With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to HELLFIRE. Answers from Tony & Jake.Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Coming up with a band name was probably the hardest part for me, you never really know how it’s going to be received and no matter what they all sound a bit odd at first. One night I was at a bar with my friend Cory Walters shortly after the band started jamming. We were getting pretty lose, the juke box was on fire that night, Cory chugged a beer and threw the bottle against the wall next to the bar shattering it while yelling out Hell Fire! And that was it! I feel like it conception fits our music pretty well haha. – Tony
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
– I was always drawn to guitar players and music was the only thing I was into as a kid. Started playing and loved it, just wanted to make songs. – Jake
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Honestly it comes from everywhere. Sometimes it comes from a single riff or a melody lingering around that turns into a song. Other times it’s a lyrical theme that I can’t stop thinking about till it’s materialized into an actual piece of music. Hell Fire is fun that way, we certainly have our influences but there’s no restrictions on the way the music goes. – Jake
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Sometimes, it’s nice to feel connected to people who live in towns you’ve never been to that come out to shows and know your songs. Or even people from overseas ordering our merch and supporting us on our Instagram, youtube, and streaming sites. That’s still crazy to me. Also getting in touch with other bands from all over who share a lot of influences and are supportive too, there’s so many good bands right now that we’re fortunate to know. – Jake
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Definitely the image and graphic side of any band is important. Growing up looking through magazines and records I wanted to be those guys because of what I was hearing and seeing. I want people to have that same feeling about Hell Fire, jsut to feel that connection. This is 100% us, we’re not dressing the part to be something we arent . If you saw us walkign down the street on any given day we would look the same as we do on stage or on the back of our record. Graphicly we love supporting artists that are friends and creat art that we love. It’s just as much of a relationship as it is with the band we tour with. – Tony
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Lyrics are all over the place haha. Each album changes thematically a bit I would say, on Mania, everything is a little more personal and vulnerable in a way. I think we were just sitting around at practice bullshitting a couple times and I realized I was way more interested in just writing about that, stuff we’ve been through and are still going through. In the last records we covered some different topics that were fun to talk about too, 70s formula one racing, degenerate gambling, fire and war and blood and other metal shit haha. – Jake
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-It’s coming back in it’s own way. Streaming services are helping people gain easy access to your material but the product of vinyl has increased in popularity and come on, it sounds better, the artwork looks better, who doesn’t want that? The format of the album is pretty great too, i have so many favorites so that amount of content will never get old to me. The way I remember bands is by their albums – Jake
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I feel digital and physical will forever go hand and hand. The easy access and share ability with digital music is always going to be there. But there is something about having a physical copy of an artist you feel a connection with that can never be replaced. Listening to a record while reading the lyric sheet bring on a more personal connection you can’t describe until you feel that. – Tony
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-I just like getting out playing songs and having fun. Recording songs and playing them live, all that. Connecting with people who came out, makin it a party for everyone involved. We love touring, we will see what happens this year. I like the ones we’ve had and am looking forward to what we got this year and after that we’ll see. – Jake
What lies in the future?
-More songs, more tours, more merch, more making asses of ourselves in public. See you out there! – Jake