SLAGDUSTER is a strange looking band name but it does work. Answered by Shane Sherman – Vocals
Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-When we formed we didn’t really have any expectations. We were young, and we were excited, and we toured anywhere, and we loved our sound, and we were sexy beasts, and we put a lot of effort into doing something different. Now, we’re just not as young.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We’re super happy with how `Deadweight` turned out. If you take three years to write and record something and you`re not happy with it, you`re perfectionists to a fault, we took six.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-We`re confident we have a distinct sound. Every band has influences and we`re no exception, but the creative process is the most important part of Slagduster. None of us would be happy if we we`re just playing Iron Maiden covers at the pub, or constant breakdowns at your little brothers birthday party. We get excited when we turn imagination into music.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Having a message is not important in our lyrics. I like telling stories. Each one of the songs on our new album is a different short story based on real personal experience and people I`ve encountered. Most of the time I kind of exploit the facts into fiction and combine a few personality traits into one persona, I guess mental illness would be the most constant topic.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Cover art is rad. I think it`s harder to sell something based on just artwork alone now. But that’s good. I`d feel pretty cheated if I went and bought an album based on the artwork and then I get home and pop the disc in and it`s just a re-release of Smash Mouth or something.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-Success for us would be touring and playing live and just continuing to grow. I think that`s the goal for almost any band that take themselves seriously. Even if we got to a point where we could earn a new band van, one that doesn`t randomly completely shut down at the most dangerous of times with all our gear and our lives inside. I think any band would also consider that a success.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-Work hard or do something really stupid.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-We’re from Canada, which is gigantic. So it`s hard to define what`s really local. The town we`re from is tiny. We’re the only metal band here, but, as far as our province goes: there are so many really excellent bands.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the Stone Age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Everyone is accepting here in Canada. All we care about is eating pancakes and obeying the law.

What does the future hold for you?
-Who knows, definitely not girlfriends who can tolerate us.

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