With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to P.O.E. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release an album, that it sorta is for real now?
-To be honest we have been always very serious since day one, but for sure things have slightly changed since we decided to release a full length. It’s hard to say whether it has been the release itself or simply the natural evolution of the project, probably both.
You mentioned feeling a pressure; it’s probably better to talk about a pull, something that draws you towards a growth, a will to step up your game. We were extremely proud at each step our creation was taking towards becoming Of Humanity And Other Things and we felt it as a mean to succeed, not the reason why we had to succeed.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-It would be impossible not to. A lot of effort was put in this album, we hope our fans will like it and will understand our message and many of them already did, so we are quite happy on how this album is doing.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-It really is something unique we cannot lie.We don’t have millions of fans yet, but the ones we have are very supportive and they sing and dance our songs at every concert, this makes us for sure very proud and makes us want to keep going.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-We feel very free in that sense; we always experiment with different music genres and expand our sonic palette, never feeling very much constrained by anything but our own taste, which at the end will characterize our music.
Obviously this way every album will sound slightly different and our EP is much rougher that our last album, but still it does sound like us albeit our sound is evolving never-endingly.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Yes, in the course of the years we met many other bands and with some of them we even became friends off stage. It is indeed a community and it is a very healthy one.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-The trick for us has always been experimenting and trying new things to avoid ruts. Obviously, you are going to hear many of our influences, but there’s always a twist, something new. Sometimes you get songs that are way out there and at times quite though to digest and they might even get thrown in the bin, some end up more linear and straightforward.; you never know what comes up when you are experimenting!
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-Inspirations comes from everywhere and if listening to our songs is a journey, writing them is a journey on its own: a chord change leads to another, a melody can bring up some memories that will give ideas for the lyrics, which may change the original chord structure and so on until we reach a full song. Sometimes this creative process is shared between all or some of us, so this evolution may take unexpected turns.
Having a message is essential, every song should have a meaning and tell something. It might not be so apparent at first listening and maybe it can take several to even grasp it, but everything in our show has a meaning, it’s up to you to find it.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-Record industry is flooded right now. Every day, there is a new album from an artist; this means that if you want to make it out of the crowd you have to give something more: someone wrote books, some even made movies to go along their music.
We decided to play it theatrical, to add a very important visual element to our shows so that we could offer something more, something hopefully unique. At the end, this will reflect on the record industry as well, not only in the form of CD sales, but also in streaming of contents.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Everybody loves digital music: it is fast, cheap and easy, and it is everywhere!
Some people still like physical and we surely do, because it lets us add more content; our EP and album’s artworks are in fact pieces of art on their own, same goes for the booklet.
We do think there is still room for physical copies, maybe less than in the early 2000’s, but it is not going to disappear any soon.
What lies in the future?
-Right now everything has stopped due to Covid-19 and with that the promotion of our album, but perhaps it is more appropriate to say “paused”, because as soon as the whole scene will be up and running we will be back and who knows, maybe there is going to be something new from PoE, so stay tuned and stay mad!
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