There are a couple of labels that I trust explicably, that I know will deliver the goods no matter. So I knew instantly that SEAX would be right up my alley. Anders Ekdahl ©2017 .
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?>
Hel: Accomplishment. I also feel that we should have worked harder on putting the word out there about it. It took a while for this album to reach our fans in Europe. So expect lots of promo for our next album.
Carmine: Agreed. In terms of the music, I feel like we found our sound with this album. I feel the recording was kind of rushed, but in all honestly, we kind of did write and record Speed Metal Mania in a rush. I’m hoping we can take a bit more time with this next one we’re working on.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
Hel: When our friend, Jeremy, came up with that name and explained to me what it meant, I knew I had to go for it. The fucking Saxons got their name from this weapon. How metal is that?! It means and screams Heavy Metal!
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
Hel: I think its cool. We have been working our asses off in this band for over 6 years now and it’s awesome when people listen to and like your music. The feeling when you play to a crowd that is going berserk is fucking awesome.
Carmine: Agreed! We love doing what we do and it’s great to see that there are people out there who enjoy it as much as we do.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
Hel: I think image is important to Heavy Metal in general. It’s been part of it since the beginning. We already look like what we play and we don’t care about what impressions people get. No cracker jack clothes allowed though!
Carmine: It’s all in the eye of the beholder. We just go out there and be ourselves and whatever impressions people get, they get.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right artwork for your album?
Hel: Very important. I want people to look at our album artwork and hear the music in their head before even listening to it. I remember talking to Mark Riddick about the cover for “Speed Metal Mania”, about how it should scream SEAX and he delivered it.
Carmine: I agree with Hel. Thinking strictly as a fan, when I’m shopping for records and I see something I’ve never heard before, album art is usually the first thing that grabs my attention.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a downside to it too?
Hel: It killed all that mystery that always surrounded Heavy Metal. Nothing is obscure anymore.
Carmine: I see it as a double edged sword. While I think it’s great that the internet has brought a lot of exposure to previously unknown bands from way back when, there’s a certain excitement that isn’t there anymore. I remember when I was around 13-14, before YouTube and like that existed and being a fan of the more obvious bands such as Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon, etc and then being exposed to more underground metal of that style like Helloween, Running Wild, Razor, Exciter, etc and wanting to dig deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, so to speak. Social media has kind of taken away some of that excitement. I’m not going to be like some of the metal elitists and cry about how the internet ruined everything, but I do miss the mystery that came with it. That said though, it still doesn’t make me enjoy it any less!
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
Hel: Yes. Music’s been my life since I was a little kid. And yes, it is definitely a community. No matter where you go or where you play, it will always feel like home.
Carmine: Absolutely. Being on the road and playing festivals, you always meet cool people who are united by a common interest. Even though you may only see them once or twice a year or even every other year, they end up being friends for life. Like Hel said, it always feels like home.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
Hel: The music scene is alive and well. Despite all the shady deals going on behind closed doors (pay-to-play, etc), we still thrive.
Carmine: Damn straight!
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
Hel: We try and tour every year. It’s important to us to stay as active as possible. We never tried to play outside the US, next year will be our first time overseas and we are really looking forward to it. We can’t wait to play at Headbangers Open Air!
What will the future bring?
Hel: Speed Metal! More albums and more tours.
Carmine: The future will bring Seax thrashing in a city near you! Hope to see you there partying with us.