As a guide to the vast array of bands in this universe I present to you an interview with MUTUAL HOSTILITY. Anders Ekdahl ©2021

A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Eric our drummer already had the name when he asked me to be a part of the project. I loved it as soon as he told me the name though. It sounds metal and I think it lets people know its heavy aggressive music.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-I got into metal in the 80’s. So thrash metal was my thing back then. Metallica, Testament, Slayer, Dark Angel, Death Angel, Suicidal Tendencies, Nuclear Assault. Then in the early 90’s I discovered death metal. Obituary, Suffocation, Deicide, Morbid Angel. Then I got into underground tape trading and I discovered a lot of bands that influenced me. Pyrexia, Cryptopsy, Internal Bleeding, Dying Fetus and a bunch of lesser known bands.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-I think creating an arrangement that goes back and forth between fast, mid tempo and slower stuff is best. I like to mix it all up.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-We have not played live. COVID hit right after we started Mutual Hostility so it wasn’t really an option.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Well it depends on the label. If the label makes the effort to promote the band then having a label can be really good. If the label presses your cd’s and doesn’t do promotion its not so good. If you have the time and the motivation you can definitely accomplish the same things as a lot of the small underground labels on your own. As far as negatives I kind of have mixed feelings. Music being readily available is cool but it also makes the scene very saturated. But there are a lot of great bands out there.

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-I agree with that to a certain extent but I definitely think there are positive aspects to it. The musicianship and production value today is better than ever. Even that’s debatable though I guess when it comes to analog versus digital. I try to see the positives. Bands have access to social media for free and so you can promote your band more easily than ever. So that’s good for bands. Some bands gain a pretty big following just through social media. We all know that it’s very difficult to make money in a metal band. So it’s not like touring is making anyone rich. Having easy access can help a band get fans they might not have had otherwise.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-In metal I think most people want it to look scary, evil or show some sort of destruction or devastation. So that stuff always makes for a great cover. A good artist that can bring your ideas to life can definitely make a great cover.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-I think we’re trying to become a part of an international scene. I always think about promoting our music to the world not just our country. The climate for metal is good here. Obviously it’s better in some areas than others. But metal is alive and I don’t think it’s going away.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I think the desire for physical cd’s is definitely way less these days. There will always be people that prefer physical copies of releases. But having a nearly unlimited catalog of music you can access from your phone makes things real convenient. So I think the need for physical copies will become less and less.

What lies in the future?
-We are starting to write for a full length album. We are in the very early stages but we’re real excited to get some new songs together.

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