Psychedelic hardrock with a 70s touch. Does that sound like your thing? Then read this interview with Sweden’s SNOWY DUNES Answers by Christoffer Kingstedt, guitar. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-We brainstormed back and forth. We wanted in a way both to pay homage to the desert scene of southern USA and to our own northern roots. Snowy Dunes felt like the perfect combination.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-Everyone in the band loves music from the 60’s and 70’s. And since we’re all 80’s kids who grew up with 90’s alt-rock, it felt natural to to just mash things we love together and not think about genres. I personally think that it’s very limiting to just decide on a genre and keep to its confines. A song idea might start out with a doomy riff but after that the possibilities are endless. Do whatever you feel like doing, if a disco beat right after an Electric Wizard style guitar part sounds cool, go for it!
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-Classic bands like Deep Purple, The Doors, Captain Beyond etc. and contemporary bands like Dead Meadow. Dead Meadow is probably my biggest influence, I love those guys.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-It does not have to be an outspoken message, but yeah a message can be important. Ideological, political or whatever. But a musical message can also be about the human condition, to emphasize feelings all of humanity has in common. Love, happiness, anxiety, fear, sadness etc.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-My feeling is that a clear image really can help a young band get new fans quickly.
– Oh! bellbottoms, long hair and beards. These people look like bands I like, I will probably like this too!
I think the most important thing is to be yourself.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-Vinyl is back! An album cover that stands out is great. Just back that cool cover up with cool music and you’re all set.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-The Stockholm scene is great, everyone knows everyone. There aren’t really any hierarchies, the respect you show others is the respect you get back.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-It’s fantastic, and very humbling. We’re so happy that people like our stuff! Four guys from Stockholm, who dabble in music and started out in a mold infested basement!
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-We see ourselves as a live band, we like to jam and experiment on stage. Seeing a band live for the first time is like meeting a new person. First impression and whatnot. We try to treat every show the same, like an opportunity to hopefully make someone getting good vibes.
What does the future have in its womb?
-We’re trying to set up a US tour during 2018, and before that head back on the roads of Europe. And maybe do some recording!