STALLION as a name implies pure metal in its most traditional form. As I wanted to know more about them I put together this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
As I know very little about you could you please start by introducing the band to me/us?
-Stallion was started by Äxl and me in May/June 2013. We played in different bands in the past and since we are sharing a flat for 5 years now we always wanted to form our own band which should sound exactly what we would want to listen to ourselves. After we failed several times to form it with others we decided to record the songs all by ourselves and put up the live lineup afterwards what we are just about to do right now.
When you pick a band name do it have to have a meaning or can it just be words put together to look good?
-I like short and strong band names. For me a band name has to describe some of the energy that you can find in the music. I think you get what you expect here and even more.
How do you find your sound? Do you take a whole bunch of influences and mix them together to make it your brew?
-We are fucking maniacs till we can think, man. We listen to a lot of different genres and they all give great inspiration to us so we just try to let if flow. That´s the reasen why you can find speed metal riffs on “Mounting the World” as well as hard rock and thrash metal riffs. In our opinion we go pretty straight forward although there are different styles of music in our songs. We just mix them together because that´s the way we like it most.
Does it become easier with time to write songs or is it a much more difficult process in that you don’t want to repeat what you’ve already done?
-I guess there will always be songs that just flow out of your pen and guitar and others that have good riffs and lines but somehow you just can´t arrange them the right way. I don´t think that you should think too much about “Fuck, I don´t want to repeat anything in my songs” because that means you have to bend your style which is just not right. Be yourself and always try to write songs you like, that´s the only way to stay authentic.
How pleased are you with your latest recorded work? What kind of responses do you want to get from it?
-We are very happy that we did the recordings in the end because we´ve been thinking about it for such a long time and it´s very satisfying that nearly everything turned out well. We always want to get honest reactions and reviews about our recordings. Praise is always nice to hear or read but what makes you getting better is criticism if it´s based on facts and if we can get the point of view of the person who has written it, you know. Fortunately we got a lot of very positive responses from all around the world and we are very happy about that, thank you all!
When you work in the studio what kind of process do you go through? Do you come in all prepared or do you improvise?
-Normally we work out the songs quite complete before we record them but it always happens that we add lines and parts to the arrangements or remove some. You can prepare yourself and the songs as good as you can but in the end they will sound different when you are just about to record them and then you have to change things here and there, haha. That´s a mystery, haha.
Is art work and lay out still as important when more and more people download legally music to their phones or ipads/computers?
-For us the artwork is still a very important part of a release, even if a lot of people don´t by physical copies anymore. It is something that stands for a band and for sure for the whole release. You try to transport the spirit of your music and style through the artwork and that is definitely something we are pretty proud about in “Mounting the World”. A very good friend of ours made the Cover and the whole Artwork and he completely hit the point of our conception. I´m glad that headbangers still prefer real records and not only download it.
What would you say is a great album cover? What does it have to contain for it to be great? I love the really big, colourful ones from the LP days. The ones you could sit for hours looking at discovering new details.
-Well, as I answered the last question an artwork has to be something you can identify a band with. It´s all about the passion, spirit and content of an album. For us it also was very important to have something with a high recognition value so we decided that eveything in our releas should be red on white. The logo, the coverartwork, the lyrics, the pictures, the patches, the shirts,…. It all belongs together.
How easy is it to get blinded by Facebook like when you know that you can buy them or a by countless hits on Youtube and think that you’ve made it big?
-I think most of the people especially in the metal scene know what to think about “likes” and “clicks. The bigger a band gets the less significant those statistics become anyway. But in the start of a band the fans know each other even if it´s just through Facebook. They would notice if a band tried to buy “likes” and “clicks” and that is not a good promotion, haha.
What do you see in the future for the band?
-Let me see: fame, success, free beers and chicks?
Just kidding! We are very grateful for all the positive reactions from the scene so we will keep it going as good as we can. We want to play good live shows, meet a lot of friends, other bands and fans to say “thank you for the support”! We are going to write a lot of new songs so that we can bring out our eagerly awaited full length record in 2014. “The STALLION rides on, folks – join the ride”!