I feel in love with LABYRINTHUS NOCTIS immediately as the first note hit my ears. Answers by Moreno, guitarist and founder of the band, Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-We never stopped composing music from the release of the last album, even if the new recordings took us two years or more, so it all went seamless… New music for “Opting…” just remained ideas for a lot of time, until we realized them when we recorded the new album… Obviously in the meantime a lot of new bands entered the scene, but I think it’s not a trouble: 99 percent of them entered without we noticed it.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-Yes, our “trademark” always remains cosmo, space travels, melancholic feelings, loneliness… Sometimes we add new topics, taken for example from cinema or mythology. So we can say that we are a “concept-band”.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-Well it’s always hard, because, as I said before, we never treat easy topics, or lyrics like “oh I love you, please don’t leave me” or so..! Sometimes we have to pick up and study scientific books for our songs! But in the band everyone writes and does its work… so, step by step, at the end lyrics always come, and the way we want to!
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-Well I think artwork is part of the work… Nowadays we can’t divide music from artwork: maybe in the past it was not so important, but things has changed. We too, we spent many time and resources for the artwork of “Opting…”. The question is if sometimes the artwork is just an excuse to “hide” music gaps or platitude. You know, I am almost 48… so, me too, I grew up with vinyl records with just a pic on the front-cover, another pic with song-list on the back-cover, and no more garishness but GREAT music… so I can understand you…
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-No… I think that our audience already know what we propose. And the guys who never knew the band are smart enough to understand the context. On the contrary, instead, sometimes I feel that people are sharmed by our music and our live shows.
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?
-Well, I think having a “circle” of fans is a great thing: this circle is bound to you, and, for example, it not only supports you, but also makes you notice when you’re doing bad things… People who “come-and-go” is not a really support, but they’re free to do as they want… As I said when you asked me about the artwork, this also is “a sign of the times”.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands.
-Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
No… if the goal is to let new bands “unveil”, what is better than share their own music using internet?… Yes, in the past we also had a physical tape or record, and it was really a nice thing for collectors (as I am still today, since I have about 3000-3500 records). Today is maybe a little bit colder… but we can’t deny that, for new bands, sometimes a mouse is more important than a record-shop. Maybe it will be less “ritual”: no more pleasure to go in a shop and buy a record, bring it home, take it off from the package, read the booklet, put the record on the player….
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Honestly I don’t know… maybe is a method for booking agencies or managers to check and limit the costs of live events: more bands in a single events is a saving. And nowadays this is the trend. But I can notice that people love festivals. Labyrinthus Noctis are still booking-free… we stage ourselves our live shows, so we are still out of the general live mainstream.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-If we could (and sometimes we do), we’d use lights and particular screenings on the stage. Since many years we also use on stage a robot-manikin as singer, and it’s really cool! Now with Ivy, the new singer, we have to think up new ideas for forthcoming shows… but I can assure we will surprise the audience, as always!
What does the future hold?
-In Italy we say: “nothing is sure, but taxes and death”!! 😀 But I prefer the words of Joe Strummer: “the future in unwritten”… . .