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 SAINTE MARIE DES LOUPS. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-The moniker of a band is definitely very important in creating an atmosphere. Music quality is still prevalent of course…But could you imagine bands like Darkthrone or Mayhem having goofy names ? It wouldn’t work… In Sainte Marie des loups case I think I’ve managed to give the exact vibe that fits the music… an impetuous and necrotic saint who indifferently graces mankind with life and death within the same trail of destruction.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-I started listening to Black metal during the early 90’s and it took me almost 15 years to find the right people to play Black metal with in my other now defunct band Chambre Froide. Sainte Marie des Loups is a solo project so I don’t have that kind of issues. Black metal has always been keen to solo projects…I guess it has something to do with the harshness of the music and the isolationist mind state it requires.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-No special method. I write guitar riffs, record them and work on harmonizations and arrangements. No secrets here.
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?
-I just pay my tribute to the bands I love. I don’t try to be original, I try to create something that is personal and honest though. It takes time and work in an era that glorifies laziness hidden amongst fashionable aesthetics and a shitty sound.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-I’m afraid I don’t pay enough attention to the artwork. I’m not a graphic person, it takes me a long time to find an idea that fits the music and then even more time to execute it. But I’m completely fond of gloomy and grainy black and white pictures. No computerized photoshop shit.
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?
-I don’t know about other people’s musical comsuption habits. I still listen to full albums. Maybe metalheads are too busy to take the appropriate time to listen to full albums, they need to forge an opinion very quick so that they can fill monthly top tens on internet messageboards.
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?
-Internet and downloading have definitely killed the underground. They have killed its mystic. They have killed the effort of writing to a band or a label or writing a fanzine, they have killed the unique feeling of discovering something obscure.The main problem nowadays when you’re a band is to distinguish yourself from the hundreds of bands which appear and release records and the internet contributes to create a frigid meltdown mass of music with all those bands. Die hard fans (as opposed to weak trend followers) still exist of course, but for how long? It needs a lot of strenght not to be crushed by the overwhelming flux of trends and useless informations.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Hopefully I wish I belong to a scene where people like good music. If not I don’t know and don’t care a single bit.
What does the future hold?
-For Sainte Marie des Loups a second LP next year. For mankind, the same old shit until total obliteration into cosmic oblivion. Hopefully.