LADY BEAST are back with a new album. Everybody into traditional heavy metal ought to check it out. After you’ve read this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Lady Beast was actually a song that originated from a pervious band of mine and Greg Colaizzi’s called Long to Hell. The song was badass, so we decided to keep it and start a new band that was called that. Creating a band name is super hard. Its always already taken or not a good representation of the bands sound. I think Lady Beast is perfect for us.
As I am new to your latest album perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-The band started in 2009 and we released our first full length in 2012, second in 2015 and our latest release an EP ‘MetalImmortal’ last year. We always released the vinyl ourselves on our independent label and the cds and casettes for the first 3 albums were released on Inferno Records from France. Lady Beast has from the beginning stayed true to our tradtional and NWOBH style. We are not trying to reinvent metal, just trying to take what we love and make it our own. Nov 17th our newest full length ‘Vicious Breed’ will be released on our new record label CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC from Italy. We are very excited about this new relationship! Since the start we have been mainly DIY planning all of our own tours, buying and distributing our music and merchadise and always writing!!
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Its easy for us because we play the type of music we actually love listening to. Thats why we have so much fun writing and performing. We all gravitate to a certain era of heavy metal and those bands have definitely influenced our sound. Techincally you don’t take parts from exsisting songs, but you can take the way a riff made you feel (mean, excited, etc) and try to manipulate that same feeling in an original song of yours. Its pretty amazing if you think about how many bands and songs exsist and no two are exactly the same. With lyrics one can be inspired in many ways as well. Some singers tell you a story, some take you out of this world on a journey, sometimes it just a cool wild song about how awesome heavy metal is! haha
When you are in a band does it feel lkke you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-There is definitely an unspoken connection between every man and women who is involved with heavy metal. Wether you play in a band, set up shows, or just love the music….its a connection. It may be the same for other genres of music as well, I am just unfamiliar with that. At a metal show everyone is there to support one another and is full of energy. There is something about the music that causes this reaction. We have friends all over the world and our one common bond is heavy metal. Being in a band also gives you a pedestool to be able to reach out and send mesages to the listener. I feel like its a responsiblity of mine to preach certain messages of positivity, hope and realness through my lyrics.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Haha. We don’t really have a “look”. We go on stage basically in what we would wear to a show or to the store. I would say image is something we don’t really focus on because the music is our focus Since the boom of the intenet and social media, theres a pressure for bands to have this image and constant prescence online. Its a bit of a drag because we would rather be practicing or writing new songs rather than posting about what the bands favorite color is. This realization of the internet importance has led us to trying to be more present in that way. We have been taking a lot of new promo photos for the album and definitely sharing the new lyric video to get people ready for the relase. Andy asked me if we were models now or musicians. Haha. Our image may be lacking for some people that love costumes and extreme visuals. But once we start playing we blow everyone away. If you can still see what the bands looks like when they’re playing you’re not head banging hard enough!!
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-I much prefer singing the song than writing it. Haha I never felt like i was a good writer. For some reason with Lady Beast i always find myself pleased with the finished product. We kind of have a joke that all of our albums have similiar lyric themes. Theres always the super fast song about how awesome heavy metal is, the epic journey, the intense story and the “Deb’s got to tell you how life can be” song. Haha I enjoy leaving my songs to be metaphorical and relatable to all people at all different points in our lives. I hope to connect through positive hopeful songs, and also hope to connect through songs of living life and not letting others steal your life. For example our single ‘Every Giant Shall Fall’ which became a lyric video for promotion of the new record. It’s the Dio side of me That likes to take the listener on a journey or hear a story. The whole album esstianlly has a theme (only that we realized after listening over and over to the recordings) that was completely unintentional during my lyric writing. The theme is Living, Surviving and Dying. Each song represents or tells a story of each of these acts. Every Giant Shall fall is a tale of survival. Not having everything you may need, but using what you have including your spirit to be victorious. In the song Giant enemy was strong, but the people never gave up hope.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Yes for true fans of music and collectors the physical album will never die. Most of the old schoolers of heavy metal of today didnt have the internet to rely on to find out about new music. It was tape making and trading, setting up shows, spreading the word…..this way to enjoying music will also never die. With the younger and newer generation they are used to a different world….music at your fingertips and in your pocket. This in my opinion has made people spoiled with downloading more music than you could listen to in a lifetime. For people that exclusively download, they will always do so and thats cool. For people that buy physical copies and love reading the lyrics and looking at the artwork while they listen to the music, thats more my speed.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-We still only listen to and collect vinyl records. The digital age hasn’t effected this way we enjoy music. I know a lot of people like digital which is why we have our music available on all formats. I don’t think it will ever make cds and vinyl go away, because collecting is so important to fans. But the internet has already taken over in so many ways its hard to say!! It will never change for us pressing vinyl. I like having digital available as well because there are more bands than ever now and we still have the same amount of time in a day to discover new music. SO this allows peole to sample and see if they enjoy the music before dedicating more time.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experiencevwith you like?
-Unfortunately we are not touring monsters. But we like to get out a couple times a year to spread our metal seed. We are hopoing that the West Coast (New territory) will be on our radar for next year. We also have a couple of fests already lined up in the US for 2018. Europe is on the horizon and that will be our next conquer! Our live show is all energy and good times! You can tell when we are playing that we love what we do and are having fun. That energy is infectious! The album is a great representation of the band, but to get the full experience you must see us live!
What lies in the future?
-The future holds touring, promoting the new record, seeing how our relationship grows with our new label, creating new contacts and fans, and getting our asses to EUROPE!!! Thank so much for taking the time to speak with Lady Beast!! Cheers!