music. Peter & I did an Ugly Buggs album & videos {& a couple of great gigs!}.
I’ve been working on solo performances. Developing my own thing. Very exciting & scary. Just me & a guitar. Free form. It sometimes fails, but sometimes, man, it’s amazing!

To me GENE LOVES JEZEBEL is one of the bands that have had a massive input on things like for example goth metal even though you were more new wave/goth/rock. What kind of feelings does it bring with it that what you did back in the 80s still matters today?
-Thanks. Well, we are a guitar based band & I think that’s why we were accepted by rockers. We stood out in a sea of synths…

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Yes. The connection is very powerful.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band? how important is image?
-I’d like to think it means nothing. But, it can help…

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Personally, they have to be truthful & have real people & life events in them. All my hopes & fears. This brings therapy. Sometimes art…

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-We recorded it in a very analog way. Obviously digital music is easy to steal {& make!}. Without Pledge Music, we couldn’t & wouldn’t have made “Dance Underwater.” I’m old school, as I see albums as statements that need to be taken as a whole. Having said that, I also love the art of the single.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I was surprised that fans wanted CD’s & Vinyl. So, I don’t know!

How much of a touring entity are you guys today? What is a live experience with you like?
-We’ve just done a string of gigs in The Netherlands, Germany, Portugal & a London. There is a great injection of energy since the new album. Everything we’ve learned from our other outside adventures is coming into play. There is great potential. Desire coupled with experience & power. Exciting days.

What lies in the future?
-The album is being so well received, we hope to be touring in the Autumn. My favourite time of year. That’s far enough ahead for now.

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