Grind is not my first choice of extreme music but when it is done well even I lend it an ear or two. THE BROOD are my newest grind encounter. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-I think originally, we wanted to be a band doing some brutal yet catchy extreme metal. I think we succeeded at that. As far as I’m concerned, this is my first band ever so I didn’t have any expectations at the beginning, besides having fun and making music I like. I’m ticking that box too, though this is a continuous learning process.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We are really happy with the final product. It was our first full length album, so we experimented a bit, looking for our own sound, and trying to translate the energy and aggression of the live into an album, without the cheats of a massive over-production. What you hear on the album is what you’ll hear on stage – albeit with less political rants.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
Our first full length album (being released these days) had quite a bit of variety in it: mixture of aggressive hardcore, grindcore, crust, death and black metal. Working on new material (a split, and songs for the next album) allowed us to refine our style. It is becoming more clearly grindcore, with very short songs and more blast beats. But even there, you can find hints of black and death metal, and I think this might define our sound. Grind, with a twist.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-I would say yes, but then I’m a little biased as I write them. I do enjoy being able to use this as an outlet for political views, even though we still have the occasional song about a zombie apocalypse or the awakening of good old Cthulhu. These are for fun. The serious lyrics are about the bits of society I wish could be changed. Be it neo-slavery through extreme capitalism (Reign of the Leeches), mass lobotomy via cheap entertainment (Lobotomized), or the destruction of our ecosystems by so called ‘sustainable agriculture’ corporations like Monsanto. The list goes on. It’s basically 1984, only worse because Orwell’s cynicism had some limits. And seeing the cunts that get to power in the US, the UK, and probably soon across Europe, this is far from over.
How important is the cover artwork for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-A good cover is a must, but CDs hardly sell any more, except at gigs. I guess that makes it more of a special object, something you’ll share with people who support you. If you take it this way, the CD must be something unique, with great artwork, lyrics, credits and maybe even some exclusive tracks. We are working on this.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
^-I think it is hard for everyone, even in these countries. Too many bands, too little time spent discovering new sounds by the average listener.. Some people (like our drummer Aitor) still take time to listen to new bands and investigate new sounds, but most don’t bother. Our whole culture (in the West at least) is about fast consumption of average, normalised goods, and music is just one of them. Besides, people have been so over-fed shitty pop that most lack the tools to understand music they’re not used to. There is no breaking big. Our mark of success will be gaining recognition in the underground scene.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-That’s the thing, you don’t. Not unless you invest heavy money on promotion and treat your music as a product that needs to invade a crowded market. We don’t really care for competition, as money is not the point for us. We do our best to make songs we love, and to share them with people who like the same kind of music. We leave commercial strategies to bands who aim to make money.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-The local scene is essential, this is what makes you grow as a band. Our local scene is mixed. Some amazing people sacrifice a lot to put on awesome shows with virtually no money. Some bigoted promoters use their position to serve a political agenda, enforcing a weird new kind of political correctness. Fans are usually awesome. There’s a bit of everything. I wish it were more united and organised. We’d be stronger.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-It depends where. I work as a scientist in a big university. Grind is not exactly popular there, but people just don’t know what it is, which left me in peace so far. In London, people are on average quite open minded I guess, so they don’t judge you based on how many skulls you have on your T-shirt. Or they do, but they pretend they don’t – this is the UK after all.
What does the future hold for you?
-Our first full-length album is coming out this month, and we are finalising a split with another band from New-Zealand called Kittengrinda (https://kittengrinda.bandcamp.com). We are looking forward to more gigs in the UK, and hopefully outside as well.