I sometime reflect on the absurdity of man and the chaos we have created for ourselves. It is at times like these that I like to escape to a better place. Lately L’HOMME ABSURDE have helped me reach that place. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-Usually names mean nothing to me. No, it happens that I see the great name and think “Wow, I definitely should give these guys a listen”, but it doesn’t mean that we have to take it so serious – we all know the great bands with hilarious names.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-When I was a child, I thought that when I grow up, I’ll buy an electric guitar and will play in thrash metal band. As well as many others, but I did it, as you see. Unfortunately, for a long time I didn’t have the opportunity to write music, but now it’s in the past.
What is your definition of the music you play?
-I don’t really like to tag my music (but understand the importance of this for right placement). I prefer to name it post black metal but this genre is wide enough and people who likes band X can really hate band Y. So, for this interview let’s name it “melodic post black metal with hardcore influences”.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-When I make the new song, the first goal is to make first raw demo, which I need to understand how the whole song can actually sound. Usually, it’s only guitar tracks and midi drums. All of that I name “arrangement” is second guitar – I record first guitar and play it on repeat while trying to make the second one. Bass tracks usually comes in studio, when we record the finished song.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Oh, there are many sources. I can’t predict how it will appear the next time – maybe the book, movie, little conversation with somebody or accidentally seen photos of interesting place.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-It always was very important to me. I can refuse to listen to the band if I don’t like their artwork or visual image. And vice versa, somebody can hook me with the great one. In our band all artworks and visual materials made by me and I spend a lot of time to this.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-If we talk about albums, I prefer physical. There is an artwork, booklet, CD and all of this that everybody likes to hold in hands. In digital it’s only files (or even no files, only browser tab with play button). But freedom is that great number of people can listen to your music, without any borders and long waiting for delivery. And it’s great, of course.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-The main limitation for me is an artwork, as I mentioned. Now, when we released an album and many people give it a listen, I know that only few of them saw the original artwork. But there are some good ideas as I consider and perhaps they would like it too. But we can’t do anything with it.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-The music we play is still quite popular now. There are great bands with relevant music, there are big enough festivals. I think that we could fit this movement, the only thing that we need is work hard.
What does the future hold?
-I don’t know. The main thing is to do the best as you can right now and you will be satisfied with the future.