If I were to guess I’d say that Canadian MARTRIDEN has gotten their name from the Danish word for nightmare; mareridt. But that is my guess. Interview answered by Kyle Howard (guitar). Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
-We never released an unfinished product, such as a demo before so I don’t really know. We’ve never really felt pressure when releasing any music. We just make sure we’re satisfied with it before we let anybody else hear it.
What response did you get on your last album? What was the weirdest response you got?
-The response has been pretty much positive. I don’t recall anything being overtly weird about any of the responses yet.
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?
-We haven’t been able to go out and play live in over 5 years, so this has never happened.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
-Not at all, we can and we will do whatever we want lyrically and musically. In the end, it will sound like Martriden.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-I think being in a band makes it easier to find common ground and interests with other musicians, but I don’t think that makes it a “greater” community by any means.
When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with aongs that fit into the sound?
-It’s not hard, only time consuming.
What influences/inspires you today?
-Some new music, new bands that we discover will influence us, books we read when we have the time to divulge in reading, and other forms of art and entertainment …movies, paintings, poetry…etc. Anything can inspire anybody, we’re no different.
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’m not really sure what the state of music is in. I know there’s more and more band’s coming out, it’s almost too much to keep track of. When you find something you enjoy, purchase it. It’s pretty simple.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-If my vehicle had an mp3 player or Bluetooth in the stereo system…I would go 100% digital, vinyl records and CD’s are cool but I don’t feel that they’re necessary.
What lies in the future?
-We’ll be releasing a VERY limited amount of physical copies of “Cold and The Silence” on CD we’re working on the pamphlet layout as I write this. Then we are writing more music but it is a ways down the pipeline toward having anything finished.
Album Stream – https://martriden.bandcamp.com/