LECHEROUS NOCTURNE is an awesome band that totally blew my socks off. Answers from Jason Crouse Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Well, I’m the newest member of the group, and I just came aboard prior to starting pre-production for this album, so I’m probably not the best person to ask about what was intended from the beginning, but I do know that when the band was founded, they had a goal in mind, and the band has achieved many stepping stones leading up to the ultimate goal, so I feel very strongly that the group is well on the way to what was intended from the very beginning.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Occultaclysmic did not come out the way it was intended, no, but that isn’t to say that we aren’t happy with the product. We had some difficulties when it came to data transfer between studios and a few editing issues, so not everything is exactly the way it was intended, but overall, the product is something that we are all happy with, it’s received a lot of praise from music critics and magazines, and the fans have had nothing but good things to say about the album, so at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter if the final result is what was intended. We gave metal fans something that they are glad to listen to.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Lecherous Nocturne has always been about progression. Yes, we’ve found the sound that we were looking for on Occultaclysmic, but that may not mean it’ll be the sound we’ll be looking for in future albums. It really boils down to what’s right for each group of songs that we have written at the time. We already have a few ideas about the progression of the next album (not to say that we’re already working on it, because we’re far from that point, yet), and the evolution fits into the grid of what we’ve laid out on Occultaclysmic.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-I feel like a lot of death metal, in general, has a high focus on the meaning of their lyrics, and Lecherous is no different. We write about all types of topics, from government corruption to the occult. We don’t really have a theme that we stick with, it’s just topics that we feel that need to be expressed. That WE need to express. The band has never been about limiting ourselves and setting boundaries, and that stays true to what we write about, lyrically, as well.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-I can’t even begin to describe the level of importance of having good artwork is in my eyes. I couldn’t even tell you how many albums I’ve at least checked out just because I thought the artwork was great, and many of those albums I ended up buying. I don’t see why it would be any different for anyone else. This is true even in the modern age of digital downloading. If you see some great artwork scrolling through iTunes, you’re bound to listen to the samples, just as you would anywhere else. The artwork is the absolute first chance you get to grab someone’s attention and if it does nothing for them, why would they even bother to examine the album any closer? To me, it’s just as important as the music itself. Music is an art in all forms, and I feel like Justin Abraham, the artist that we worked with on the past couple albums, did a great job of capturing the meaning of the album title in a stunning painting that he put weeks worth of effort into.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-My best guess is that any band worthy of breaking big is going to no matter where they are from. The US has a lot of major bands because the country is so large that musicians here are pretty much disposable. I would guess it’s the same in Scandinavia/UK/etc. But I would say that every musician wants to achieve success, but success is going to be different to each person. Not every musician wants to be famous. Some may just use music to have fun and enjoy themselves without the stress of the “business” side of the industry, and if they achieve that, then they’ve succeeded in their musical endeavors, for all I see.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-In order to stand out, you need to have an edge somewhere, and it may not always be how you think. Some bands have truly unique sounds, or incorporate something into their music that hasn’t been done before, which is a great way to stand out, but not all bands make it because of that. Granted, the musicianship has to be solid and the music has to be marketable, but you can also gain traction just by truly knowing and understanding how the business side of the music industry operates; networking, building relationships with industry reps, etc. A lot of people don’t realize how many roles there are behind the scenes to a tour, releasing an album, or marketing a band, and some of those connections could help get you a foot ahead. Lecherous didn’t just get lucky when we signed a big record deal or landed a deal with a great booking agency. The band worked extremely hard to achieve the things that we have and it was done through both writing the music and working hard on the business side of things.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-The local scene can be a hit or a miss, like most places. The key is to start in a small area and expand. Lecherous started as a local band, just like every other band. We just started expanding our boundaries into new regions and before you know it, we had toured the entire North American continent. We’re at a point, now, where we are ready to expand internationally. We’re looking into possibilities and hope to make it to Europe in the next few years.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Metal is more accepted than it used to be, but it’s still far from becoming mainstream, which is ok with me. I prefer that it remain underground. It doesn’t matter what genre of music you listen to, you know all the famous pop stars, modern rock, and rappers names, but unless someone listens to death metal, they couldn’t even name any of the most famous death metal bands in the world. This creates a bond unlike any other music genre, and that’s what metal is all about. I read something someone posted online not too long ago, and it pretty much sums up the metal community. “If you’re a metalhead, you aren’t a stranger. You’re just a brother I haven’t met yet.”
What does the future hold for you?
-We are wanting to get back on the road, tour, play some festivals, and really promote Occultaclysmic properly, as well as expand into Europe and maybe South America. The future for Lecherous Nocturne has no limitations.