SHOW OF is another cool Canadian band that I’ve recently discovered. Perhaps not my typical Canadian band encounter but hey, if it’s good it’s good. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-The band name is important to a certain degree. It’s the first thing that catch people’s eye or interest most of the time. But in the end, the most important thing is the concept behind it and what you have to give as a band. The name is open for interpretation. To me the music is always the main interest.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
– It kind of happened by itself and it evolved from there. We were all playing in other bands already and we were just really inspired by this project. It became our main focus.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
– We sound like a bastardized version of many genre, I guess but basically, I would say we are a heavy experimental rock band. We have the standard rock band setup, but we try to experiment with riff, structure, sounds, influences and arrangements to breathe our personality into it and hopefully make something interesting for people to listen to.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
– We do not have a specific method. Sometimes, when coming up with a new song, we already have ideas of what could go over it in terms of arrangements, overdubs, samples etc. Other times we build it along the way. For example, we came up with the arrangements and the vocals at the end of Blue Lotus while trying different things during the recording sessions. Before starting the recording, we knew we wanted to have different textures in the songs this time like synths and drum machines though. So, it was already decided that we would experiment with those. We also wanted to have some interludes, so we recorded an experimental jam and kept the parts we thought would fit well.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
– We find our inspiration in many ways I guess. It could be while listening to other people’s music, watching movies, contemplating daily life, nature or an industrial plant. We like to keep an open mind in many ways. We like to listen to a big variety of music and sometimes, while listening, we hear what could resemble a future Show of Bedlam riff in something apparently totally unrelated to what we do, like an old Oum Kalthoum (Egyptian signer) song or something. If we feel something is too obvious, sometimes we decide to use a different approach to make it more interesting.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
– It is really important but we are not going crazy with it thouth, because we do everything on our own so at some point we have to let it go. But we do the best we can to make it as interesting and inspiring as possible. Up until now, we have tried to make it meaningful to us, so there’s a sort of concept in there. We brainstorm a lot to reach a common vision.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
– To me, it’s just as relevant as it ever was. I always liked the format of a full album, especially if the tracks are fitting well together and there’s a sort of conduct feeling to them. I mean it can be fun to listen to singles but I feel a record can have the effect of taking you on a journey. When staring at a painting, you don’t want to keep watching only a tiny part, you want to see the whole picture. Plus, putting the needle on a record is still the optimal way to listen to music to me beside witnessing it live.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
– I don’t think we are killing it in any way by downloading. Sharing files and cultural content can’t be negative. It sure would be great to have access to more means like bands used to before the Internet boom, but I think art shouldn’t be motivated by any pecuniary intention. It should be done because you need to do it. Anyway, I feel a band like us, that is already struggling to get our stuff across, would have a much harder time if it wasn’t for the Internet. Thanks to it, we have people showing us support from all over the world and that’s amazing to me. If they download the music, well, at least they have a listen. The other day we sent a t-shirt to a New Zealand guy, which is something crazy to me. What I think is killing the scene today is much more the herd mentality. Sometimes it feels like it’s not encouraged much anymore to try and bring your personality into your music. What works now is to play a style exactly within the right boundaries, in a tribute kind of way. How boring…
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
– I don’t know. Actually, what I find great, is that we seem to fit in many scenes. It’s something that amazes me. : we can play with grind, death metal or doom/sludge bands, but also punk, goth, post-rock or even cold wave bands. We aren’t pigeonholed in one style and I guess that’s a positive thing. So I can’t say there’s any specific scene that we belong to. We are kind of loners in a way. Or bees jumping from a flower to another.
What does the future hold?
– For now, we have 3 shows booked in Montréal this summer. June 9th is the vinyl launch, july 22 the CD launch and we play with a very good Seattle band called Arcane on august 27. We are also working on a video that should be out soon. Other than that, we have an extra song to mix from the Transfiguration sessions and we did a bunch of other recordings in this awesome university studio last year that we need to finish. That’s pretty much the plan. Thank you, unknown interviewer.