THE GRAND ASTORIA might get in trouble if they ever grow big because of their name but until that happens please let us all help build their name. © 2016 Anders Ekdahl

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
– The Grand Astoria plays very nice mixture of all good things that happened to rock music during last 40 years. We released 6 album, many EPs, splits and singles. I love to describe our style as tripped out psychedelic fuzz rock having sex with heavy metal. It pretty much sums up everything

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
– Not hard at all. It just picked us

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of prog/rock/metal you play? What inspires you today?
– There was no particular band. I love millions of bands/artists – from John Coltrane to Morbid Angel, from Camel to Black Flag. Same guys inspire me today. From relatively recent discoveries – Squadra Omega from Italy and Seven Impale from Norway

What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
– The music was first. Then there was the name obviously.

Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
– I don’t think so. I am feeling quite comfortable in a modern day reality. We are basically album-oriented band but as I said before we produced few singles which didn’t fit our program releases

What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention
– It’s very important and we are blessed to have a very good illustrator who works with us – Sophia Miroedova. I consider her a part of the band.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
– Altogether. We are 100 % DIY band, we have friendly labels in Berlin (Setalight) and Italy (Vincebus Eruptum) who print our LPs but I am promoting the band myself. We don’t have any booking agency or manager. I carry all this on my own shoulders though I am trying to find a proper person to share responsibilities.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
– Not really. We are pretty distant from all these stoner/doom/prog/whatever movements. We are trying to build our own fan base. It’s very small but growing

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
– We are touring a lot. As much as visa rules allow us. I am ready to go everywhere

What will the future bring?
– Peace, love and heavy metal to everyone

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