WORDS THAT BURN

We seem to live in a time where the PC mob dictates what can and can’t be said. There are so many WORDS THAT BURN on the tongue of those PC. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
(Roni) Firstly, thank you for taking the time to speak with me guys.
One of my favorite poems is “when I am dead my dearest” by Christina Rossetti. About 8 years ago my dad had a compilation book of poetry with this poem in it. The book was called “Words That Burn”. I thought that it was pretty cool name for a band, so when we started we kinda borrowed it – indefinitely!! From a writing point of view, I focus on trying to have lyrics that resonate or connect with the listener, so Words That Burn was perfect for us from that perspective.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they colored your music?
-The 4 of us come from different musical backgrounds and eras but there is definite common denominators that define the sound that we have today. For example, my favorite band is the smashing pumpkins, but you won’t hear any direct musical influence in any of our songs. But what I do take from them is the energy and passion that they instill in me by use of certain chord sequences or note changes or even lyrically and then I try to transfer that into a format that potentially works for WTB.
The backbone of the sound, particularly on “Regret is for the Dead”, would be the likes of Deftones, Slipknot, BMTH, The Defiled. I guess what makes it work for us is pulling from individual influences and fusing them with that common foundation and going from there rather than purposely trying to sound like (*insert band here*). But the next album will no doubt draw from newer influences to keep the sound evolving.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-You know, it really depends on the day. One day you can pick up a guitar and play a slow part and it can seem just as heavy as the super-fast riff from the day before. It depends on what context it is used in. For example, you can listen to a song like “Snuff” by Slipknot and it is just as powerful as “Fucking Hostile” by Pantera depending on how you are feeling at that moment in time. So that’s how we approach the softer side of what we do – we try to make sure it is has the same weight as the heavier side. They are there for a reason, to convey an emotion or a mood – not just to make the heavy parts seem heavier.

How does your music work in a live environment?
-It transfer’s very well actually. We try to capture as much of the album sound as we can live so we use backing tracks quite a bit. Playing live to me is the most important thing for us. You can spend endless hours and cash in a studio perfecting an album, but you have to be able to pull it off live. And even more so, give it absolute hell while you are at it! We genuinely have so much fun playing live. A huge part of being in a band is entertaining people. If they are paying their hard earned cash to come in and see us – we give it everything we got and hopefully give ‘em their money’s worth.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-I think its great for a number of different reasons. The main one was having the opportunity to go to an awesome studio and work with a kick ass producer to record our album. Which we could never have achieved without them. Then you have the backing. You have people there that know the industry and know the do’s and don’ts. You have people there that can put you in the right circles and the possibilities are far more achievable.
I think music being to readily available has its pro’s and con’s. From a fan of music I think it is fantastic. I can buy music from any band, any genre from any country and I truly think, from that perspective, there is a lot to be said for the time we live in.
Now – the massive, MASSIVE negative is this. While music can be purchased or downloaded for practically nothing these days – people still insist on downloading for free. It’s killing the music business not only for smaller bands but for larger touring bands – bands that survive or die on sales. Although they are part of the problem, I don’t necessarily blame the downloaders. I mean, times are tight so if you see something for free you’re gonna take it. The knock on effect of this is that music is seen as something that doesn’t have a value and that is very wrong. Like any trade or service, it needs to have a ticket price. There certainly needs to be stricter measures put in place to minimize or penalize piracy. But that is probably wishful thinking.

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?
-Again there can be positives and negatives to all scenarios. To be brutally honest, I don’t think a fan is a fan (in the true essence of the word) if they have the band’s music but didn’t pay for it. On the flip side, these people might come to your shows so there is that I guess. But what some people don’t seem to grasp is that bands may not be able to afford to come to your town if they don’t make money from sales. A band is a business, just like any other, and where there is no mon, there is no fun!

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Album covers are super important to me. They are the ribbon on the gift so they need to stand out. Some bands like to go the arty direction and some define the mood with an image. Dark side of the moon is a great album cover. It is so simple yet sums up the album perfectly. Mellon Collie and the Infinite sadness captures the mood of 28 songs somehow! Antichrist Superstar is one of my favorites… its disturbing but quite pretty too.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We genuinely love the scene here in Ireland. We feel very much a part of something great. So many terrific bands, many of which we are happy to call friends. And there are some great venues & promoters. There is great support for the scene and bands now through radio stations and online magazines/news, some of which (overdrive.ie) are growing towards becoming international standards.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I really hope not. I for one love buying CDs and so do a lot of my friends. Maybe one day in the near future the CD will become a dead format… In saying that, vinyl is coming back so maybe there is hope yet!!
From a crucial & immediate standpoint, what has to be done is to ensure that online music doesn’t become obsolete – if it is the future of music. By that I mean if there is no value attached then bands will eventually stop and all that we will have left is factory made, line manufactured, big corporation, no heart, dishonest music. Just like what happened the pop world! And as a music loving community, we must not let that happen.

What does the future hold?
-A whole lot of gigging all going well. We are working on some European dates in the second half of 2017 – maybe a festival or two. Then who knows!
Thanks a million guys – Roni.

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