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 PAINTHING. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-What does “large enough” mean? Doom metal is a niche even in metal genre, that’s why people who listen to such sounds are usually dedicated to it and have a great awareness and particular taste of music. Fans of doom metal are a real treasure though. Hence, even if there’s only one fan waiting for our new album, it’s worth to have it released. But of course there are many more of them. Including ourselves..

Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity?
-“Where Are You Now…?” is our debut album and it’s not a story concept album. Of course, the songs are related to each other in terms of lyrics, however it’s rather about the message and the vein, not directly. We are writing about everything that we consider worthy and in that point the continuity is relevant – we will not start telling a non-sense stories. We will stick to the topics we find important.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-Actually not. We knew what we were looking for and we got the result we intended to get. Privilege of being almost 30 years surrounded by metal music.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are an immanent part of the album. Facing the challenges that life brings on your way, what do we fear, how do we deal with it. I encourage you to go through them personally. We don’t use cheap metaphors and pseudo-poetry. Our lyrics are stright forward, but on the other hand can leave you with some questions you should ask to yourself.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-This is the first image you see when you listen to the album. Obviously it’s important. It illustrates the entire message included in the album. We have spent some time on conception of the artwork and finally decided that this one would correspond with the content perfectly.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
– Label, people who are the part of doom metal community, has their contacts to other people for whom such kind of music is important. The contacts include media, magazines, platforms and of course fans. Saying that, I can admit that having a contract gives us a lot of support in spreading our music around. I think that availability of music is a good thing. It’s always better to have a chance to listen to the new album and then decide whether it’s worth of having it on your shelf or not. I believe that metal fans are aware that without their support, including financial, it’s harder to release new albums.

I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-As I mentioned before – there’s nothing wrong in availability. It’s always better to know what you are buying. Moreover – if people are familiar with the music, they like it, they more likely come to our gig to experience it live.

Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-Not at all. It’s rather matter of fact where the band members are located, because if it’s too far, there may cause problems with rehearsal regularity. Our line up is mixed in terms of nationality and it has never been an issue for anyone.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-It depends on the attitude I think. We create our music because we feel the need to do it. As long as we have this need, there’s nothing to worry about. We don’t depend on sales results.

What does the future hold for you?
-We will see. We have plans to have more gigs and create material for a new album. No one know what tomorrow bring, but we are ready to embrace it all!

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