With a name like THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS I just had to interview them. Answers from Alex. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-In the early days, in a simpler time, when all that mattered was good mates and good beer, we were lying on Bungle’s living room floor staring up at our eye lids listening to chas and Dave when all of a sudden we heard “Bar Stool Preaching” in the lyrics and we thought “That’s it! That’s our name!”
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-The opportunity to connect and share ideas with people directly, through a medium we all love. We’ve all been in bands since our early teens playing all manor of ear splitting nonsense, what ever felt right for us at the time and we’ve carried that with us into our current music. We’d all be in bands regardless of knowing each other so we’re just really lucky we found each other.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you?
-What parts do you pick?We tend to do it very organically. There’s a feeling, emotion or event, something inexplicable that we can’t put into words therefore we put it into music. Sometimes it’s can be just something you feel like you want to say to someone, and don’t want that to be washed away in all the other every day words.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-It’s definitely getting that way. We’re extremely lucky to be a part of a scene that’s important to us and a lot of genuine, lovely people around the world.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-We wear our own clothes. There’s no uniform in punk, but it just so happens that 99% of the time we’re wearing a mate’s band/label/charity’s t-shirt, a denim cut-off and black jeans… We’re privileged to have a lot of very talented people behind the scenes working to make our graphics and merch., people that understanding branding a lot better than some up-jumped, working-class musician scrots! Our family at Pirates Press are for ever leaving us speechless every time we open a new box of merch.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-We’re simple lads, we care about society, positive social movement, making sure as few people as possible are fucked over by the powers that be, falling in love and drinking ourselves stupid. At shows we try and collect for local charities, we go to protests, we genuinely care about the state of what’s left of the current political landscape. It’s important to us for our music to have a positive message, and a genuine heart.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-The art of the album is by no means dead to us. We understand that nowadays people want their music immediately, that they want it on every device, that they’re (for the most part) not prepared to pay artists directly for it… That doesn’t mean there’s not a large demographic that love the feel of a genuine piece of art in their hands… that love the commitment to putting on 20 minutes of music on a turntable – and the effort that goes into that… that they want to support the bands fully! We love albums, and we listen to albums, so we write albums. For us, they’re just albums full of singles.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Maybe one day music will get beamed straight into our heads. I hope that’s not in our lifetime. I think there will always be a balance of people that enjoy music physically, and those that enjoy it digitally (and the 90% of us that enjoy both!). The resurgence of vinyl has shown that people are simply not willing to let the best physical medium die.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We call ourselves a touring band above anything else. Feels like we’re constantly on the road. Every show we play feels as though we’re partying with our 6 best mates and a load of lovely like minded strangers who feel like family by the end of the night. If you come to one of our shows make sure you’re in an outfit that doesn’t chafe. We’ve been sitting in a van all day so there’s a lot of pent up energy!
What lies in the future?
-What lies in the future? Well, off the back of Grazie Governo, already the whole world has just opened up to us to play in, so… more music, more friends, more parties and more spreading the Preacher love! We’ll also try to go to some very far away places, release another album, and get even more amazing memories made. The future is unforgiving, and unknown, but we’ve got our best mates around us and we’re buzzing for it. Bring it on!