I became aware of SPITTING FEATHERS seeing their gig at Göteborg Rock Fest May 6th. As I learnt more about them I wanted to interview them so here is the interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Spitting Feathers: Essentially, joy and headaches. Our goal is to make music that comes out of the amplifiers and starts to strangle people. Nah.. well, if just one single person likes our music, then it was all worth it.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Spitting Feathers: It had to be nihilistic, cynical and depraved, like us. It took all night. Thomas came up with it when trying to find something unique. It basically means having a dry mouth. To us, the meaning has evolved into being hungover and aggresive. Like us.
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?
Spitting Feathers: We listen to all kinds of music so that’s hard question. Mostly rockmusic from the 70:s-80:s-90:s. For me, early influences were Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath, but other influences in the band includes the Beatles, W.A.S.P and Avenged Sevenfold.
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?
Spitting Feathers: We play what we wanna play, what we think is cool. The music will find it’s way into a genre eventually. I’m pretty sure the name came before the music though. A good name attracts people. I, personally, would listen to a band called “Scumfuck” but I would probably not listen to a band called “The Pecan Sandies”.. or “Sleazy Express”.
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?
Spitting Feathers: People will choose the easiest (and cheapest) way possible. The digital format is perhaps killing the album format, but an album also makes it easier for the listener, since it captures the band’s sound at the time and is easy to access (like a folder on a desktop). Releasing a single track is great for attracting listeners and it allows the band to focus on a single song, but real fans will not settle for a one-song-at-a-time system, the tradition is static for the time being.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Spitting Feathers: We all remember being young and looking at album art. The coolest art usually represented the coolest music (Judas Priest and Ozzy are grat examples of this). It is the same today, art-work and lay-out play an important part, so we figured that we would use our logo as the cover for our first album, since it looks pretty damn good.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
Spitting Feathers: Modern, upcoming bands cannot use posters anymore. Social media can force bands to conform to the most effective pattern, but it can also force bands to get creative. The point is, cream always rises to the top; if the music is relevant and the band is interesting, it will eventually attract fans.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
Spitting Feathers: Oh yes. The whole sub-culture is like one big organism – both the bands and the audience. The band is giving pleasure to the listeners and the listeners supports the band. When on stage, one could say that the band and the audience are making love. And we are trying to be the very best lover we can be.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Spitting Feathers: We recorded our first album VERY fast. The positive thing about this is that we kick started the band with a bang and we have no intent on slowing down. The negative aspect was that the band was not fully formed. We have actually switched members 5 times since the start, over one year ago. So no, we have not had the chance to tour, but with a new, talented guitarist, this is definitly going to change. To answer the second question, yes and no. Promotion and touring goes hand in hand, touring without promotion is not a very good idea.
What will the future bring?
Spitting Feathers: The future is very exiting. We are always making new songs and will soon record a couple of them for a new EP – perhaps single tracks, whom you seem so fond of :). Our first video will be released this year, as our first merch, we will do a lot of gigs and maybe a tour if there is time and money for it.
Rockmusic is dead – in the sense that there is no money in it anymore. This is a shame but it is what it is. However, as long as we’re smiling on stage, we will never stop.