WORMWOOD

Somehow I get the impression that I should know of WORMWOOD but I am afraid that I have no idea who they are. So what better way than to interview Rydsheim to find out more about the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
Rydsheim – Before we recorded “Ghostlands: Wounds from a bleeding earth” we a were all very enthusiastic and eager to record it.
We had a lot of ideas regarding how we wanted it to sound and an entire ocean of song ideas, some better than others.
When I look back at the recording process I feel very proud, it took a lot of hard work to achieve the sound that we had in our minds.
I think it is a record that will last for a very long time. It wont bore the listener since it´s so diverse in its style.
It is a huge step up from our more primitive and Black´n Roll-oriented EP called “The Void: Stories from the whispering well”,

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-The name comes from the start which is mentioned in the bible called Wormwood. The star fell down and made the river sour and poisonous.
The name resonated for us because it’s the dance of death between space and nature.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-We really appreciate all kind of support we can get, it may sound like a cliche, but the fans and supporters of a band is half the band.
Especially when it comes to the metal scene. Fans of metal is something else compared to fans of other kinds of art forms.
And we´re of course die hard fans ourselves.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Well, the image and visuals is depicting the music, and the music is depicting our emotions, surroundings and the aesthetics of the gloomy and dark side of the nordic soul.
So to a certain point the image is pretty important, but the music will always be #1.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
The artwork is important in the sense that is should capture the right feeling of an album. My personal opinion is that it should reveal a little bit of the content in the music.
But it is also important to not judge the book by its cover, as they say.
The artwork for Ghostlands was made by Mario Polzin of Moornebheym. We´re really happy with the result.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Oh, this is multifaceted. The good thing is that there is an awesome chance to get the music out there and let people discover new bands.
But the down side of it may be that bands and fans don´t tour and go to concerts as much as back in the days. I think people get lazy and satisfied with just being a part of the “online scene”.
We´re getting to spoiled with so much awesome art, so at the end of the day we dont take time to really enjoy it.
In some way it feels like people doesn´t respect arts/music/movies in the same way theese days. I remember being a young kid listening to the same Iron Maiden record on repeat over and over again every single night for months. Im not sure kids are like that nowdays.
Well, maybe in metal.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-There is a unique kind of brother/sisterhood in the music community. I think we all at some point share the same thoughts of not wanna be a part of the mainstream establishment.
And the music itself is the fuel that will start the fire. Music has always been very important for me as a person, for so many reasons that is impossible to count them all.
8. When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
It´s pretty clear that we´re in the middle of a paradigm shif, the heroes from the older generation is dying, and new talents is growing up to take it over and pass it on.
The scene has traditionally been very strong here in Scandinavia, my personal view is that the underground movement is stronger than ever before.
We are a lot of bands and musicians from here, but i think the big fanbase is located abroad.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We have much more touring coming up than ever before.
I definitely prefer to play outside of Sweden,It´s not that hard to get gigs, and it is awesome to get to know new people and to end up in all crazy situations that comes with the rock´n´roll tour life.

What will the future bring?
-It will bring more music from us, a lot of gigs, music videos and such stuff.
Perhaps a few more beers, I am not sure about that yet though.

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