MIND MOLD Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Well we’re a relatively new group so I’d say so. Rob and Will and I have played together for a long time in other forms. It seems logical we’d end up combining our influences this way.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-Yes I’d say so. I recorded it myself and I’ve done that quite a few times so there weren’t many surprises. It was an accurate expression of our attitudes at the time. Is having a message in the lyrics important to you?

What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are obscure and at the mercy of the listener. Most of our songs are about the sanctity of mind but can be interpreted a lot of ways.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Sure. I see it all the time even on Bandcamp, a lot of people actually write that they like the art in their reviews. When it’s just 5$ that’s all it takes sometimes.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-Rob and I have been grinding a long time. Success to us is getting it right and having people who get it say “you got it right”. There aren’t a lot of other reasons to play music like this in 2017. You have to look out for your own interests and social capital. I enjoy meeting interesting people and that to me is usually a result of touring and playing music.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-Make good music.

How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Scenes for our kind of music generally end on the local scale. Most larger efforts, international in nature, require a lot more than one scene. The operative part is drive and connections. And wanting to make friends with like-minded people and share music and ideas.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Yeah metal is popular in Canada. There’s a Darkthrone song about it haha. We do ok. I was lucky to see some really great formative bands when I was young, Rites Of Thy Degringolade, Cryptopsy, Revenge and related stuff. We do ok.

What does the future hold for you?
-Continued anxiety and ennui.

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