If you know your modern black metal history you’ll see all the references in the name KIRCHENBRAND. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-I really wanted to do something different with this band. My misanthropy is no typical Black Metal image because it is 100 percent honest and true and you can hear it. I love nature but I hate mankind and you can hear that hate in my music. My music is a catharsis for me. In the lyrics I mirror the listeners how sick the planet is, how bad the animals are treated and how useless and disgusting mankind really is. The truth hurts and Kirchenbrand is no beer&party band. Either you love or you hate this band, there´s nothing in between and that is the only way to to it for me.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I think this band sounds pretty unique because I want the people to understand what it´s all about so the vocals are mixed very loud on purpose. There are also a lot of guitars and melodies you can hear. It´s catchy and heavy at the same time so to speak.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-I´m still very satisfied with GEGENKULTUR and in my book it is the best Kirchenbrand Album to date. After a long break of 7 years it was an unexpected comeback for the fans and myself. I thought I´ve done everything and all was said but after Terror Records and Nordsturm Productions released 2 unreleased songs on the Hundefutter 7″ Ep in 2017 the old fire burned brighter than ever and I wanted more.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-GEGENKULTUR combines the best elements from the old Kirchenbrand albums and far beyond. In the end it became something unique and the lyrics became more critical than ever before. Mankind is a disease and Kirchenbrand is the cure!
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Collecting LPs, Eps, CDs is the onyl future for music as we used to know and love it. I hate those download bastards because they steal and kill future art actually.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Love and hate and nothing in between. Some people think I don´t mean what I sing but the opposite is the case. I really wanted to do something different with this band. My misanthropy is no image it is 100 percent honest and true. The covers are also loved by few but hated by many but I want them exactly to be like that. The artwork reflects what society is all about today – Sex and violence.
I also have to admit that I like beautiful women and big tits so I combined sex, violence and art. It´s very important to me and I adore Xarah von den Vielenregen. I worked together with this beautiful woman three times now. I know a lot of people don´t get that because it isn´true enough for them if the artwork is colorful and doesn´t look like printed on a defect copy machine in black and white but Gegenkultur means counter culture and this includes the own scene which I never felt part of to be honest. I don´t care about the keyboard trolls and haters who can´t play an instrument. I have a vision and music and artwork reflect them.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I love that you are from Sweden and there were also fans in the USA, Finland, Russia and Spain who wrote me that they really love the music although they don´t understand the lyrics. It´s good to hear that because when I create the songs all by myself I don´t think about that and it´s a very personal and lonely process. I reveal my inner demons and dig into the abyss of my mind and soul to create this kind of art. I love to hear that people appreciate that and hear that I love what I do with this band.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-I am a one man band and I don´t feel like I am being part of a massive community. I think it´s a small one but music is the cause and the meaning of my life. I inhale, breathe, live, drink, eat and shit music.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-As I told you before Kirchenbrand is a one man band since the “Abgang” album because my former drummer left after the second album. I don´t like people and I´m not good with other humans so I don´t play gigs at all.
What plans do you have for the future?
-There will be a new 7″ Vinyl Ep in spring and I am currently working on the next (fifth) Kirchenbrand Album which sounds very promising already and will hopefully be released in autumn 2019. Thank you for your interest!