XUL from Canada is one of my latest encounters with a band from the great wasteland that is the land in the north. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

I find band names that start with an X are hard to pronounce. Why the choice of band name?
-We searched around for a band name for the first year or so of our existence, but everything we came up with never seemed to stick or accurately portray the ideas we were writing and expanding upon. When we came across the concept of XUL we were writing a lot of songs based on the ideals of light vs darkness and death vs life, but we wanted to stay clear of anything religious or satanic. XUL in its simplest form means “Evil and Darkness”. Plus we thought it looked cool, and would grab people’s attention.

I know that there are a bunch of bands in Canada but is there really a national scene to speak of? Isn’t it more like regional spots?
-Pretty much. We know tons of bands from all over Western Canada, but touring across Canada is a total nightmare, as cities are generally a 5+ hour drive minimum apart, so I think the isolation really makes local metal scenes tighter.

Something that I find interesting is to find out how a band has come to end up with the sound they have. What is it that has shaped the sound of XUL?
-When we started we dabbled a lot into a few different genres, including folk, thrash and black metal. But the more songs we wrote, the more we progressed towards making our songs as brutal and fast as possible, which made the transition into a more death metal sound come naturally to us.

You have a new record to promote now. What kind of expectations do you have on it?
We hope that it can reach as many people as possible, and that it can help put us on the radar for some record labels so that we can produce more albums, and tour.

How would you like to describe your journey to this new album?
-Painful and hard-fought to put it bluntly. We made lots of mistakes and learned what we had done wrong and what we need to do better in the future as we progressed. It definitely made us tighter as a group which in turn makes us tighter as band.

How big are you guys on DIY? Has the standard record label out played its role today?
-It’s hard to say if record labels have outplayed their role, as we didn’t have the option of working with one. I don’t think a label would alter the final product in our music, but it would definitely help us with connections, and ensuring things are done properly, so our music can reach as many people as possible.

When you look for art work do you follow a red line or are you more in search of art work that will fit the current release?
-One of the mistakes we made in releasing this album was not worrying a lot about anything aside from the music itself. So we found ourselves strapped for time and money, and ended up commissioning a local artist to quickly draw up a cover. (which he probably spent on drugs). It fit the mood of the album that we were trying to achieve though, so that was the most important thing.

How important are the lyrics? Do you feel that people actually care about your lyrics?
-I think the lyrics are important to help portray the concepts in our music. Seeing as we are not poets. But between Bill and Levi they seem to bang out some pretty gnarly shit. As long as we feel satisfied with the final product, who are we to say what others are going to think.

Is it important that a band has something to say, that they take a stand for or against something?
-That depends on the band, and that bands reasons for creating music.

What would you like to see the in the future for the band?
-Creating more music, buying new gear, touring, and pallin’ around. Tits and beer.


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