WHERE THE SUN COMES DOWN

WHERE THE SUN COMES DOWN has a sound that you will remember for a very long time. Whether you like it or not is a whole different ball game. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-I’d say that unfortunately it wasn’t hard at all considering the time we live in. We were definitely looking for something meaningful and Alexsander came up with the sentence “Where the sun comes down”, a sort of image of time performing its descending parable. I immediately loved it. I think it’s not just about the existence of every singular individual but also about the sunset of a society as we know it.

The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-I presume you read my biography and you know the work I’ve done so far and then maybe you understand I don’t have the same expectations of a first album guy. I think that appreciation for your own work by someone else is something every time pleasant and it’s not matter of age. Attitude and approach in composing music instead change with the years of experience. I do not make music for the listener. I just feel the need to express musically what I find impossible to express in words and if what comes out has a good response, well… even better. So I can’t actually tell you why people should buy this particular album, but I can tell why people shouldn’t buy all of my albums. First of all because if you listen to music to be happy my music won’t work for you! It’s “melancholic and sad”. Not recommended if you don’t want to think! And because if you approach it with a usual contemporary listening attitude which means if you skip the track every fucking time without paying attention to it or to the track list (yes, there is an actual order of tracks given by the author, didn’t you know it?) you won’t get the whole of it. So stop listening to music as you do TV channel

Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Honestly I think there is a kind of growing interest in the release of this album by people. Certainly Scardavian and me wanted to continue on the same way of what done with the Paul Chain Violet Theatre. My opinion is that with PCVT (1983/86) and through many experimentations we created a sound when no definition of doom was known yet, not even in U.S. where we were also known by someone like Jello Biafra (wearing our T-shirt).

When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-So we present ourselves with the same attitude in 2017. Luckily we don’t have particular obstacles in the composition of music so we can already working on something new.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Yes I do and I think this is what it should be. Music is an art discipline, it’s a creative expression so it produces a thought, a movement and it is in this context that it should be analysed. As I already said with PCVT and also with Death SS we experimented a lot but there was not just music, theatre was involved too. We were interested in having the stage designed with artistic installations and we carried on our philosophy about life an death for years (something I cannot explain in this interview). I think today this kind of research has been lost by the most of the listeners who no longer search for anything.

When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Yes I do and I think this is what it should be. Music is an art discipline, it’s a creative expression so it produces a thought, a movement and it is in this context that it should be analysed. As I already said with PCVT and also with Death SS we experimented a lot but there was not just music, theatre was involved too. We were interested in having the stage designed with artistic installations and we carried on our philosophy about life an death for years (something I cannot explain in this interview). I think today this kind of research has been lost by the most of the listeners who no longer search for anything.

I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Good question! It’s not fear but reality. I don’t think new technologies have anything wrong, they are just tools we use. The point is that we entered into a new era. A unique thinking model prophesied from Hegel to Orwell is still on whether we like it or not. The new global order has saturated the whole art movement and this affected music, movies, books and so on, there is no alternative thinking any more (alternative in the strict sense of the word). Today music is listened superficially and people do this in the same way they do everything else and so without knowledge. We are becoming technological ignorants with no ability of a real thought.

Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-Welcome to the XXI century!

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I have to say that lately for my own reasons I don’t play gigs any more and I’m out from the touring circuits. Alexander and me play and record our music in my studio, a quite and isolated place.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-So, now I tell you how I see the future:
It happened that I found my self in a city after long time, that place was clearly changed and I remember that at once I realized what the future is. The future is now. Nobody never lives the future, it’s impossible. We can have past memories at best, but we are never in the future because when it comes it becomes present. What we like we have to do it now and what we want to change we have to do it now as well. Now is our future.
Thanks a lot for your interest and your time.

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