In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with ODIUR. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Just like many artists/bands out there, we too struggled for awhile with finding a name that represent the music and lyricism in the fairest way possible. In the end we decided to keep it simple with a little nod to our heritage in Odiur being a traditional way of spelling the swedish word for beast or monster (odjur). I feel as though it represents our music the best, being aggressive but also a bit unpredictable.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-Banging riffs with a sprinkle of overlapping melodies and rhythms. We believe in writing memorable parts that you want to hear over and over whilst still being able to discover nuances after multiple listens. We like to keep the listener on their toes.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-It’s very hard to pinpoint a specific event that would be the source of our creative process. I feel as though it is a therapeutic place where we can find excitement and escape from the normal everyday life. It is where we put our everyday struggles into a healthy and productive environment. This is apparent in both the music as well as the lyrics that often references our lives in an obscured fashion.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-In the city of Helsingborg the metal scene has had its ups and downs. While we cannot discredit it from creating acts such as Soilwork or Darkane, it has sadly hit a bit of a low with a lot of bands disbanding as well as venues closing or pivoting to other genres. There are a chosen few still putting up a fight, but it is hard to ignore that it is easier to exist in an active music scene for your genre as it leads to healthy competition between all the bands.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Yes i would say so, joining a band opens up a whole other world that you would never discover as a bedroom musician. In a way you are given a peek behind the curtain of the scene, being in a rehearsal space surrounded by other bands of varying genres and quality all aiming to achieve their goals. This work is something that is very hard to understand from an outsider perspective, to appreciate all the work the artists put in just to perfect their set.
Also getting to meet people in different positions in the industry and forming friendships along the way is a great feeling.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Well to us i would say the most important thing on the album cover is how well it tells a story and grabs the eye of potential listeners.
When seeing Slayer’s South of Heaven album as a young teenager you are immediately seeing a pentagram, skulls and demons. You expect something evil and that’s what you get.
Another example of a good cover in another way is Terminal Redux by Vektor. In itself it’s a very well done piece of artwork that screams quality, and it only becomes better when listening to the music and understanding the meaning of it all.
What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-Being born in the modern age it is inevitable that digital would take over eventually, and in the same way that there were problems with physical media, digital also is flawed in some places. The fact that everybody can release music through various publishing services and get on to all the platforms for free makes the industry a lot more user friendly and adapted to the busy everyday life of the digital age.
At the same time, the accessibility could be seen as hindering certain acts from getting the recognition they deserve in the sea of music is available to the listeners. I have to say though, as a fan and creator of music it is great to be able to find inspiration with the click of a mouse.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-At the international stage there has been a big boom of underground and experimental bands from every corner of the world as a result of metal moving a bit from the mainstream in my opinion. There is great potential for metal bands like ourselves to create a scene again, but there is still some disarray between the bands. But I do believe that the scene will make a comeback soon, it just takes the bands having a more creative approach to it all.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Given our music we try to create a bit of an atmosphere on stage to best represent our creation. At the same time it is hard to deny that we like to have a good time and that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, so sometimes some of that reality slips through in the live act.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Right now we are primarily rehearsing for our gig at Helltown Outdoors July, 13th in Helsingborg, so perfecting the set has taken the main focus. For the coming months we will look for gig opportunities, as well as putting some time in creating our first album given that we released our EP The Hive in the beginning of the year. We already have finished songs that we play live, as well as a lot of unfinished skeletons for an upcoming release. Hopefully we will be done with the writing by the end of the year so we can enter the studio once more.