Do not confuse this THE TORCH with the classic Swedish heavy metal band Torch. This is a different beast. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We are still listening to the album regularly and we are extremely proud of the songs we created on it. We are happy with the sound quality but on the next album we will focus on making the sound even fatter and heavier

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-We had a lot of problems with bandmembers coming and going and for a while it felt like the whole band was coming apart before we even had recorded our first album. But after our former singer left the band it felt like it was reborn and that’s when we settled for the name The Torch.
There is a burning Phoenix bird on the cover of Light That Fire, symbolizing the rebirth of the band

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-They give us energy to keep doing what we do, they are the fuel that make us want to create even better songs for each album. We are really thankful!

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is not very important to this band. We are down to earth and we look the same in real life as we do in our band pictures.
So it means that we are cool guys naturally haha

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We think it’s really important, when you play this kind of music especially. Many rock fans still buy albums because of artwork.
Dmitry Nurminoro who created the artwork for both our albums is supertalented and we are really happy with the cover for Chasing Light

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-There is a huge downside to it as well because you drown in media static if you don’t spend enough time or energy on socializing your every step out to your fans. A lot of bands just want to play and create music, they don’t want to document their every move and market themselves every second of their lives

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Sure it gives meaning to our lives to play in this band. But it’s probably because it’s an outlet of feelings and a source of energy, not because of a community

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-The rock scene has it’s ups and downs. It feels like it’s in a downperiod right now but we are sure it will pick up again

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are stoked to tour (booking agency, are you reading this?) =)

What will the future bring?
-It will hopefully bring a tour in support of Chasing Light and for sure a new album that we are already working a bit on.

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