HABITUAL SINS is such a good band name that it is rather surprising that it hasn’t been used more often as a band name. It oozes so much metal that you just gotta check the band out. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-I actually saw a sign on the side of a church on the highway that read, ” DO YOU SUFFER FROM HABITUAL SINS?”. I thought right then it would be a killer name. I looked it up and it wasn’t taken. I was quite surprised.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-I have played this style most of my life. I don’t have much of a choice at this point. The old style metal/ thrash is my favorite. With ICARUS WITCH we went for a more melodic metal/ rock vibe. My new stuff has really no rock. All metal.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-As far as influences go, I try to bring my daily life into my songs. Whether it’s about an ex girlfriend, or a new love, a book I read or a movie I liked. I think my biggest influence is the entire horror genre. It has always fascinated me. A true passion for me. Horror movies, books, stories, art. etc.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-These days I think it is more important than it was in the past because the attention span of the average listener has decreased so much. With metal I think helps lead the way for the listener to feel what the music is about. With a lot of other types of music like rock or pop, the message doesn’t matter as much as long as the music is fun or groovy.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-For sure. I never like to go see a band and have them look like my neighbor. With my bands I have always gone for a mystical kind of thing. Dark themed. Make people wonder what I’m about. These days it seems a little less important to me though. I have mellowed out a little bit i guess.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-I think it is more important than ever. people download music and steal songs online everyday. You need that cover art to stand out and make people want to have it.
Maybe even buy it?
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-The Pittsburgh metal scene has been good to me. It has been quite a while since I have played shows but with my former bands we always had good turnouts.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-It is a cool feeling. I remember getting a statement from my last band that stated where and when cds were sold. Places I had never heard of. It is a big metal world out there.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Yea. Getting on the road is always a great way to reach fans. Unfortunately, it is a very difficult thing to get together these days. Less venues, expenses, schedules. The old days of throwing everything in a van and going for a road trip are fading fast for the scene it seems. Opening for bigger bands has always seemed to work for me in the long run. Dio, Doro, Dianno, Malmsteen. Reaching those fans all at once worked great for my last band. Though I hope to get a live act together as soon as I can, getting the new cd done is the priority at this point .
What does the future have in its womb?
-New songs. building my home studio up with the help of my family to record drums and vocals myself this time. Working on the next video. Filming myself for “I PRAY FOR YOU” was fun, but I will enjoy something a little different for the next one. Hope to get on the road like i said. Maybe get out your way!