With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SHE CRIES WOLF. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-The name for any collection of people needs to symbolise top down what the group stand for or a common overarching theme. I don’t think it is make or break to musical success, but it definitely helps.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-It’s definitely a beautiful celebration. Months of writing, collaborating, picking things apart to get it to the final point of completion is definitely an incredible feeling at the end of it. I think our own sense of personal accomplishment of articulating something so deep and real for us over rules any anxiety of “I wonder how many streams when we release”
thoughts race through your heads?
-It’s fantastic once we’re at the studio to lay out the foundations of what we have worked hard on in stone for release. There’s definitely a LOT of moments from “we need to tweak this” or “we need to add this” to convey the music exactly how we wanted it.
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-Be good people, surround yourself with other great people, and help each other elevate. Definitely how we had any recognition. It was never us that did any successful promoting of ourselves, it was the incredible people around us that encouraged us to keep going.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-Definitely important. Seperation of genres and our ability to identify strongly with them allows us to uniquely construct who we are. Metal is far too broad.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-You kinda answered the question here haha. You would know that it definitely leaves you with a sense of personal belonging in a time & place with people that you shared experiences and ranges of emotions with. It’s definitely incredible.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-It needs to carry the theme of the album, for sure. For example a lot of our artwork is very inspired by Christianity, which is deeply discussed and referenced to in the album.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-Not overly. Again, depends on what you want to get out of your release. There are bands that have run independently for years and self managed. If you can do the job yourself, why pay someone to do it for you? And music can never be too readily available. The question is more how do you make it more accessible.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-We’ve been called energetic & violent. Definitely prefer to play floor shows to get as intimate with people as we can!
What lies in the future?
-Off this release we’ll be planning a tour & other announcements. Stay tuned!