If you are like me and are not completely familiar with YEAR OF THE LOCUST you have the chance to learn a bit more about them now. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
A: It’s been a roller coaster but the ride so far has been amazing.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
A: It came to be more than we expected!
Brian Bonds helped bring out our souls in this process.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
A: yes and no. We’ve tapped into a more intense form of our selves, but you never stop growing.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
A: Of course. It is important. Scot believes in writing about what you know. So taking pages out of your life is definitely the answer. Singing with conviction is something people can feel.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
A: any design that is attention grabbing has the potential to pull in extra sales. Our cover for Devolver was created to spark discussion, and with the new “Rock. Sex. God. Machine. record, we’re looking to go more over the top and artistic to achieve even better results.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
A: How and where you break is due largely upon your marketing focus and genre. A rock band can still make it in any fashion.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
A: Stay true to who we are. Write music that’s genuine and that comes from the soul.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
A: Our local scene is a difficult market. North eastern American markets are typically more competitive with higher living costs and the constant barrage of advertising. So, other markets are of dyer importance.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
A: American rock roots still run deep. As we tour this country we meet entire families who come out to enjoy the show. This is definitely a sign to us that it is alive and well.
What does the future hold for you?
-The future holds a series of new video releases, a patreon, a new summer tour announcement and venturing over the pond to Europe. Our fans are dedicated and the family is the family is going strong. To infinity.. and beyond!!