I’ve never been up shit’s creek but MARYSCREEK sounds like a much better idea. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
Mats: MarysCreek was founded by me and Stefan in 2004. We released our debut album “Some Kind Of Hate” at the German major label MTM Music & Publishing in 2007. After some changes in the line-up, MarysCreek is today constituted by Mats Nilsson (v), Stefan Halldin (d), Jonas Hallberg (g), Peter Bergkvist (g) and Roger Blomberg (b). 2014 we released an ep called “Incubic Twin” at our own label and soon it´s time for our brand new album called “Infinity” to be released (22:nd January 2016) via Escape Music.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Mats: It´s always hard to find a great band name, I remember me and Stefan sat down and was brain storming and wanted to find an unique name that could have it´s own www address without “the band” thing in it´s name. We found a song of Nighwish that was called creek mary´s blood and there it was MarysCreek.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of prog/rock/metal you play? What inspires you today?
Mats: I´m a big Motley Crue fan and will always be and I´ve always loved melodic rock like ToTo, Harem Scarem, Giant and TNT. I think it´s the same kind of band that inspires me today. I´m stucked with the melodic hardrock.
What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
Mats: When Stefan and I started MarysCreek we took what was left of my solo project MNP, it was way more melodic back then. When we started to write new songs it became more heavier and darker and I think the MarysCreek sound was founded from day.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Jonas: I guess it does but I that´s just a part of the technichal developemnt. Bands, musicians and music producers have to adopt to the new reality. There is no way the developement will stop. Consumers tend to be the early adopters whereas industries always lag behind. You could either cry or roll up your sleeves and work your but off. I prefer the latter.
What part does artwork and layout play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Jonas: Of course layout and design is important. At least when it comes to selling records. Myself, I rarely look at artwork nowadays. The attention I pay to new music comes from my interaction on internet, through endorsements from friends and through playlists on Spotify.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc.?
Peter: In a way the social media has done alot for upcoming bands. Now days it’s more easy to promote yourself and get alot of other contacts in the musicindustry. We use Facebook, Twitter and instagram to reach out to our fans. We are lucky to have our manager Axel at Rock’N’Growl Promotion and our record label Escape Music. They have done alot to spred the word and music of MarysCreek.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
Peter: We are known localy and nationaly, and we are hopeing for 2016 to be our year to spread our wingd and music international.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Stefan: I think it is. We aim to play as much we can and take everything we can to spred the music and the name of MarysCreek. The bottom line is that we love play live and that is the pay off when we release a record.
What will the future bring?
Stefan: The future for us is to bring the new record to life live and we hope that we can come out and do tons of live shows and festivals. Then we do it all again with the next record!