WOW! This is like being dragged back to the 80s for me. I remember SCANNER from my 80s exploration of German heavy/thrash metal. I thought they were cool but nothing like Kreator or Assassin. Now I got the chance to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is the reason behind rereleasing old albums? Is the re-release a new starting point for the band?
-Well, I think after our current album “The Judgement” there are also many new fans who never got the chance to get the first SCANNER albums. Therefore, the re- releases are for those who are interested in the bands past and those who want to discover some jewels in metal history.
What response did you get you get to these albums when they first were released? What was the weirdest response you got?
-The reactions were very positive and sales were quite good, too. Just from Great Britain’s media we got a weird reaction on our lyrics on our hit single “Across the Universe” off “Hypertrace” because we mentioned Britain’s FALKLAND ISLAND conflict and they did not like a German band with German’s history of WORLD WAR II putting a finger into the wounds of GREAT BRITAIN. That was something we had never expected in the late 80s and 40 years after the war.
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?
-We appreciate it very much. It is a nice experience and a very good feeling and makes you proud somehow. It is nice to have created something other people like and have fun with.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and artwork for example? How important was/is artwork and for people to easy recognize a SCANNER record?
-You are right, there has to be something like that so fans are able to recognize the band again. I think the style how you compose music should provide this. Much more than cover and lyrics would do. I think a cover can be of different styles from one to the other release as well as the lyrics without hiding the band’s identity.
Did you feel like you were a part of a greater community because you played in a band?
-Definitely. Especially in Heavy Metal it’s not only being a musician but a philosophy and life style.
When you had found a sound how hard/easy was it to come up with songs that fit into the sound?
-I always loved the special sound of distorted electric guitars and therefore all my song ideas in my mind had this sound already. So, it was easy to get it fitting to.
What was it that influenced the band when you started?
-Main influence were Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, UFO, Black Sabbath, Status Quo, Uriah Heep and Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith.
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?
-Of course. Our contracts are directly dependent on how good the industry is selling. Due to the market, as an artist it was getting harder to get your money from the companies during the last years. So we are happy to have such contracts at the moment.
What is your opinion on digital versus physical?
-I’m the type of person who has to hold something in his hands, therefore “physical” is the only way for me.
What lies in the future?
-Who Knows? But we will play a bunch of gigs around the ball before recording the new album later this year. We hope to meet a lot of fans and having fun with them during our gigs.
Thank you, Anders, for your questions.