Back in the 80s we had bands like Lawnmower Deth and Bad New and Acid Reign that mixed humour with metal. Today we don’t see too much of that but SKELETOON could very well change that. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-Well, it actually started kind as a studio project, with me playing most of the parts. Later I realized that I couldn’t go on without playing live, then I decided to pick up all the musicians and I am very proud of them. The project was real, then, and also the music had a benefit on it: all the guys are working hard with me now, and the sound is more definite and mature..but they left me all the boring parts, now..Ahahahah

Your new album is a concept. Why did you decide to do a concept album? Is it harder to write songs for a concept album than it is for a regular lyric album?
-I actually prefer not to define it a “concept”: when you say “concept albums” everybody immediately starts thinking to something difficult and full of technical playings. I do not dare to consider myself like that. It’s more of an album divided in chapters, where every song is linked to the other by lyrical themes, not with like a book, you know, and you could read every song in the complete album meaning or by itself, and it should work as well. Main theme is about Time that is passing by, with this kid called “Timmy” that is telling us his feelings. Has a sarcastic & funny way to be told, but that’s due to my mood 😉

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-You mean you did not like it, uh? Ahahaha Well, the name is just a simple fusion of SKELETON & CARTOON, to melt together the 2 moods we are into: we have to be tough cause we play Metal, but we do it in a funny way, because we do not like to take us too seriously.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Same, actually, of the name. Our entire way to be, and our shows, are “easy” cause we are deeply convinced that we have a little time on this planet, so we need to have fun and take it easy..our Logo, I think, is perfectly suited to that;)

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Fundamental. For “TICKING CLOCK” I have spent a lot of months to get the right idea…naaah, just kidding,ehehehe..!
I had in mind this artwork since the very beginning, but this amazing job is mostly due to Mr. STAN DECKER, a great French artist & Musician who got the idea in something like 2 seconds: it was like “Hey Stan, this is the Stroyline, do you think you could translate it in a cover??” And he was “yeah, pal, I’ve got an Idea..” and 1 hour later he sent this great piece of art. It was perfect. We picked it immediately. Probably, everybody loved it because it was not me who created it!! Ahahahahha

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it Too?
-Mmm..that’s a tough one..
I would say that socials gave everybody the possibility to spread out more personal jobs & thoughts. We also see too much shit around, it’s normal, but I think that if you have something good, these days it’s easier to let everybody know it, and this is great. I’d say socials are good, without abusing, obviously;) But hey: it’s better Live out there, then pretend on Internet, ain’t it? Me included, ahahahahah!!!

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Yeah. Damn right. It is a sort of huge big family. And I love that feeling. It’s something chemical and magic at the same time, it gives self confidence and partnership mood. It’s not only the band, it’s first of all friends playing, in front of friends sharing the same. It’s like a Drug that only gives benefits, everybody should try it! We are a small band, but feelings are already huge, so I could not say different!!;))

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your Own?
-I think it’s necessary. Labels are not only a quality guarantee like in past, is also a partner who can give Bands pieces of advice and work along with it. Everybody could do “Musician & Label” at the same time, but splitting duties I think it’s more efficient and it worth it.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-A lot!! We love touring and playing live. I admit nowadays it became more difficult to find gigs, mostly due to the fact people are not going at local bands shows as usual as in past, but it’s still funny, and something I could not give up on.
ITALY is full of great bands, and it happens often that they put together and play in and out borders: you know, “together we stand”!!

What will the future bring?
We are working on an tour, and soon we will start unveiling everything, but so far I just can barely imagine how cool it will be. After that, we have gigs scheduled all over summer in order to support “TICKING CLOCK”: summer, cold beers, and loud metal parties..I could not imagine something better than it!! Hope to see lot of people partying with us!!

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