STRANGLE WIRE is a really cool death metal band that everybody should check out. Answers given by Pete Clarke Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-To tour and record. We are all hell bent on touring and putting out the best music we can.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Its pretty hard, its not easy trying to be original these days. I suppose, like most bands, the songs come out of a melting pot of what are influences are. Our guitarist tends to write all the songs at present, and therefore, his influences are the most prominent at the start. However, once the drums are added, the songs tend to change dramatically then the bass and vocals tend to compliment both.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-I must confess, our guitarist is a bit of a machine when it comes to writing songs, so our most recent release and our upcoming album have come together quite quickly. Likewise, our drummer tends to learn tracks unbelievably quickly which means myself and the bassist have a very solid platform to start writing over in a very short space of time.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-I’m not honestly sure if there is a correlation between the surge of home recordings and the release of singles. We released a 7” single at the start with accompanying video, as we felt it would be a good way to get peoples attention i.e. release our catchiest number with a professional video. Metal and rock bands, certainly in the underground anyway, still appear to be writing and putting out albums, which is great to see in my opinion.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Well, I’m a firm believer in things going full circle. Whilst i agree that digital music has had a massive impact on the music industry, nothing lasts forever and I’m sure at some point, physical music will fight its way back into peoples homes again. I mean, even now, people are starting to release cassettes again. Who the fuck saw that coming???
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Everything has been very positive so far, with a lot of good reviews coming in. Our videos have served us well in getting us attention, especially as they totally compliment the production we went for.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Whenever we first launched the band, we got an insane amount of messages from Canada and the US. We’ve never had that in bands before so it was a bit of a shock.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Undoubtedly so. You can’t help but be part of a scene when you are in band, and you tend to gravitate towards like minded people in the scene/community. This has lead to the formation of great business relationships and friendships thought Ireland and the UK. Its definitely a part of being in a band that i absolutely love; meeting like minded people.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-As a bad, we love it. It can be very challenging in terms of getting punters to shows, but its something strangle wire thrive on. We have definitely noticed an increase in attendees to our shows and i think that has come to playing with bigger bands such as Bloodshot Dawn, among other larger local acts.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Well we have a US tour coming up in May 2018 to promote the Dark Triad, a short UK tour with Basement Torture Killings and then we hope to start recording our first album in December 2018. Think thats the eight of it so far.