With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to JUMPSCARE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-The sensations and feelings of our album, fortunately, are still alive in us, being that the album was released in October 2019, and had an effective promotion until February, from March onwards, as you well know, because of the pandemic, the promotion has stopped, even if we are trying to keep it alive as much as we can through social media.
Don’t Close Your Eyes is our first album, we tried to combine the north European Melo-death scene with the North American modern metal scene, but since we came from different backgrounds we tried to put also some symphonic/power/dark influences using also keys, electronics and orchestra.
All the lyrical themes are around one topic: Revolt Against Modern World.
It is critical in its entirety to all modernity and to the whole system of life that surrounds us, it is an invitation to reawaken consciences to understand that no one can impose our lifestyle on us and that we must make our voice heard,
With this record, we focused our attention on what is going on around us, speaking about war and its consequences (Dead Bodies), about we are destroying our planet (Earth Decay), about how personal relationships (whether in love or friendship) are no longer true and are dictated by a the materialistic impulse that sees people’s principles fall for pure “opportunism” (Falling Tears), regarding the cycle of life in general in the modern world, which we wanted to maximize to the utmost to make it clear to the listener how the way of life and our routine are harmful for everyone and to look for another answer because another answer is possible (Mate Feed Kill Repeat, the first Slipknot album inspired us in the title cause they wanted to bring to the light the same message too), we then compared the paralysis of people to react to the abuses of this society as sleep paralysis (Paralyzed), how the violence reigns in this world (Seventh Circle) and in the last song (Sickness) we told of a figurative encounter between man and illness and how this forces man to annihilate himself. At the end of the piece, however, being hopeful and wanting to carry a positive message, we always leave room for the revenge and the victory of man over materialism. While the title track (Don’t Close Your Eyes) contains everything we want to convey with this album, the main message of our work, a message of revenge and above all to remain vigilant and active in this reality without suffering it passively.
A different world is possible: Don’t close your eyes!
That’s our “motto”!
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-The story behind the name is very weird, and I’ll explain how we got to that name… a very funny story ! But first of all, yes! Finally, someone who understands why we chose Jumpscare for the name of this band. Our intention is to refer to the sound of the group that always seeks to “impact” the listener, of course, but we chose the term “Jumpscare” also because of the shock that only a ‘jumpscare’ gives to the public. When you’re in a horror movie, and when a Jumpscare comes in, the first thing is the shock of the sudden change of image to cause a sudden scare in the audience and also the direct impact on you, so you start to think better and get more focused on what’s going on and what’s going to happen in the film. Jumpscare was chosen not because we are going to talk about the horror story (and even we explained this in many interviews in Italy, many “music journalists” think we are going to talk about splatter or horror stuff) but we chose that name for the intention to give the listener a first shock and impact on our music, then let him focus on the message and what’s going on. We came up with that name during the first rehearsal when our previous vocalist was late for rehearsals … proper space is good because we can rehearse whenever we want, but being on time is an important thing. So we (me, Salvatore and Vic) ended up making him scared, turning off the light, using my grandfather’s masks and mallets that have his “tool room” closer to our rehearsal room… so the funny thing is that in the chaos of the joke, because we did a real Jumpscare for him, our previous vocalist jumped and he stuck himself in the lamp like a spiderman (as the ceiling is very low) and he stayed there in fear for a few minutes hahaha, he collapsed in the floor (don’t tell me how, it was a surreal scene hahaha) … then Salvatore said: “Guys, let’s call us Jumpscare!” … so here we are!
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Man, that’s crazy!
I think it is one of the most beautiful sensations in the world to know that there are people out there who look forward to what we have new, support us and make us feel important. It is an incredible thing.
I would like to leave a message to all our supporters that they are always grow over time will be: ”Keep supporting music, without any of you bands, labels, zines, and anything about the music industry will never exist! You are our world and we are grateful day by day of all of you, if we can turn our dreams into reality is because of you”
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I believe that today the image of a band is one of the most important things, alas sometimes more important than the music itself. Today it is important to have a good presence on social networks, to try to be as professional as possible both in terms of online presence and in the material proposed. The impression we want to give to the fans is that here there are sincere people, who fight for their dreams trying to tell our story. We do not want to give the impression that something is not real, we want to give those who follow us the idea that we are five music fans who put their heart in what they do. We have a very lively interaction with the fans, because we are grateful to them … if we can live our dreams it is because there are people who support us. This is very important, we want to show the best of ourselves by taking care of every aspect of our project in a profound way
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Well, the artwork of a disc is very important precisely for the speech we were making, unfortunately, nowadays we have to be attentive to every aspect, then being a lover of LPs, Digipack and Jewelcase too I must say that a well-made artwork plays a fundamental role for the realization of a musical project that is professional and that inspires positive things. Personally I have always been fascinated by the album covers of Lacuna Coil, In Flames, Rhapsody etc … I have always noticed that the album cover gives a “taste” to the listener, creating a strong interest in him. Being a lover of art, it is an aspect to which I care very much that it is made in the most beautiful way possible!
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Alas, all things have positive and negative aspects. For our part, social media help us to maintain a more lively contact with our followers that we often involve in our decisions, let them give advice and we often like to have direct interaction with the fans. We have organized a special Facebook space called “Scarers Legion” which is practically our group where anyone can interact with us, ask us questions, and propose beautiful and new things. We love it when people are so interested!
The only negative side of social media is that people are constantly distracted by them, almost as if they were out of reality. We try to transform a virtual space into reality, we do not want to be incorporated into the virtual aspect of the thing.
Likes, Followers, and these other things have never influenced us negatively, we try to quantify everything that happens to us in a real dimension.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Absolutely! I think this is the best thing about being in a band, that of being part of a beautiful community where there are a multitude of different people who share the same passion! So it’s great to be able to experience such a thing, the best thing about being part of a community like this is to create lasting relationships with people who have the same passion and who you can immediately define as real friends. The motto is “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” which sums up all this very well.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-We are from Naples, South Of Italy …our city was called by Greeks both as Parthenope or Neapolis and it is a beautiful place and it has the best culture of the Earth, the birthplace of the pizza too aha
In Italy, our scene is full of different acts from mainstream rock to the most extreme genres, but it’s not so considered by media so it is kept in the underground but bands like Goblin, PFM, Lacuna Coil, Rhapsody and Fleshgod Apocalypse are what keeps are flag high around the world so even if we have a lot of difficulties we have strong support from fans and scene.
Speaking about Naples (our hometown) and Campania (our region) in general, there are tons of tons of bands (most of them are really talented) but we have just a few places that give space to underground metal live shows for examples. There are a lot of organizations that try to organize events and also a lot of artists and fans trying to support the scene the best as they can buying merch and attending shows, for example, but the main problem is lack of possibility to have big spaces to host big shows here. In the past, there were a lot of big shows, a lot of big/medium venues, but nowadays those are closed or they decided to make another type of music to make more profit. Heavy metal/Hardcore/Extreme scene are struggling to survive in small spaces but nothing has died, fortunately… we hope that the underground metal scene will be more popular, because But there is a bit of distance between the “mainstream metal scene” to “underground metal scene ”too, a lot of stuff as you can see. For now, speaking about Napoli, even if there are a lot of talented guys, nobody reached the high level as the band mentioned in the previous question because they are from mostly from the center to the north of Italy. The fact that there are not a south Italian band signed to a major label, it’s the spirit that aims us! We want to prove that South of Italy have nothing less in comparison to other parts of Italy and Europe. It means to work a lot, but we are motivated with such reviews like this one and we are working to get higher and higher every day. And the love for this music and this culture is pretty huge, and those are the daily motivation from we woke up when we go to bed.
I wanted to describe the situation of the music scene in my area to make you understand that unfortunately despite everything, there are always difficulties and above all those who selfishly want to make everything not beautiful to live, but returning to the initial question for me to be part of a movement , being part of a scene, is something that I will always welcome in a positive and beautiful way. So absolutely they are for those who want this music scene to remain only full of positive sensations, anyone who behaves badly within it will never destroy the beautiful message that only metal can give
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Playing and traveling are the most beautiful things in the world and we try to seize every possible opportunity, work commitments I think are the only obstacle that holds us back from being around every day of the year. We really like touring and we hope to increase our live show presence more and more.
Unfortunately, at least for now, in Italy, it is more difficult to play than to organize live outside our state. This for various reasons, one of many is that many historical clubs have closed and underground bands do not have many opportunities to perform always, so we do not take any date for granted. This is due to the fact that rock/metal and alternative music are not very mainstream, so we have less and less space for us. I just want the mainstream media in Italy to give the right space to this music as other countries like Finland or Sweden do. We have many very good artists who should be enhanced. I hate censorship which unfortunately sometimes limits the use of our music to the general public.
What will the future bring?
-We hope to stay alive! Ahah Jokes aside, we have a tour postponed in support of Venom Inc in Italy, and a mini Est-European tour that is to be confirmed… this outbreak was really a pain since an entire year of concerts is wasted…but we have to stay safe, so we wait in our houses that this madness ends.
We try to do our best being actives on social media making a lot of content from friends and fans.
Thanks a lot for this interview, I really enjoyed your questions! Keep on spreading the love around, you are awesome!