With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THE SHRIEKS. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-The same feeling of exhilaration I felt when I first listened to something that spoke to me in a visceral way. A punch to the gut, so to speak.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Our name The Shrieks was a natural. We are a band that has sufficient influence from the 80-90’s to make that feel comfortable. A plus is that it actually states what we feel. A Shriek of Angst at humanity.
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?
-a big album for me was “Taste” an early Rory Gallagher album that has so much of what I respect. Soul, Distortion. Attitude, and Real Chops, His voice is great on there too.
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?
-I’d like to start that by qualifying ‘Style”. Does that mean that all the songs are the same type of song? or does that mean that you can tell that its the same band doing an entirely different style? The Shrieks are the latter, we have a huge range of styles, but all the songs are our particular signature, and there is an obvious line that runs thru all the music.
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’m ok with releasing single tracks. It all started that way with the 45 rpm vinyls. Concept albums are not the original song distribution system.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I say there is no gimmick to what we do. It’s a really hard working band of consummate professionals who embrace original music and give it their all to make it have legs to stand on. I’m an art dealer so I try and affect the art with that knowledge.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Promotion is a mystery even to the sages. There are countless stories of bands that had money behind them that just didn’t stick. I think it’s all about hitting a nerve and that shocks you into a new you, fresh from hearing something enlightening.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-The connection between musicians is a thrill beyond anything. When it’s sounding great, one is in heaven, It’s certainly bigger than the sum of it’s parts.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-we have not toured, and I’ve got a feeling we will not tour for at least a year. The entire business is destroyed. Just imagine bouncing to KISS and the dude next to you sneezes? Now what?
What will the future bring?
-The future is more uncertain than ever, so many talented legends died, such as Hal Willner. It’s simply a scary time in the history of humanity. It’s not even about when do I get to go play, it’s cataclysmic. And on that note I say please play our album at home, do not maintain social distancing from your speakers and apply abundant volume. Be Safe!