WHITE COVEN are new to me. But since I love that classic 70s sound I knew that I had to check them out, hence this interview. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We are not a metal band actually. Our style is more classic 70s rock sound. The dark meaning of “coven” and the bright of “white” could seem opposite words but we think that represents the variety of our music. Choosing the name was a really hard work, we don´t lie if we say that it took us almost a year. Every week we thought new ones and debated about them. Finally we found the word “Coven” and we loved it, but there is a 60s group with that name and we didn´t want a possible confusion so had to think again of another word to put together. Like many 70s groups we chose the name of a color.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-White Coven began as the union of two bands that had broken at the same time, Juan and David were from “Almost famous” and Sara, Mario and Carlos from “The old Shelter”. Mario and Juan knew each other from university and talked about making a new group exploring the possibilities of being a three guitarists group. Later they found Dani for drums, who had the same love for 70s music, and the group was complete. We gave our first show in October 2014 and in November we won one of the most important competition in our city “popyrockimas” and also we were nominated in “XVI Premios de la música aragonesa” for major projection group, to be truth we didn´t expected that all happened so good and so quickly, we are being very lucky.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-All the great stuff from the 70s, Led zeppelin, Deep purple, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Hendrix…We based our sounds on those, which are our favourite bands without ignoring the new groups that are resurrecting this such as Graveyard, Siena root, Blues Pills or Kadavar. If you listen to us you will realize that there is variety of sounds, the base is rock, but you can find influences of progressive, blues, funky or whatever we feel.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Zaragoza has always been a place with many metal bands, since the 80s to nowadays there has been a lot of metal groups but not many of classic rock so we don´t feel we are part of any scene or movement
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?
-Playing in a band is great. You can learn to play an instrument, practice at home, play over some songs, but that´s not the point with music. When you play in a band then you really learn what music is all about and what kind of musician you are. Creating music and fusing with other musicians is not easy but can be a very satisfying work.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-The cover must give an idea of what you are going to find inside and at the same time make you want to listen to it, you must take your time to choose the one you like. There are really masterpieces in album covers, if you see the work of Roger Dean with Yes albums or Hipgnosis on Pink Floyd and Led zeppelin…hey, that´s an incredible job
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-We love physical, vintage and vinyl things but we think they can live together with digital. The feelings you can get when you buy an album, open the package, see the script and all the artwork…digital will never get those things. People who really loves music really enjoy buying a physical album. But you must adapt the times you are living and nowadays is important to share your music digitally.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-In Zaragoza and Spain there are a lot of places to play live. The case is that there are so many places and so many groups that is difficult to find your audience. We are lucky because by the time, in all of our shows there has been many friends that came to see us. Rock audience is very selective but is also very faithful, if they like you, they are going to see your shows always, if you maintain the level of course.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We prepare the shows very stricly and concentrating, testing every detail for the three guitars…but when we get on the stage it becomes a big party. They are the same songs but we play them with more emotion because our sound is much “bigger” on stage and we are getting people´s reply inmediatly. Our songs are very emotional, the heaviest ones and the smoothest too, we and the audience can feel this. Playing live is the best experience for a musician.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are going to put out our first three songs demo in physical format (now is just digitally on bandcamp) and of course we´d like more people as possible can hear them and like them. This year we also want to record more songs to release a whole LP. Maybe make a tour in Spain, some dates in Europe…as we said before, all things are being very quick with the group and it´s easy to dream of things we´d like to do but we must be patient, hope this is just the beginning of something really big.