KABBALAH

On recommendation from Twin Earth I checked out KABBALAH and was totally blown away by the band. Io just had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-When you are in a band it’s because you have a need for artistic expression. There is a certain idea or topic you want to create and share with others. So it comes naturally to explore that idea and take it the furthest you can.

How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-This record sounds darker.The guitar tones are a bit more thought of than the previous EP, to sound a bit more malefic, as well as the ‘solo’ melodies.
We also have worked even more on the choruses.

When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-We write about gloomy topics: death and resurrection, howling creatures of the night and strange lights in the sky. These lyrics add to the music. Our society is obsessed with feeling optimistic and cheerful all the time. In our music we try to forget about that and show there are other feelings and that they can be more interesting.

Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-We identify as ‘retro rock’ because we like the sounds made in the seventies. We all like different styles, but when making music together we all agree on Black Sabbath and Pentagram. More specifically, some guitar tones in this new EP have been influenced by those in Epicus Doominicus Metallicus by Candlemass.

How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-We agreed with the label on an artist that we all liked, gave him some ideas and instructions, and chose between several designs. We wanted something on the line of the title we already had decided, with a dark and retro style.

Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-It is true that many people just download the music and don’t buy physical any more. That’s why it has to be something special, add some appeal in an artistic way. We have always tried to make cool packages, because at the end that’s what will make them worthy to buy.

How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-They are very important, we try to make them spooky and short. Sometimes they come first, sometimes at the end, after having the song and the lyrics done. You just know that is the right one when you have it.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-It is a strange time to make music. We share our music for free so we have to find other ways of earning money out of it, at least just to keep going as a band. Shows and selling merch are the most important things for this to happen. Music is never going to be buried and dead. Some people pay for music even if it’s voluntary, like it happens in Bandcamp. So, as bands, we have to adjust. That’s why we try to make our physical goods attractive and original. For example, we made some small wooden Kabbalah jewellery boxes that sold out in hours.

How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-We just came from doing a tour in Spain and it’s been a fantastic experience. We get to know lots of different people and show them our music, which is great. So touring is almost the most important thing for us.

What lies in the future?
-We are very excited to be releasing an LP with Twin Earth Records this summer and we hope to continue touring. We would love to visit other countries more often and do other small tours. And we will probably start writing more new soongs soon!

https://kabbalahrock.bandcamp.com/

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