With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to TREPENATION. 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?
AH: It’s not really about other people, we always made music for us, and if people liked it, then great.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
AH:RM came up with the name, he had wanted to use it for a while, it was immediately clear that it fit. There was a ritualistic and shamanistic element that fit us.

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?
AH:When we started we were listening to a lot of grindcore and war metal. Assuck, Worlds, Morbosidad, Blasphemy, Revenge.
Today I listen to more industrial music and dark ambient, Coil, Lustmord etc this sort of thinginfluences me currently.

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?
AH: We knew we wanted to create music with the darkness of war and black metal, and the violence of grindcore. The rest followed naturally. The name always just fit, it has never had any influence on the sound.

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?
AH: I don’t really care, it’s kind of arbitrary how music is presented. Once upon a time it was live musicians playing in the town hall or pub, now people listen on their phones. Time marches onward, styles and attitudes change.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
AH: We’ve never really done any promotion, social media has always been there since we started as a band, I guess that’s how people find us.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
AH: If you want people to listen to you you sort of have to have some connection with a ‘scene’, you can make records and fling them into the void, but you need someone to aim them at . At the risk of sounding stereotypically black metal I would say that scenes attract some fucking morons who take elements of a subculture and amplify it beyond it making any sense. Belonging to a scene brings a sense of obligation not to stray too far from the beaten path. That’s fucking tiring and stultifying.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
AH: We don’t play or tour anymore.

What will the future bring?
AH: We have a four track EP still to be released, that will happen later in the year, released through Wrought Material, and then that’s it from us.

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