With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SYRENCE. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Yeah that’s right. We all come with our own baggage and for us our songs are the songs where we connect. That’s why we started out with only self-written songs and that has not changed over the years. It would be a greater task for us to find cover songs.
This is also pretty much what this band is about. We want to make our own music and statements. We want to show others how we see the world and what we experience. We want to make people think and feel and sent some energy to do so. We want to have a good time together.
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?
-We don’t think so. What sounds cool more depends on where you play. For example, if you play in NY it would sound pretty awesome to them that you’re from Germany. Germany had some great bands after all, but in the end origin doesn’t matter. You find great bands everywhere and in the most unexpected corners of the world, even if its undeniable, that every band is somehow influenced by their cultural background.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-Good feedback is always nice und we would be happy to hear that for it is a great motivation. To follow that up you can only stay true to who you are. It’s hard to say what people identify with. Sometimes it’s the songs, sometimes it’s the people in the band. So, no matter what the following album is like there will be lovers and haters anyway. The most important thing for us is credibility. In some things we as people change, in some, we stay the same and that will always be reflected in our music.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-A great challenge is to finish a song when you have already some nice parts. As to the real cool songs there is no guideline. Such a song can come easy and simply rock hard. The more complex songs take time and the muse to finish.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-We didn’t record analogue yet. It would surely be worth the experience, but it really costs some money. We recorded our album mostly by ourselves. This means drums and guitars were recorded with mics, so it is partly analogue. Whether the difference is audible or not is hard to say but the feeling is special, similar to listening CD or Vinyl.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It feels awesome. We can hold our work in hands now. Ideas became physical.
It would be a lie if we’d say we don’t care what people think of it. Indeed, we do the music for ourselves, but we also want to be heard and understood. Criticism is the way to grow so we listen to the good and the bad and then decide what to do with it.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics are important because for most people it is easier to understand words than music alone. That is also why we have vocals that can be understood easily without the necessity to read the lyrics. Our message is to share our views and experiences in life with a positive energy most of the time.
We want to make you feel.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
The cover is an important factor because it’s the first impression of the album. So, we tried to find a -cover that looks cool and appealing and that somehow describes what you will find inside. That’s all.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Yes, the amount of familiar faces is growing constantly.
What do you see in the future?
-The end of culture, a time where no one’s there, a dying planet.