PIKES EDGE

I had not heard of PIKES EDGE before I got sent their album but after I knew that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-I`m very pleased to hear that you like our new album.
Lukas and myself wrote the album. Of course occasions during that specific time in the writing phase had impact, either unknowingly or knowingly. Additionally mine and Lukas’s divers Heavy-Metal styles marked the album. The results out of that combination is a very new, dynamic and exiting one. We had a lot of great moments during that team play full of surprises and astonishment. At the end we both liked the result and were able to stand behind it.
Our main drivers is the pure passion for music and the happiness to share it with others.

How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-The production of the new album is totally different than from the first one. The “Nameless” album was purely depending on me acting as the producer, sound engineer, song writer and so forth – important and valuable experiences which I was able to fully utilize in the new album.
Now I have selected partners beside me which created a solid basement. The new album “All of our Beauty” really gained from that experience. My friend Fitty Wienhold from U.D.O. was the producer, which brought us to a total new level and as mentioned, Lukas and myself did the song writing. It’s very likely that we will proceed in a similar manner for our next album. We will combine and gather the best ideas from myself and Lukas and arrange them in the song writing.

When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-The album reflects the current topics from our society. The monster on the cover represents our view on that. We receive a lot of positive feedback although or rather despite the fact that we’re having a tough view on some of the topics. That feedback shows us that many people share our perspective and concerns.
Our songs aim to be thought-provoking. Via divers and bizarre characters we want to point out the contradiction of human action. But we’re also having themes like love and hate in out repertoire – that’s just part of it.

What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-I’ll understand that as a compliment.
Of course our personal favorite artists have impact on our music, I would state that InFalmes, Trivium, Symphony X have stamped and influenced our style 🙂

How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-During the recording, but mainly driven by the content of the songs we already had a clear picture in mind how the cover shall look like. With that picture in mind we were then looking for a suitable representation. We looked for a gross creature – a merciless, selfish and greedy monster. The cover and album title contradict – a clear accusation on our society.

Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-High quality art work is as mentioned before very important to us. The whole package, holding the CD in your hands, unpacking it and experiencing it together with the music is something very valuable which may be underestimated from other bands. For me this is strongly linked to the overall perception of vocals, album and at the end to the entire band.
If you look at the most important albums from our time they are connected to a certain kind of cover. For the recognition value not only the acoustic is important, also the visual plays an important role.
Additionally I strongly believe that high quality art work also influences the purchase decision. For our fast food culture the easy down load is surely a convenient way, but the true connoisseur enjoys with all senses. 🙂

How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-The title of the song acts as a key to the song content and the linked interpretation. We play with terms and perception, starting with the album title. We transfer terms, e.g. the term “Denial of service” to the real world and change his meaning. All of these transfer-terms-meaning games shall bring a divers and dynamic cognitive goody to the true music connoisseur.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Unfortunately you are right. In our present time it feels naturally to down load music for free. The big bands may not be strongly affected by the streaming and down loading of their music. They are financially safe, due to booked out concert and replacement payments from their record label. The small bands or new comers are strongly affected. Money from their own pocket gets lost. Nowadays it is really tough to survive as a new band, which is a shame because these are the ones that trigger diversity and variety in music. If those “lunatics” – who make music just for the sake of passion and pay every expenses from their own pocket – disappear, another value gets lost. A value which gives humans a sense of beauty. We’er swamped with trash from public service broadcasters which at the end we have to pay for.

How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Very important. Especially if your life mainly takes place on the stage and not beside. 🙂
We’re a Live Band. You have to experience us to see what I mean. When we’re on stage we’re giving everything, we would give you the last shirt off our back.

What lies in the future?
-We want to reach out to as many people as possible at our live concerts. We’re currently planning our concerts and are hopping that many additional tours and festivals will work out. The third album will be coming soon – take it as a promise.

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