It is not often that I do features on cover bands but seeing as that is a huge thing in the States I thought I’d give SWEET SACRIFICE the opportunity to speak. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
What was the decision to do a Evanescence cover band?
-I started singing Evanescence covers in the early summer of 2014, and I really fell in love with their music and how it showcased what my voice can do. I wanted to perform them live, so in 2015, we put out ads on a site called Reverbnation so we could get a band together to perform. Sweet Sacrifice has Ray Celona and Rob Milton both on guitar, Andrew Frost on the Bass, and David Stewart on the drums. We have been together since May 2015.
What kind of scene is there for a cover band? How popular is it to go out and listen to a band like yours?
-In Massachusetts, the scene for seeing up and coming bands and cover bands is kind of dying down, but there are areas were local music is the way to go. People get excited when they hear about Sweet Sacrifice, because Evanescence isn’t touring at the moment, but seeing us is just as good for them.
Do you add your touch to the songs and do you keep them true to the originals?
Obviously I’m not going to sound EXACTLY like Amy Lee, but I do try to sound a bit like her. I add my own voice to parts, but my natural voice kind of sounds like her to begin with. I put my personal experiences behind the lyrics, and they aren’t the same as Amy’s, so it does sound a bit different in that aspect. As a band, everyone adds their own twist and emotion behind their instruments, but it still sounds like Evanescence.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-The metal scene isn’t the biggest scene in Massachusetts but it’s not like it doesn’t exist. I don’t really even feel like Evanescence is categorized under strictly metal to begin with, they’re a bit of rock, with metal, and pop. That’s what makes their music so different from any other band I’ve listened to, and it makes it even more challenging and fun to sing.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Of course. Being just a single artist can make you have a ton of self doubt and fear, but as soon as you get a group of people behind you, most of that fear goes away. I’m very lucky to be a part of a band with such supporting and wonderful people, who are also incredibly talented.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-I love when an album cover has artwork, whether it be graphics with the band or just graphics itself. Evanescence’s self titled album is one of my favorites; the purples and blues and blacks create such a mysterious affect. But I always try not to judge an album by its cover! Haha.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I don’t necessarily think its killing music, but I don’t think it’s good for it either. Some musicans might not be able to afford a drum kit at their house, so they’ll use a source of media instead. That’s okay for me, but the passion is gone. You can’t hear the symbols fade anymore, and its very strict on what you can do. I don’t think people will just let digital take over physical.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-In the area we are in, there isn’t a lot of opportunities to play, just because the music scene is crumbling where we live. But around the country, people would love us to play for them. We are working on a tour for these live performances down the east coast of the US.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-A bit of both. Performing us something that I will never be able to get enough of. I have the time of my life on stage, and I let go, but before I get incredibly nervous. But if i wasn’t nervous, there wouldn’t be anything behind what I’m doing, so it’s a good thing!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-The future is going to bring some amazing new original songs with songwriter producer Clif Magess. He is a platinum award winning producer, and he had worked with Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne. I’m so lucky that I have to chance to work with him so I can put out my thoughts and ideas to the world. My personal goal is to be able to make a living off of making music. That has always been a dream for me.