As I don’t speak Italian I have no idea if MYR is an actual Italian word but it sure is a Swedish one. Not that it matters that much today. As long as the name works it doesn’t matter what language it is in. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-We’re still an underground band. With the fortune of having direct relations with most of our fans and with a part of writers and stakeholders of the italian and european metal scene. So, we have had the opportunity to hear directly from them their expectations for our second album Habits while we were recording it. Our first work, Days of Convergence, was appreciate from a considerable audience and we have worked at its successor with the awareness of doing something important for someone… maybe not too many people… but surely someone interested in our music!
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-Yes, it is. In fact, for example, Habits’ opener “Monster Love” starts with an oriental atmosphere very close to our first album and then goes by its way. We’re sure that, as a band, one of the most important challange to win, is to redefine ourself with every new work and – at the same time – remain faithful to the essence of our artistic journey. Anyway, beautiful question!
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-Honestly not. We had a very precise idea of how the album had to sound. No quarrel to decide the volume of the guitars or keyboards!
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are important like music. They often influence music composition and vice versa. MYR are born with the intent of telling our time, our problems, our fears… sounds and words are the pieces of the same mosaic. For every album, we try to find a strong fil rouge able to connect all songs. Habits is not a concept album, but – through different themes and stories – all the songs talk about the same concept: our shortcomings / deficiencies / absences. The scenario in which the stories are told is always a great metropolis that slowly destroys the individuality and the freedom of thought. The distortions that we are perpetrating every day become the “habits” of the Western way of life. Violence, deceit, abandonment, non-respect. Our deficiencies have become our habits. Because we don’t have the force to change them and we prefer to live with them uncritically.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Artwork is foundamental: it must reflect the essence of the album, its atmosphere. For both of our two albums, we’ve worked hard to find the right visual idea. For Days of Convergence we’used a painting made by me (Enrico Giannacco, vocals and guitars). For Habits, we wanted somethind different, something to evocate immediatly the metropolis and its power to alienate the consciousness.
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?
-Having a label to promote your music is crucial for many reasons. The first that comes to mind is purely practical: none of us can have the necessary time to compose, record, produce cds, enter them into the commercial circuit, doing media relations… It is true that today anyone can record music in his own rooms and upload it on the web at no cost. There are thousands of bands across the planet, each chooses its own path. Negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans? Well, we are a generation of greedy. We want everything and we want it now. The real consequence is that we’re not able to dedicate time enough to comprehend the essence of things: we eat, we listen, we see… and then we throw it all away. This, is a little bit sad.
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-For a band like MYR, the only solution is playing live as much as we can. Concerts give us the possibility to meet fans and convince them to buy your music. And prove them that, in an era where everything is reproducible by computers, you still have the capacity to play metal live with the volume up.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-Despite there are no nationalists among us (hahaha) we are proud of our Italian roots and I believe that our nationality has surely driven some artistic choices. However, we feel citizens of the world.
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?
-Our worries? The same of all other bands!! Selling cd is increasingly difficult, it’s not a mistery. Music business is changed, you cannot stop it. it’s the time we live in.
What does the future hold for you?
-We never stop writing and we’ve got about 2 hours of new music to work with. We’re near the completion of the songs’ selection for our third album. But what it’s about to start, is the promotion of “Habits” with the live activity in Italy ad Europe. Stay tuned for the updates 😉