UNYIELDING LOVE is something that we all are looking for. Or are we? Well, give this band a listen and see if it is what you are looking for. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The name came about quite naturally. The short answer is we were listening to The Body and a lyric from their song “I, Mourner of Perished Days” is “Fear not for you are with me. Unyielding love. Turn suffering to ash”. There was something about the tone of the song and how the words were spoken that stood out to us and created a certain sense of unease that we try to create with our music. Out of context, the name may seem somewhat silly but it has a different meaning to each member of the band and its intention towards the listener can be many things. Unless you’re that one guy who thought it was rape joke, he can get fucked.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-The main sources of inspiration in creating the music we do have to be Swans, The Body, Endless Blockade, Gasp, Trivium, Altar of Plagues to name a few. These bands are great conduits to get close to the kind of atmosphere that gets us excited. These bands all ‘break the rules’ and create super original shit, which we always aim to do aswell. We’re fortunate enough to be friends with some extremely talented people which is always an incentive to push our limits as best we can.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Not really. We just try and capture the same emotions and level of intensity as the faster material. This usually comes in the form of repetition and hypnotic discourse compared to the more sporadic changes in our faster tracks.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-Our music started in a live environment and that is its true home. Our live show serves as complete escapism where we can focus on our set as one piece of music. This then allows for the catharsis of certain fears, frustrations and anxieties that we may be going through. It is a way for us to escape our daily state of anxiety, subservience or passiveness and come to terms with the reality of our own lives, humanity in general, and what we need to do to make ourselves better for our own sake and everyone elses. Our recordings up to now have been trying to capture that same live energy.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-A label is not a necessity but it depends on the conditions. We are very protective of our music and creative process. We would never allow for a label to have any say in what we feel we need to express. It might sound like the ultimate cliché but this means everything to us. Some labels can be very supportive and genuinely interested in what a band is doing and that’s awesome. Mattia from Sentient Ruin Laboratories helped us greatly and has shown us a lot of support. The fact that anyone is willing to put their time, money, and effort into making sure people hear our music is truly humbling.
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?
-Personally I think that more exposure is a good thing in the majority of cases. A lot of the bands that got us into heavy music are from the US or Scandinavia or wherever. I wouldn’t have heard half of these bands if their music wasn’t accessible. I feel like there’s always going to be an audience somewhere that will benefit from what you do, and to me they’re as true as the next person. More exposure is always going to lead to more experimentation and more people wanting to start bands.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Our singer draws sometimes and the themes usually overlap with our lyrics, so it felt natural to use something that was always meant to represent the nature of the record. Our EP’s cover is a dead juniper branch by the way.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-I’m not sure if we’re part of a scene as such. We always said that we didn’t want to just play the same kinds of shows with the same kinds of bands, because we draw influence from so many different genres that it didn’t feel right to pigeonhole ourselves. I really enjoy that we can be playing a noise show in an art space one day, and a blackened death show the next. We have a lot of friends who we’ve met through starting this band, all from different “scenes” (for want of a better word) and it’s cool that we can do both. Northern Ireland/Ireland has a lot of amazing bands and a lot of shit, the same as everywhere else.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Music as we know might soon be dead and buried, but so what? Art is always going to change and it’s in a constant state of flux, so who knows where it’ll end up. Expression will never go away. Personally I download a lot of stuff. If I like what a band or musician does then I usually buy a shirt or a physical copy or something if I can. I think downloading etc is helping music reach a wider audience, so I’m not worried about it too much. For a lot of people physical music is a novelty anyway. I would much rather someone came to a show we were playing rather than buy a tape or whatever, but that’s just me.
What does the future hold?
We’ve a decent bit of touring lined up, and a new record being written, and potentially a side project with the same members happening.