Erick Qvick from Swedish death metal combo UNDER THE CHURCH was kind enough to take time out to answer my questions. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
– first off i wanna thank you for doing this interview with Under The Church! I think that a bandname can be important as far as how the band wants to present itself, our name is a bit quirky and can be interpreted any way you want. I “stole” the name from a wellknown figure in the swedish metalscene back in 1988ish, it was a bit too long to be a proper deathmetal band name, but it sounded so cool that it didn’t matter.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
– it was a combination of beer,boredom and the urge to write deathmetal.

What is your definition of the metal you play
– it’s death metal, no more, no less.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?>
– yes and no, some songs are easier to write in the sense that each part of the tune sort of comes naturally in the writing process.. Others take more time to finish. But overall our tunes are basic verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-chorus structures, that type of tunes have worked for everybody from Little Richard to Motörhead so why change that y’know? Having a sequence of tunes that make up a good running order on a record can be tricky.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
– I (try to)write music all time, so it’s a constant work in progress. Inspiration comes and goes, but bands that have influenced, and still influence UTC are Master,Autopsy, Death, Venom, Slayer, Repulsion, Sadus, Celtic Frost…the usual suspects.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.
– the visual side can be important for album covers and such, it basically has to look good…so in that sense alot of thought goes into the visual aspect, but it’s not like we have a specific message or we’re making some statement through any artwork.

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working wúith digital than working with physical
– if you mean by physical and digital, download and cd’s/vinyl then each format has it’s limitations, so one doesn’t have more options than the other,though I like vinyl more than cd… If you’re meaning analog or digital recording, then digital should offer more opportunities and freedom,but in reality the restrains of analog recording brings out more creativity…at least for our band.

Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
– I don’t know what to say really, it depends on what the desired outcome is I guess. But if we’re talking about digital recording then the endless possibilities of digital audio actually becomes a hinder instead of freeing up the recording

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
– there is a scene that’s into “old school” and retro nostalgia, but we’re not too concerned about that, or trying to fit into something specific, we just try to write the kind of death metal tunes we would wanna listen to ourselves.

What does the future hold?
– we’re playing our debut concert this weekend in Stockholm Sweden so we’re excited about that, hopefully we’ll start playing live more regularly after that…then we have a 7″vinyl coming out early next year with some new tunes, so we’re trying to keep ourselves busy.

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