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 REINFECTION. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Hi. I don’t really remember if it was hard to come up with the name or not. It was twenty years ago. Reinfection name is a strong name for the death grind band and we like it. It worked well for so long. We want fans of that kind of music to recognize that, when dealing with Reinfection get prepared to get knocked the fuck out right after pressing “play”.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-Everyone in the band has their favorite bands from the past that formed how they look at metal music and how they want to sound. With time we also grew out of some influences and just realized on our own how we want to sound. Fast, brutal, clear with huge wall of sound that will drop you to your knees.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-No. We arrange the songs the way they come. We don’t over think things. We let the unfinished songs sit for a moment or two, let it settle. It is easier to catch good moments in the songs and elaborate on making them to become a stronger statement.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-I am not sure about the new songs yet as we haven’t played them live yet, but in the past in worked just fine. You go out there and play your stuff. Interaction with people while playing live adds something that playing in the studio just can’t give you. Higher level of satisfaction than playing in the studio.
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?
-You know we are all part time musicians and have other thing happening in our lives. It is nice to have a label that works hard every day to get your name and music out there as we probably would not have enough time to do it.
Negative consequences to music being available for free on youtube for example… well, bands are selling a lot less records less they used to, I think.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-If the fan is true to the band and he/she likes the record they will still purchase it, but the record these days has to be really good for it to happen because of the online access to it all. I don’t think the easy access makes fans any less true to the band.
I think CDs are going away, while LP and digital format will prevail.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Strong statement. Good design.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-As you know Poland has very strong metal scene. I think Reinfection is part of it. I however haven’t lived in Poland since 2001 so can’t really tell for sure. I hope Reinfection is considered as part of the national scene. I guess we will see when we play live.
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?
-I don’t live of selling CDs and playing music so not worrying about it as much as bands that are full time. Like I said CDs will be gone. Vinyl and digital is here to stay.
What lies in the future?
-Live shows and new record. Maybe 7”EP? “Breeding Hate” album just came out not too long ago so still too early to say. Live shows for sure.
Get our new album “Breeding Hate”, it will rip your head off. You won’t be disappointed. Cheers!