LACHRYMOSE is as dense as a Greek drama. This Greek band’s gothic metal is heavy and dark. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Our album, “The Unseen”, was released recently, so we’re still very excited about it. We couldn’t be more pleased with the production and the overall result. It means so much to us and we are happy with the way things are evolving.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Our name was the result of much deliberation. Since our music is dark and our concepts gloomy and melancholic, we figured that Lachrymose is a word that pretty much describes it all. Now it much more than a word for us.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It gives meaning to what we do. This is what ultimately keeps us going. We play music to set our inner demons free, but if our work falls on deaf ears, then what good is it?
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is important and it defines you as a band. You can’t wander around on stage in your pyjamas and play doom metal. Well, maybe you can, but no one will take you seriously. We don’t try too hard, but we present ourselves in a way that makes us feel good and comfortable. It’s part of how we express ourselves.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-I think it’s very important to have the right artwork. Something that puts your music into words and depicts your state of mind at the time. I did the artwork for both our albums myself and threw many covers away until we decided on the right one. The cover becomes one with your music and it stays forever.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It seems to me that it’s beneficial for a band. With social media, it’s easier to reach out to fans and followers and let them know what the band is doing. Everyone has access to this information and as an artist, you can promote your music and your upcoming shows, regardless of where you are in the world. We indeed live in a superficial world, but we need to find ways to work it out.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Music itself drives us and gives meaning to our lives. We are all part of a close-knit metal community, as musicians or as fans. We share the same passion. Belonging somewhere doesn’t essentially give meaning to our lives, though. It is good to be part of a community, but this is a pleasant outcome and not a goal in itself.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Back in the day (and probably before I was born) there were fewer bands and more fans. Now we’ve come to the opposite state. Some bands fall victims to predators, because of their need to succeed. I can understand this, but this mentality eventually affects all of us and the opportunities we get. This is the sad truth. However, none of us should give up. We should all push forward, being true to ourselves and our music.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We play as many shows as we can, and believe me, we are restless souls. We have made plans, starting this autumn, beyond our borders as well.
What will the future bring?
-A new album that we can’t wait for. But until we hit the studio to haunt the place, we have some important shows to do. All dates will be announced soon. It will be a busy year for us and we are ready to take the next step.