This is not the most uncommon name for a metal band but hey, why not. R.I.P. answers from Benjamin. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-We understand that most people who enjoy heavy metal music are slobbering illiterate idiots, so we wanted to give them a name simple enough that their beer-ravaged pea brains could grasp. Even a three letter word would be too much if you can’t read, so we boiled it down to just three separate letters in hopes of grasping the stunted attention span of your average brain dead head banger. The success of the band so far is proof of concept for this approach. Our music is crafted in a similar fashion, it is a well known fact that metal heads are the lowest life forms on the hierarchy of humans, so it was important to us that we craft simple repetitive songs about simple concepts like being dead that even the most depraved drooling cretin can grasp and enjoy.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-After watching the film “Magic Mike”, I got the idea to start my own male review, but with a twist, instead of dressing up like firemen or policemen, our dancers would don the garb of the heavy metal community and reach out to a market under served by traditional adult male entertainers. After a while we were all hanging out so much we thought it’d be funny to start writing songs and start a band together in addition to being erotic entertainers. It turns out we had pretty good musical chemistry together and we started dancing less and playing shows more. Eventually we started making more money doing music than bachelorette parties so we decided to just stick with it and R.I.P. was born.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-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. 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.
When you are in a band does it feel lkke you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-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.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-As not only the best sounding but also the best looking band in heavy metal and beyond, its not really that important to us to look cool in our photos, of course it comes natural. We consider it more of a service to the larger community to let them have a peek at the brilliance the members of R.I.P. and the people who know us get to enjoy on a regular basis. It certainly saddens us all that the entire world has to look at most other metal bands, slovenly and unappealing, so we try to do our part to let the eyeballs of the world have a nice break and enjoy something distinguished and erotic for a change when they look at R.I.P. .
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Lyrically our biggest influences are death and mental illness, though the two are not so disconnected. Certainly the profound mystery of that last repose lends its shade to everything we do, and the abiding irreconcilability of death and life provokes a madness in anyone who dwells too long on its paradox. True acceptance of death simultaneously makes one aware of the ultimate futility of everything we do, because in time all is lost and forgotten – yet also provokes a kind of gravity in our lives, as they must be lived to the fullest prior to the sweep of the scythe. These thoughts can never reach a conciliation – so necessarily we live grounded in madness and dissonance. This friction is what inspires me to write the songs I do.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-The notion of “album” as the gold standard of release for artists has certainly been challenged as more musicians drop “mixtapes” or “playlists” or even just a loose collection of tracks on soundcloud etc. To me it just means more different ways to enjoy music, not every thing has to be “The Wall” or some kind of dense interwoven narrative concept album. Can you imagine just having that to listen to? how exhausting. Sure it is awesome to hold an LP in your hand and trip out on the artwork and revel in the atmosphere created in the microcosm held within the songs that create that union, but its just as nice to just bump just the dope cuts off Youtube or whatever.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Seems like world wide the fetishism of the commodity has shown no signs of slowing down, people will always want a rare and cool thing to put on the shelf, vinyl will never die.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experiencevwith you like?
-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 lies in the future?
-We are about to record our sophomore album / masterpiece for the incomparable Riding Easy Records, a record that will surely sweep across the world like a vile contagion sickening the entire earth with the street doom flu, for which the only remedy is to rock. And then more touring, more broken hearts, more blown minds, more cirrhosis and less posers.