With a new album just released on Napalm Records THE UNGUIDED are very much in the now. Answers from HENRIC. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you look back and see how far you have come what do you think of this crazy journey so far and where the heck will it take us?
Henric – it has been a Hectic and fun ride! We never really thought about “making it”, just have fun and make the best music we can create together. That is what we did on this upcoming album as well, and we’ll try to push it even further on our next album as well 🙂
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
Henric – for me it was my little brother who started to play acoustic guitar when he was little. I started way later than him, in my yearly teens. But he inspired me to take up the guitar.
When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-When I joined Dead By April, and then it actually happened when I joined The Unguided.
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-Never. I do this because I love music, my brothers in the band and any time invested in them or music is a lesson learned. Life is a lesson, you’ll learn it when you are trough 😉
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-Well, as long as people enjoy our music and keep getting inspired by it, that is all that maters to me.
Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-Only if you do it that way, we are not, but it off course help new bands to get their names out there quick.
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-I don’t think we have much of an image, we have the clothes we have to work, or in our regular days. But it sure helps to be parted from the rest of the bands 🙂
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-We write about a lot of different topics, some may be love, some may be hate, some about how we treat our planet. And much more, as Richard puts a lot of effort into the lyrics and making all our lyrics entwined into each other. Into the Unguided saga.
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-I like to see us as both. We are a different creature live than what we create in the studio. But both parts fits us very well. We love being locked up, being creative in the studio. As well as we love the interaction with the people in the room when we play live.
How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We have toured a lot with our previous bands, but with The Unguided we tend to play around 30 gigs a year. Not a lot. Memories, well, it’s always fun when people go mental during wall of deaths, or when we find time to actually enjoy a city you play in.
What does the future hold?
-New album now in nov, followed with a tour with Soilwork. Then some gigs in the spring and festivals next summer. Followed by a new album I think.