I am sorry to say this but I haven’t heard of Swedish WHEEL IN THE SKY before this interview. But mnow that I know of them I’ll keep checking them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-It seems to be pretty important considering that alot of people expect us to sound like REO Speedwagon. I’m sorry to say we don’t.
We like to surprise our audience. What you see is not always what you get.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?-Our singer David actually felt the same way during the 80s. With the difference that he actually managed to form a band. And now here we are, 33 years down the road. Where others fail, we succeed.
With so many genres and sub-genres today what is your definition of the music you play?
-You can file us under sophisti-rock. Or mephisto-pop if you so desire.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Generally we start with a foundation of drums, bass and guitar. After that we add vocals, more guitars and all those things that makes it shimmer.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Like most people. Randomly cruising on Youtube, podcasts, crate digging in used record stores. We try to hang out in our rehearsal studio in a weekly basis where we sometimes manage to put together amazing pieces of music.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-The importance of graphics and the way bands present themselves depends on what scene you’re in, wouldn’t you say? It seems that many successful hard rock and metal bands today rely heavily on “classic” attributes and imagery. Satan, denim, bong worshipping etc. Other alternative scenes tend to be a bit more relaxed when it comes to that stuff.
Considering artwork we’re very happy with the latest cover as well as the t-shirt design (made by Robin Gnista). We haven’t put much thought into it but I think we’re slowly getting to where we wanna be. We haven’t got a unison look though. Our image merely consists of putting on a clean shirt and maybe some deodorant before going on stage. It might be the reason to why we haven’t reached fame yet. Maybe the break will come when we all get matching haircuts for the third album.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-There are two sides of it. On one hand there is the idea of a complete conceptual work of art that is the long playing record. On the other hand we’re convinced that each song, if taken out of the album context, must be able to stand on its own. Every track is its own entity as well as equally important chapters in the album as a whole.
I’d guess, for the kid on the street, an album of collected songs is about as stale as you can get. If it dies, let it die. All things must pass
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-I don’t think your metal scene is being killed. However, if it actually would die because of digital downloading it would be a very positive side effect.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-I’d like to think so. We’re still out in the cold though.
What does the future hold?
-Atomic winter with fire raining from the sky.