WILLS DISSOLVE is a band that I know very little, to say nothing about. So here is an interview for us all to get to know some more about the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
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?
-Andrew and I noticed that some bands we enjoy (such as Below the Sun) use song titles from a band they are influenced by as their band name. We were listening to our favorite ISIS album, Panopticon, and when the track Wills Dissolve came on we knew we had it.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-We are a unique blend of a lot of influences. If you like 70’s Prog concept albums, but also love heavy Opeth influenced progressive death metal and ISIS style ambient parts, we definitely have something to offer you.
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?
-We have quite a few people keeping an eye on us waiting for a full length album. I feel like there is a feeling in the metal scene where you have to have a high quality release under your belt before anyone takes you too seriously.
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?
-Andrew and I had our clear influences when we started writing for the band, but things developed in a more unique way when Shaun and Branson added their style. None of us are a big fan of bands that follow trends, so creating a unique sound by blending multiple influences was definitely the way we wanted to develop our sound.
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?
-I think the development of local scenes is something that happens fairly organically. There is a nice Progressive and Post Metal scene building here in Houston, with our counterparts in Oceans of Slumber and Sleeping Ancient a major part of that.
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?
-I feel like the album art should invoke the feeling of the album content, as well as act as a marketing tool by drawing in the eyes of potential new fans. I am personally moved by the oil painting artwork by artists such as Paolo Girardi, Adam Burke, Denis Forkas Kostromitin, Elijah Tamu, and the artist who created our artwork: Cauê Piloto.
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?
-Perhaps digital sales have reduced the likelihood of making a living wage off of your music. However, I feel that digital means of consuming music, especially Bandcamp, have created new avenues to discover fresh new bands that would have previously gone unheard.
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?
-Arena tours were never part of metal to begin with, outside of the bands that are more accessible. Tours to ~1500 person venues are going very strong in my opinion. The trend of smaller bands hopping on 5-10 dates of a longer tour to open their home region is a very good one, which opens smaller bands with great music to a much larger audience.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-More of a happening I suppose. Our music lends itself to the audience getting “lost in the music”, so it is more of a sensory experience than a metal party.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are enjoying the early reception of our album from journalists and hope for that trend to continue. We are looking to do a short tour of our region early next year, and are hopeful that we have the opportunity to play some festivals in the future.