With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to THEN COMES SILENCE. 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?
MATTIAS: Main focus for my part is to make the listener feel something, music is the best way to distract you from life in general and if we haven’t made you feel something, then we have failed the listener.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
ALEX: We’ve always been a band gripped by death. The name comes from a sentence in an old horror novel. It contains all we need to explain what encloses the band.
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?
HUGO: The Ramones showed that it was possible to make fast-agressive-melodic tunes without being a musician. I learn from The Clash that you don’t have to be close minded about music, you can play and enjoy a lot of different music styles. And then, The Cramps took me into the dark side. Today and always i get inspiration from everything.
JONAS: I grew up with punk and did not find the post-punk/goth scene until later in life but nowadays its the genre I listen to most. I started with the 80s and 90s band like Bauhaus, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Alien Sex Fiend, DAF, The Damned, New Model Army and many more. Today I listen mostly to bands from this decade. Undertheskin, Whispering Sons, Holygram, Creux Lies, Boy Harsher, Lebanon Hanover, Actors, Ash Code, Bleib Modern, Buzz Kull, Eagulls, Traitrs, The Foreign Resort and many many more.
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?
ALEX: I started it as a solo thing and recorded a demo on my own. I had a pretty good idea what this band was going to be. In less than a year I had a band and we had a record deal with a small indie label. We had another band name at first, but when we came across “Then Comes Silence” in that old novel, we took that one instead.
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?
MATTIAS: Of course, it’s a way of showing how the new album, how we sound like for now, it’s like trailers for a film.
ALEX: As a way of promoting an album it’s still relevant, but as the only way to release music, I would say definitely not. The album is an equivalent to novels, movies and theatre plays. An artist surely has more to give than just one song at the time.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
JONAS: Both the music and the aesthetics around it are important to us, Alex is a great illustrator and I have worked as an artworker and is also interested in photography so we make a good team. Hugo is also good with photoshop and helps out making flyers etc from time to time.
How you catch peoples attention is the million dollar question with the information overload we have nowadays. But we dont think much about it, we do our thing and hopefully people like it, and we have a great team behind us who help us with stuff like that.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
HUGO: Social media has re-written the rules but i believe that was some years ago. Since the myspace days. Now everyone uses social media for promo. But at the same time, it’s good to be in the traditional channels (printed magazines, tv, radios…) as that usually makes more impact on people than a post on facebook or instagram.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
JONAS: Yes, of course, we get to meet artists, bands, promoters and other people who works with the scene in some way. Many of them have become our friends and sometimes it feels like we are all one big global family. Also playing in a band today you are basically running a company, with many people involved in different ways. Sometimes all the work behind everything can feel overwhelming but in the end, its all worth it. Its a great experience and I could not think of doing something else.
ALEX: These days it’s important to keep in mind that the different scenes need fuel to live. We don’t change trends as regularly as we used to before. The dark scene is alive and well.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
MATTIAS: Depends on the gig, we have done a lot these recent years and that’s how we have been able to spread the name of the band. Of course there’s other ways of spreading the word of the band by using social media but apparently this have worked out for us
What will the future bring?
HUGO: We are living uncertain times so i have no idea. What we can do is work together in the present, so we can have a future. We really want to go out and play the tour that we have programmed, but it needs to be safe for everyone. Maybe the social media revolution will be followed by the streaming revolution. I don’t know, show must go on and we’ll find a way.
ALEX: Right now the club scene is fading away due to the Corona isolation. I truly hope it will go back to normality after this. The young generation need to get their part of the experience too.