RAZORBATS came as a blank page to me but what i heard really got me grooving. This is a really cool punk glam hardrock band from Norway. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-I am “the new guy” in the band. The last one to join. I had just quit the band I was in at the time, and got a call from the guys asking me to audition. So I was not there when they first sat down at the drawing board. But my intention was to play rock ’n roll, so I think i fitted right in hehe. The first records we did, The Heat 7″ and Bring It On ep, was more punk rock and were more or less based on the earliest demos and ideas both before and after I joined the band. But we got better at making songs together, and finding our way to the Camp Rock sound came naturally. I , personally, think we stopped caring so much about what people wanted to hear from us and just made music that WE wanted to hear other bands play, you know. Who knows what our next album will sound like hehe. We are actually releasing a new 3 track 7″ this summer , called This High ep, which may be a pointer in what direction we are heading when we lock ourselves in Kai’s studio again this winter. We have made shitloads of good songs just waiting to be recorded.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-you know, I dont think you can be 100% satisfied. Its not easy to capture what you feel when you blast through the songs in the rehearsal room or live on tape, but I think we did a pretty decent job on Camp Rock, dont you? We also had our producer Kai there to hjelp us get the sound we wanted. His ideas and ear for classic rock sound are priceless. So I think we made a hell of a good record. But , you know, the songs change a little every time you play them , and they grow in a way, so It would be interesting to se what they would sound like if we were to record Camp Rock again in two years time.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-Yeah, I feel the same way. Back late 80s and 90s , when I was a teenager, I used to go to my local record store and flip through all the albums and just look at the covers. If it looked cool I would buy it hehe. This was before internet was a common thing, so it was not that easy to find “new” bands, but my record pusher had a good taste and he introduced me to some really good bands. So yeah, the cover and name means allot.
In our case we were originally called The Heat, and we released one 7″ under that name, but it did not sound quite right. So we sat down trying to find a better sounding name that represented us and our music better. Razorbats was actually my idea, but I did not know what a razorbat was. We just thought it sounded cool. Google told me later that the Green Goblin uses ninjastars called razorbats…
So its something there for the Marvel freaks out there as well hehe…
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I guess we could dress up like Motley Crue , Hanoi Rocks or Aerosmith and kinda live up to what people would imagine us looking like based on our music. But for me , I have always been a t-shirt , sneakers and jeans person. most of my musical heroes growing up dressed like that. You know, Motorhead, Ramones, Slayer, most punk/HC bands l listen to…
Image is important, but for me, its also important that a band is real and not fakin’ it.
If you dress up like Keith Richards, put Iced tea in your Jack bottle and pretend to be bad ass, then go home to your stampcollection and put on your Kygo cd’s …
Thats not right , is it ??
I want the fans to see that we are real band and plays music we love. Not a band who dresses up to compensate for bad songs. Some of us DO wear makeup on stage, but they also wear it at home with their wife and Kids 😉 .
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-The artwork is were important. Its a package you know. When you buy an album and listen too it for the first time you read the lyrics and look at the artwork too . Its almost a religious experience. Nowadays many people download or stream their music and maybe dont even see the artwork.
I would like the people who buys a Razorbats album to have that experience. I hope they do. I think you get an idea of what kinda band we are just by looking at the cover.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socialising with the fans or is there a down side to it too ?
-I think it has been beneficial , for most parts. Now you have the internet where we used to have -zines doing the job. I remember getting mix tapes and small underground -zines in the Mail or picked them up at small shows. MTV tok that whole image thing to another level back in the 80s and made music videos the most important thing for a band to promote their music, but then you had to be on a big label and make big budget productions. Now any band can make a video and promote themselves. I think thats a good thing.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-You have the fans, the record labels, the guy who spends 12 hours in a way to small van ,smelling our farts ,to sell our merch, the show promoters, the merch/cover art designers, the music zines + + and they all do it for little or no profit just because they love music. That is great. So yeah, maybe we are part of a massive community !? Never thought of it in that way…
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?
-Self Destructo Records ment allot to us. They are very good at distributing our music and exposing us to people we never could reach on our own. And lets not forget making us a part of the world wide phenonomen called Turbojugend.
But In this digital day and age, it is possible to reach all over the world just by sitting at home with a computer. You can also make a whole album sitting at home by your self hehe.
So I guess you dont really need a label, but for Razorbats, it ment more exposure world wide. More than we could have done on our own, being the old, outdated farts that we are Hehehe…
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are not a hard touring band. We are old men with families and all that now, so touring is not as easy as it used to be. But we do it in bulks, and always support our releases with some touring. In support of the This High ep we will do some clubs and festivals in Norway , Sweden and Uk this summer. We also have plans for more touring in Europe, but we have to find the time first. As mentioned above, we are hitting the studio again this October (I think) ,so we’ll see . Maybe we will head out on a bigger tour 2017. .
Its not that hard to get the gigs , the worst part is to get the time and finances to do them hehe.