I gotta say that band names that start with an X are rare in my collection. Probably because they are so darn hard to pronounce. But that hasn’t stopped this black metal lot from choosing a name like XPUS. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Play satanic and blasphemous Black/Death Metal with raw recording, we wanted to go back to old times, when this kind of music was real and without plastic recordings or poser musicians.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Of course, it’s not easy, today there are so many bands with different sounds around that is hard find a personal way,
we’ve done so many proofs that I don’t know how many pedals, instruments and amplifiers we’ve changed for finding a good compromise between raw and harmony… But at the end we’ve find it.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-I think that this is a personal thing, every Band has differents ways and times for complete their work, we are totally possessed by this project so, for us, is all extremely fast and pleasant.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-Every our song is recorded only if we really like it, each song must smell of XPUS or it will be deleted or modified, house or recording studio, this process does not change.

I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-Yes, you speak the truth, the future is black, Internet is slowly killing music world.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-is still too early to tell, our debut album is released only 4 months ago, the people’s response is very good, we are very satisfied by now but we must await again some months for a real verdict.
The thing that has gotten the most attention is the sound of the guitar and bass during our shows, hahaha it is very rotten!

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Mmmmh… From a little city of Thailand (I don t remember the name…)! I love Thailand and Muay Thay!

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-This is something that does not interest me at all, I’m a misanthropic man, I don’t play for find new friends.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Sure, it ‘s really a good promotion for a band and the live show differentiates the good from the mediocre bands. Today with studio’s technology, all are able to produce a good cd, but through a live show you can really prove your skills, no cheats, no bullshit, only you and the pubblic! Ah, it’s great play live!

What plans do you have for the future?
-We’ re already at work on the second chapter, graphics and musical work are near to finishing. But first, we want give to our debut “Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth” the best possible support through live shows and if we can, with a tour. There is much to do!
Thanks for your time!
See you in Hell!

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