ROOF DOWN

I live in a country where the dream of driving ROOF DOWN is just that, a dream. Thankfully music can take you on journeys otherwise impossible. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

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?
-We were looking for a name that stands for a great exciting moment for us and the audience. One of us remembered that Paul Stanley (Kiss) said “Let’s bring the roof down” at one of their concerts, and we felt that was spot on what we wanted to do.

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?
-As we play a kind of Seattle rock inspired post grunge, our big inspirations are of course the Seattle rock bands such as Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, but also Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters to name a few more. We also want to add something new to the genre – to make every song interesting. In the process our songs may initially tend to differ, but when we apply the “Roof Down-touch” the red line becomes clear.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Although the arrangement is about the same, when the beat goes down the songwriting and recording effort goes up. To compensate for the lower “density” of a slower song, we are forced to think different about the chords by opening them up, let bass and guitar tones ring out, and get the vocals more emotional and richer.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-“How would this new song come out live” is the first question we ask ourselves when we play a new song for the first time.
When we are having great fun playing the song, it means that the energy is right and that an audience should like it too. Our music works really well live.

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?
-The online platforms are so crowded that it is quite hard for us to make ourselves be heard by own efforts above a certain level thru all that noise. Here is where we think it is good to have a label that can step in and use their knowledge and channels to make our music more visible. No matter how good the song is, people won’t take notice if it’s just another star in the sky.
The almost saturated music cybermarket is mostly a good thing, but a too readily available favorite playlist can lock people in to music they already know. So even if it easy to upload a new song, it takes a lot more for it to stand out in the crowd.

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?
-Fans who are sharing a lot a songs on the streaming platforms, maybe become half-true to many bands for the reasons you mention. A positive thing that could come out of that, is that more bands get at least some attention. As a band it is a challenging thing to really go inside you and make music that you self believe in and from that produce a song that says something to a audience. A really positive thing with the streaming technique today is that we can reach fans all over the world.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A great front cover speaks to your emotions. It may give you a dopamine rush or if it is a tad mystic, it makes one curious about the music behind that cover.
The front cover of our latest album has a subtle message that the world is perhaps more lost than ever. It’s also a symbol of the struggle that we do together as a band on the river of “Mainstream”.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Climate is good for metal. Almost too good. We wish people could open up their ears and take in something new from the same musical neighborhood so to speak. Why not tear the “Roof Down” and make room for something new? Our mission has always been, and will continue to be, to go out and preach about the sound of our post-grunge music.

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?
-In the old days we had the luck to experience the joyful drama when a new album was released. You had to go to the record store waiting for it to open at the release date, grab that record, maybe had a quick chat with the shop owner, and then you run home. With the record sleeve in your hands you could follow the lyrics, watch photos, read about the recording process, read the long special thanks list. All this extra info beyond the actual music, created true and happier fans – one felt closer to the artist. If we can create anything for a fan to experience that – we would be true proud.
In a way, sound quality was also better since Spotify etc removes very many tones from a song to save the memory storage space on computers. But we tend not to worry about the future regarding this. We’ll just continue to fight on and at the same time have a fucking good time!

What lies in the future?
-We are among the headline bands of major rock festivals around Scandinavia and mid-Europe during 2019/20 and US by 2020/2021. Also to continue our creative process as a band and make music that says something to the listener.

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