VALLE CRUCIS is yet another cool band that you ought to check out. Start by reading this interview I did with the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-I don’t look at it as any kind of pressure. It’s just a matter of how many songs have we written and can we realistically record what we want in the time frame we have or do we have to split it up. The demo/ep is just our first release and we seek to improve on each release after.

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-We didn’t set up any goals for this release. We figured people would either like it or they wouldn’t. We had fun recording it, we have fun playing the songs at shows & practices. It turned out that all those who have heard the demo so far have enjoyed it.

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-It really hasn’t happened yet where we have someone or someones in the crowd who are shouting our lyrics back to us. Our stuff is still fairly new to people that hear it.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-Not at all. There may be some similar influences but we draw from all over the place. It depends on the mood we want to set with a song & or album. It’ll be anything from raw & violent sounding to ambient/atmospheric.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Not necessarily. I certainly could be just as cut off from everything, but I definitely have met more people because of it then I would if I were not in a band.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-Sometimes it’s difficult. If something we’ve come up with sounds too much like another song then we’ll scrap it. We want each song to be distinctive. Sometimes though, if we have a theme going, we’ll want to let that flow in to the next song that has that theme.

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-The majority of what influences my writing is anger & stress from various aspects of life.We don’t have to have a message, but most of the songs do have some kind of message whether it’s against religion or a particular situation, etc.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-I really don’t pay much attention to it. It seems to me, for the most part, that the metal side of the industry is doing just fine.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-Both of us (Ashriel & Skullcrusher) enjoy physical releases. There’s just something about actually being able to hold a copy, and have the artwork that a lot of effort was put in to making.

What lies in the future?
-There’s a lot in the future for this band. We have numerous show coming up and being worked on & we’re writing new music to go back to the studio and record a full length album.

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