This is one of these bands that I have no idea that I even interviewed. It says more about my memory than it does about SINTAX. So in order to find out why I’ve decided to interview them I have to read this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?.
It’s what we do. Were a nation of stressed people, so stress don’t bother us the more you push the harder we work. The art of course comes first and no deadline will force us to release something we
don’t consider as top notch. We hope someday we will be so in demand that these will present itself as a serious issue.
What response did you get on your last album? What was the weirdest response you got?
-Well the responses were very good especially from the thrash metal crowd. Reviews are quite favorable. Of curse there are some that didn’t like it. The weirdest response we got that one reviewer wrote he didn’t like that we don’t stick with a specific genre and switch from old school to heavy to modern thrush etc. It was weird cause that was one of our goals – achieving an album that doesn’t sound like a 40 min song. But to give personality to each individual track.
Since he noticed that we guess we achieved what we set up to do. So getting flamed for something we are proud of and worked hard for well … it’s weird 🙂
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 not weird at all that’s the best feeling in the world. When we do “4 more years” and people start
to chant “4 more years” were the protest chanting come in the bridge it’s pure magic.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
-Well we don’t feel obligated at all. But still our lyrics are about the same subjects since we are the same people. The art always reflect the lyrics so at the end I don’t think there be a big departure on that department. Musically were free spirits and we promise our next release will be different style wise then the current so there’s something to look forward to.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Everyone who picks up an instrument and love the excruciating task of performing on stage is crazy like we are. That’s a brother (or sister). Of course were more connected to metal bands we share that much more in common.
When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with a songs that fit into the sound?
-There are no rules. But in general new sound triggers new approaches/vibes you attack the instrument or vocal differently and a lot of the time new/strange/magical riffs emerge. Thats the basic of a new composition. Now structure it, put in the clever bits and theres a new song.
What influences/inspires you today?
-Everyone the band is very different. We all like Slayer. But there’s Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Testament, Megadeth, Judas priest, Queen, Allman Brothers and so many more.
We even cover Sea Sick Steve on our shows. So we try to blend all our influences but still keeping the metal base of thing solid.
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?
-Yes I mean there’s less money coming in. Labels expect you to to be established before working with you these days. Most band holds steady jobs . Touring cost the band money etc. So a lot of bands just have an expensive hobby. Those that support themselves are very economical when it come to touring. So I guess in the long run it will hurt the variety of live music available at a venue near you.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Digital is the most comfortable way to save, share and play music but the down side is that people will pay me for a disc even doe we’re not selling a piece of plastic but our art. Digital is amorphic so it’s perceived as free. Which doesn’t translate well to a full time working musician.
What lies in the future?
-New Album in the writing. Bigger tours, More exposure, Pushing our boundaries. Creating music and enjoying it that’s why we do it anyway.
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