ROOF DOWN

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 ROOF DOWN. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of music you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Infact it was quite easy to agree of the name. The name came up from Kiss Alive I when Paul Stanley screams ‘We’re gonna bring the roof down’, because we all felt that is our ultimate mission with our music- to make people feel good. It also represents that life is both up and down. That is seen in the logo with both arrows up and down, that also represent “Roof” and “Down” – smart hu!

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music
-Our music goes under the genre “Seattle rock-inspired post grunge with a pinch of modern alternative rock”. We have over the years always been told that we are reminiscent of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters to name a few. It is of course extremely flattering, but at the same time, like many other bands, we don’t want to be placed in a compartment. We want to be unique! We have always agreed that the important thing is to write good songs. Songs that are smartly built and easily listened to.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Everyone in the band has similar sources of inspiration when it comes to other artists. A common denominator is the grunge rock that is based on that the singer has a quite powerful voice that for many are recognised as a “Grunge voice”. But if we take influence let say Mozart. He truly made good songs and magnificent music. Maybe he was Grunge on his time.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Since we live an a quite big town as Stockholm, the scene is quite ok. It is really nice to meet the audience and get some feedback if the music creates some kind of emotion. But the music process that we do is quite introvert – we just want to do good songs – and hopefully the audience will find it and like it.

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?
-When you play in a band and produce music, the songs are based on the life we live. In our case we are concerned of environment, society etc. and that are reflected in the music. So we are not part of any public movement but more a reflection of a the ordinary man struggling with our lifes.

What is a great album cover to you?
-A great cover speaks to your emotions. A cover shall wake an immediate interest. May give you a dopamine rush or if it is a tad mystic, it makes one curious about the music behind that cover. And then when you listen to the music you shall understand the album cover – like “OK now I get it!”.

What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-NO! Digital recording and spreading the music is just great. In some cases, you can maybe hear difference in the sound, but that is so strong connected to the time when it was recorded. It is impossible to copy the sound as for example Led Zepelin did in the early 70th. And why do? Every time has their technique, fashion etc. that forms the music. Digital is the contribution to the music history.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-It is quite good. We fit both in small clubs but the funniest is to perform on bigger scenes. The only thing is that we need to work a little harder in the beginning because metal is so big nowadays. We wish people could open their ears and take in something new from the same musical neighbourhood so to speak. Why not tear the roof down for something new? We must go out and preach about the sound of our post-grunge music.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-A large part of being in the band is about the community. We like to hangout, not just about the music, but also to socialize. When we go further away for gigs it feels like vacation! We get to do what we love while creating space to socialize as friends. This is also important for a band. But on stage we are there for the audience – so it is probably an appending with the fans. The party we take afterwards (also with the fans)

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We really want this album to be spread and hopefully recognized outside our own country. Also that we get new influence so we can continue to develop and find new way for us musically to take the story of Roof Down to new highs.

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