NEUTRAL BOMBS

Swiss punk is very much alive and well. NEUTRAL BOMBS are a fine example of that. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-It is important to help distinguish the band and to give us an identity. However, a cool name is better than a boring one.

I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-The will to do it, the passion and the dedication to punk rock music, and music in general.

With so many genres and sub-genres today what is your definition of the music you play?
-Even in punk rock today there are many subgenres. But we are not really interested to define us into a specific sub-genre. We are punkrockers and we play punk rock music. That’s all!

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-We arrange the tracks all together. Usually, the music is written by one or two of us, but, after the song is written, we arrange it together.

I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-We believe a whole series of factors. The mood, the character, the experiences, the news, the music we listen to, the work, the study, etc. Everything we do influences what we write.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-The graphic side is important to help the band to reach and intrigue people, and also to sell some merchandise. Music always comes first. But when you see that a band takes care of the side, it will probably also take good care of the musical aspect.

I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Ordinary people maybe today listen to everything in streaming. But there are still a lot of passionate people that when they become fans of a band want to buy and collect CDs and vinyl.

Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-The market evolves very quickly, often it also changes from country to country. It is difficult to make predictions.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We really like playing in Germany because the punk scene is very big. But wherever we go, even where punk is listened by a few people, we can find beautiful and sincere people to have a lot of fun with. There is no country for punk rock and we are all a one big family.

What does the future hold?
-Now we are publishing our first full length under Sliptrick Records, which we hope it will help us to spread our music as much as possible, and we plan to make as many dates as possible throughout Europe.

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