SAINTORMENT is a cool thrash metal band that really needs your attention. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-When you release a demo record, you do not really take it that seriously. I mean, even if you know that there is something to work on and iron out, you still get the feeling that you have time to do it. You can even re-compose and re-record if you see it necessary. But when you start to record the album for real, it sure is a different feeling. First of all, you know that you simply cannot afford to fail, everything should be recorded as perfect and clean as possible. There are also deadlines as well, so you cannot just waste your time on re-recording some parts you cannot get right. Plus, there is always that chance that something will go wrong with your equipment and you just don’t have time to look into it. With Saintorment, the pressure on the recording process is very real because of one more thing: we need to borrow the equipment to record and the one who lets us borrow it can just come and take it, just because he wants so. Otherwise, as an independent band, we do not feel any kind of major pressure from the label who would want to profit off the sales of our albums. We just really hope that people who will listen to our music will be pleased.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-The most important and the most pronounced feeling will of course be something along the lines of “man, does it suck? will it suck??” and “I really hope everyone will like this/find this catchy!”. We cannot really expect people to comment on our work or to like it, but it is always cool to see that it gets some feedback. The worst reaction is no reaction at all, you know? It just means that your work is so flat people do not even care to leave a comment. The main goal sure is to overcome the previous record and to reach new heights in musicianship!
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-To be honest, this sort of thing has never really happened. Yet. We are a new band that has not yet produced any classic-everyone-knows-them songs. There are some people in our hometown who know some of our lyrics though. It sure feels great when people know the songs, it is a sign that you are doing it right and people actually like it.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-I would say that sound does not have anything to do with the lyrics and artwork. The only thing that we need to do when it comes to recording the next album is to make sure it is better in every aspect than the previous one! As for now, I think we are still kind of looking for our “own” recognizable sound and we sure have gotten much closer to it on our second album. We will see however what the third album brings… Maybe we will go Black Djent Metal? Hahaha.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-It might sound weird, but in our homecountry it feels rather otherwise. People do not seem to have such great passion for music over here, and we do not have many bands, not in Metal anyway. So, on one hand, you really do feel a bit “separated” from the mainstream community, on the other hand the metal-music community is like a family, not as big as it might be in our neighbor-countries Sweden or Finland, but still.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-As we have not produced that many songs yet, it is not that hard to avoid copying yourself. You rather end up unconsciously copying something that has been written by some other band, may be something that you haven’t even heard, but it is nearly impossible today to create something 100% original. This answer might however change when we get down to the recording of the third album, so check with us again soon, hahaha!
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-This is very individual to every member of the band. We both take inspiration from our surroundings and the situations we go through in our lives, daily routines and emotions, yet there is also highly personal side in this. Take our song “We Are” as an example. The lyrics revolve around the experience of fainting/losing consciousness. This was something that inspired Romans so he suggested the lyrics that describe this process and its effect. We all also have our own inspiration sources in what considers our favourite music or any other type of art or activities.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-There is a certain demand for CDs, may be as a tribute to the old-school collecting of physical stuff in our digital age. Hell, the CD-players now are substituted by flash-drives, like cassette-players were substituted by CD-players back in the day! We do not want to say that digitalization has only bad sides to it, no. Digitalization makes it much and I mean much easier to distribute your music. At the same time, there is a certain oversaturation of bands and music now, and as a result of that it is nearly impossible to stand out or to be spotted. So I guess there are some positive things and also some things that are not that great, but that what you call balance, right? There is not a single 100% perfect thing in this world.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-As I said before, you gain some and you lose some. Digital copies save you physical room, it is not difficult to keep track of what you have, you do not need to worry about losing something if you move for example, or if your CD gets scratched and stops playing. You can also think that you help the nature by not spending paper and plastic on physical CDs. On the other hand, there is that extremely satisfying feeling of holding the actual physical product in your hands, to smell the booklet, to hear how the CD spins in your CD-player or CD-ROM. There are people who cannot let go of that feeling and so they choose physical over digital and I cannot blame them. But we do not hold any open grudge against digitalization. This is how it goes. The only thing that we are kind of against is the excessive use of electronic means to produce music, – if I want to hear guitars, I want them to sound real, if I want to hear drums – I want them to be real and sound natural, you know what I mean.
What lies in the future?
-The future’s not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.