It is almost impossible to NEVERSIN. Check out this band after you’ve read what they have to say for themselves. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
Skench: We keep on playing and listening music between albums so we keep up to date. Our music changes with us, even the old songs get small updates in their live form because we change as musicians and the songs change with us.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
Skench: Not at all. We try to make every record different. We record things in different places and in different ways with different equipment. You could say that we like variety very much so we don’t want our work to sound all the same.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
Skench: Well, to me the title is a good starting point. Sometimes when you have a strong title the lyrics flow out easily with no effort at all, and when you’re done, you look at them and you feel almost like they wrote themselves. They say a poem is never finished, it is abandoned… It applies for song lyrics as well. You can literally spend days making small tweaks and adjustments but you eventually need to abandon it sometime.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
Skench: I totally agree with you! I love album covers and artwork! Especially those big vinyl records!!! When I was a teenager, I spent hours studying all the small details of the Iron Maiden “Somewhere in time” cover! Me and my friends challenged each other on finding all the hidden song references in it! How cool was that?! Nowadays artworks is often underrated, which is a bummer… but still there is a new love for vinyl records these days so… who knows? Maybe the physical copy of the record will come back!
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
Skench: Yes, but I mainly feel that our whole genre is misinterpreted. People is lazy, when they hear words like “progressive” they think it’s nerdy stuff. They don’t even give it a try. Nowadays in pop music, they don’t even bother to find a good melody. They just speak nonsense over a synth backing track. There is a poor musical education in Italy and this is crazy since we have a great musical heritage.
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?
Skench: Well, I think it is a positive thing in general but I don’t like when it becomes mindless fanaticism, you know. I think we should never turn off our rational and critical spirit. I don’t like fanboys at all. If a band that I love makes a shitty record, I would never lie to myself… maybe I can get to like something I initially didn’t, that can happen, also I try to keep open an open mind, I don’t expect every band to sound always the same.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
Skench: I don’t think it will harm. I think it is a great opportunity to deliver your music to the world with a few clicks. Nowadays you have so many tools and so many channels that sometimes it becomes chaotic! It’s difficult to stand out among millions, but I still think that it’s a positive thing! I must admit that those tapes were fascinating… they have a nostalgic value to me… but definitely, the internet is more convienient!!
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
Skench: As I said before, in Italy the musical scene is pretty lame. We have lots of tribute bands and dumb pop acts. It’s a tough time for rock n’roll music, let alone for touring with a rock show. Only a few big acts can do it.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
Skench: huge, loud, exciting, spectacular!
What does the future hold?
Skench: I would really like to know! We are planning to empower our social presence to promote our new album “The outside in” which will be released by Revalve Records on October 5th! After that, there will be new music, I guess!