STEREO NASTY

Falling for your first love is very much like falling for your first band. No matter how much you move on you still look for that one whenever a new one comes around. I kinda feel like that with STEREO NASTY. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

What is this band really all about?
-This band is about playing the music we love without compromising for any modern bullshit trends. We channel the spirits of the 80s metal gods and reinvent them to make our own sound and style.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-I think when most people discover new bands these days it’s done through the internet where a band is just a name, a song and an album cover (or a video) and if anyone cares enough to find out more about a band I think it’s unlikely they’ll care where they’re from. Having said that there’s logistical advantages to living in a big city like having more gig opportunities and more like minded people to form a scene. The other side of that though is that it’s easier to disappear and become just another band in a sea of thousands. We’re from Ireland, it’s a pretty shit country in lots of ways but we are what we are and if people have a problem with an Irish band playing this music then it’s their loss.

When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
-By releasing an even better album next time. The reviews for Nasty By Nature have been excellent but if we didn’t know we could beat it then it would be time to quit.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-We won’t settle for mediocre songs. The only option is to write really good songs. It can be hard work but we love it. Working on a song that you know in your heart is weak or inferior is terrible feeling and a waste of energy so why bother? But when an awesome song starts to take shape there’s no other feeling like it.

Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-Having a physical release will always be cooler but as long as people are listening that’s the main thing. The days of bands making big money from their physical sales are gone and will never be seen again. Some people prefer a physical release and I think that’s a great thing but as long as people are listening to our music and enjoying it I don’t really care what format it’s on.

With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound?
-I see us a modern reinvention of of 80’s metal. We take the best aspects of our favourite bands and use them in our way to create our own identity. You can hear our influences but ultimately we just sound like Stereo Nasty.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics are an extension of the feelings that are evoked in the music. We try to keep a good balance between what we call “street level” lyrics and fantasy lyrics. We’re not a preachy band with an agenda and I think it’s important that people are able to interpret their own meanings from the lyrics.

What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-I wanted an album cover that was atmospheric, suggestive and powerful. All while screaming 80’s heavy metal. I think we achieved that.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Oh yeah definitely. And it’s a great feeling. We’ve noticed more and more people singing along to our songs and it gives me goosebumps every time.

What do you see in the future?
-Right now we’re making arrangements for our first European tour and we’re working on songs for the second album. The future is looking very good for us.

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