With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to KATECHON. Answered by L:O∴V∴. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
It came about the usual way I guess?
-Our guitarist read a book and the concept of the Katechon as a restrainer for the coming of the anti-Christ was in it. The name was interesting and not used by any other band, so we kept it.
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-We have been listening to metal since childhood and we all share a keen interest in what lies behind the final produce. Also, we all have an urge to create. So being in a band makes sense.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-We listen to music and suddenly something interesting pops up and it makes ou wanna create something yourself, usually what triggered the creative process is not readily discernible from the end product. Sometimes we want to get the feeling a band has. We wanted a candlemass feeling to one song on «Sanger Fra Auschwitz» and then we try to capture something of the essence Cndlemass’ got. The lyrics are sometimes inspired by other musicians, but in a very different way. Our vocalist often misheard some lyrics of a band, thinking that was interesting, checks the lyrics, find out he misheard it and use the misheard text as a basis for the lyrics to a Katechon song.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-No, we feel a connection to other bands, but not as in a movement. A movement is usually pulling together in one direction, we don’t have a need to do that.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-The promo stuff is extremely boring. It would be fun to do something elaborate and different. But we don’t have time or money to do so. The graphic part is important, of course, but we are a bit tired of everything needed to be double folded and done by majors in creative art and design.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The lyrics are important. They do convey something our vocalist feels is important to address. As we mentioned earlier, some is influenced by mishearing other bands, but the “Sanger Fra Auschwitz” was very thought through with a clear vision from the start. “Coronation” was surrealism, meaning the lyrics was written by method of free association. No revisions, no thinking it through, except writing down whatever came to mind.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-The (physical) album is in no way as relevant today as before. Just look at the sales. I don’t think digital will kill the album, we need something to look at and perceive as our own.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-It will be downloaded into some chip or something and you will be able to look at the art, info and such on your digital lenses while you listen to it on your headphones. Physical formats will still exist. We are tactile creatures after all.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Not much touring. Too old, too bald. A live experience is chaotic, loud and stripped down. We don’t do sabbaths, sermons, seances or whatever the call it nowadays.
What lies in the future?
-Hopefully the future.