With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THE RISEN DREAD. ARders Ekdahl ©2020
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We want them to enjoy listening to our music as much as we enjoy playing them. Each track has its own message and we hope people you’ll get those messages and understand what we want to say.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It was hard, because it’s hard to find a name that is unique and has been used by other bands before. We had some brainstorms and Colum came up with that name which links to our lyrics.
The name isn’t to fit with our music. It’s more about what we express in the lyrics. We could have the same name play a different metal genre.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We all have a different background. I started listening to Heavy Metal with Iron Maiden back in 93 then I got into Dio, Accept and so on. I started listening to something heavier and faster with Sepultura Arise album. I went dipper into this with Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Slayer and so on.
I’m inspired by different bands and styles. But they all have one thing in common. Their work with melodies and harmonies! They all have their own way to do it. I like bands that their music sticks in your mind. For me is never about being the fast nor technical. I remember when I listened to Dechristianize from Vital Remains for the very first time and how I felt when the chorus riff of that track kicked in. We don’t sound anything close to them and we don’t want like that either, but their guitars work of that album is incredible and full of harmonies. And that’s what I like.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-We knew how we wanted to sound regardless anything else and we’ve been shaping our tracks based on that. Our EP has 3 songs and each song has its own characteristics. The EP was recorded exactly one year ago. We can notice the changes and how we’ve grown since then. This will reflect in our next release. Some people may think that we aren’t the same band. But I can guarantee that the next release it’ll sound exactly the way we wanted when we started the band 2 year ago.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I don’t really think that digital is killing the album format. I think there’s a pressure in some music styles like Pop music. As they have the labels, producers and managers putting pressure to release something new. They end up releasing singles.
But, I feel Heavy Metal fans still want a full album. Single works to anticipate what’s coming in the next album. I think it’s a good way to raise the expectations about an album.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Thousands tracks are uploaded to streaming services everyday. Promoters, agents, managers, labels and magazines receive requests from new bands everyday. You need to do your best to catch their attention, so they can go and listen to your music, look up the band on internet. Art-work is a huge part of this process. Art-work is one the first thing to be seen by everyone. Before you listen to a band, first thing you’ll see their art-work and some people don’t even listen to your band if the art-work doesn’t stand out.
Our EP art-work was done by Marcelo Vasco who’s worked with Slayer, Kreator, HeteBreed and so on. He did an incredible job capturing what is in the lyrics.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Not social media alone, but internet definitely changed how promotion works. I remember when I used to send physical demos from my first band to magazines and labels. I used to buy magazines to read interviews and albums reviews. That was 15 years ago. That doesn’t work anymore.
Social media is there and people are consuming as much as they can. People are addicted to their phones. Spending hours just scrolling up their social media. Why not use it to promote our song? Social media is there and it’ll be there for a very long time. We’ve got to make the most of it. Most people know The Risen Dread because of social media.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-To be honest, it doesn’t. I just feel that I want to play what I enjoy playing. I like being in our practice space with the guys and work on our tracks (which we’ve all been missing due to the Covid 19 restrictions). We argue and we fight for our ideas and there’re some very stressful days. But it’s in the package of being in a band.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Well, we’re very new comparing to other bands. But we were going on tour in Europe and UK last April. It had to be cancelled due to the Covid 19.
Gigging is very important. It’s when you show your music in a live performance, when you get to interact with people and see their reaction. Also it’s how a band the get experience. Playing in different places in front of different people with different equipment. Those things make every single gig unique.
What will the future bring?
-Since we’re in lockdown. We using this moment to write our very first album to be released by WormHoleDeath. No one can put a date when the album will be released. But, it’s pre-production will start as soon as we get back together and start jamming the tracks. We’re going to be focus on the new tracks and the album this year. Record the album and hit the road next year.