IRREVERENCE is an Italian thrash metal band that you need to check out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-We never start a recording looking around us, we simply feel that the time has come for a new release. We’re on the scene since 23 years now, we have our own style and we know what we want to play and how. Sometimes releases have had some kind of relation with the previous ones, but it’s not a rule to us. We are faithful to our style and attitude only.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-The common point between our recordings is basically the lyrical theme. Our lines are mainly oriented on social themes like racial integration, law enforcement power abuses and social inequalities. We want to face and report these words, it’s our way to make music bescome useulf to send out a message to masses.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-Coming up with lyrics it’s quite easy to me cause cause i simply get out of home and look what sorrounds me. In a collapsing society like the one we’re living nowadays you can sadly find all the inspiration you need. I don’t ask myself if they’re the right ones or not cause would be like to ask myself if my way of seeing things and think is right or not.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-Well, welcome to my world! I always took care of the album artworks cause album cover it’s like a business card for a band to me. When i’ve bought my first metal record (“The Number Of The Beast”, just to let you know) the cover was one of the main reasons why i’ve decided to do it. It’s quite enough to let you understand my point of view i guess.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-Sometimes has happened to be honest. But i didn’t gave a shit. I made my choice and i’m happy with it. I don’t care about other people opinions or point of view. Our band’s name it’s enough clear in that sense
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-You’re definitely right. And it’s a very bad thing to me. Metal always has been a genre for true lover of that music style, like no other musical genre ever existed and fans was completely devoted to music and acts. Nowadays everything has changed, everybody listen to everyone, often without knowing who are playing or whichis song’s name. Somthing i can’t really understand, i have different background.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-In the past, only bands that were really conviced and determined in their music and possibilities had chances to become someone on the scene. I personally duplicated thousends of tapes to send out to magazines and webzines to have a review or an interview. I’ve waited months for the packages to arrive and to see reviewer words and opinion. new geenration don’t know what it means, they simply needs to have a social profile or to send an e-mail. In some ways it’s a good thing because everyone can have a spot on the scene. But on the downside it’s so hard for a good listener and music lover to discover a band for real and fall in love with its music.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-It’s definitely harder. People don’t go to underground shows anymore, they only do everything (including spending a lot of money) to go to see big show with big acts. Nothing wrong, but in that way there will be no generational turnover. And the scene slowly going to die. Also clubs can’t offer decent fee to bands due to lack of audience at the shows and book only local bands or cover bands. It’s a vicious circle, very hard to be broken.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Wild, aggressive and true. We don’t need pomp or sceneries. Just give us 3 amps, a PA and a drumkit. Here’s the show. Here’s Irreverence.
What does the future hold?
-What i hope is that the next future will offer us the opportunity to spread our music worldwide and to reach as many ears as possible. We do really love to play live and our target is to tour as much as we can to support “STILL BURNS” release. We would love to come there in your country to play cause you have a very thriving extreme metal scene. Within a few we’ll release the first video taken from “STILL BURNS” and we really hope will help us to spread our music everywhere.