Not knowing anything about HEADLESS CROWN I just had to find out more. So an interview was arranged and here it is. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Hi Anders, yes, of course, Headless Crown was born in 2011, it started as a project with Manu’s songs (guitar) and a drummer, then after the classical musical chairs, and addition of Ced and Mack, the line up was finallly stable with the arrival of Carlos in January 2014.
6 month later, we were in studio recording our first album ”Time for Revolution”
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Strangely, it was not so difficult as i thought it would be, it fits well our style, it has a bit of mystery in it and sounds good, at least to us.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Personally, it was Maiden, Accept, Saxon, Priest and early Queensrÿche, those you can hear on our songs as influences, but our idea is not to sound like them, but be inspired and put our own spices in the mix, since we all have different influences.
Honestly, being an old fart, i tend to listen to same old bands, old and new albums, once in a while i discover and like a new one, but being very picky, i have a hard time to be excited by a new band, most bands i hear on compilations sounds alike.
What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
-The sound, the songs were written first by Manu, so it became our sound, and since he’s the main composer, it’ll stay in the same vein. This said, the new songs we are working on at the moment, are more of a band’s work, starting from Manu’s songs/riffs, but everybody’s proposing ideas, so it’ll be an evolution of what you hear on ”Time for Revolution”.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Being old school i have trouble with the digital format so i buy cds, i like to have a physical thing in my hands, and the sound is way better than an mp3, it’s like books, i read a lot, but i can’t stand reading on an IPad, i need to feel the paper, but don’t get me wrong, i also have an IPod which is very convenient. To go back to your question, i believe so, because you can chose which songs you wanny buy, so you can disconstruct and album, and to me when you record 10 songs to put on an album, chose the tracklisitng carefully, the album cover, it’s all there for a purpose, an album should be listened in his entirety, it should be an experience, but i also have to say that the fault might also be because big names have released album with 2-3 good songs and the rest were fillers, so it might have encourage people to do so with the digital format. I believe releasing singles are no use to an unknown band, maybe for bigger names, as an excuse to go on tour, but to me singles are linked to the pop/rock world, not to metal, and i’m quite sure that metal fans prefers albums to singles, the exception being Maiden, who liked to do so.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention ?
-On our case, we are lucky to have someone like Manu, who not only composes, but has graphist skills, so he propose us different artcover ideas, we pick the best an elaborate from there, i believe the cd cover should reflect the music style/ album vibes, so from the get go you know what you’re in it for, as for catching attention, it’s a difficult question, because you never know what’s gonna catch attention, you can try to copy a cover of an already famous album, but then you’re only the copy, it’s like music, you do what you believe is right, and hope for the best.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-Completely, before, you had to wait each month for your favorite mag, to read something about your favorite band, there was an expectation, nowadays, you want to know something, you Google it, and you know it right away, you want to listen to a new album? With one clic is a done deal, the excitement is gone, and we are overdrowned in infos, so it’s very difficult to stand out, then we hope that word of mouth, and concerts will help, and of course, webzines like yours, which are very important for small bands like ours.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-The thing is that we are spread in different towns between Switzerland and France, so we don’t hang out much locally in Geneva, and as far as being part of a national scene, we don’t have done enough gigs yet to say that, so i d’say that through Facebook, we reach the metal fans internationally, so in this case yes, we’re part of a scene.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Has said earlier, it’s very difficult to find gigs, and specially opening acts or tours, so we hope that one show will bring another, we keep in touch with some people from agencies, the best thing is to be in a booking agency that has bands that tours a lot so we could play more, but its even harder to find than good labels these days, and for metal, concerts are the best way to promote a band.
What will the future bring?
-Good things we hope, but it’s not up to us, we do our best, and the metalheads will decide of our future, it’s always them who has the last words, like in the Circus games in ancien Rome. Otherwise, we are working on new songs, some are finished, some in the works, and we’re happy with the way they sound, also a new video for the song ”Here Comes the Night” will be released pretty soon, the editing is almost done.
Thanks Anders for this interview and your support toward Headless Crown. May Battle Helm live long!