I have to admit that I have totally missed out on all of SEREMONIA’s albums. Best way to start is with this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?.
-With all the Seremonia albums this far, there is no difference. We don’t record any demo versions. We write the songs, rehearse them a bit and try to leave room for a lot of improvisation and inspiration for the “actual album take”. We write and record just for ourselves, by ourselves, so the only pressure is from within. The only people we are trying to impress is the five of us. Luckily some other people have also liked our music, like the Svart Records guys. Of course we are happy that our albums get good sounding and good looking vinyl releases and are “out there for other people too”. But still, no pressure.
What response did you get on your last album? What was the weirdest response you got?
-Critical response has been very good, and the first vinyl edition is sold out. It’s 500 copies, which is nothing IF you’re Madonna or Bruce Springsteen, but for a psychedelic punk rock band singing in finnish it’s a phenomenal success. I’m not sure it’s the weirdest response, but many people who have written about Kristalliarkki album seem to think it must have been written and recorded under the influence of psychedelic drugs. That is not the case.
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?
-It’s a bit weird. Not that our songs or shows are really the “let’s all sing together” -type. Finnish is a weird little language, so it’s the best when people abroad sing along with your song in a strangely beautiful accent.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
-Not really, but of course there are powerful lyrical themes that we keep coming back to. And our next album will be a kind of sequel to Kristalliarkki lyrics wise. But maybe it’s more like you always want to do something a little different than the last time.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Certainly in that sense that the band mates are your friends regardless of the band. And of course the underground music scene in Finland is small, everybody knows everybody. I guess that’s a greater community!
When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with songs that fit into the sound?
-Our basic band sound is very natural and easy for us to come up with. For recording and mixing it’s the other way around. We write the song, and then think about the particular perfect sounds for that particular song.
What influences/inspires you today?
-Exactly today (when I write these answers) I’ve been influenced by the shit weather conditions in Finland. It should be spring but it’s snowing. Inspirational things today have been seeing a friend screen print great looking 7″ covers by hand, listening to ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy and Erkki Kurenniemi.
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?
-I don’t think we have very much in common with mainstream record industry. At our merch table cds are harder to get rid of than vinyl albums or the shirts!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Let’s get physical.
What lies in the future?
-Death, destruction and all sorts of horrors for everyone.