GRAND DEMISE OF CIVILISATION

In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with GRAND DEMISE OF CIVILISATION. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We came up with the name about 10 years ago, and we knew we wanted something different for our name. It’s so hard to come up with a name that hasn’t already been used, especially one-word names in this genre, and we wanted something that people would remember if they saw it again somewhere. At first we thought it was too long, but after a while of thinking about it, we thought it was a perfect name for what we are doing.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We typically describe our music as black metal in style, but we use seven and eight string guitars to get a wider range of notes and sounds. We also have three guys in the band doing vocals with a range of tones that give us multiple different approaches to each song vocally.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another, but what would you say has been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Lyrically, we like to write about different things that can either be true events from history, or sometimes fantasy based ideas. Our sound is highly influenced by classical music in the sense that we like to have a big, full sound and lots of dynamics. We play a lot of chord based riffs with overlying melodies and harmonies, and then do multiple vocal styles with it, creating our sound.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-We have some very good metal bands in our area, and some really great people that all support each other and their bands. I think with the right promotion, bands can exist without a scene, as long as their music is getting out there. We happen to be a band that does not play a lot of shows, you can over saturate your market if you play too much, people will be selective on when they come to see you and you can hurt the turn out at your shows, and for the other bands on same show as you if you play too often. You have to play in other markets and travel around if your band wants to play a lot.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We just do what we like musically, some of us in this band grew up together and many years of playing together in other bands or together in the same band. When you play in a band, you have this sense of “need” to play music and create music, not just listen to it, or play your instrument by yourself at home, but to play together as a group and create the sound as a whole, and that “need” can only be satisfied or expressed by playing in a band.

When you play the sort of music you play, I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album, what is a great album cover to you?
-I like dark themes and realism in my art. Some bands like a more illustrative art style, some like more of a comic book style, it’s all personal taste, and they’re all cool, but for me, realism has always been more attractive – whether it’s a real photo, or a painting, but that’s just my taste, there are three other guys in this band and maybe we all have different ideas of what makes a great album cover, so you never know what could wind up on one of our covers.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I personally only get my music digitally, whether i download it or use a streaming service, I don’t like to have physical copies anymore, it just takes up room and i end up putting it all on my computer anyways. I think digital music that is sold as a download is great, but streaming services can hurt a band financially, but also helps get their music to a lot of people, and that’s a big part of what bands want, they want people to hear their product and enjoy it.

What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
-The metal scene in the USA is not as big as it is in Europe, it is more of a niche group of people that are passionate about it. There have been some historically great bands that started aggressive metal that are from the US, but it is not particularly popular here in the states.

When you play live, is it a happening, or do you see it more as a party?
-We like to be selective on what shows we play and how often we play, so it feels more like a “happening” or special event when people come to see us; but at the same time, there are always a lot of familiar faces at the shows, whether it’s guys from other bands that we’re friends with, or people that support the local scene here and enjoy the bands.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-For us, we just want to keep writing new material and get it out there for people, get involved with a label that does good promotion and distribution. We’re not concerned about playing a lot of shows or touring, but more writing and recording to give people something to listen to that they enjoy.

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