JUNKOWL is yet another band to be checked out. Anders Ekdahl ©2020

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-I think our vision has remained the same. The only difference would be that everything kind of seems more possible and less out of reach now. Junkowl is really about good times, In the beginning the plan was to get on the road and make records. That is still very much the plan.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Honestly, I think Montreal is a pretty cool place. Maybe some people do have that kind of attitude, but we haven’t really noticed it.

When you release an album that gets pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I, as a fan can identify album to album?
-Since this is our first album, we’re still figuring that one out. I think it’s definitely important for our fans to identify in some way with everything that we create. That being said, we don’t
want to make the same album twice. I think it’s important to grow with your art and always be open to trying new things.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-I think the biggest challenge is letting go and accepting songs as complete and just moving on to the next track. I think our best songs are the ones that were written quickly and kind of on a whim, almost like the more obsessed we become with a song the more we lose the initial feeling / Idea.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-I have recorded analog in the past and I found the sound to just be bigger and warmer and not having endless space to record like with digital, you feel more pressure to nail that take down quicker, which is a great motivator.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much about what people will think of it?
-It’s a great feeling, it was a lifelong goal for all of us and It will be even greater once we have physical copies / vinyls made. Before we started recording these songs, we were a little worried about how our sound would transfer onto a record, but I think that we did a good job of capturing our energy.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Lyrics are definitely really important to us. I think that’s just because of the way they affect us when we listen to our favorite bands. Everyone has their favorite lyrics that just send chills down their f**king spine every time they hear them, and I think that’s very important with music. I don’t think we necessarily have a specific message, every song kind of takes on its own subject matter. I also really like to leave things open to interpretation with my lyrics… let the listeners paint their own pictures.

Ever since I first got into metal, the artwork has been the main motivator in buying a record. What part does artwork for album covers play in the world of the band?
-The artwork is huge. When it’s done properly, it literally paints a picture of the album. I think everyone who actively buys/collects records have bought a few just based off the album art and of course Im sure it’s been hit and miss.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Since we haven’t yet ventured too far from Montreal we can only talk about our local shows and we definitely notice more people coming out every time we play.

What do you see in the future?
-More albums, lots of touring.

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