TETHRA is a bloody great name for a metal band as it doesn’t really tell what metal the play but you can bet your sweet ass it is going to be full on. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-The original intent of the band is to play Doom, combining it with some elements of Death metal and using both the classic growl and the clean and evocative voice. Over time, the band’s priorities have changed while maintaining the same soul, we added a guitar and this evolved enormously our sound that is now more powerful, but less crude. Now you can listen in our Doom music Death parts along with dreamy acoustic breaks, passionate solos and my voice of which I was never satisfied as now.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100%satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-Follow my nature I can say that I am never 100% satisfied with my music because there is always a possibility to do the same work better, the experiences in a recording studios are never too easy, we try to transform our energy in an uninterrupted flow of emotions between us and those who listen to our music. We do not just record our parts as cleanly as possible, our goal is to put in our records also the emotions that were born along with these songs and make them perceive to those who will listen to it and this is a difficult thing to obtain without a great technical preparation and a great emotional involvement.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-TETHRA in Irish mythology is an ancient divinity from the abyss, he ruled Mag Mell, a mythical realm like the fields of Elysium achievable through death and glory. He’s the guardian of the gate between two worlds, the world of the living ones and the afterlife one. Here presents also our concept of music, always between some different sonic worlds, in fact is difficult to categorize the band in a single musical definition.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image of a band is important like an LP artwork because it describes you and your music to the people who presumably do not know you. In our case we prefer a simple black shirt when we play on stage. Our music is the most important thing and we want that the public’s attention is focused on this point.
I am a huge fan of LP artwork. How important is it to have the right artwork for your album?
-To have the right artwork is very important for us, the visual side describes your work before any note arrives to the ears of the listener. A good artwork must hit the eyes and imagination and facilitate the journey through your music and together with lyrics is one of the most important means of expression that we have. For this artwork we choose an extraordinary and visionary Italian artist, his name is Marco Castagnetto, his handmade work, so full of dark elements, is an accurate description of our lyric concept behind the music.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook.
Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-The social media like Youtube or Facebook are important for our music, Youtube because everyone can watch our videos without need to contact a dedicated TV channel, it’s so easy and not so expensive for every band shoot a video and post it on the Youtube channel, perhaps even too easy. Facebook, however, allows us to keep in contact with the fans of our music, to get immediate feedback on our work and keep updates on our upcoming concerts. The problem at this time is that many people prefer to stay at home on social media instead of coming to the shows, I think this surplus of easy information in the end has not done too well to music because it just creates confusion and difficulty to find some good band in the tide of choice on the web.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-In some occasions we feel part of a musical community and in others we understand how each band makes story in itself and it should only rely on its quality, professionalism and perseverance to get where it wants. We always tend to share our contacts and useful informations for concerts and more, we are convinced that in the end the quality of your musical proposal makes the difference between a successful band and a band that still plays in small venues.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-Being signed to label today is important for us because label does many things that are hard to do for a band. A serious label has its own contacts for spreading and increase the name of your bands, give good advices and help your bands with promotion, relationship and in general all things tied to the world of music business. An unsigned band, after recording his own album must worry about all those things that do not concern the musical side but which are crucially important in the future of the band and threatens to divert too much attention from the original spirit of music.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are not a huge touring band, we prefer to play some selected shows because our musical proposal is not very mainstream like other genres so we choose some periods to bring our music to anyone who appreciates it and we try to increase our fan base with the best show we can. Yes, for us it’s hard to get gigs outside our country because there are many interesting bands all over the world and all of them want the same thing: play in front of a larger number of people and touring as much as they can. Fortunately we have many true fans of our music and this fact and a good booking agency greatly simplify this research.
What will the future bring?
-In the near future of Tethra there is the release of our third album “Like Crows for the Earth”, we’ll definitely bring our music to those who have not heard yet and we’ll shoot a few videos to help our new creature to have the longevity that it deserve, we’re curious to let you listen the new direction of the band’s sound. Thank you for this interview, get in touch with our pages for news and upcoming shows near you.