In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with VILE APPARITION. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-The Depravity Ordained LP was a whirlwind month of tracking, mixing, and giving the record to Memento Mori and Blood Harvest all in time to be submitted to Dan Lowndes for mastering at Resonance Sound studio in the UK. We like to self produce our releases as this approach comes with many benefits, however this also goes hand in hand with pressure so that month went by really quickly. I will say that there is definitely a sense of content in relation to hearing the songs go through the metamorphosis of demo to mixed/mastered and also performing them live, but In terms of looking back on it we aren’t really the type of band to dwell on current accolades as once a record is done thoughts immediately rise to what is ahead and embarking upon the next pursuit.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Oliver and I actually had all the music for our demo written and recorded in some form prior to naming the band, honestly it was the last thing on the list of priorities for establishing what would become Vile Apparition but its not as if we were dismissing the importance of such a thing. I do remember it taking some weeks to come up with a name that we deemed suitable for the band and the whole process involved us adding specific words to a list in random order and occasionally jumbling them up and seeing what would be spewed forth.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Its something that we are grateful for and would never take for granted but simultaneously it isn’t something that we remain too conscious of either. We are simply making the music we make naturally and will continue to do so until we are wormfood.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is irrelevant to our band, we are just four guys in street clothes playing some bludgeoning shit. Come to think of it looking back on the bands we grew up listening to and that influenced us most harbour a very similar perspective on the matter.
I am a huge fan of LP artwork. How important is it to have the right artwork for your album?
-Thank you, that putrid piece was orchestrated by none other than Chaostouched who is a profoundly talented artist/tattooist from Athens Greece. We brought him a loose concept along with a plethora of reference material and he took these ideas and brought forth the depraved slab you laid your very eyes upon. Having the right artwork for a record is profoundly important as its quite often what will leave the first impression of the record with the viewer/listener, sometimes even before hearing the music held within.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a downside to it too?
-Its a double edged sword and we have encountered a lot of flaws with websites such as Bandcamp and Facebook. Regardless of this social media is definitely a medium we embrace at least loosely due to the fact that for better or worse it is a large entity within the modern age and can still be utilised to some benefit.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-My allegiance to extreme music has lead me to meet and speak to many people worldwide who share the same affinity to the underground as we do. When I was 12 years old and first delving into what would quickly become my central interest I didn’t really know anyone who shared the same penchant. I do think that the underground constitutes a worldwide community of like-minded people and has for many decades but along with this also comes a small demographic with intentions that are aren’t as genuine but these types get weeded out quickly as time passes.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-I think that along as things are happening around the world its healthy, the underground has always peresevered and I think it will continue to do so for many ages yet.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Vile Apparition has only just finished its first year of existence and much of 2018 was spent orchestrating studio obligations and immersing ourselves in the creative side of playing music. We managed to get out and play some awesome shows within our city but 2019 will definatley see us expanding past this threshold.
What will the future bring?
-We have already commenced working on a follow up LP to Depravity Ordained, we have also just finished writing material for a split with our good friends in Faceless Burial. Outside of this we will further indulge in the live aspects of playing in a working band and continue to progress.