LOATHFINDER

Some of the greatest musical experiences I have had have been with bands that are totally new to me. Like LOATHFINDER. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
U: Our name represents main course of lyrics. Finding and loathing. To give you something more: it’s not “Loathseeker”.

There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
D: Frankly we didn’t pick our style by analysing of what is going on in the market (and what is “good-to-play” on the scene) and based on that by picking the genre which we wish to play. Initial idea at the beginning was very simple – to play hard and rather keep it slow, without aiming into specific sub-genre. We’ve been playing together for some time and our music, that you can hear on EP, is a result of natural process of keeping ideas which fit to everyone of us and just ignoring those which don’t. To be honest, we had a tough issue to name what are we playing when we had to define our genre, because it’s a mix of few styles and influences that inspired each member of the band.

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
D: Well… there are four of us and our musical inspirations vary to each other, but for sure we all agree about great names as YOB, Chelsea Wolfe, Cough, Urfaust, Pallbearer, Coffinworm.
U: Beside the music itself of course life inspires a lot especially in a case of lyrics – lack of it and overdosing it.

How important is it to have a message as a band?
U: In most of the cases you can easily tell apart what bands represent anything (whatever it is) and who just play music in sake of playing music. Actual meaning is what separates projects from recreational products. Of course it is for listener to decide how deep to dwell into one band or another, but it’s disappointing when someone starts seeking for more and underneath is nothing worth looking into.

Is image an important factor to the band’s appearance?
U: Appearance can be great instrument if there is some foundations to support it.
D: It’s important not to care about your image more than your music. At first it’s about sounds that you create and feelings that you deliver through.

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
U: Quality artwork matched with music stands for overall quality of a release and we have put a lot of attention to that.
D: We had a chance to cooperate with great artists to prepare our cover work and result completely fulfilled our expectations. If it grabs attention it’s good, but for us two things were most important – it had to correlate with the lyrics and atmosphere of the music and we had to be sure that it’s the best what we could have in current circumstances.

What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
D: This is our first release and it’s still before official premiere so not many people have heard it yet, but from those from local scene who did, we have a very good and promising feedback. We think that people appreciate that we’re not trying to do something that we don’t belong to.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
U: We’re aware that there are people living outside of US and Europe, they have internet access and their needs for music.
K: From my perspective any positive feedback is highly appreciated. The place doesn’t matter that much.

Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
U: For me, not really. I see live acts more like a chance to explore music, not to discover. To wholly “get” you it’s probably the only way.
K: I think to attend a performance is the best way to experience the band.

What does the future have in its womb?
D: At first a premiere of The Great Tired Ones. After that we have booked two gigs: one at the beginning of May and the second one in August, so there will be a possibility to hear us live. In parallel we are starting to work on our merch but it’s too early to say anything more about that. And in the meantime we are of course working on new tracks for the next record.
U: Beside that, void and doom of course.

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