I remember when you heard new bands through comp. albums like “Speed Kills”. Spidkilz reminds me of the second wave of thrash and for that I had to interview them. Interview answered by Elisa. Anders Ekdahl ©2011
What was it that made you form Spidkilz?
-I was thinking about a heavy/thrash metal band since years, the trouble was just finding the right people, totally into this kind of stuff, and the free time. When White Skull and me parted, the right time has arrived and I could completely concentrate into this project. I had the luck to find the right (and true!) people for the band, so it all got started very quickly.
The name Spidkilz, even though spelt in a childish way, brings back memories of MFN/Under One Flag compilation records. Should we see Spidkilz as a tribute to the 80s speed metal scene?
-Yeah I was thinking about an old compilation that was around in the early nineties. I loved that name and image, I just decided to spell it in a funny way. Yes we’re into heavy/thrash of the american 80’s scene and this is what we want to play. That’s my favourite kind of metal, I’ve grown up with it and I can never get enough.
In what way does it help that you have a pretty established band on your CV when it comes to attract new fans, in that they might know of White Skull?
-Every experience is good to grow and to catch new fans, if possible. White Skull is a name that walks through the metal scene since years, and it surely helped in playing around and giving visibility.
As a rather new and unknown band with only a few gigs to your name how do you go about spreading the name to metal fans worldwide?
-Internet is a very good way, nowadays, to promote your own band. Even if I’ve grown up in the old times and school, I don’t deny the new ways for spreading information and stuff. Of course I mostly think about going around and playing gigs, that’s always the better way to have fun and meet people and new fans.
I take it that you have daytime jobs. How much commitment/sacrifice do you demand that each member put into the band in order for it to take off, seeing as Spidkilz isn?t the only band for most members?
-When you have a strong passion, sacrifices aren’t as strong as they may seem. Yes we all have jobs and sometimes it’s not easy to plan rehearsals and practices, and 2 of us also live about 200 km far and have other bands. But we’re really enthusiastic for Spidkilz, so it all goes on in the better way and we have really good times together.
You’ve recently signed to French label Infernö Records. They seem like a dedicated label. What is it that you as a band want to get out of collaboration with a label like that?
-We are totally happy and proud to have joined Infernö Records, ’cause it’s a fucking true metal label! We also like the way it works and I think there will be a very good collaboration. We can’t wait for the new CD under Infernö Records!!
You’ve released a demo-cd that will be re-released on tape in a limited edition. To me that doesn’t seem like the way to attract the maximum of fans. What made you do it this way?
-It’s been an idea of the Infernö label, such as a “welcome gift” to the band when we joined it. Many “old” metalheads (and me too!) still love to collect tapes, and this is totally into our style. Anyway we’ve both CDs and tapes in limited edition, waiting for the recordings of the new CD. Anyone can choose which one to buy, if we like him, of course! 🙂
Your website is pretty basic. How much thought goes into the presentation of the band in terms of image and graphic design?
-We actually want to catch fans with our music and true attitude, no masks nor distractions from the music. I know it’s also important the “professional image” of a band, but we’ve decided to have a simple and direct image, with no useless details and no compromises. The actual layout of the site goes with the look of the Ultra Demo, very simple and direct. It will probably go together with the future design of the next CD.
Recently “The Big 4” played in Gothenburg, Sweden. They filled a whole football (soccer) stadium (50 000 people) and Swedish television broadcasted live to 730 000 viewers. You have a history of great metal bands in Italy but the audience doesn’t seem to be there. Why is it that metal isn’t as big as that in Italy?
-Italy is a difficult country for heavy metal. Everybody complains that we have few concerts, but when there is one, few people go to it. And also, a strict bureaucracy often makes it difficult to organize great heavy metal concerts. We all hope it will get better in the future.. hoping is free, after all.
Seeing as both you and I are pretty much the same age do you ever miss the good old days when you tape traded and made friends through hand written letters or has modern technology only been to the better in helping you communicate with people?
-Oh yes I miss the old way a lot, I’ve started listening to Metal by trading tapes with friends, and every new band discovered was such a conquest! We hadn’t got Internet to find out about bands, we only could hope that some friend talked to us about something new and interesting. And yes we used to write letters and every new envelope in the letter box was an emotion!
-But what can we do, times change and we just have to get the best from all the new ways and opportunities. Surely the modern technology is faster and more direct, but it’s true also that it doesn’t give you the same sensations and strong feelings that the old ways brought. That’s the way it goes now, I think we have to go on with the new times but keeping our precious past in our hearts.
-Thanks for the interview and for the opportunity to spread Spidkilz around!