©Ron DebieEvery time I stumble upon a Swedish band that I haven’t heard of before I feel like I’ve been living under a rock. Then I realize that there are too many Swedish bands alone to keep track of. So hereby I introduce myself to GOATESS. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-Chritus: Me on vocals, Niklas on guitar, Kenta on drums and Peter plays the bass like a rabid troll.

How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
– Musically it´s a mere natural progression. And a bit more experimental in some ways, I guess. We try not to overanalyze stuff as it takes the feeling out of it, you know what I mean? Gut feeling usually gives the best results. We were always a jamming band.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
– At times. But then again dynamics come through a lot better with strong wills colliding. But on a whole we try to give and take and feed off of eachother and sometimes it works better than other.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
– Very important. When I listen to you music personally I want it to give me a bit more than a shallow “touch my tralala”…a bit of goddamn substance, you know? For me it´s a soul cleansing thing. Therapy and healing and escape from everyday crap. Lyrics differ a bit, but usually social injustice, politics, religion etc. Oh, and also insanity on a whole. Add to this a good portion of irony and sarcasm with a pinch of wit – and voila´.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
– We think that´s important as well, sure, as it has to somewhat tie it all together and be representative
visually as well. We are not under any obligations at all when it comes to deciding what to use as artwork, save from copyrighted stuff like everyone else.

Where outside of your country have you had success?
– I think we hit off pretty good wherever we end up playing most of the time, to be honest. Don´t mean to sound big headed here, but I really can´t mention one country above others that we´ve been to. I think it´s more about people that come to the shows. In that sense we seem to appeal to most people attending. And of different ages, which is very cool. Goatess is for everyone with their ears and heart in the right place.

Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
– Can´t say it is. Nowadays you have social media like Facebook etc as a starting platform kinda. A good enough way to start getting noticed I suppose as word travels pretty quick about new bands. Used to be Myspace but who gives a flying torpedo about them these days? As for the “competition” you suggest we have never cared about it really. That´s not why we are doing this. For us the main thing is to express ourselves through music, creating atmospheres rather than songs per say. And the music will always be more important than anything else.

What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
– There are many bands around in Stockholm and surrounding areas. I suppose it´s the same in all major cities though. I don´t know about “status” as I don´t really care about such things. I don´t follow charts or even keep up with the scene, per say. I´m just a member in a band. But safe to say we are getting more noticed nowadays, yeah.

What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
– My guess is it´s socially acceptable, but not seen as a respectable major profession over all unless you happen to be Yngwie or someone, you know? Think it´s generally seen upon more like a “hobby” still as it´s harder to make a real living off of it these days than, say, in the 70´s. It´s just the nature of the business I reckon.

What does the future hold for you?
– Hopefully lots of shows and tours and eventually another album. I´d love to do more with this

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