LAID8

Israel might not be the place you think of first when you go looking for new metal bands but they are there if you look hard. LAID8 being proof of that. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

How are we supposed to read your name? What is behind the choice of band name?
-From left to right! If you insist, you can read it as Laid Eight. A former band member suggested the name, which refers to the symbol of infinity. We get all sorts of comments about it, but the name really grew on us and we find it kind of different.

I’ve read that your metal is being described as modern or alternative. What does that really mean? How different are your metal to other band’s?
-We get described as many different things and it always feels like we don’t precisely fit into any genre, so we made one up: New Wave of Alternative Metal!
Being an alternative band means not sticking into straightforward metal, because we put a lot more emphasis on the melodic parts, and mixing in a lot of influences from a wide spectrum of genres, which sometimes are opposites to each-other. But basically we do what sounds good to us, we each love different things in our music and we want to mix and mash them all together to create cool new shit.

Why is it that we haven’t seen more metal bands making it out of Israel? What is the metal scene like in your country/area?
-The scene in Israel is very diverse and there are some incredibly talented musicians who are always trying to get out and break the glass ceiling, so to speak. It’s hard breaking out from there but we think you’ll hear a lot more cool bands in the future.

What is the support for metal like in Israel? Is there a scene to speak of? How much media coverage is there? Do you have places to play?
-The scene is small but very embracing and supportive, kinda like a family. Media cover is rare but still exists: we have podcasts, webzines and magazines, but word-of-mouth is still better then all of those.
In the last few years there was a huge growth in international exposure, both in and out, and we also have big-names coming over, like the Ozzfest, Metallica, Lamb of God and a lot of folk, death and progmetal, which are very big in Israel.

What kind of reactions do you get when people realize that you are from Israel? Do you feel that there is a community feel being part of a global metal scene?
-Usually when people hear where we’re from they’re quite surprised there is any metal in Israel at all, but when we start to play it’s all about the music and we’re all just a bunch of metalheads banging our heads, having fun and having a pint.

When you have a record to promote where do you turn to get the most exposure for it?
-Social media, of course. Word of mouth is always good, but Facebook, Twitter, YouTube are our main channels to the mortal people. Sometimes we like to dress our drummer as a chicken and hand out flyers! (not really…)

When there are events like ESC (Eurovision Song Contest) Israel is represented. How badly do you want to be a part of the European community? How European do you feel?
-We feel we have a lot more in common with the European culture than the Middle-Eastern one. Having said that, we don’t consider ESC as a representative of the European culture we are part of. Meshuggah from Sweden, much more likely. We do, obviously, have ME influences as we are Israelis, and it just cannot be taken away or for granted. Take one of our songs for example, “Necessary Evil” – it is heavily influenced by middle-eastern music and we also incorporate Arabic scales in our other songs.

Is there a modern Israeli culture to speak of? How much of that culture do you incorporate into your music? How much do you look to the past for inspiration?
-There is a very established cultural world in Israel – it is heavily influenced by the melting pot which is the country today. Lots of Morrocans, Russians, Etheopeans, West and East Europeans as well as Iranians, Indians and whatnot came into the country since it was established. It’s all one happy mess! And as we said in our previous answer we are drawing influence from it all.

What kind of lyrical topics do you deal with? How important are the lyrics?
-Lyrics are the reason we started writing music in the first place, as a vessel to our emotions and as a mean of self-therapy.
Because of this heavy emphasis on the lyrics our singer Tal makes it her point to make sure that everybody understand the words and hopefully relate to the content, unlike many other bands (that we love, by the way), where it sometimes really hard to make the lyrics out when the singer is only screaming or growling.

What future would you like to see?
-They promised jetpacks. We want our jetpacks already! (Then we can incorporate that into the show, and headline festivals while flying on a hoverboard above the crowd, showering them with awesomeness.)

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