As much as I love humour as much trouble do I have with bands like Bad News, Lawnmower Deth and the likes. RUMAHOY might change that. Answers from Captain Yarrface Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-YARR! Our name is very important, as it is a portmanteau of our two favorite things in the world: drinking RUM, and saying AHOY! I think that’s the true heritage spirit of this band.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-It was a love of THE SEA that made me, Captain Yarrface, greatest pirate in all of North Carolina (apart from Blackbeard), want to start a band. Once I had the heritage idea fully formed, it was easy enough finding musicians. When you fire a cannon out to sea at sunrise, true pirates will come to you. That is how I found Cabinboy Treasurequest, Bootsman Walktheplank, and Swashbuckling Pete. They are the greatest pirate crew a man could ask for!
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-Rumahoy exclusively plays AUTHENTIC HERITAGE PIRATE METAL. There are many other pirate metal bands around these days (not naming names) who have disregarded the ancient pirate heritage of their ancestors. We stay true to the course, with authentic music that hearkens back to the days of yarr and piracy.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-We usually put the most AHOY song first (incidentally, the first track is called “AHOY!”), we follow up with a couple of songs that embody the spirit of YARR, then finally we end the album with a song that can only be described as HERITAGE. This is the formula you will find on every Rumahoy album, past present and future.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-We are inspired by the greatest things in life; drinking RUM, saying AHOY, stealing TREASURE, and plundering WENCHES. There are so many chords and melodies to be found, if you dig for them on abandoned desert islands in the Carribbean. Recently I actually followed a treasure map and it led us to a new note after G#…I am going to call this note “R”, after the sound a pirate makes in a battle.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-We put a great amount of effort into our album art. Before we agreed to let our artist (Sergey Glushakov) draw our album cover, we interviewed him extensively to make sure he had the correct opinions of Piracy, Treasure, and Questing. We were so impressed with his heritage skills that we even offered to pay him for his work. Of course, like a true pirate, the only payment he accepted was the love of a comely wench. AVAST!
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Yes! Digital music is definitely killing music and the album. The only sensible way forward for true pirates to support their music scene, is to only buy records on Vinyl – the most heritage of all formats! Every other format is against the pirate code.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-There is nothing positive about the internet. Did the Legendary Pirate Captain Blackbeard have the internet? Did he download facebook on his macbook? NO, he didn’t! All he needed was the sea and his sword to carve a legacy of YARR across the waves. True fans of music could learn a lot from him.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-There is a “pirate metal” scene, yes. Of course, Rumahoy is the greatest, and most authentic band, in the whole scene. Other pirate bands would never beat me, Captain Yarrface, in a one-on-one pirate duel with cutlasses and flintlock pistols. I am the world champion at drinking rum and firing guns (sometimes at the same time)! I challenge all pirates to fight me for the title of King of the Sea!
What does the future hold?
-The future holds many barrels of RUM, many quests for TREASURE, and an ocean full of WENCHES AHOY! You’ll be hearing a lot more from Rumahoy and Captain Yarrface. AHOY!!!!!!!!