I’ve watched too many scifi movies to really want to go on a SPACE VACATION. I think I’ll just settle for listening to the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We want people to have fun with it. A party soundtrack that makes you want to drink beers and sing along! We don’t take ourselves very seriously and while we certainly are very deliberate in our approach to songwriting, the result should be people who really love traditional heavy metal with blazing guitar leads having a good time!
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Thinking of a name is a pain as any band knows. Getting a bunch of dudes to agree on a name that represents all the members is no easy task. In San Francisco there is this guy, Frank Chu, who walks around the city with signs claiming that aliens of the 12 Galaxies are here to destroy us. Frank has a history of naming venues in the City so we just asked him what he would call a metal band that’s into lasers and partying. He named us on the spot and we’ve been on a SPACE VACATION ever since. To me though, a SPACE VACATION, is what you do when your supposed to be working or listening at school and your mind wanders to somewhere awesome. That’s what the song “Space Vacation” is about on our self titled debut record (shameless plug).
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We are heavily influenced by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, UFO, Diamond Head, Van Halen, Ozzy and Thin Lizzy. What inspires us today is that some of these bands are still doing it! I got the worst bangover front row at Maiden a few weeks ago!
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-We just wanted to play heavy metal music for our friends. At the time everything sounded like High On Fire here in the Bay Area. Nothing wrong with that at all, but we wanted something a little more fun with a little more flash! A little sexier than with fast leads and melodic vocals. No one was doing it when we started in 2007.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-No, I’m not into releasing singles – there is no concept or unifying threads to the work. While I totally get where you’re coming from, releasing singles seems like a fruitless task – like you are writing and playing to someone else. Be true to yourself. Be true to metal!
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It would be rad to be able to catch peoples attention with a flashing neon sign that says “buy this record and you will get laid,” but apparently neon signs and promises of sexual encounters are not a cost effective means to sell a record. I’ll talk to Pure Steel to see what I can do though!
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media is lame. No one sees our posts anyway (Thanks Zuckerberg, you chump!). We do use it but it has a very low impact on anything we do. Generally, we get the most play out of talking with folks like you who write about music. It’s a challenge an as underground band to cut through the noise without paying a ton of loot to do so.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I’ll just quote Holocaust here: “I’ve got heavy metal music in my blood and I’d like to give it to you if I could.” We have lots of friends across the world because we love to play metal. Its not a scene – its a way of life. Metal is inclusive.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-I love to play live – that’s what this band is about! Smoke and lasers, denim and leather! We generally tour in the US but we plan to head to Europe to support “Lost In The Black Divide”.
What will the future bring?
-The Solar Federation will assume control.