With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to LUCIFER STAR MACHINE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-I wanted to put the devil back into Rock’n’Roll. I wanted to create a band that had everything I loved about music when growing up. I digged bands with a fuck-you-attitude and a theatrical image.
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?
-Well, I think you have to be open minded when it comes to music. If you listen to the same shit day in day out then you‘ll end up sounding just the same. You can draw influences from a lot of different genres.
However, sometimes it’s in the eye of the beholder if they see you as something special or ordinary. All reviews have been very positive so far but some reviewers might have not given the record an extensive spin and just see us as another good Rock’n’Roll band, whilst others recognize the variety in our music and see that we created something like a signature style.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-The first three records were written in the rehearsal room and then we went into a studio to record them. I guess that’s how most bands do it.
It was totally different with the new album. Most of it was written by sending home recordings to each other. That’s how we basically wrote the album. We did demos with the GarageBand program, without being in the same room, using programmed drums. When we set out to record the album, we had never played the songs together as a band. I think it was a really cool writing process as we really paid attention to details.
We recorded the album within a week or so but it took forever to mix it. We always came up with new ideas and I even re-wrote and re-recorded some vocal lines. The idea to add keyboard tracks came really late as well. We just wanted to release an outstanding album. Basically get away from that Garage Punk approach we had on our last records. So it wasn’t that easy to get it all done but we‘re 100 % proud of 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?
-I hope that won’t be the case. Surely there‘s a lot of bands that release just singles. However, especially within the Punk and Rock genres, I tend to think that people wanna listen to full albums. Thank fuck there‘s still fans out there buying physical releases too.
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?
-Well, yeah it‘s been going downhill for a while now. People don’t have attention spans anymore either. If a song doesn’t catch them within the first seconds, they just skip it. The new generation doesn’t know about the excitement anymore…you know, going to record shops, checking the covers of the latest releases, going home putting the needle on the record, reading through the lyrics and liner notes. Times when music had more value. It’s their loss.
But hey, you can’t stop the future. Yeah sure, it’s mainly digital now but there’s always be a hard core of music fans digging physical releases. There always will be bands that wanna get their shit out to the masses. There just should be a change in what digital platforms pay to the labels or bands. Cos that’s pretty ridiculous right now.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We always get very positive reviews. Our last album ”Rock’n’Roll Martyrs“ especially. But I know that we‘ll get the most attention with ”The Devil‘s Breath“. I think a lot more people will dig it. It’s a genre defying record and we got in The Sign Records a very good label backing us up. The Coronavirus is fucking up a lot of our plans right now but once this thing is over we‘ll be out supporting the release properly.
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 don’t know who was the most surprising but it surely makes it easy to communicate with labels or bands all over the world. That’s why we had releases in the USA and Canada as well.
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?
-I would have missed out on a lot of grief, haha! You know, if you‘re in a band, apart from all the fun, there’s always be a lot of disappointment involved. The music industry is full of assholes and hypocrites. We‘ve been fucked over many times. Plus dealing with the egos of musicians ain’t always an easy task, haha. Right now I‘m pretty happy though. Everything seems to have fallen into its place.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Yeah sure, playing live is the biggest part of the whole package. We love getting on the road and can’t wait till all this Corona misery comes to an end.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Playing live as often as possible and get every-fucking‘-one to listen to our new record. Get motherfuckin‘ lucified!