Sometimes the sublime can be more effective than the blunt. I have no idea how sublime SUBLIME EYES really are but they are cool any which way. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
-We didn’t actually feel any pressure coming from the label, the biggest pressure was coming from ourselves (it’s kinda cheesy, but hey!) in that we wanted something to be proud of and that’s about the same kind of pressure we always have when we record. .
What response did you get on your first album? What was the weirdest response you got?
-We got some really good response on the first album, but we were in charge back then for all the pr, so to cut a long story short, we fumbled the ball back then because we didn’t know what to do, and that’s something our label have helped improve alot by taking over the reins in that regard. We didn’t actually get any weird response.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-That’s really surreal, having people sing along on music you’ve written yourself is just humbling, to know that they not only listened to our music but actually took time to learn some of the lyrics is beyond what we expect when we go on stage.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the first album for a second when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
-No, our old vocalist and Arvid (who is the singer now) are completely different in writing styles, Arvid is more about personal experiences and sometimes about war and stuff like that but that’s just because it makes for a cool theme metal wise, and Steffen (ex-vocalist) was more about critizising the society and using big words and repeating it alot. Art work is really important for us, and we like to try out new artist now and again, so all I can say is that for us every cover felt right when we did it.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a metal band?
-No and yes (WHAT!?!). We have met so many cool people over the years, I can say metal brought us there, but metal didn’t create the bonds, we have met and still have contact with many people who don’t even listen to metal who we just bonded with, plain and simple, but metal is of course somethng that evokes alot of emotions in certain people and can help create a feeling of belonging and some sort of camaraderie right from the first moment when you meet a fellow metalhead.
When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with aongs that fit into the sound?
-It’s something that we haven’t had any problems with yet, alot of the stuff we write is presented to everybody in the band, and a riff, lyric or bass line that one person in the band maybe thought was out of place have proven to fit perfectly in another song by someone else in the band quite a few times.
What influences/inspires you today?
Old scandinavian melodic deathmetal is a big part, At The Gates, Old In Flames, Dimension Zero, Dark Tranquillity and we are inspired by Mastodon, Machinehead, Testament and alot of other bands, we are five guys with a huge difference in music taste so everybody brings something slightly different to the table.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-No, we came in when the industry was already down in the gutter, so for us it almost seem like things are getting better, but maybe that’s because we don’t know any better ourselves, haha!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Digital have helped up and coming bands to get noticed, take spotify and youtube, both are arenas that are easy to get your music available for everyone else, but as a vinyl collector I have to say that if you have the money, go the extra mile for the bands you like and purchase the physical copy, (yeah yeah, you can also buy digital copies, but you can’t put it in your migthy impressive looking shelf!)
But that’s my opinion.
What lies in the future?
-Hopefully alot of touring and recording something new, we will give it all until there’s nothing more to give and then some more, and hope it takes us around the world to meet alot of cool people!