Ever since the very first popular music artist sat foot on the stage the debate about VACANT IMAGE has roared on. This band is anything but vacant image. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-Every band is different but what sets us apart is that we play our instruments with emotion and share our lives in our music. We hope that what we have been through, both personally and as a band, people can relate to and understand that we have walked it too. Life is hard and we can’t give you the answers, you have to find that out yourself but we hope we can let the listener know that they are not alone; that there is help out there and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It wasn’t too hard for us to pick a name. Our original name was VI (roman numeral for 6 ) and we knew if we wanted to be taken seriously, then we needed a name where people could find our music; even if it was a simple Google search. So we came up with Vacant Image. It’s like when you look into a mirror and see nothing but something great is there.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We all have a lot of different influences that help make our sound unique. A wide variety of different genres have inspired us from Hard Rock, Blues, Nu Metal and Alternative. Bands such as Deftones, Nirvana, Alive in Chains to The Beatles, The Haunted, Rage Against the Machine, Nothingface and Coal Chamber just to name a few.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Digital is definitely king but what digital doesn’t have is something to hold in your hands. In a way it’s memorabilia. You can remember what show or retail outlet you got that CD/Vinyl from. It creates a memory. If you were to do a poll on those that would remember when they either got the download copy or the physical we can guarantee the physical stats will out do digital.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Fear less!! Music will always change and evolve and that’s exciting. It has to evolve. The music we hear today will eventually become boring and over played and people will want change. But what was boring now won’t be boring in 20 or so years’ time. It will come back and be refreshing. The other day Andrew was walking down the street and saw a teenager in a Led Zeppelin T-shirt!

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-With our upcoming album Sister Anxiety, there is a lot of meaning behind the artwork and songs. We want to bring awareness to mental health issues. Every member of the band have been through some form of mental health issues and what we would love to achieve is using this album to bring people together and build a community.

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-It is different to what was around 10-15 years ago where touring and playing shows was enough but the music industry is forever changing and as a band you are forever learning. If you stick to the old formula then you will be left behind.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Absolutely! It’s always mind blowing when we get comments or messages from people all around the world. The music industry has welcomed us with welcoming arms.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We love playing shows and plan to be touring real soon. Playing gigs are a great way to meet the people that have been listening to our music and showing us support. We love meeting fans and socialising at gigs. They know about us and we would like to know about them too.

What will the future bring?
-We are currently working on a ton of content for our upcoming album Sister Anxiety for us to share with the world. We plan on working extremely hard once the album is launched and visiting other states in our country as well as more planning for our future releases.

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