I love discovering new bands. I SPIT ASHES came to me as a blank and left me with an overall positive impression. I just had to interview them to learn more. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
What is metal 2.0? What’s wrong with just calling the music metal?
-Nothing’s wrong about calling it just metal. But we think it’s a nice term for some updates and being a young band. You can call it whatever you want, but maybe you are a bit beside by calling it jazz.
You are now on your first album as I Spit Ashes. How would you like to describe the progression the band’s been through up to the album?
-Songwriting took us about 2 years. We fast got some maturity in our sound and worked with the elements we found interesting. We developed an idea of how we wanted to sound and really been in a intense process without pressure but very open-minded state. We just knew we will make this album happen!
Now that you have the recording behind you what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-It was a period of learning a lot and of realizing our vision and wishes for this album. The songwriting was completed when we went to the studio but sound- and mixwise Kristian “Kohle” Kohlmannslehner did an amazing job. He was top choice for us and implemented our imagination of sound and feeling in total!
How hard is it to pick an album title? What does a great album title have to have to make it great?
-Well we made some brainstorming but there was something special about “Inhaling Blackness – Reflecting Light” right from the start. So we had a name for the baby and are very proud of. In our case we think the title brings up lots of imaginations, it sounds strong and gives space for interpretation although everybody understands it…. Somehow.
When you pick album art work what is it that you are looking for?
-Well we made a cover on our own where we showed what we think visualizes our music best. Then we had the pleasure to work with an artist like Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design (Manowar, Apocalyptica etc.), who definitely made our vision happen with his great style. We are always looking in ourselves while the progress and come up with ideas and work out the plans together. So it will be also in the future.
What is up with the band’s name? What does I Spit Ashes mean to you?
-The band name was one of the first things we definitely knew and felt comfortable with. We identify completely with it and for us it’s more like a slogan and attitude. A term who fits for everyone. Just say the words. Like the phoenix rising!
What is the metal scene like in Germany in 2012? Are there any trends that are more popular today?
-Tons of underground bands in Germany right now. Styles are pretty balanced. There will be a few surprises from Germany in the future, we hope. But it’s definitely the country with great festival culture.
How do you end up on label like Massacre when you are on your first album?
-Well we made our product and sent it in. The guys were amazed by our songs and signed us right away.
What kind of support do you get when you are not from any of the bigger cities in Germany? Do you have to travel to the bigger cities to play?
-We try to play everywhere, where electricity is. We play bigger cities but tons of metal are going on in the small town areas. Germany loves metal everywhere.
What future is there for I Spit Ashes?
-Play, play, play to promote our album. We are slightly into songwriting and have some new samples uprising. At the moment we are just looking forward to our release-show.