THE RODS

If you don’t know of THE RODS you are probably too young. We that are a bit older remember thme from the 80s. This is a classic US metal band. As a bonus we get to know about CANEDY / ST. JAMES too. Answers by drummer / Producer Carl Canedy. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Can you please tell all our readers about the history and discography of THE RODS / CANEDY / ST. JAMES?
-The Rods have recorded 8 albums and may possibly make it a 9th. Canedy was my first ever solo album (with help from many friends) and St James is a band I joined may years ago but never toured with. The songs on Resurgence are from the recordings done during my time with them. We’re very excited to finally have them released. We’re now in the process of working on brand new material for a possible new CD.

One of the first non European acts I got interested in was THE RODS. What was it like to be an American heavy metal band when everybody screamed for NWOBHM bands on both sides of the pond?
-It was surprising and really pretty amazing. We had no idea what NWOBHM was. We were simply doing our own thing when it appeared that our influences coincided with those happening in England.

With THE RODS being synonymous with New York metal would there have been a difference in people’s attitude towards you had you come from a place like LA instead?
-I think there has always been a bit of a different attitude and style from coast to coast. People have always been gracious to us, so we’ve never felt like second class citizen’s, however, there is usually a pretty clear distinction in sound and approach.

When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that? Do you feel that you have a sound all your own that follows on from album to album? How important is identification from album to album to you?
-We’ve never worried about that. We all have our own style and when combined it comes out as The Rods. I do think it’s important for bands to have their own identity.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up digitally or is physical still cooler with really good songs?
-I’m not I completely understand that question. For us it’s still about the songs and playing them together before recording them. When you play songs for a bit they begin to take on different textures and feels and the band’s style seems to emerge differently from when you approach it from a “cut and Paste” perspective.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-I recorded analog for many years. It truly does have a “warmer” sound in some cases. I would never want to return to that medium, as it had its own set of drawbacks. btw I loved that movie!

How do you view your sound? Would you say that you have a sound that is all your own and that I’d recognize it instantly?
-I’d say we do and if you don’t recognize it immediately you have NOT been listening to enough Rods music!!!

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Our lyrics has certainly changed and matured (for the most part) over the years. Still, The Rods are a high energy band that is probably not going to be sending messianic messages to everyone.

What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Artwork is truly important! Eric Philippe has been our artist of choice for a decade now and we love him and his work. He also is responsible for the St James cover.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
What amazes me is how many young people, who weren’t around in the ’80’s, know our music. Two years ago in Sweden these very young girls came up to us during a “meet and greet” and said they loved our songs. I challenged them to sing one and they did.. all the way through without missing a word or note. Pretty amazing!

What do you see in the future?
– MORE MUSIC AND LIVE GIGS!!! We’re alive and well and making music. My hope is that Rods fans will be seeing new music and live dates in the near future.
Thank you for your support. It’s truly appreciated.

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