starquakeI have no idea what a STARQUAKE is other than the band I am about to interview. But since I am of the inquisitive kind I had to know more. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Do you feel that you have come as far as you planned for the band now that you have a new album out?
-Oh, we’re definitely very proud of that album, and we’re very happy that Pure Steel Records released it, but this will not be the end of the line, we’re always working on new material and hopefully we’ll release more great music through Pure Steel.

How does this new album compare to the previous one?
-Well, the previous album (released 2010) was a kind of a songbook-collection of songs written over the then past 25 years, whereas the new one was written in only one year, and thus is much more cohesive, the compositions are more elaborate, plus the sound on the new one is much better thanks to the great Rich Mouser mix.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-No, not at all, Starquake is basically the brain child of Mikey and he has a very clear vision of how things should be.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are getting more and more important, on older tracks it used to be love/relationship stuff, on the new album it’s also criticism, anti-drugs, a little politics and alien Sci-Fi stuff.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
We pay great attention to every detail, in this case we are so happy to have Rodney Matthews on board for the artwork (thanx to the label, again), he has done many fantastic covers for Magnum, Asia, Nazareth, and many more, so we’re honored to be kind of in the same category as those great bands, while of course the music is slightly different.

Where outside of your country do you feel you have had the best response so far?
-We’re told Southern parts of Europe and South America seem to like the new album quite a lot.

Why is it that we do not see more bands from your country making it big internationally?
-You see, there’s so many great artists from all over the world, it’s simply impossible for all of them to be the next Led Zeppelin or the next Iron Maiden, and then of course everybody wants a piece of the cake so with many bands that only leaves smaller pieces for everyone. And then again there are quite a few very successful bands from Germany, the Scorpions are still touring, Accept, Helloween, and newer bands like Avantasia, Powerwolf are coming up, and don’t forget Rammstein.

What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national metal scene?
-We’re still in a very early state, so we’re not too well known, yet, working on it, though 😉

What kind of reaction have you had nationally/internationally so far?
-We got some great reviews from all over the place, people really seem to like the fresh approach we bring to classic 70s and 80s rock and metal, spiced up with a little prog-rock here and there, there’s been some not so nice reviews as well, from people who maybe didn’t understand the great love we have for that kind of 70s/80s rock-metal-prog and we pay tribute to that.

What does the future hold for you?
-Obviously we don’t have a crystal ball, but we will most certainly go on making music we love, and hope that more and more people will like what we do.

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