R.I.P. is a really, really cool band that I can’t seem to get enough of. Answers from Angel. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-All of us in R.I.P. have been touring in the metal world for a long time before we got together to create this particular band, so we were familiar with what the typical heavy metal fan was like. We knew if we wanted to succeed we needed to create a name that someone who read at a 2nd grade level would understand, so we selected a simple three letter monicker and it seems to have resonated well in the tiny pea brains of heavy metal fans.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-Many of the reviewers of Street Reaper have remarked how the record really does not sound like any album that has preceded it, in a genre of music where the inspirations are so narrow, it can be difficult to craft a record that sounds refreshing and original, but Street Reaper stands alone in transcending its influences and creating an entire new sound – but even if you don’t like the record’s music, the LP comes with lots of pictures of us on the front and back and this stunning visual is worth the price of admission alone.
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Not since the long foretold return of christ to judge the wicked and the damned has a global event been both as dreaded and lusted after as the release of the second R.I.P. album. We had to employ a team of cyber security experts to guard the files before the release because of the onslaught of hackers doing all they could to hear just one note from the record before it came out, and now that we’ve put Street Reaper out the very fabric of reality has been shifted for the better for all eternity.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-What I do is find a song someone else wrote that I like, then I get a thesaurus and basically just re-write the same song with slightly different words which have the same meaning as the song in the first place. People will hear and it and think to themselves “wow this man has said something very original and conveyed a tremendous emotion”, while in fact all I have done is shamelessly plagiarize a song. This is what makes R.I.P. the best band playing right now, because other bands try to make up their own songs from their pitiful brains, while every song we write is already proven to be a great one. Plus we only rip off really good songs – an R.I.P. album is basically a greatest hits album for the last three decades of heavy music.
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?
-Most certainly R.I.P. is a world wide movement, though we are not just a part of this movement, we are the very tip of the spear blazing forward, cutting through the bullshit, the boring, the false and the wimpy. Like when god himself was disgusted with what his world had become and called down a cleansing rain to destroy his wayward creation, the riffs and words of R.I.P. rain down upon the wack and the weak in the world of heavy metal, drowning their pitiful hackneyed snoozemetal in the thunderous tsunami of west coast street doom.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Never before has a more stunning assemblage of masculinity coalesced together to play music than when the four real studs of street doom who make up R.I.P. conspired to change the world sonically and aesthetically. It would be a crime to hide the superhuman beauty, ruggedness, and grace of the visages of the members of R.I.P., so a great album cover of course would highlight this rare
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital is wonderful because it has lowered the barrier to entry to music, so all the R.I.P. fans who are going to the public library mostly to access pornography on the free computers and huff paint in the bathroom there can also use this technology to stream our album without having to use any of their hard earned money from gathering cans to recycle to enjoy the music. It is really for these true fans that we make the albums, not for the people who have jobs and homes who can afford to buy the record and pay an electricity bill in order to operate a turntable etc. So we are very glad for the digital revolution allowing for us to get our music to our target audience more easily.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-R.I.P. is too fast for the doom scene, too slow for the thrash scene, too regressive for the prog scene, too raw for the metal scene, too beautiful for the punk scene, and too evil for the rock n roll scene, so it is very difficult for us to find contemporaries in the touring circuit these days, but luckily we have such a strong and fervent fan base that with or without proper support our shows are packed. I predict in the next few years we will lead a revival of the arena tours as our fame and wealth continue to grow.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Everything we do as a band is just a way to allow us to tour more, if we could tour successfully without recording an album i doubt we would have ever done it. Our live show is the place with carnal pleasure meets existential dread, where sheer eroticism mingles with profound apprehension – its clamorous and amorous, its treacherous and lecherous, its a sensual funeral, its the greatest show on earth.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-More of our unique and original song craft, more lavish green rooms for us in ever increasing arena sizes, more luxury cars and caviar, i can only assume getting a national holiday named R.I.P. day from the president eventually.