Here is another cool band that you need to check out. Give SUNDERFEET a chance and I’ll guarantee that you’ll like them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-The name Sunderfeet comes from “sun under the feet”. It’s something which burn your feet and speak to your guts. We think that the name of a band is important to communicate with the audience and give a first glance of what people can expect.
When we learn some names like Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden, we quickly understand that the guys are not playing in a jazz-band ahah
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-From the beginning it is a story of a strong friendship. We grew up together : Simon & Mat are come from the same little town and Luc used to live a village not so far. We together have the same vision of a band and the musical path to follow. Work, fun and friendship : this is the ‘receipe’ of Sunderfeet.
With so many genres and sub-genres of rock/metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-It is always a little bit strong to describe our music. To be simple, we play Sunderfeet music. We do not try to get something special and a particular kind of sound. We play, we jam and it sounds as it sounds. But if we have to put ourselves in a music style or subgenre, because of the heavy riff, the fat sound of the bass and our main influences, we can speak about stoner/grunge.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Inside the studio, we tried to be ourselves above all. Even we recorded the album track by track our mail goal was to sound as if we played live. We didn’t want to add overdub or this kind of effects, we wanted to keep an authentic vibe on the album.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-To be honest, we did not invented something new. We are thinking that inspiration comes from playing together. Listening a bunch of various music too : blues, rock, metal, jazz, pop. Each of us comes in our practice room (or later in studio) with some ideas and we try hard to find the best way to sounds as Sunderfeet do.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Visual is very important to us. But also with the aim to identify the album, our artistic project and to be identified by the public. So we collaborated with a close-friend on the logo and the artwork of the album. Our main idea was to create a visual nightmare. The main goal was to give some kind of uncomfortable feeling when you look at the artwork.
A lot of bands use the same “clichés”, a little bit empty or without any particular sense for their artwork, just to look “cool”, so we humbly try to offer something a little bit different.
About our artwork, it evokes something which comes from another world, not real, maybe a dream, or a nightmare. We also thought about the mysticism way of life in lost civilizations (Incas, Mayas) and it refers to the wild side of our music.
But in the meantime, we can find a car on the artwork, which is directly connected to our previous EP. The visual for this one represents a garage closed-gate. For the album, this gate is opened to liberate the car driving through our nightmares.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-The concept of an album is going to be lost. If it is not actually the case. A lot of people (too much) just listen one or two tracks, a video on youtube and that’s all. This is sad of course because an album is a complete creation (even with some various and disconnected stories inside). But as artist or band, we work a lot on it, the atmosphere, the sound, the tracklisting, the artwork… To give a good example, we can understand a truly appreciate an album like ‘The Wall’ just listening a single track. We absolutely need the whole effort.
By the way, a few years ago, the album, the physical format was dead. And the vinyl revival comes up. It is a little bit strange. From one side, the massive downloading is killing the industry but in the other side, the comeback of the LP with the best sound and amazing visual is a salvation. It is a funny contradiction.
Are we killing our beloved rock/metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-This world and the consumer habits are fast, massive. People need to get in the culture of the “moment”. They do not take the time to listen, to really appreciate. They need to “eat”, to listen, again and again and again… blablabla
To say that massive downloading is killing the alternative scene would be a little bit extreme. OK it is not the best way to listen bands like ours but in the same time, we got more chance to be listen in this ‘system’. Ideally, you need to have some time to listen, to appreciate. Tons of albums are very hard to understand at the first hear. But in the end, we can find some masterpieces.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Yeah of course there is a true scene for bands like ours. With sweat, with bear, with life in clubs, in festivals, in various locations. Our scene is outside above all where we can find heavy drinking and party hard.
‘What does the future hold?
-That’s a 40 000$-question. We are really proud to have released an EP and then our first full-length. It’s been six years we exist as a band and we think that is a good start. So we are going to continue in this way, promoting this album, playing live again and again. Then we will continue to write some songs in order to record a second album.
In the very near future, we are currently finishing our first official music video. It is a new step for our album and we are very proud of it. It was a really funny experience to us. So we hope to unleash it soon. It is music and fun but it’s all what we expect with Sunderfeet. Take a lot of fun times and enjoy life playing/listening to good music.