Even though I haven’t read any HP Lovecraft he has been shadowing me for most of my life through music and films. His latest shadow is MISKATONIC UNION. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Hello Anders, thanks for this interview. Hector (guitar) and Carlos (drums) over here. Our latest recording is also our debut, so there are many feelings involved. First of all, satisfaction because it’s been a lot of hard work, the sound it’s just perfect for the band, but there are also feelings about the process of getting together as band and the recording, mixing and mastering process that in the moment seemed a little more difficult. But in this moment, the truth is we’re very glad with the outcome and the possibilty that Thomas & Iron Shield recs. gave us to show our heavy metal from the end of the world to all of Heavy Metal maniacs out there!
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-The thing that made us settle on the name “Miskatonic Union” was because Miskatonic its a great reference to HP Lovecraft’s work, it is a name full of mysticism, as it belongs to the river and the university of Arkham, the place where many horrors and fantastic events took place. So we added the word Union as if we were part of all of that, part of that world.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Man, that is simply incredible, we work hard to put the songs together and of course we like ’em, we put our souls on them from the basic ideas to the final product… And if someone appreciate it it´s like speaking the same lenguage, sharing the same history, feeling the same feelings… It´s like knowing there are people like you out there, people can enjoy and headbang to this music as we do the same thing with bands from other places, it´s awesome that music can unite all of us.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image we want that the fans get is based merely on the music and the lyrics. Things like how long you grow your hair or how much are you covered in leather are in some way important, but not fundamental. Of course we all have chosen a way of life which have its codes, like the mentioned, but our policy is “Let the music do the talking”. Image can be decieving but music never ever will. Music is the true essence of this life.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-As we said before, music is the core of the whole, but as a manifestation of art, the graphics must relate with the music and the spirit of the band, and give the banger a good complement. When artwork don’t make justice to the music is just wrong, the whole is missing a part. We were lucky to work with the right guy (Juan José Pempean) that took the concept and lay it down
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Till this point it has been beneficial, as we have a short career, it has helped us to get known, get invited to gigs, make new contacts, etc. The majority of us come from a world with no internet social networking, so we know that without it there are serious limitations in getting in touch with people from other places (like yourself). Of course it could have downsides but every human activity will have them. Some say it kills the spirit of music, but luckily we haven´t seen the downsides yet.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-That’s 2 questions. Sometimes we feel like a part of a community, a community based in music… but sometimes that community of “metalheads in general” do stupid, talk stupid, think stupid… So sometimes we feel like being out of that, more independent from “the rules” that a metalhead ‘must’ follow. When composing of course we are part of a community of musical influences, but in daily life or decisions, we are on ourselves. We belong to a greater movement, in a musical way, we honor and worship the legacy of the ones that paved the way from the beginning, but we belong to it in a musical way, we are sons of their legacy, and that legacy we took, we live it, and we find meaning in it to do what we do and be who we are.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-We see a lot of bands working their asses off for metal, to try and do great things, CDs, gigs, etc, and we see dedicated fans that genuinely support the scene and the bands, without double intentions, and that makes us proud of sharing the scene with that kind of people. But, like we said, nothing will just have upsides without downsides. Those would be certain kind of people who made a competition from all of this, generaring all types of misinterpretations, sectarism on certain aspects, violence to each other, etc. The scene is somehow polluted with these, that´s what we see, at least in our homeland. The scene is healthy but could healthier, breaking those mental barriers, be less conservative and get a wider perspective.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Since we are a new band (of old guys hehe), we haven’t had the chance to do a tour yet, just some gigs here and there only in Chile. Touring outside our frontiers is difficult, but we will do it, no doubt. Sometimes circumstances play against you, like money, or our daily jobs to get our fucking paychecks at the end of the month to provide for our families and sons… But no one said it would be easy. If anyone reading this likes our music, send us an email, put us in contact with promoters, and sooner or later we will be visiting your city \m/
What will the future bring?
-On the immediate future we are releasing our CD “Astral Quest” on 26.01.2018 under Iron Shield recs (Ger), and we are realeasing a videoclip short before that date. Our upcoming CD will be a concept album, based on the story “The thing on the doorstep” by HPL, killer story!!! We are working on the music and we are very satisfied, songs are just heavy stuff with a lot of influences, from the NWOBHM to the german style, from King Diamond to Cacophony! Making everything our own Miskatonic Style! And of course we are available to play at any kind of gig, anywhere!!!
Thank you Anders &BattleHelm.com for this interview, nice questions and very fun to answer! And for the bangers that haven´t listen to us, search for our channel on youtube, and our page in http://www.facebook.com/miskatonicunion