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 HERE LIES MAN. Answers from Chico.Anders Ekdahl ©2019
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-The name of the band only came to me when I was working on the vocal melody to the song Here Lies Man. Before that I had a long list of potential band names but nothing stuck until that moment. I thought to myself, “this is the name of the band. It captures the spirit of the whole thing.”
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-I had the idea in 2005. It took me ten years to actually put it together.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-Conceptually I consider it Art Rock. Musically it draws from many different genres ie afrobeat, protometal, psych, etc
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-The sequencing of the tracks for an album ideally creates a dynamic arc. I want the listener to feel like they’re being taken on a journey.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-I find inspiration everywhere.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Riding Easy puts a lot of thought and care into the album covers. As for merch, I love collaborating with visual artists whose work resonates with me. Thus far we’ve collaborated with Bonethrower, Light Witch, and Matthew DiLeo.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-The album may not seem to be as relevant as it used to be but, it still drives touring cycles and press so, in that respect, it’s still a vital part of how touring artists operate.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-I appreciate it when fans buy the vinyl and I’m in favor of fans having access to our music in all the formats. Seems to me that die hard fans buy vinyl and listen digitally to singles and albums.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-I’ve been asking myself the same question! I don’t really know where we fit it in.
What does the future hold?
-For me, the most important thing is the process of writing, recording, and performing. That’s my life’s work.