And yet another cool US metal band to get your hands on in the shape of SPIRITUAL SICKNESS. Guitarist Ed Mischke answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Please tell our readers about the band history and discography?
-Spiritual Sickness morphed from our previous band Act of God in 2008/ We are veterans of the New York and Northeast USA circuits both headlining and in support of many majors including Cage, Ghost Ship Octavius, etc. Our current catalog includes 2012s Architects Of Agony which is a full length recording and 2014s self titled EP Spiritual Sickness.

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Spiritual Sickness actually came from a line in a Nevermore song called Born. We actually had a song called SS while we were still Act Of God. When the time arose that we had to change the name of the band due to trademark dispute , Spiritual Sickness was dead on for where we were headed. As far as the fit, I think we are all a little spiritually sick and the music shows.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Currently the band is:
Vocals – Jeff Kohler
Guitars – Ed Mischke
Drums – Mark Z
Bass – Eddie Jucius

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?
-Being the primary writer in the band, I usually hear a riff in my head and record all those little riffs. When I’m in the writing mode I reflect back on my ideas and build songs from the cool stuff and bank the others for a rainy day so to speak/

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-In a way yes..Like a part of a Metal Brotherhood

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-These days I don’t believe it to be as important as say 20 years ago. I mean all the guys should obviously look like they are in the same band lol
but I think its more important that the music is killer. As far as the Graphic side, I think its important to have a professional representation of what the band is.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-I’m not the lyricist in the band but the influences range from political to religious to the macabre. I think that the lyrics are quite important. When Im listening to other bands , one line in a song can get me hooked

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Absolutely not. It’s sad but true. The small comeback that vinyl is making is a glimmer of hope for us as musicians to be able to sell something tangible, something that can’t be stolen or downloaded. Digital is killing the album, its murdered it !!

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I think it’s pretty much already ended. Im personally a downloader..I pay for it all and i do it because of the convenience..I do sometimes miss the tangible aspect but streaming and downloading is it.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We like to play live as much as possible and have some summer 2017 touring in the works. We love to record but we are primarily a live band. You can expect a high energy , in your face, loud and aggressive show..We will not disappoint !!

What lies in the future?
-We are currently working on a full release which we hope to have out mid summer and then touring in support.

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