I liked THUNDERCROW’s album “Heavy Metal Space Cowboy”. An interview had to happen. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-Pretty important, I think. A bandname should give you a small hint, what kind of music the band may play, especially for heavy metal. But of course the words itself give you also some kind of direction what a band is going to play. Thunder, fire, steel, storm and all of that cool words fits, for instance, well to hard and noisy music.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get?
-Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
Of course you are glad you finished a track. It takes a lot of time to record your stuff well and sometimes you are keen on playing your own parts again and again. So yes, it is hard work you have finally finished, one has to be proud for that. There are allways some small doubts if everthing is perfect you can sell some good records to your fans, but i think its quiet easy to handle. In metalmusic you know rigth from the begining, that you are going to music, which definitely wont be accepted by large parts of society. So if you remind that, you easily can go ahead and concentrate on stuff you like. If you are 100% certain of your music, others will love it too, and even if not.. its not your problem!
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-the band was really exited for that. it was intressting to see how a professional recording is done and what skills you need as musician. The owner of the studio told us: “If a gig is like a test in mathematics, then an album record is t your exam.” He was damn rigth with that! I never thougth you will here such a bunch of small mistakes, which you possibly had ignored live. But you need that closer look and some really fine ears to improve yourself and the band.
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-Yes, indeed. Promotion is a ton of work and nowone will do it for you just for free. I think the best way to gain some reach is just to rock every damn show and give the crowd a good time. They will do promotion for you, but its hard to calculate the sucsess you get with that. We allready found out, that is not that important to impress as many people you can rather than go for few people that can really help you to make your band more famous. Maybe so you will get chances to play bigger shows. We hope for that!
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-Metal has become a huge label for thousands of bands with all theire songs, so of course you need to devide them. Otherwise its way to general to talk about. There are no metalfans like that early fans, who had only that 70´s or 80´s stuff as there was not such a big variety in metal music like today. So, if there is a bigger variety and a bigger fanbase with a lot of different stuff they like… yes, you need to add some words to metal or it will be impossible to talk about.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-I think it is allways important to be part of a scene, if you do something with passion. Music cant be played well without passion, so of course we mussicans have to stick and support each other when we can. In Germany you have everywhere at least a small scene and going to a festival means often some kind of “metalmfamily meeting”. I like that and i hope it will stay that way!
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?
-Well, just have a look at our album cover. It should answer your question well!
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-A show with us should be in first place a lot of fun, thats why we do it. You have songparts you can go crazy while headbanging and on some parts you can easily sing along with! We wanna give the fun back to the crowd and entertain them well. One guy told me once: “you guys have the biggest boozer-factor and should allways play last!” That migth be one of the greatest things one can say about sour music, … as long you do metal.
We did not have many shows outside yet, but i prefer indoor shows. The sound is always better and of course you have no problems with dayligth. We allready have some strikt lightplan which is quiet important to make a good show and upgrade the music.
What lies in the future?
-Our first album Heavy Metal Space Cowboy is out know, and there are 8 tracks to introduce ourself pretty well to metalfans arround the world. Thats what we doing rigth know. We do a lot of promotion and advertising to gain more reech and fans. We wanna play bigger shows in the future because we can do this and we want to this. But of course you will hear soon new Thundercrow songs which will suprise you!