In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with THE NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Just from looking at the album art to the promo pics you know that you’ll be in for a treat like no other treats. How important is it to keep the mundane away
from what you do?
-Highly important in both the band and our day to day lives!! As you can guess, we love bands with theatrical nature and a strong visual identity. We try hard to ensure we have these too.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name was intended to invoke strength/heaviness and suggest an epic back story. It was also a focus to create a name you wouldn’t get mixed up with another
band, though we messed up by forgetting The New Power Generation. Now we are sometimes confused with Princes backing band which I guess is not so bad.
To me music is the greatest form of escape. I’ve been taken on numerous journeys of the mind listening to music. How important is it that I as a listener gets a full esoteric experience listening to your albums?
-Definitely!! Our music is always an attempt to combine familiar aspects in a new way. So we endeavour to write classic rock songs you’d hear on the radio in 1975 but also infuse that with more underground elements like space rock or psychedelica or punk. Add to that a string cinematic vibe and hopefully the listener is on his/her way to another dimension.
Today it is all about technology. Has anything been lost in the easy accessibility of things today? I for one feel that it was much more fun back in the days to go looking for music, you really had to put an effort in to find what you liked, and with that it became so much more important and lasting.
-It certainly was different. I was a big record crate digger in the old days and without the help of the internet rarely knew what I was looking for. It was a
particular delight stumbling across an album by a band I liked that I didn’t even know existed. Very time consuming, but the rewards were great.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I also use Spotify a compliment to my physical record collection. I think the software is pretty amazing.. I love the convenience of having everything on hand
if I’m driving or out and about. I also think it’s a great tool for discovering new music. The flip side is it’s absolutely horrible in terms of a revenue stream for bands.I wouldn’t say that is a worry as I never count on making any money playing rock and roll. I do it for the love only. Maybe my
worry would be that one day rock and roll doesn’t exist, but that won’t happen while I’m alive. Not on my watch.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Personally art and music have always gone hand in hand. I’m a pretty visual person, so even if it’s just in my head, our music plays out as epic theatre on a grand stage, or accompanies a classic film scene etc. The books I do to accompany the releases are a way of forging that bond.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word
– Playing live is still the best way to reach people but when you live in a country as vast as ours you need to embrace other methods too. Social media is pretty useful for us – I know that the music video for “Neath A Shin Ei Sun” is what initially got the attention of the Deaf Forever crew, which lead us to getting an audience in Germany and Europe. It’s a good way to connect with your audience and share your voice directly. Social media can get ugly in many other areas though, so I advise to use it in moderation.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Here in Australia we are still a very underground act and tend to play with underground bands of wildly different genres. A lot of our friends are in punk /
stoner / alternative bands so we tend to mix in those various scenes without belonging to one in particular. Over in Europe we are embraced way more in the metal scene, which has surprised us a bit, and says quite a lot about how evolved/diverse the metal scene is over there.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
As I said Australia is a huge country with vast distances between major centres. We play fairly regularly up and down the East coast but any further than that means
huge amounts of travel for a small amount of shows. We have been to Belgium more often than we have been to Perth (i.e. once!).
What will the future bring?
-The Imperial Priestess could say unequivocally but she is very careful with her soothsayer knowledge. I can say for sure we will be back in Europe in June 2020!