OBDURATED

Another French band to wet my appetite. OBDURATED will be added to my list of cool French bands. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Actually the band was first named “Obdurate”. Then due to copyright issues with an existing band having the same name, we changed it for “Obdurated”. We like our music to be powerful and efficient, that’s why we wanted a name quite short and with a strong meaning.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-The band is not a new born, it all started in 2001! The style has always been melodic death/thrash metal, but evolved with time by getting elements from various influences like heavy metal, progressive, or even metalcore. After a few demos we released our first autoproduced album called “Living In Failure”. After some line-up changes and many live shows, we came up with a second album, “The Answers Within”, released by a French label. After a self-released EP of metal covers, we finally released our third album “I Feel Nothing” with Mighty Music.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-As I said earlier our main influences come from melodic death metal and thrash, especially swedish bands. But in the band we listen to various styles, which allows us to create richer music. The song writing process is quite simple: usually one of us come with an almost fully written song, and then we make the arrangements all together. We just try to make music we like, in our personal style.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-It depends actually. After an album release or when we play live often, there’s a lot of activity. This is very motivating and can give us this feeling, especially when playing abroad or answering to interviews for the foreign press. But there’s also a time for rehearsing and composing music. Then the activity is more private to the band.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Unfortunately, playing good music and having a great sound is not enough today. There are plenty of bands, so if you want your band to be visible in webzines, magazines etc., you must have good promo material and strong visual identity. As we’re not really good in this, we prefer paying professional people to help us with it. Then for the promotion in itself, you need the good contacts, that’s why it’s much more efficient to work with a label.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Our lyrics mostly talk about society subjects, or whatever feelings or look we have regarding the world we live in. They’re important because they bring a deeper dimension to the music, just as the album covers and layout do. But to be honest the most important to us is the music in itself. We prefer spending time on arrangements like keyboards, samples, leads etc.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-At that time there were not much choice than buying a disc for listening to music. Today it’s much easier to access to music with digital formats. It’s the same for recording, you don’t especially need to enter an expensive studio to record an album, that’s why there are so many releases. I’m not sure we can say digital is killing the album, but it’s slowly replacing it. There are a lot of illegal downloads, but also a wide legal business around digital music (iTunes, Spotify, Deezer…).

Where will the future of format end?
-Some bands already stopped releasing physical albums. But many listeners, like me, enjoy having a booklet or a special object. I think the disc still has long days to live!

How much of a touring entity are you?
-We used to play live really often. Mostly in France (various regions), but also abroad (in the Netherlands for example). These last few years we struggled with several line-up changes, which led us to tour less. But we’re working on a set with our new drummer and intend to play live again soon!

What does the future bring?
-Our plan is to get back on stage quickly, and of course releasing the successor of “I Feel Nothing”!

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