THE PETULANT is a new Danish band that I discovered thanks to Mighty Music. I just had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Well, the thought process has mostly been revolving around the sound we have been seeking. I thought The Petulant would be a good way of expressing the feeling in our music. At the same time the name doesn´t revolve around death and destruction, which hopefully will help us stand out in the flood of new talent.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-There´s lots of reasons for us to want people to buy our debut album. Mainly though, we hope that people will appreciate the honesty in our recording. We haven´t used any kind of trigger or beat detective recording the album. It´s all played and put down manually to keep as much life and power as possible.
I think we offer a lot of variety, while still keeping the music brutal, fast and heavy.
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-To be honest, I don´t know really. We have a following in Denmark, but we´re a quite new band in the danish scene and there are a lot of talented bands out there that have been around for a lot longer. I hope that people will see that we´re trying to offer something a little different, and that we can start a greater following with Dictum.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-There was a clear intent to make some thrashing songs, but also to let things evolve so that we wouldn´t be getting singleminded about what we could do. I think the band has evolved a lot since our first demo recording, mainly because we have kept an open mind as to what we could bring into the songs.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I feel like, you know back in the days when I started playing in the late eighties, there was a definite feeling of being a part of the underground. Tape trading, writing with people from all over the world, back then that was pretty special. There was no email or internet, so everything was a bit more of a waiting game, it felt like you were a part of a different community.
Today you can write and receive mail pretty much instantly through email. People use social platforms for pretty much anything, so I guess I kind of miss that underground feeling on a daily basis. But then again, there is a devoted community that still support bands and do festivals, like Metal Magic here in Denmark, and that´s something that really makes me happy.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Pretty much if it fits the kind of story you are trying to tell. There are lots of kick ass album covers. I like a cover that looks good and seems to fit the kind of feeling the music is trying to create.
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I think the big boys in the record industry have been sleeping ever since streaming began. They haven´t been able, or wanting, to create platforms for business that could take over from the distribution network that they had in place. As for the big record labels, they haven´t been able to grow with the technology, so let them rest.
I think the smaller labels in metal have a more dedicated following, so they will survive, as long as they keep up working for the artist and keep up with the times.
I don´t see digital killing music as long as the fans of music keep supporting artists by buying copies of the albums they like, even though they might hear them on spotify first. Actually I see spotify and the likes like promotional engines, were you have an audience that is potentially a lot bigger than you´d find any were else.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-I don´t know… It´s not something that I see in our future, so I don´t give it that much thought. A band like ours is more of a club act. We feed of the close proximity to our audience, this is actually something that´s missing in the bigger arenas as I see it.
I´m a bit tired of these monster touring packs, were 5 bands are on the roster for an evening. All it does is it keeps people from coming until the headliners hit the stage, all the while the smaller bands play almost empty clubs.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-When we play live we live and breathe the moment, putting all we have into the show, and also enjoying every moment. It´s intense and furious!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-I´d like to see the future bring a more environmentally responsible use of the resources we have on our little planet. The way things are going right now, there wount be much left for future generations.
On a personal level, I´d like to continue making records and start touring with The Petulant.