THE GUILT is a laser punk band that really rips it live. Check them out and you will see what I mean. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-We wanted to play anywhere and everywhere. We still do, but maybe we are more ambitious about our songs and our fantastic dancemoves now. We want to move people, so we do our best to move ourselves, hoping it’s contagious.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
-Well, we play Germany a lot and the germans respond to us well, but if you are a good live band they will probably like you anywhere. But if there is a ”more important” place to play we don’t understand what that would mean. People are people. But if they don’t serve you strong coffee we are less interested…
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-We don’t know. We tour in Europe and it is great fun. It makes us happy. And sweaty. And tired. And then happy again.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-We have had great feedback on our album, and fantastic feedback on our live shows. We don’t feel that the reviews are as important as meeting people during and after our live shows is everything. Music is communication and the audience is doing half the job of the show. If we don’t reach them and get them involved in the show then the show isn’t very good. But people usually enjoy our shows a lot.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-We have never written a hit song. But we’ve made alot of kick-songs, high-kick songs!
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-Who cares? The question to ask is: Do you like this sound?
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-It’s great! You feel great! You feel like you are at the right place, doing something right.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-The lyrics and the vocals are a part of the song. It can enhance a feeling, it can create a dissonance- like if you sing in a really sugary tone about eating puppies. The message is the feeling the song conveys, but the lyrics can definitely make the message and the feeling stronger. You play a fuck you-chord and scream fuck you, doing a fuck you face, that’s a whole lotta fuck yous right there. Hard to miss a message like that haha. But we didn’t write that song, yet.
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-We love cool artwork too and prefer the physical format. Even with all the streaming going on people still appreciate a good t-shirt print or the style of your posters.
What does the future hold?
-Even more shows in more countries. New songs are in the making so there will be more albums.