Do you like your music a bit on the left side. If so LESBIAN BED DEATH should be right up your alley. Interview with Dan. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
I gotta start with the name. Why such a strange band name and why the use of a sexual orientation in it?
-I discovered the term ‘Lesbian Bed Death’ on a late night television documentary. I thought it’d be a cool name for the band. It’s certainly memorable.
You are on your third album now. Do you feel that the band has progressed the way you intended?
-The band started as a fun side project, and a cheeky nod to the Goth and Glam bands I grew up with. I always thought we’d make one album, and that’d be the end of it. Surprisingly, the band became really popular, and started outselling my regular band, Razorwire. We made the second album because we were receiving so many requests from fans for more LBD music. I’m pleased with the way the band has progressed musically, and it’s now closer to my original vision of ‘Lesbian Bed Death’ than it was in the early days. We’ve really found ourselves as a band, and I’m very happy with the new album.
What is it with horror and rock/metal that fits so well together?
-I’m not entirely sure. It may be that Horror and Rock/Metal are sub-genres, both shunned by the mainstream, but deeply loved by the fans. Both Horror films and Rock/Metal have stood the test of time.
Mixing horror with music is no new fad. What in your opinion has been some of the more successful horror/rock/metal collaborations?
-I particularly love the soundtracks to ‘Return Of The Living Dead’, ‘Lost Boys’ and ‘The Crow’. Dokken’s ‘Dream Warriors’ (Nightmare on Elm Street 3) & WASP’s ‘Scream Until You Like It’ (Ghoulies 2) are a couple of favourites.
Where do you see yourself fit in and how important is it to fit in to a specific scene?
-We don’t really fit in. This is why I initially thought that we’d only ever make one album. I was really surprised when the band became so popular on the underground. I think it’s important to fit in with a scene from a marketing point of view, but not fitting in with a scene is better from a creative point of view. I’m not a fan of narrow minded scenes where the bands all sound the same, dress the same, have similar artwork etc. They’ll sell a lot of albums in the short term, but it’s the bands who start these scenes with fresh ideas who’ll be remembered.
When you mix different styles of music does it make it easier to appeal to a crowd or does it bring with it the trouble of finding a crowd?
-The latter. There are a lot of narrow minded people in this world who know what they like, and like what they know. Making an album that sounds like something already popular, and adhering to the image that goes with it is an easy way to gain some cheap popularity. Creating music that sounds different is always going to divide opinions and challenge old ideas. However, it’s so much more rewarding to pick up fans who truly love your music, rather than people who will like you for five minutes because you fit into a trendy scene, and sound like everything they already like. I have the utmost respect for bands who carve their own path.
Your latest album comes with a DVD of videos. What purpose does a video serve today?
-A video is a great way for people to see the band as well as hear the music. I don’t believe in style over substance, but if you have a great band, great imagery adds to the entertainment. With Lesbian Bed Death, I wanted to make music videos which were more like mini Horror films. The video brings people into our world.
How much of a DIY band is Lesbian Bed Death? What are the benefits of doing it yourself today?
-We’re completely DIY. I started the label myself. We book our own shows, do our own PR, post albums to fans etc. We are our roadies and drivers. It’d be nice to have a big label behind us because of the doors they could open. Unfortunately we don’t, so we do the best we can with what we have. The main benefit of being DIY is that we make music the way we want to. We don’t have to run anything by a man in a suit, who probably wouldn’t be on the same page anyway. We work really hard and appreciate everything we get, because nothing is for free and nothing lasts forever.
Is it easy to find channels to distribute your music today? Are people more willing to look for new bands?
-We are fortunate to be working with a distribution company in the UK called Shellshock. They have got our albums into most UK record shops (and some in other parts of Europe), and sorted out worldwide digital distribution for us. Compared to other labels with bigger bands, we are small fry, so we really appreciate the efforts they have made for us. I don’t think more people are necessarily looking for new bands than before. I think the popularity of Youtube has caused people to stumble across new music, usually when they’re looking for something else. Having the word “Lesbian” in our band’s name certainly hasn’t hurt our hit rates online.
What plans for the future do Lesbian Bed Death have?
-We’re looking at releasing some singles in the near future, so we’ll be recording some B-Sides. We’re planning to arrange a couple more music videos soon too. We have a UK tour organised for the rest of 2012, and we’re hoping to venture into mainland Europe in 2013, providing the world doesn’t end in December.