Some band names are just so right. KILLSORROW just feel right on the tongue and in the ears too. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
A band sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
Michał: I’ve been looking for something consistent with style which I’ve been willing to play. This has little to do with our approach to music. Killsorrow was always about distance, and such are it’s members. In positive way of course. We like what we do, and we get satisfaction about it. ‘Killing sorrows’ is like opposite to dark, depressive way choosed by many bands. We don’t like the way they think, and they don’t like us. It’s all about energy i think. You should check our song ‘Farmer’s hands’. It’s about hard life of a farmer! Our singer Marcin has good eye to catch every day hardness without singing about boring, hackneyed Satan (laugh).
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
M: It’s difficult and extensive question. I grew up on heavy metal music like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, so it has strong influence in our music. But at the same time I was a huge fan of progressive rock like Marillion, Camel or King Crimson. Killsorrow is choise to play energetic, melodic music. I think there are not too many bands playing this way nowadays. It seems that our second album will be more progressive, but still so melodic. Some people said that we sound like old In Flames. But for me old In Flames sounds like Iron Maiden with screamo wocals (laugh).
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
M: I’m making arrangements based on chords, so overall filling is on second place. First thing is theme of song.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
M: Better I hope (laugh). We spend many time to sound good live. I write music to sound live. So You should check it out!
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
M: It depends on label. ‘Art of the night’ which is folk metal label helped us with start. It was both side experiment. We don’t know what will bring the future. As for availability, I think it’s not good. People do not appreciate something what they get without effort.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
M: True, as I said before – when everything is available we do not give attention to anything. It hurts as much fans as bands.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
M: Cover is a piece of art. Should be consistent with music of course. Give listener imagination of what he will hear. Cover and CD inlay was something which completes art of music a couple of years ago… But now, i don’t know. Maybe marketing way to encourage you to listen to content.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
M: No, I don’t think so. We are willing to be, but it’s a long way. First thing first Poland has no market for our music. Our country is famous for black metal and progressive rock. On the other side mainstream is like silly words about drinking and love with second hand beats. We are in between of this variance. I’t very hard to be yourself in this place, so we are willing to be appriciated in other countries.
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?
M: I’m most worried about this avaliability. There are many bands, some of them shouldnt even play, but they do, because poeple don’t listen. Don’t care what comes to their ears. I don’t really know what is that thing people looking for in music today. If they even looking for something.
What lies in the future?
M: Many, many things which will change us as band. But I cannot tell now. I can only say – stay with us if You like Mad Max 😉