With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MÄRVEL . Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
King: It’s easy to get dragged down by the idea that “this has already been done before by someone else” – but shit the same! Since it’s practically impossible to come up with new chord combinations you just have to trust that your combined expressions as a writer and as a band will make it sound unique. Our drive to make new music comes from both a need to express ourselves as well as the idea of chasing the perfect rock song.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
King: The Märvellous EP that we’re releasing now contains re-recordings of our very first songs but updated with our modern Märvel sound. Our last output was the album “Guilty Pleasures” which had us exploring covers by a wide selection of known and unknown bands. So the latest release differs quite a lot from the previous! Sound wise we improve by fine tuning our work process in our studio “Solskensfabriken”. We also worked with a new mixer, Robert “Humbucker” Pehrsson which turned out to be a great collaboration!
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
King: Our topics for lyrics vary a lot so the reactions can differ quite a lot. The lyrics are important but we’re not always trying to get a message across. It could also be a story, an attempt to capture a feeling or just things that sound cool together. If there’s a red thread to our lyrics, we’re not aware of it.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you identify with?
Burgher: That’s more or less inevitable when listening to new music, right? And I guess the same often goes for creating music as well… We take inspiration from a lot of different places but in essence we’re always chasing a good melody first hand so I wouldn’t say that we identify ourselves with any specific band or sound really. We expose some of our major sources of inspiration on our latest LP, Guilty Pleasures, so check out that tracklist!
How did you go about choosing artwork for this new album? What was important to have in it?
Burgher: Are you thinking about the Märvellous EP? If so, setting the artwork for this release was a bit different from our usual approach since we wanted to honor the roots of the songs and make it relate to the early days of Märvel. So we went for classic action rock, simplicity and a warehouse fire.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have artwork that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak artwork to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject
Burgher: We still think artwork is highly relevant and something that is very important to us. Sure, a lot of our listeners use streaming services exclusively, but on the other hand the vinyl has always played an important role in the rock scene (as well as for us personally) and the demand keeps going up. Where’s the fun in releasing an LP with a cover that looks like a turd?
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
King: It often comes naturally from the lyrics or the feeling of the song. The title either have to be short and punchy or have a good rhythm to it.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as a compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
Burgher: As I said before, vinyl is standing strong in the rock scene so I think and hope that we’ll be pressing physical records as long as we create music. But sure, the industry is changing and it’s inevitable. It’s easier to get your music out to the masses but it takes more to sell records, focus is being shifted to concerts and touring.
The new landscape can be very challenging for middle bands that aren’t huge or “just for fun” but from our perspective, we’re satisfied as long as we can play good shows and release records. And I think that’s actually more up to us than the industry.
Concerning music as we know it dying out.. I’d say that as long as there’s people truly passionate about music beyond what’s being force fed to you, I’m not too worried.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
Burgher: Without live performances we wouldn’t be here today. Playing live and meeting other partners in crime as well as people that appreciate what you do is what really gives you the spark. So, yeah, super important and I would very much consider us a live band even though we aren’t out on the road as much as we used to.
What lies in the future?
Burgher: We have a lot of things stirring! A bunch of live shows and more than one record project is on the drawing board right now. We’ll keep you updated with cryptic announcements through our social media channels!