TERRITORIES

When I come upon a band like TERRITORIES I realize that I have been out of touch with punk way too long. Answers from Eric…..Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Coming up with a band name is pretty tough. Anything cool you think of has already been used and it’s really easy to do a quick internet search to find that out. It’s also hard to choose a name when you’re and adult. Your standards change. And then there’s 4 of you and everyone has to like it or at least not hate it.

Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-We all have different musical influences. Some of them we have in common and some are quite different from each other. If you listen to our record it might sound like there’s some obvious influences, but I guess it’s up to the listener to decide. And it’s interesting what people hear. Sometimes people site bands that they assume we listen but none of us do. I think whatever we do it always ends up sounding uniquely like us.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-That’s an interesting question. If we were better musicians or had any formal training we would probably consider that, but as we don’t, we mostly just go by feel. You definitely have to play with a little more patience and restraint when slowing it down, but I think as far as arrangements go, you should always try a few different ones before settling on “the” one. Trying a few different tempos is also a good idea. We usually know it’s right after we do it a few different ways and everyone looks around the room and instinctually feels it.

Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Our music is meant to be heard live. We do put a lot of effort into our recordings and making sure everything is the way it’s supposed to be, but ultimately punk rock is to be experienced live. Small rooms with exited people is ideal.

It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-I agree, it’s impossible to be 100% satisfied with anything that you create. Looking back, I would have done almost everything differently on this recording. That’s not to say I don’t like it, I quite like it. But it wasn’t a recording that came together easily and was almost thrown out completely. Jess Gander at Rain City really breathed life into it when he mixed it and although I hear a lot of things that I would have changed, I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s got a great spirit.

Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-We’ve got all the typical social media stuff and our label Pirates Press Records is really great at dealing with all the streaming sites, etc. I consider all that stuff the ‘not-fun’ parts about being in a band, but I suppose they’re necessary if you want people to find you.

To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I’m no artist so I just gravitate to what’s appealing to me. But I think it doesn’t get any better than a stencil and a can of spray paint

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Canada is a big country with a small population. It doesn’t take long to get to know all of the like minded bands. We might live 3000 kilometres away from each other, but the scene can be really tight. We help each other book shows, house each other on tour, lend gear, do whatever we have to do to make the shows go off.

I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live.
What is you experience with the live scene?
-I would agree with that. Some years ago I noticed that the torch wasn’t being passed the way it used to be. I kept going to shows expecting to be alienated by a younger and changing generation, but a younger generation doesn’t seem to be that interested in attending and performing live music. At least not from what I’m observing. I hear they’re at home watching videos of people unpacking products? I have no idea if that’s true or not, but I really hope it’s not.

What does the future hold?
-We’re just gonna keep writing and recording songs. If we think they’re worth a damn, we’ll share them with everyone.

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