In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with MÄRVEL. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-We were first called “Marvel the band” but soon found out that that name was occupied by a chainsaw company in the north of Sweden. Contrary to popular belief, we didn’t choose the name Marvel because of Marvel comics (we didn’t even know they existed) but since it had a nice Motown/Northern Soul touch, which was a big influence on our high energy rock ’n’ roll music.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-It came naturally, it’s a derivate of the music we’ve carried in our thunderblood hearts since we were kids. We’ve always loved the combination of powerpop, soul and hard rock from the early Kiss albums. And when the Hellacopters showed how to translate that energy to modern day rock there was no turning back.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-Kiss was the single greatest influence to get us started. Since then we’ve evolved and our sound has transformed into something more unique. We’re getting energy from the creative process itself and to create music together. We just love the whole process of writing, producing, recording and playing the songs live.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-It’s important for us to be able to stand behind the words and the image we emit. We’ll leave it up to our fans to find meaning in our songs, we don’t have a hidden agenda. Other than making sure that we play live at the Noble prize ceremony.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-All bands have an image, whether it’s intentional or not. A hunchback, a blue guitar, etc. It’s important if you want people to notice your music.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-For us, and for a large part of our record buying audience it’s very important! It’s setting the vibe for the songs on the album. And even if you’re just consummating music through streaming services, the cover is the identifier for the album.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-Our “local scene” is quite global. We’ve got a wide-spread but loyal audience across the globe.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-All members in Märvel are working as geographic teachers so we’ve heard of most places. But it’s still very touching to get shout outs from all around the world. It’s amazing how music travels and unites people globally!
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
What does the future have in its womb?
-We’ll be doing gigs in the fall in support of our new album “Guilty Pleasures”. We’re also working on a musical about the life of swedish yeoman Nils Dacke who led a peasant revolt in the mid 16th century.