It’s a MADHOUSE or so they say. 30 odds years after forming this band is still going strong. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-You´re really right man, MADHOUSE can be everything, but take a look at the logo, it´s traditional HM style, so the music will be as well…haha…after producing our demo PURE METAL I gave it to some friends of mine on a local festival…one of them was Thomas Kalläne of ISR, after three hours later, he told me that he wanna make the album…sometimes life´s quicker than a wink of an eye …
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We´re loud´n ´proud… fast wild´n´loud … livin for Metal right now … it´s very easy to introduce us: real HM Music for real HM Maniacs…not for pussies
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Oh… tht´s very difficult, cause we´ve been influenced by everything, gimme a second to go back… I think, mostely we are influenced by the old tradional sounds of ACCEPT, early METALLICA riffing and a little little dose of ANTHRAX moshing…
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-We are very proud to be part of the local MH scene of Hamburg/Germany, together with HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY, PARAGON, IRON SAVIOR, SHADOWBANE & METAL WITCH So I had to say, that´s a good wink of the metalgod that we grew up here, haha.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I think, that everything you wanna sell, had to be part of a movement or catagory, cause you had to feed the curiosity of the buyers…our label Iron Shield Records placed us as Teutonic Metal, anyway, give em, what they need, Pussywhimped or Cocksucker Metal, it´s only one sight, the people outside will give em another name anyway … we simply call our style: O.S.O.B.H.M. OLD SCHOOL OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL or more easier: Pure Metal
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-There are so many well painted or airbrushes album covers … that´s hard… here just a few of them who really kicked me:
Tankard: Stone Cold Sober
Manowar: Kings Of Metal
Savatage: Power Of The Night
Grim Reaper: Grim Reaper
Judas Priest: Painkiller
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Bastard .We had to open our eyes to the future and the future is digital. 30 years ago we had to work with small homerecoding machines to create a demo tape or we had to visit a studio that costs a lot of money…we are musicians, we have no money. Today we are able to record everything in an easy way, nowwadays it´s quicker to get a good result, we are in 2018 now! I often ask me, why bands producing an album that sounds like it was produced in the 80ties…why that? Take the choice to use everything to get a good sound, that´s my sight, may be I´m wrong, but… who cares?
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-How I told in #4, it´s good to live in Hamburg, here it´s easier to find a good venue to play,
but thats also the reverse, you can see bands from Monday to Sunday, so the clubs can decide, if you´ve got a good deal or if you Pay To Play… it´s a kind of overdose, if you had to choose between, may be, Anvil or Stormwarrior, but that´s definitely bedder, than anything else, haha.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It´s a party, sure, but it´s a walk on the razors edge, you had to give the audience, what they deserve and the audience is, why we are on stage, let´s have a good time together…the biggest thing is, to see the glance in the eyes of the croud and it´s equal in this moment, if you´re right or not…that´s R´n´R !
What would you like to see the future bring?
– We hope our album METAL OR DIE will open the gate for some festival slots, may be smaller or bigger ones, anyway … WACKEN or not, anyway, support of Judas Priest, why not
So far, so good, thx for the Interview Anders, Madhouse is ready to ripp ya balls off…
There is no bad Metal, it´s only the personal sight…METAL IS FOREVER !!!