Aussie VAHRZAW is an interesting unit of mad men. If you haven’t checked them out then do so after having read this interview with Scott and co. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
GVD: Vahrzaw were formed in 1992 by 4 high-school friends who were brutally ugly and shunned by the rest of the school. Scott and George kicked 2 members out for being too handsome and, after a few line-up changes and several releases, we achieved international super-stardom. However, we noticed that we were selling albums mainly to men. Given our fame, we recruited a handsome drummer to appeal to the female audience.
SW: That hasn’t worked though. He’s off playing for Hobb’s Angel of Death to increase their sex appeal.
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
GVD: It has songs on it, much like our previous recordings. They (usually) have guitars, bass, drums and vocals. Oh! Importantly, the songs are made up of riffs and the lyrics have words in them. We’re pretty unique that way.
SW: If I weigh them both they are very similar. The price is a few dollars different.
The sound is also far more raw on Twin Suns & Wolves Tongues.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
GVD: YES! We plugged in our instruments, twisted some knobs, and thought “that sounds like a guitar, let’s keep that sound”.
SW: NO! Fuck the other two. I go into the studio at night and do everything without consent.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
GVD: They’re very important. When you put words together in a particular order, they make up a sentence. It’s insane. I write lyrics about everything from religion to ghosts to depression to serial killers to conversations I’ve had with people.
SW: If I still did write lyrics it’d be about how I don’t like writing lyrics.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
GVD: Our covers are like our children. We don’t give a shit about them.
Where outside of your country have you had success?
GVD: We’re pretty big in Costa Rica.
SW: Success? I’ve never heard of that word before. Most sales are in Australia… 10% go out globally.
Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
GVD: No. It’s easier. There’s a thing called the internet. It helps. As for competition, we don’t compete. We play the music we play. If people like it, great. If not, go listen to our competition.
SW: I tried flared pants on-stage to get noticed. The competition in the parking lot after the show was pretty tough.
As far as music… it’s overly saturated, so we do what we do with low expectations, like dating or marriage.
What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
GVD: We live 150kms away from a major metropolitan center. There’s not much of a scene here. As for status, I’d say we’re relatively unknown.
SW: The only scene here is meth heads robbing you at knife-point & teenage pregnancy. There’s probably 3 extreme metal bands in a 100km radius.
What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
GVD: No idea. Ask the general population. Musicians are always ripped off, no matter what style of music you play. Art is not appreciated. And being in a black/death metal band is never going to be a respectable choice…which is one reason people play this style of music.
SW: The general population are generally retarded. They don’t respect each other let alone music. I don’t even respect myself!
What does the future hold for you?
GVD: Monotony, taxes and eventually death. Thanks for the interview.
SW: Inheritance. Also in the very near future we’ll have our 3rd album out on Sweden’s Blood Harvest label. Sometime early 2017.
It’s in the mid stages of rehearsal as we speak. Look out for it & pick up the Twin Suns & Wolves Tongues reissue in the meantime.
Thanks for the interview!