With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to LAST FRONTIER. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-Each of our pieces has a story behind it that arises above all from what we are trying and at what moment. It is an externalization of both positive and negative emotions which, once combined, give life to what we are musically speaking.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-Whenever we start working on new pieces after an album, we try to give an always different impression but with the tangible trace of our DNA. AETHER in particular, is a very painful album through which you can almost touch every phase that we have gone through to reach the final product.
This time we wanted to give a slightly more experimental sonic touch, be it clear compared to our standard, and we hope so much that we have succeeded.
The elements of the Last Frontier are all there, but there are also many new and desired elements, just to give a slightly different vein but always remaining in our imaginative universe.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-Usually from our choice from the beginning, we have always given free space to the singers, in order to always obtain original texts and without too many contaminations of ideas! We compose the music and decide one or more themes all together and once a road is defined, it is up to the singers to give life to what has been decided.
Gothic horror, psycho-introspective travel, ancient myths, dark fairy tales, from the first album to today there have been many stories, the common thread for each of them is and always has been, but we are talking about a “red thread” “Musical rather than for the lyrics, we have always preferred to show through our essence of music, what all our stories have in common!
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-It’s nice for us to identify with other groups and indeed there are affinities!
Each of us has different tastes and different groups to which we are inspired, and in our songwriting, we try not to leave anything out and to match each piece, therefore each contamination or inspiration, interlocking as if it were a single large puzzle ..
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-AETHER is an album that unlike the other two, travels on a slightly more oriented universe towards new shores ..
Basically we tell dark stories about various imaginary or legendary places and characters, witches nymphs gargoyles demons and so on, and therefore for the graphics we wanted something that evoked what we prepared, hence the idea of the humanoid figure reading the book at the foot of the tree. All surrounded by other elements present in our songs.
To represent what has been said so far, we needed something that was impactful and recalled a little the world that we explored through this album and therefore we turned to who (Toderico) we were sure would have succeeded.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-Being able to get an idea of the contents of an album from the cover and discover that what you expected has been a fantastic feeling, and we come from an era when buying records was the most beautiful thing in the world!
Maybe we have lagged behind today’s times, which have rightly changed and the “rules of the game” are different, but we still believe in presenting a project in its entirety with all the facets of the case and therefore we think it is important to do well and what the other, that both in short are complementary to the end of the album.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-As mentioned before, we leave free space in this sense to the singers, then the titles, once written the lyrics are proposed to us by them and once agreed we continue ..
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-We think this is a very difficult time for music in terms of record sales. We believe that these digital platforms are contributing significantly to killing artists and within a few years we fear that there are no changes. We also believe that digital stores bring profits only for the big bands that make big numbers .. for many bands (including us) they are only small change that do not serve to cover even 5% of the expenses we face
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-For a band, playing live is a bit like showing what you have created, and the greatest satisfaction is seeing that what you propose, in one way or another, create emotions in others! In addition, playing live for us is a not indifferent relief valve, throwing out all the accumulated tensions-emotions-thoughts and shouting them freely and without the least fear !!!
The percentage of live unfortunately, especially in recent years and in the current scene, is not as we would like, but we do not give up and always look to the future with hopeful eyes!
What lies in the future?
-for us it always boils something in the pot !!!! In reality we never stop, even after closing a project has materialized, so practically since the release of AETHER, we are already working on new pieces that will be part of the next album!
Album that will once again be different from the others, while always maintaining our mark, thanks to the contribution we are having from our new singer, who will contribute as others have done so far, to give us their own stories in order to add them to ours !!