THE LEAD

I cannot say that I remember THE LEAD from back in the day but hey, better late than never. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-To get these punk songs about Jesus that we were writing back in 1984 in front of people. Not many were doing it and no message was more important in our eyes.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-For me, I love loud and heavy guitars paired with challenging rhythms – at times in the past just very fast rhythms – and catchy song structures.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Our new EP was seven years in the making, so yes it’s hard. Hardest aspects are getting everybody into one room at the same time as well as knowing when you’re done.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-True enough. Although I think EPs are what we prefer. Looking at when we were first together from 1984 to 1991, we put out four EPs and only two full-length albums. One of them was a tape, actually. If we had decided to make this last one an LP, we’d probably need another seven years to finish it.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I’m open minded to technology. I’m glad to be able to stream everything and buy only what I really want to buy. Having said that, the artist will need to emphasize live performance to make a living and make his fans feel real, real special.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-In the mid-80s it was that we were Christian punk and hardcore when few were doing it.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Nothing really stands out.

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-I feel less a sense of community now than when we were active on the 80s. But doing this has brought us into contact with lots of great people and long-distance friendships that have lasted to this day.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We haven’t played live since 1990. I’m sure we’d do okay in churches if we decided to do so again. On the secular side, Churchill’s is still the hub for cool live shows.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Finish working on the vinyl release of the EP. Then one day at a time.

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