MESSENGER

I have no idea what MESSENGER ¬are all about but I sure would like to know. I don’t know if I’ll be any wiser after this interview but I had to give a try at least. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We have a message and we have a mission: to spread this message all around the galaxy. It is the message of freedom and hedonism without fear. We believe in heavy metal as the best way to express our feelings about that.

Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
We are five privateers who are fighting in the name of our captain Wolf Morgan, aka “Starwolf” in order to spread his message. Our names are Francis Blake, Pyro Jack, Chainmaster, Dr. H.R.Strauss and Merlin. If you want to learn more of our history, you should visit us online, because it would take too much time for this.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-This is us. Because we are working very hard together and we create our sound by ourselves. When we are rehearsing, the magical moment will come to live that will bring us all together. The only influence is our mission and the power of our sounds.

What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-We have played a lot of shows in many different countries. Our area ist just our home where we live in private, but the whole world and the galaxy is our scene. You can go anywhere you want ¬ if you meet some crazy metal¬people, it is like a big family.

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?
-Yes, on the one hand you are part of the big metal¬community, on the other hand we are not only musicians but heralds of our great mission: hedonism without fear.

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?
-It should be part of the whole concept. You should know at first sight where the journey will go. Even with birds and bees,as long they are made of steel and equipped with mighty laserguns.

What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-We are using both. It is the future. The future and its technologies won’t kill anything. It always depends on the use. The Metal¬Fans love to buy both physical stuff and its digital versions for their mp3¬players. They are great people who love the music and the artist. They are supporting them by buying the CDs, tickets and merch. And we will give everything back with our blood

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We have seen a lot of different countries, but the metal¬scene seems to be equal in the whole galaxy. As I mentioned before, it is like being part of a big familiy. A lot of times people are telling us, that they have traveled hundred of miles to see our show. This ist one of the best things you can imagine to hear from others about your music.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It depends on how you define those words. Metal fans are great, because they are not only interested in having a great time. A lot of them are reading the lyrics, are trying to understand the concepts behind the whole thing. From this point of view, our concerts are like parties that belong to a very great and big happening: the meeting of metalheads from all over the world, one of the most special and great people you can imagine.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are spreading our message: hedonism without fear! And never forget: a spectre is haunting the galaxy….

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