I wanted to know more about WAYFARER so I sent them some questions to answer. Hopefully it helps you as much as it helped me getting to know the band a bit better. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-Well I guess that’s really up to the listener to decide, really. We try to make something genuine, something that embodies the reality and fantasy around “the West”, being from where we are. The key for us is weaving that into our own sound, no gimmicks. I think we accomplish that. It’s “Black Metal of the American West”, and if that intrigues you, you may find something you like here.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Oh man, that name was chosen so long ago in teenage-hood that it is something not really thought about now, it just is what we are and have been. A name just has to represent a feeling something that creates I guess, and that “blaze your own trail” mentality of a “Wayfarer” does still apply.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Too many to list, but we all came together with a mutual love of bands like Opeth, Moonsorrow, Primordial, Immortal – etc. There’s also been a lot of influence of Colorado music dear to me as the “Denver Sound” stuff of Sixteen Horsepower, Wovenhand, the Slim Cessna’s Auto Club family of bands etc. But we really are all just lovers of music that have been influenced by a whole lot of sound in our life.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Digitial is definitely the most common, and I don’t even necessarily see that as a negative aside from maybe some nostalgia – it just is how things are now. I appreciate that with the digital realm it is very easy for people to access music and as an independent artist you have a much larger avenue of disseminating your music. But at the same time, the downside is of course because of that ease everything is so over-saturated and attention spans are at an all time low, so it’s hard to break through all the noise. But that in it’s own way it’s just something to strive to make something real and actually worth listening to, because it will find its audience if so. Collectors and music fans like myself, especially in the metal realms will always hunt down the LP on vinyl or a CD if they really dig it, and that has a purity in and of itself.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Well, right now with the pandemic, our worries are being able to play out and take this new album to stages, so we’re focused on that first heh. Music will never die, it will just change how people find it. There is sadness to a loss of a tried-and-true old way, but this really is the way of everything. Creativity doesn’t die with forms of media.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-To me it’s a big deal, presenting an aesthetic package that holds the music allows you to flesh out the visual element of it, and deeper explore and represent what the thing is. We think very conceptually and visually as a band so we want to present that side of the album in a very intentional way.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-Social media is certainly another aspect of promotion, another wing of it – and we do use it to announce things and promote them to a point – but at the end of the day it’s all about the touring. There’s so much fucking static on the internet about this and that and bands and what have you, but if you see a band and they really rip on the stage, you’re going to pay attention and remember. That will never be replaced, just apparently temporarily destroyed by a virus heh.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-We are in ways, there is a strong community of bands here in Denver that we have alot of kinship with, through sharing members, playing shows, touring together, labelmates etc. And other contemporary bands we have met or toured with that we feel that kind of alliance with. But also we play a type of music, puropsefully so, that lives in its own lane really – we have come to a point where we’ve been cultivating our own genre, so in that way we kind of do our own thing.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Typically we do several tours for each record, which has of course now been hampered by the current state of affairs. As I mentioned before, this is absolutely still the best way to get people to really listen to your band, and that is the most important thing. We consider ourselves a “live band” to be sure.
What will the future bring?
-These are the questions I wish I had answers to. For us, we wait until the storm clears up and aim to take this record on the road. Until then we are quite busy with some other exciting projects, and eventually the time for new Wayfarer music will come as well. But for not, we just eagerly await getting back on stage.
Shane McCarthy // Wayfarer