Some folks are averse to having fun with music. But, not us and not Electric Haze. The Swedish heavy rockers just released their debut full length, Get In Line, and it’s a rocker from start to finish that works just as good by the pool or lake as it would on a hard partyin’ Friday night. It has riffs for days, melodies with hooks big enough to hang a coat on, amazing vocals, and a kinship to some of rock’s greatest. We recently sat down with the band and asked them our set of Profile questions to get some backstory and below are the results of said chat. Head inside to check it out and be sure to grab a copy of the new album from the links contained within.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
We all started playing music as children or in our teens, and we never stopped! One definition of success is reaching a lot of people, and of course, we’d like to spread our music more. We’re successful in the sense that we’re able to create and play the music that we like together.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
Well, we’re trying not to debase ourselves too much. It’s challenging trying to promote a new song or an album without feeling like you’re pushing it too hard to someone or praising yourself too much. We enjoy our music and hope that others do that too!
Social media is an important tool for bands and musicians nowadays… After one gig early on in the band’s career, some young fans asked us if we had a Youtube channel, to which we replied that we had. The young fans asked how many followers we had, and we answered with a number that was way higher than was the truth… One of the younglings quickly reached for his phone and looked us up on Youtube. Then, he said: “You almost don’t have any followers at all! I have the double!”. And the worst thing is that he was probably right…
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
We don’t know what’s going on in the metal scene, really, but we know this: “You can’t kill the metal. The metal will live on. (…) No one can destroy the metal. The metal will strike you down with a vicious blow.”
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We don’t make music to change the world. We just want anybody who listens to have a good time and feel good! We’re passionate about hard rock! However, many of our songs deal with anxiety and depression, and those are important issues that should not be hidden.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
We got into metal through the 70’s hard rock giants and heavy metal pioneers. Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Judas Priest et cetera are some of our inspirations. Our music leans heavily towards that early kind of hard rock and old-school heavy metal, which our families like too.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Today, the issue for a musician is not to record or release the music – it’s reaching the right audience and cutting through “the noise”. There is a lot of great music out there, but sometimes it’s hard to find as a listener. Music critics and outlets can help by finding music that they like or fit their niche, describe it and help spread it to the right audience.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
All of those alternatives are up there! Our goal is to continue writing music that we like and reach more people with it. We’re also keen on getting out on the road for some gigs!
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Since we’re recording, producing, mixing and mastering our own music, we actually mostly listened to Electric Haze for a couple of months! Right now, we’re listening to, for example, Foo Fighters’ “Medicine at Midnight” and The Dead Daisies’ “Holy Ground” in the rock genre. We really dig Judas Priests’ “Firepower” album as well. Of course we listen to classic hard rock and metal albums regularly too. In other genres, we listen to for example soul and retro R&B, 80’s pop and rock, jazz, and modern pop music.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Our album GET IN LINE was released for streaming on May 28 with the vinyl LP and CD being released on June 25. We’re planning on playing live whenever that’s possible again, and we’re working on more content, both audible and visual… In the meantime, we try to stay active on social media, so follow us there to receive the latest updates.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Electric Haze for their time!