With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THECODONTION. G.D. answered the questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-The vision I have for the band is 100% what I had when I started. If I would have to water it down or compromise it, I’d rather quit. Thecodontion is a concept band focused on prehistoric creatures, geological periods and fossils and we try to convey that not just in our lyrics, but with a coherent sound as well.
We’d like to do something that is sort of unique in its on way with our music. And also have fun, it’s bad when you start to see it as a day job and nothing more.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-In the underground and in the age of Internet it doesn’t matter where you come from in the end but yes, probably if you come from a big American city helps a bit, at least for gigs and word-spreading in person.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-I think you always got to have a sense of direction and progression without releasing the same sounding material over and over for years.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-Writing solos I guess haha. But we just lay down the base structure of songs in the spur of the moment and see what sticks, sometimes using older ideas together with newer written material. We never throw away something for good never to use it.
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?
-Not yet, it would be cool but as of now it would be rather time consuming and money expensive for us. If you play our style, I don’t think it makes that much of a difference in the long run.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-When you have ready material the first thought is releasing it immediately, but sometimes you have to wait a while. Thinking about that is inevitable, but the most important thing is being satisfied with what you wrote and recorded first. If you don’t like what you did, other people is likely to be disappointed as well, it sort of shows in the music itself sometimes.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-It’s one of the main aspects of our style since we are a concept-focused band, sometimes lyrics are the first thing that comes up for a new song and that’s why it’s important that lyrics are featured on our Bandcamp page and in the booklet of our physical releases.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Same as above, sort of. When you are a concept band you can’t have random artwork or a bad executed one, it has to fit in the theme of the record. Our first demo “Thecodontia” features bones of a Desmatosuchus (belonging, indeed, to the now-obsolete “Thecodontia” taxonomic group – there’s also a song about it on there) as cover artwork and our new “Jurassic” EP features the fossil of a Rhamphorhynchus (a pterosaur that lived in the Jurassic period, there’s a song about it too) as cover artwork. Both have been drawn by a incredibly talented young artist, Giulia Ajmone-Cat (@mud_enthusiast on IG if you want to see more of her works).
By the way, I often do judge a record by its cover artwork, if it’s terrible, music is too most of the times.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-We have played different places every time thus far so there have been new faces pretty much everytime, I think we are in a phase in which we are still building a fanbase. I hope that will happen in the near future when we come back to places we have been before already.
What do you see in the future?
-We’re finishing writing the new full length right now, we’ll hit the studio in June probably, so our priority is focused on that mainly.