With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to LEAGUE OF CORRUPTION. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band originally started in 2005. I had a vision of a sound that I was going for, but it was tough to find people who shared that vision. We played for a few years, recorded a demo, went through numerous line-up changes. After about 5 years we disbanded. Fast forward to 2017, we got the new line-up together with the intention of playing one show. After a couple of jams we knew we had something, even just playing the old songs. So we’ve carried on.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, and we proudly wear our influences on our sleeve. Our main influences as far as the band’s sound and vibe come from Black Sabbath, Down, Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Label Society, with a kind of Zeppelin/Skynyrd swagger thrown in. We take all that and throw it in the blender and we have a stoner/sludge/southern/hard rock vibe. We know what we like, and as long as we can groove to it, we know it’s good!
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Kind of a mix of old and new school. As far a writing goes, someone will come up with a riff or an idea, and then we all get together and put it through the Band Blender until we have a song. Recording wise, for this album we went to a studio and tracked it in about 18 hours over three days, then mixed and mastered. We shopped it to record labels, and Tommy Stewart and the folks at Black Doomba Records loved it!
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-There is a risk in that, and a lot of bands do it that way. But I don’t think you can get a true idea of what a band is about with one song. A single is a good way to grab people’s attention, but you need more than one song to really get who or what a band is.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Absolutely!! I’ve been saying this since the days of Napster! But the problem is, in today’s society everyone wants something instantly, and they want it for free!! And they seem ignorant to the consequences, be it with music, movies, newspapers, whatever! I think there is a future for music, it’s just really hard to see what it is. Playing live shows will always be the biggest part of it, but i guess the days of actually going out and buying music are over. Even with streaming services artists are receiving a fraction of what they should be getting, and anyone who isn’t involved in the music industry either doesn’t realize that, or just doesn’t care.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Generally we get positive responses to our music. Even at a couple of the festivals we’ve done, where we’re the odd band out among all the death/thrash metal bands, people have enjoyed what we do. We are a fun band live, so that gets us noticed. Plus i think we are a very genuine band, there’s no bullshit in what we do, and people can feel that.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I think just the fact that we live way up in Vancouver, Canada, and we’ve gotten messages from all over the place. The Southeast US, South America, England, Europe. That’s one good thing about this day and age, you can be around the world at the click of a button.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Yes it does. We’ve done a number of festivals in the last few years, and I love hanging with other bands, checking out bands you’ve never heard of. It’s also great for building networks and relationships with people who might be able to help you, and you might be able to help them. Be it gigs, contacts, a place to crash when on the road, whatever.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-To be honest, the live scene here in Southern BC sucks. The City of Vancouver just keeps making it harder to have a scene here. There’s only one or two places left to play. So we try to get out of town. Playing live absolutely helps build a following, because if you play somewhere and have a good show, hopefully a few people will tell their friends about you. We try to get out and play as much as we can at festivals and road trips to other towns.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Well, obviously everything is a little sideways right now, so playing shows isn’t happening anytime soon. But we’ll keep going at it! We’re probably gonna do some live stream stuff, like playing sets in a rehearsal space when we can get in there again. We’re gonna keep writing songs, and just keep going.