There is something greasy and gritty to the band name SLEAZER. It really oozes of New Wave Of Trad Heavy Metal a long way. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-The first name we came up with was “Iron Maiden”, but we realized pretty soon that another band just took it. No, that’s a joke. It was not easy, we were discussing about it and something stupid like “sleazy miners” came out. It sucked, but we liked the meaning of sleaze, it’s dirty, and it still represents us and our lyrics.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We’re italians and we have played heavy metal since 2011. We released out demo in 2014, Heroes of disgrace. Our first length “Fall Into Disgrace” will be out soon with Infernö Records.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-We are inspired by heavy metal from the second half of 80s, in particular our sound is influenced by Savatage, Judas Priest, Dokken, early Blind Guardian and so on. We want to rebuild the atmosphere of the music composed during those years, but we do it with our personal touch.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Yes, especially thanks to the “New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal” we feel like a part of a movement with bands we enjoy, like Skull Fist, Enforcer and Cauldron.

How important is it how you look in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-The look was pretty much everything in the 80s, when you had to buy albums just looking at the cover. We think it still matters, because this is the first impression you give to the listeners. We worked a lot to find the right atmosphere and colours in our album cover, but we didn’t pretend to be different from what we are, because that’s the way we look on stage. Even the 80s cars you can see in the cover are ours and we daily drive them.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Our lyrics are influenced by our life, the movement we are part of and literature. They mean a lot for us.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Yes, internet and digital made the music more accessible, but we think that we have lost the selection the bands had to pass through in the early days of metal. We have also lost the passion you needed to buy and listen to music in those days, now you just have to open your laptop and download. But this also gives more visibility to new bands. In the underground scene the physical format is still important and supporting bands still matters: our album will find the space it deserves.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-We hope people will find out that digital format can’t be everything. You need the physical version to really appreciate the music and what’s behind the album: lyrics, booklet and so on. You need to see the album on your shelf if you really like it. The possession of music force you to listen to it with more interest and not superficially, how you may do it on internet.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-A lot of smoke, a lot of passion. We simply love this music and that’s what we want the audience to feel.

What lies in the future?
-We have some lives planned, we are writing songs for our next full length and we hope to find our place in the international scene.

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