WOLVERINE

WOLVERINE is one of these Swedish bands that I have been aware of but never really checked out, until now. Answers by Marcus Losbjer Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-We always focus on what we do and not so much what other bands do around us. Speaking for myself, I’m quite unaware of new music and bands as I don’t listen to much music at all when I’m not creating my own. If I do listen to music I tend to listen to the old stuff that I grew up with, maybe just because I don’t have to think so much.

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistically same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-The artwork changes from album to album – the only requirement is that it has to serve a purpose for the music somehow. Speaking of lyrics, ever since the Stillalbum we have been writing about stuff close to ourselves, personal experiences, reflections and so on.

How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-Again speaking from my point of view, the best lyrics and music tend to be the stuff that just comes naturally to you. Our best songs are mostly the songs that were the fastest/easiest to write for some reason, the songs that almost write themselves.

I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-It’s kind of sad. For us the artwork is almost just as important as the music. The artwork should correlate with the music. It’s a complete experience as I see it.

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpreted because of the music you play?
-For people that have never heard our music and just seen our name, yes. Since the name we have reflects more of our death-metal past than maybe our current music, people might believe that our music should be more aggressive than it is. People in general though should interpret our music in whichever way they want to. Even if our music is personal to us it can be personal for other reasons to other people. That’s how music should be I think.

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-The biggest problem with the easy access as I see it is that when something exists everywhere it seems to lose its value for some reason. Nowadays every person is suddenly an artist, journalist, writer, filmmaker and whatever, all in one. There’s so much noise and so much impatience. The feeling is that there are millions and millions of transmitters but no receivers. Apathy is a good description of today I think.

Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-It’s a reality that can’t be reversed, the technology is here already. People seem to have more interest in paying $3–4 for a coffee than buying an EP for that amount. Because of all the impatience and the noise of today, getting heard is much more difficult. For bands that make music that usually demands a bit more from the listener it’s really hard to please someone with a 20-second attention span. The situation for new bands getting heard will be more and more difficult. Since the budgets are non-existent everybody that are artists also need to become recording engineers, photographers and so on. The quality of the recordings will decrease generally speaking and the quantity will increase because everyone can release anything and everything. How to break through that noise is the million dollar question of today. The future looks grim but I hope I’m wrong.

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-It might be harder, partly for the same reasons I give in my answer to the previous question. To me the sign of the times seems to be that people don’t care about much anymore.

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-Oh I have no idea but it would have to be some sort of audio-visual experience of some kind.

What does the future hold?
-We want to explore more in the visual field, like art and film. We have something in mind but nothing I want to talk about right now.

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