With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MURDRYCK. Guitarist Skärseld answered to the questions .Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-The name wasn’t that hard to come up with at the time. It was inspired by fantasy sounding names you find in novels. It doesn’t really mean anything to me per se. The name and the logo should convey to the listener what they expect to hear…or at least that’s the idea with Murdryck. It’s important to have a name that stands out but at the same time what do I know? There’s worse bands with worse names doing better, haha!
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-My favourite bands that have stayed with me since my teenage years would be Megadeth, Slayer, Annihilator, Iron Maiden, WASP, Metallica. I say bands but, more importantly, the albums from those times. When I discovered Black Metal I had albums by Bathory, Cradle of Filth, Marduk, Mayhem, Immortal, Gehenna, Burzum etc. We get compared to a few bands from the 90s that I have never heard of or listened much to. I think the key is that those bands were probably heavily influenced by the same bands and records I was into. Murdryck is very riff oriented. That is probably well reflected in those bands mentioned. I can’t stand these Black Metal outfits that just hammer out chords and have some kind of melody going. It’s very popular but it’s dull as fuck.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Our first album was very fast and aggressive but I tired of that quite quickly. It’s also easier, in some respects, to just batter out fast bits and give the impression it’s intense and busy. The second album is much slower and more intricitate. It forces you to constantly revise what you’re doing to make sure each part is doing something worthwhile. The good thing about slower music is the song lengths increase, haha!
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Nope, can’t be bothered. Too much effort for little reward. Let’s be honest, most people play for themselves because it feels good, not to actually give the audience something.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-You can only do your best at the time. You spend so long on an album it’s difficult to remain objective. It’s also difficult to listen to others because everyone has their own opinions. You can’t be constantly swayed by what others think. My favourite track isn’t the singer’s favourite track or certain nuances we agree differently on. I am always surprised when my least favourite track is an absolute fan favourite. There’s a few things I wish I could go back and fix that I am unhappy with but it’s minor details. I think Födelsen offers a lot of variation, so I hope the people listening to it listen enough times to pick up on the small details.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Promotion is the hardest part without question. We are very poor at creating social media interest because both I and the singer in the band are not constantly on social media making posts or taking photos of ourselves. We don’t like it and we can’t be bothered with it. We aren’t extroverted or narcissitic enough to carry on that way either. Some bands are very good at constantly updating Facebook and what not with stuff to keep the fans engaged. We tend to only release information when we have something to say. As a small band, no one is interested if we send links or requests for reviews or to labels directly. This time we hired QABAR Promotion who get us into all the magazines and take care of our media campaign. It costs money but they get us places where we can’t do it ourselves. It pays itself back. It’s a necessary evil but I am happy with the results of the campaign.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I love handmade artwork. I hate photographs as a front cover – I find that cheap and lazy. It is very difficult though to come up with a concept and then convey that to an artist. Making great cover art isn’t as easy as you think it might be and often is constrained to your budget. A good cover costs a lot.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-No, I do not. We are largely ignored in Sweden. The media here don’t like us, they gave all our albums bad reviews. Swedes don’t buy much music either so there’s very low sales here. We don’t really have much to do with other bands. I can’t be bothered doing the “brothers in metal” bullshit. When you start a band everyone talks to you in the beginning because they hope you’ll be interested in their band and help them promote their own thing. It’s never reciprocated though.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-I don’t do gigs any more. I am not that interested. I’m always looking at my watch ready to go home at gigs, haha!
What does the future hold?
-Don’t know, to be honest. I take every day as it comes with Murdryck. Hopefully, there’s another good album in us. The plan is to do another album and this time I want Galar more involved in the music creation. Remains to be soon what , when and how though.