MY PERFECT ALIEN is a cool band that are out of this world, sorta. Check them out after you’ve read this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Actually, we started with a few pop tracks already written before the definitive line up had been found, and thanks to the different influences of each members, the music turned more rock. Now we can say that we found our way, and the road is still long because we often try to integrate new sounds, rhythms, ambiances to see where we can go with it. We keep on making our music evolve with the secret aim to share it with a larger audience and why not cross the borders.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Knowing that we are not from Earth, NY, LA or Thionville is the same. More seriously, yes, the public takes us as a local band which is not a bad thing because they are less afraid of coming to us and share their feelings about our music and spend cool times together.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-We never stopped writing songs since the album was recorded, the ones that could be on the next album have already integrated new elements. We don’t know yet what will be kept, what will be throwed away, but we try make each song as a unique one with its own ambiance without taking into reference another one from our track list. We all like bands that make their music evolve from one album to the other, for us it is natural to propose something different to our fans. We do not want to fall into ease.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-We tried to marry all our influences, and bring freshness to each songs without repeating the same song twice. That’s for the music itself. And to be honest, the biggest challenge was to manage each other egos, as we had to live together.
We take inspiration around us, a documentary, a friend, a situation can give us the subject, and then we jam!
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-When we were younger, with our previous bands, the only way to record was analogue. The digital was only at its beginning. We find that the sounds is warmer, and more dynamic.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-We are more than proud ! Taking into consideration all the work it took, and knowing that the result reached our vision, we can only be proud.
Now that the album is concrete (we can hold it in our hands after hours of works!), of course we are in the expectation of the feedback from the public. What will be their feelings in listening it? Will they talk about it around them? Will it be part of their lifes? Will it be integrated in their regular playlist?
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Knowing that we have a culture (French) where the meaning of lyrics is really important, it was logical for us to dig the different themes in order to respect our culture even if we sing in another language. Each song tells a story with its beginning and its end. On Face the World, we try to depict, not without irony, the difficulties to live and survive in todays world. A world which claim itself to be made of excessive communication, but in which we are more and more alone.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-It is the first impression that the public will have, the first hook they will have into our universe.
We try to have uncommon covers that you can identify from the first look, and which is in harmony with the sound universe of the album.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Obviously ! Each time we come back in the same place we federate more and more fans thanks to the ones who were there the first time. And that’s rewarding!
What do you see in the future?
-Only good things: touring, broadcasting our music in more and more ears, uniting more and more people, and writing more and more songs.