I am a huge friend of the more groovy hard rock of bands like The Hellacopters or Imperil State Electric so whenever a band comes close to that I take notice. Which is why I’ve interviewed SHOTGUN REVOLUTION. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-haha i’m glad you think that, because that’s not the case. Really it’s just a simple metaphor for us bringing the rock n’ roll guitar back…
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-Well they shouldn’t, so that’s easy…they should start off by listening to the album for free at spotify or whatever and then, if they like it, we’ll be more than happy to take their money via iTunes or whatever, and spend it on the next album.
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Yes and yes. But then again, our last original album was back in 2012 so we’ve been taking our time with this one. What is “large enough” ?? The fans we got and love, have made it crystal clear to us that they we’re anticipating the album and the reception has been nothing but great.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-Yes, and we still want the same today. Varied rock n’ roll. We hate those albums with 10 similar songs, a great album is dynamic, creative and surprising. Our sound is an organic entity, it grows so obviously it’s changed since we started…like we have, as persons…but it will always be rock n’ roll.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-No not really. More like a family. We always spend time with our fans after concerts, signing cd’s, saying hi and taking pictures. We’re just like them, rock n’ roll lovers, we just get to go on stage.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-First time i’ve been asked that question…hmmm i guess so, i think we do the most common thing, “what suits the songs” and take it from there. But in all honesty all the graphic Shotgun Revolution stuff is Tex (our bass player) department. I try to stay clear of that, Tex is so much better !
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-No i don’t think so. It’s not making it any easier though, that’s for sure.
My personal opinion is that we as musicians has to adapt to the new realities and find new revenue streams to make a living. I’ll let you know when we find them ! (aka: stay calm and keep buying our albums or singles, we’re still screwed with no money)
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-Nope it is not, just look at Volbeat, they are doing it. But rock n’ roll is not the mainstream genre any more so it’s harder. The touring circut today, ouch that’s a tough one. I can’t speak in general ‘cause it’s very much a local thing. Denmark is extremely different from the Uk for example.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I see it as a rock n’ roll concert. What happens from there is entirely up to the audience.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-More albums, more touring, more rock n’ roll.