INNER SENSE

It feels as if I could fill weeks after weeks with only interviews with Swedish bands but since I want to give other countries bands a chance to I mix em up, but not this time because INNER SENSE are Swedish. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We were looking for a name that both sounded good and had a deeper personal meaning to us. We didn’t want to have a name that limited our sound to just one genre, but rather let the listener decide.

Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Inner Sense is a melodic metal band from Stockholm with four members. Tobias Gustafsson – Drums, Fredrik Gustafsson – Bass, Markus Sarronlahti – guitar and Jenny Larsson – Vocals/Keyboards. We released an EP called “Inner Sense” in 2010 and our debut album “Life Sentence” came out in september 2015.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-It is hard to say what would have been the single most influencial thing since we have a lot of different musical influences between us. But our interrest in progressive metal music was one of the main triggers that started the band.

What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-There are some festivals in our area and hopefully we will be playing some more live-gigs soon. Last year we mostly focused on getting the debut album ready.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We haven’t really thought of it that way. We are fans of music ourselves and just want to have an outlet where we can write and play the music we like. If somebody else likes it, it’s a huge bonus of course!

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Well, a great album cover could be pretty much everything if it has a connection somehow with the content of the album. Especially those album covers where you can find even more symbolic meanings after listening.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Yes and no. Perhaps it makes things harder for labels and such to sell albums and make money the same way they used to, but it also helps smaller bands to get more possibilities when it comes to recording with decent sounds and finding an audience online. There are both pros and cons, we think.

What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
-There are some rock- and metal clubs and those are mostly where we play live.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It’s always fun to play live, and its great to meet all the supportive people that comes to the shows. We consider our gigs to be both a way to promote ourselves, have fun but to always try to do the best that we can.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are really excited because we have a music video from one of the songs on our debut album coming out very soon, probably now in march. Maybe do a couple of gigs and hopefully we can record some more music. We have started to write some new material already so we will just have to wait and see where the future leads us.

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