I know nothing about VERITATES. This interview gives me a chance to get to know them a bit better. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-Killing Time is our first album. We didn’t have any pressure and we didn’t want to focus on other bands or styles. We make music that comes out of us without calculation
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-We can only make the music that we like otherwise. The lyrics are not tied to specific topics either, we write about what concerns us in everyday life or what worries us. After all the songs were done, we started thinking about the artwork. We will do exactly the same with the second album.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-We create the music first and then the lyrics. Finding the right words is always difficult, but if it forms a nice unity with the music, the right words are found.
Every song also has a certain mood. We try to take this up in the lyrics.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-We are old school on this point too. We still buy physical recordings on vinyl or CD. We find correct artwork important, whereby it is always in the eye of the beholder what is good or bad artwork. It is also a question of the budget how the artwork can be implemented. There are many gifted cover artists, you just have to find them, then you can get a good cover for little money.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-No, it hasn’t happened yet. There are people who don’t like our music, but misunderstand it? No
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?
-That everyone has access to an infinite amount of music today is in itself a great thing. Advantage: you can discover new bands yourself if you want. Disadvantage: with the mass of music a lot goes down. But we think it’s a good thing …
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-We think that the underground is still intact, only the way of trading tapes has shifted to digital form. Good bands or good music also spread digitally. But the number of good bands is steadily increasing and is becoming increasingly difficult to draw attention to.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Definitely. A tour is only possible for big bands. Smaller bands have to come together in packages to keep the financial risk low. Being able to live only from music is becoming increasingly difficult. Bands like us all have jobs, so a long tour is not possible. That’s why everything focuses on festivals. But as a noname band like us it is more and more difficult to get a slot there
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Good question, haha .. The stage on Priest’s Painkiller tour was very heavy metal … something like that would be really cool …
What does the future hold?
-Fortunately no one knows. Nowadays it’s important to stay healthy … We hope that for everyone, our families and our friends .. If everything goes well we want to start a second album. But up there, take care and help people who need help.