GROUND

Sludge metal from Barcelona is what GROUND offers us. I’ll take that any day of the week. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
– It just came out quick. We thought it sounded harsh, and being just a word is easy to remember.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
– I always tell people that we’re kind of Black Cobra and High on Fire rip-off. Sludge metal but with a punk, fast edge. Hell, somone even called Marcos (guitar/vox) “Barcelona’s Matt Pike”.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
– We’re just influenced by other music. We don’t do music based on our personal stuff at all. And, our greatest influence has to be Matt Pike and his projects (High on Fire and Sleep).

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?
-There is scene, well, kind of, here, at Barcelona. There are some doom/sludge bands and there are plenty of shows through the whole year, but people are very lazy at times. It’s pretty random. You might play a show on a friday evening with a couple more bands and a lot of people show up. Then, you play a show on a saturday a bit far from the city center (I’m talking 5-10 km, fifteen minutes on train) and you play for the staff at the venue or five/six people that show up. I’ve seen bands like ASG, the american band which are signed by Relapse records, play here for… 15-20 people? And then I’ve seen some underground, never heard of bands that come from somewhere in europe and they got A LOT more of crowd. As I said, pretty random. It’s cool anyway, people are supportive and very grateful at shows. It is VERY important to have a scene, cause, if I find it hard to stand out already having a scene, can’t imagine if there were no scene at all.

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?
– I don’t have a straight answer for this question. We don’t really feel part of anything. We are just two dudes who wanted to make some noise and have fun, and that’s what we are trying on our lonely road to… wherever that lonely road gets us.

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 birds but I hate bees, so, you’ll never see bees on our artwork, haha. Just kidding. We always loved the medieval-esque theme that Conan (the UK band) has on their artworks. It kind of reflects a primitive sound. We liked that, and that is what we aimed for with our album cover.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Can’t say digital is killing music because I’ve grown listening to digital. I, obviously, started with CD’s and tapes but when internet came it was a blessing to people who BREATHE music like I do. Anyway, a few years ago, I jumped into the vinyl revival and I find it so much better that listening to a MP3 in front of your computer. It is just magical! And vinyl sales have gone up a LOT, so, digital is not and will not kill anything. Anyway, I consume digital music EVERY DAY.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I kind of answered this already, but, there is a little sludge/doom scene at Barcelona and we got plenty of shows in a regular basis. Anyway, what I did not mention before, is that there are some bands here that have friends (IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS!!! Cursed, anyone?) and they take all the good shows/venues just because the contacts. For example, everytime a big band (I’m talking about… YOB, not Slayer) comes, you gotta accept that some of those four, five bands will open up for them. Small, less known bands don’t stand a chance to that. That is a thing that’s pretty sad but I guess it’s common. Being that said, we were lucky enough to open for Bell Witch the past march. I sent an email to the promoter and he was kind enough to let us open for them. We were VERY lucky, and it was a GREAT show!
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We just trying to have fun, so let’s say we see live shows as parties. Except for a couple shows (the one with Bell Witch, for example) where you take it seriously and try to do your best.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We would love to just keep playing and having fun, releasing our next record and… maybe playing any small festival that wants us or do some European dates!

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