VANDALLUS might be a strange name for a band but once you hear the music you’ll never forget that strange name. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-No, we just took the word vandalize, changed some shit around and thought it sounded cool, and there you have it Vandallus
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-There is a little bit of this and that from other bands in the 70s/80s but mainly Dokken, UFO, Fastway, Scorpions, Early-Era Great White.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and
-No, I don’t really think differently when writing slower songs, it’s more of a mood-driven thing. Most songs run their own course depending on how your feeling at that moment. For example, the original idea behind the tune Running Lost came from Jamie, Shaun, and Steve just jamming away live in the studio, and we structured it based off the mood as we were recording it.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-Very well actually, what’s lost today in recording is that people don’t play together in the same room anymore (sending files over the internet, fixing all the parts, taking away all the human elements, etc.), where as we work together with a live vision in mind, to be able to play it better live with tons of energy while keeping the feel together.
You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-From my perspective, I’d say I am very happy with this release, along with the Eternal Legacy Seeking No Peace album (which is an entirely different sound).
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-The most important thing is for me to like it. I have a HUGE passion for this era of music and cant get enough of it ever. I’m hoping there are others like myself out there that can truly appreciate this sound. Other than that I like the organic approach, and generally dont like to push music down people throats.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-It’s different depending on the band. Sort of mood based I guess you could say like the music. Take a Maiden cover for example, it’s fucking cool and I want to buy it, and some bands artwork is based off a logo like a Misfits fiend skull or a Megadeth rattlehead which is cool too, and then the others are plain which isn’t a bad thing either. To me it really just depends on what the band is about and whether they need a full blown cover or not.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Yeah the Cleveland metal scene which is great! We’ve been fortunate to have some great bands to hang and play with in our area over the years. The climate is very good in some places, while others not, but overall i’d say it’s ok. There’s a lot of bullshit going on here in the states musically that clouds people’s interests, and Europe still seems to have the best music scene in my opinion.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-Being able to play well and not try to make a record that sounds too perfect as to when you play live you suck. People want to see a band that plays live and sounds good.
What does the future hold?
-Meteors are going to crash down onto earth, an alien space craft is going to land and kill everybody that doesnt listen to rock n roll so we should all be good, haha. Actually we have 10 songs already complete for the second album and plan to start recording very soon. We are building a brand new studio and looking forward to getting started. Wed like to play some gigs and bring the energy to the stage as well!