I am almost ashamed to say this but I haven’t really checked out REVOCATION until now. Answers from Dave. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-I always had faith in the band but I am surprised to see how far we’ve come. I’ve gotten the chance to tour the world with some of my favorite bands that I grew up listening to which is very surreal for me when I think back on being a young metalhead that would fantasize about traveling and releasing albums.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-I feel great about it, I’m very proud of how the songs came out and the overall sound of the record.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Yeah for sure, we’re 7 records in at this point so we definitely have a sound that we constantly build on with each release.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Yeah I think it’s important to have either a message or some kind of interesting aesthetic to your lyrics, we put so much effort into writing the music so we don’t want the lyrics to just be an afterthought. We’ve tackled a wide range of topics throughout our career but the newest album primarily is inspired by the writings of the sci fi horror author H.P. Lovecraft.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-The cover artwork is very important to me, I remember being a kid and I would buy CDs just based on the cover art alone. For us the artwork is tied in with the overall themes of our records, the latest album for example is meant to be a a visual representation of “The Outer Ones’ themselves. I think having cool artwork might sway certain fans into picking up a physical copy, especially vinyl collectors who want to see all the little details.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-It’s hard to say, I guess with the US it’s easy enough to travel around and tour from state to state. There can be a lot of hoops to jump through when you’re coming in from another country, flights and work permits all add up and sometimes people don’t get approved for visas in time. We were lucky that we could build a good following in the states and then branch out around the globe. There’s different measurements of success, for me it’s seeing consistent growth from record to record and the ability to bring our music to new markets all around the world.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-Our music is what makes us stand out, for me that’s the most important thing and we put everything we have into writing the best records that we possibly can.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-We don’t really play too often in the local scene anymore because everyone in the band is spread out. We only really play Boston when we’re on tour but it seems like the local scene is still vibrant. I think it’s important to have a strong local scene, that’s what will nurture you’re creativity and help foster a strong drive to succeed in many ways. If there’s no local places to play or go see shows people will loose interest and the scene will be at the risk of fizzling out.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-It’s not super accepted by the general public but it’s popular in the underground for sure. Really it depends on how extreme the sub genre is, I don’t think brutal death grind will ever have a mass appeal but that’s kind of the whole purpose of it, to go against the status quo and to revile most upstanding citizens.
What does the future hold for you?
-We’ve got a lot of touring planned, we’re about to embark on a full US and Canadian tour followed by a full European tour shortly afterwards.