LYZZÄRD

If you look you’ll find cool metal bands like LYZZÄRD even in a place like Portugal. Answers by Margarida. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-I think that with the album, we finally arrived into the metal world. We don’t want to start with the wrong foot, so yes, the feeling that is for real now creates a major pressure to succeed and to have a great feedback. We were really happy with our work, but you never know what the rest of the world is thinking.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-Actually, we didn’t set a specific goal, we just wanted it to be a good metal album and to be succeeded with it. Actually, we feel that is a lot to happen, like reviews, and gigs, festivals, but right now we are just enjoying playing it live and loud for every metalhead.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-Great question! As we are newborns yet, we usually are invited to be an opening act, and sometimes is hard to warm up the audience, but when the public finally starts to come closer to the stage and singing along, banging their head we just have a blast! A great gig is not just the band or the public, is the interaction and the ambience that is created in that moment. And yes, I think that people know that we write our own songs.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-We are already working on a new album, and just like this one, we sort of create a theme for the whole work. We are looking for a sharper kind of sound, but on the same kind of style so I think that people that heard this one will recognize the next one.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-No, I don’t think that being part of the band makes me a part of a greater community. Being into metal as a musician or just an enthusiast of great bands is what makes us a part of this family.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-Creativity is always flowing, and that depends on how is your mood, your inspirations and your intentions in that very moment, that X 5 people in a band will always turn out different. We are not afraid to create something similar because we don’t think that is possible right now. We are always listening to new things and that will help us giving a little twist from album to album, I guess.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-We are not working to pass on messages or educate people through music, that’s a kind of modernist way of thinking. We search influences in classic bands such as contemporary ones and movies (late 70’s and 80’s specially) and create our own fiction from that. Of course that we put some of our beliefs on the songs, somehow, but is mostly non conscious. We are telling a story.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-I think that CDs are now selling because they are mostly a piece of merchandising. I don’t own a tape reader, but I bought the tapes because I wanted to support the band. I also think that usually people that have bands are the ones who buy more records.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-I think that you should have both. We don’t walk around with a discern
anymore, so we need a digital version to have our own soundtrack of our daily life.
The physical one is great to create a collection, and at home, drinking a red wine put it on (cd or vinyl) and just chill. Despite of having it digital I like very much to have a physical version of the records.

What lies in the future?
-You never know what lies in the wilderness.

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