I don’t really want to visit a normal rodeo, let alone a ZOMBIE RODEO but right now I have no choice in the matter. So I better buckle up and take the bull by the horns. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Zombie Rodeo was established in 2011. The original purpose was to play fuzzy and crunchy stoner rock.
Later on some more metallic and melodic influences were added, but the original purpose still stays strong: To rock out hard with fuzzy and catchy songs.
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?
-It’s actually really straightforward. A hard hitting drummer like Mikko is, old Marshall amps for guitars and effects like fuzz, wah, octaver. Distortion in bass. Nothing special in it.
Some songs although contain some unusual elements for this type of music. Like HM-2 pedal, harsher vocals and on the other hand things like synth bass.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Miika usually has a more or less ready musical frame for a song. Which is then jammed and arranged together in our rehearsal place.
Thomas then does his own lyrics and vocal melodies. It’s also a really straightforward approach.
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?
-We have never recorded anything at home. Just maybe some individual riffs. The Cult Leader EP was recorded and mixed in only two weekends at a real recording studio.
We don’t know any other way, but the old school way.
Digital release is probably the kind of normal nowadays. Especially for us smaller bands.
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?
-Actually people have been asking a vinyl from us, which we do not unfortunately have at the moment.
But the vinyl has now come back, and then there is this internet thing. Both are probably good. Just as long the music spreads. It’s just all about the music, not the format.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Generally good! Maybe what has gotten the attention is that the songs are catchy and still heavy and of course nowadays Thomas’s magnificent vocals.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Some rock radio DJ from the States asked that do we a radio edit for our song “Cult Leader”. He liked it lot, but because it contained swearing he could not play it in his show.
Made us laugh anyways. No. We don’t have “radio edits” and probably never will. Anyways, a song without any “bad” words was found and he played that.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Of course everybody does. Anyways, this is just for the love of the music, since we all have “real jobs” and “normal” life.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-It’s getting harder and harder in Finland for old school rock’n roll and heavy music and good gigs are hard to come by.
So gig offers are welcome! Certainly every gig helps to spread the word.
What plans do you have for the future?
-To release some more kick ass heavy music, play as many good gigs as possible and to have fun. Like it always should be.