LUSCA is a band that draw inspirations from stuff like Godflesh and Pitchshifter. Check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-When we started in 2002 Ingrid and I had a very clear vision what kind of sound we wished to achieve. We wanted to combine our love for all things dark, doomy and sludgy with heavy influences from the old school british industrial scene of the 90s: Godflesh, Pitch Shifter, Skin Chamber, Skullflower and so on. Both of us were fed up with the difficulties of finding people who share our love for repititive, harsh und challenging music. Our previous efforts to create something similar with other people always ended in a different sort of sound. While fun, it was never what we were aiming for. So eventually we decided to see how far we can get on our own. Now, three albums later, here we are. “Broken Colossus” is an album that we are very happy with and that hopefully will find it’s listeners somewhere out there.
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?
-We pick up a lot, but eventually it all gets mashed through the LUSCA-grinder. We both listen to a ton of different music and constantly discover new and old exciting artists. I strongly believe what you listen to shapes the music you create, consciously or unconsciously. We pick stuff up and find new things to try out. A beat, a riff, a twist in songwriting. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesen’t. At the end of the day it all gets filtered through our musical abilities, instrumentation and our personal vision what a song should sound like. The result will always be a mixture of who we are and what we pick up along the road.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Not so much if we weren’t so damn slow in writing stuff and lazy in promotion work. Recording these days is so much easier, than it was 15 years ago. The technology is there and it’s affordable, the knowledge is easy enough to attain and distribution over the internet is no problem if you put enough time into social media. I personally find creating songs and performing them exciting, recording and promoting not so much. With “
-I’m an album person. I hardly ever listen to single songs. An album allows you to create tension, a story and structure in ways a single song seldom will. But I think there will always be people out there who will see it that way, especially in metal or rock music. While we have released single songs over the years for compilations or special occasions, we will always focus on albums and I think in the metal underground most bands still do.
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, the money is surely gone except for a very few select artists. On the other hand, if you can’t make a living from it, there’s no need for compromise. Money can corrupt and ruin a perfectly good band. Music is probably the oldest human art form since somebody, somewhere started to bang two rocks together to build a rhythm. It will always be there. People should just go for it and try to be creative. The scene is buzzing, there’s enough great and interesting new music out there. For the underground, things are good.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Some people find LUSCA hard to digest, I guess. But I suppose we are and that’s part of the idea. The drum machine puts off a lot of the traditional metalheads and some of the electronic people still find the guitars too “death metal”. Those who get it seem to like it a lot and that makes us really happy, though. I’m confident we’ll find our niche.
I think the most attention we got was when we had the chance to play club shows with bigger bands like Wolves In The Throne Room or AmenRa. That always brings a few people that would have never heard of us otherwise.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-A person headbanging and frantically singing the lycircs to our songs in Budapest, Hungary. He had never thought LSUCA would make it to Budapest and we hadn’t either. Shows you how small the world is and how chance can bring people together in real life.
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?
-Absolutely! Not so much playing in a band, but engaging yourself in the music community. No matter if you play, or take photos, write, are an engineer, create visual art or just go to shows regularly. I would have missed out on so many great friends and amazing people from all over the world if I hadn’t been doing this for so many years. Nuremberg has a great scene and there’s a lot of amazing people there, but I’ve made friends from all over the world that share the same interests and I that I would have never known if it weren’t for music in one way or the other.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-I think the scene is healthy. There’s enough shows to go to here in southern Germany. Playling live is probably the most useful thing a band can do. Mixing bands from different genres is always helpful to reach a few new people. We would for exapmle like to paly a few ,more shows outside of the sludge doom community. I’m curious how some of the death metal fans or a black metal audience would react to our sound.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Well, not take another 7 years for a new album and play more shows. Hopefully „Broken Colossus“ will get us some attention and a few good reviews, so we can get out there and play live more often.