UNBORN GENERAUNBORN GENERATION have just released their sixth album and I am nowhere close to knowing anything about them. Hopefully this interview will shed some light on them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-Well I think we don´ t pay that much attention to other bands when we are doing our own thing. There is enough space for all the bands and it´s only good that the scene is growing up.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-There are similarities. The new album does differ in it’s lyrical theme though. Themes are getting darker, falling deeper into the abyss.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-Depends on the song. Some songs require certain kind of lyrics. With us it’s not about knowing when the lyrics are right, it’s more about arranging them to create the desired atmosphere .
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-It is a bit shame that albums don’t sell so good anymore, but that is how the progress is going and there is no use to try to fight it. We still like to give an effort for our album covers. It is important for us to provide the whole package for those few who still buy albums. And of course it´s cool that you can spread your music easier around the world nowadays. We are old school too.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpreted because of the music you play?
-Maybe sometimes, but we don’t give a shit. If someone has a biased views about the world it’s his/her problem. Music is a uniting force, though extreme music has some limitations in that part.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-There is truth in your words, yes. Times are different indeed. Though among the metal-scene people are still more active compared to other styles.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-I think you are more worried about the scene and the development of music industry in general than we are! (laugh). But to answer your question – hard to say. The ease of listening to new music does tend to make individual songs more disposable. When you had a tape or a CD, you were more inclined to at least listen to the whole album once. Now it can be 30 seconds and *CLICK*, next band. Many songs/bands that have interesting arrangements/musical ideas can be left unheard – that is a shame.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Some ways harder, some ways easier. If you want to tour, you can – but it’ll cost you. Though it has been this way since forever, even with semi-famous bands.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Ideally we require a full moon, blood raining from the sky. And some naked women dancing obviously. Honestly though, a proper show for us is a one that has a lot of energy on stage, as well as in the audience.
What does the future hold?
-Upcoming tour will be announced soon! So lots of sitting in a van and sweating. Some shows in between – Come see us live!
Thank you for the interview, stay metal