TUNGA MOLN is pretty much what we have here in the South of Sweden all autumn and winter long, So what better band to accompany the weather than this? Answers from John. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-I’d say it’s pretty important. I’ve initially missed out on a lot of great bands because they’ve had crappy names. But maybe that’s just me. Anyway I think Tunga Moln is a fitting name for the kind of music we play.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Fedja and I have been playing together in different bands since the early 00’s and Tunga Moln is basically just a continuation of that. We all have an urge to be creative, and what better way to do that than to start a band?
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-No idea. This whole sub-genre thing is a fucking jungle. We play rock, that much is clear, but I don’t think we really fit into any one specific sub-genre, which makes it even more tricky.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-We always try to create a flow on the record, but there’s really no method. You just feel when it’s right.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Me too! But apparently it’s still possible. Musically the inspiration comes from a thousand different places. I listen to a lot of different music, everything from 50’s jazz to black metal released yesterday. Lyrically I find inspiration mainly in my everyday life, I guess.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-That’s usually a tug of war between Edvin and I, we don’t always agree on what looks good. But we usually agree in the end. So yes, it’s important and hopefully it’s attracts people who maybe haven’t heard of us before.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-No, unfortunately I don’t think it is. I think most people today listen to music on the go, on the bus or in the car or whatever, they don’t put on a record at home and spend 45 minutes fully focused. And they don’t wanna hear the slowburners, the songs you need to hear a few times to appreciate. But I wouldn’t go as far as saying that digital is killing the album, unless if we’re talking mainstream pop.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-I think every time someone hears your songs that’s a good thing, regardless of if they’ve downloaded them or if they’ve bought the mega-deluxe-edition of the LP. “Real” fans will always be around.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-There’s definitely a scene, even if it’s still pretty underground, and definitely not present in Luleå where I live.
What does the future hold?
-Our third album comes out in a week, after that we’ll probably spend the fall gigging and writing new songs.