I saw KILLTHE KONG live and not knowing them beforehand I was a bit skeptical but they won me over with their brand of metal. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-As I recall, it wasn’t that hard. We sat down one night at our rehearsal place and started spitballing. Everyone involved put out whatever came to mind and we eventually settled with KILL THE KONG, which felt hard hitting and massive. Which also quite accurately describes the initial idea of what kind of metal we wanted to play and without narrowing ourselves to a sub-genre. We like to call our music just metal.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-KILL THE KONG is a new 7 piece band based in Västerås, Sweden. We are band consisting of experienced members from ex-Seventribe, Heroes Die Alone, BATAAR and Neverstore. I’d say we’re a cocktail of fist-to-the-face-music and jet-fueled live acts. We will release our debut album on February 29th. We just might show up in your town to raise hell, so keep your eyes open.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Extremely hard to say since we are influenced by so many things and sounds. So to pinpoint one single thing is impossible. We are e.g very much influenced by a big variety of metal acts in the scene.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-About 10-15 years ago we had quite an active and cool metal scene in our hometown of Västerås where most of us originate from. With a bunch of venues to play at. But of some reason it gradually cooled down. KILL THE KONG of course hope to make a change on that front and bring back the fire for some local metal mayhem once again. Otherwise the scene in Sweden is flourishing and we keep in contact with a lot of bands through the interweb.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-In a sense, yes. As soon as any person expresses their feelings about the music we make it gets bigger than ourselves. As soon as our music makes you feel something, we feel it has become something greater than what it was in our rehearsal place. First of all the songs we write MUST make ourselves feel something in order to justify their existence, if we then succeed to affect others, it feels like something greater is going on.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album?
-What is a great album cover to you? A great album cover for me achieves to communicate a feeling that makes the songs on that album even more alive. It colors the songs on that album (or brings more darkness to them). That’s art.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Is digital killing music? It’s not about the digital vs. the physical. What’s killing the music is the industry’s lack of support of groundbreaking music. Very few record labels are interested in taking a chance on a band with new ideas. The industry is only interested in supporting what’s already popular. And result of that is a market flooded with bands that sounds the same. Digital is here to stay. That’s the way to world works today.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-There is a great scene with a lot of metalheads out there. It’s hard to ignore the crazy massive enthusiasm for boring electronic music though.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It’s a show. We have more of a “game day” approach and mindset before a show. Afterwards usually there is a party. So maybe a combination of a happening and a party.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Doing shows. Since the album is just being released February 29th, we are fucking crazy fueled up to get out and play!
Live pictures courtesy of Josefin Larsson Photography 2016