PEDOPHILE PRIESTS (for Battle Helm)

If you want to upset people you just need to mention the word PEDOPHILE and the react in anger. Add to it PRIESTS and you get a whole different reaction. But as a band name the two words work wonder. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Интервью подготовил ANDERS EKDAHL (Battle Helm)

As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
Band was formed in 2014. At first I finished the recordings of the debut album entitled ”Dark Transgression of the Soul” and then I was looking for label to release this stuff. For recordings I got help from drummer – Lukasz „Lucass“ Krzesiewicz – mad fast player. This insane speed that is his input. But he was session drummer only. In April 2015 former musician of Thy Worshiper and Pineal Gland – Krystian „Kruszon” Mistarz joined the band as a permanent drummer. In August 2015 band signed record deal with Metal Scrap Records. Then around November 2015 bassist Krystian Mazur joined the band. Metal Scrap Records released debut album entitled “Dark Transgression of the Soul” worldwide at 7th of December 2015.

How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
This is our first album so we can compare it only with the different projects we had in the past. For sure this is the fastest and sickest thing which each of us ever made.This album is furious and all is about speed mostly

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
No, not really. Drums production process and sound on recording level was worked out between drummer Lukasz Krzesiewicz, sound enginer Szymon Grodzki and me. Later on in post-production process the final sound shape was created by me mostly.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
Kind of very important like. Lyrics may give song second bottom and boost musical feeling. All you have to do is just stick right lyrics in particular song. It need to have the same atmosphere and coexist on the same level.
Sometimes I think that life is too short to daily reflect on certain things and we should just focus on the pleasures of the present day but often it is difficult to restrain from certain considerations. What lies behind the universe? Does it directly affect and transgressing our lives or we are shapers of own destiny? Does our DNA may have designed the ancient astronauts who hide behind this constantly observing us eye? So little we know about the universe around us. About ancient times and real genesis as for many of us god is not the answer. That things are still shrouded in an aura of mystery and this is what the tittle symbolizes.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
Cover art is a third element which links music material, lyrics and atmosphere. Also very important. I chose th cover art from works of graphic desinger Piotr Szafraniec with I collaborated before on Lady Maggot and Puki ´Mahlu CD layouts. Front cover must integrate elements of all lyrics. I felt it as a dark cosmic aura and something around us, affect and transforming us. For someone it will be god or ancient astronauts for someone else something completely different.

Where outside of your country have you had success?
Pedophile Priests is a band which just establishing own position so for now our succes is that we written good music material, that we recorded and release it by label. For succes in the right meaning of this word we have to work a little bit longer before we would be able call it in this way.

Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
Man there is no any compare. This days everything is up side down. Years back band need to have a little bit of determination a little bit of luck. This days great record and determination is not enough. Of course there is a lot more of competition because we have too many bands down there but mostly all this is about fact that people stop buying music. Label can not do any money now on the releases of 500, 1500, 2000 copies so they won’t invest any money in bands. More, very often they start charge the young bands for release. Bands need to pay ridiculous money for touring with big bands to get slots on festivals etc. Thats just wrong but this is reality. This days you have to pump a lot of money into the band to get noticed.

What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
There is a couple of good bands, maybe metal scene here is not that strong like in other part of the Europe but still not bad. Like I mentioned before we are just about to build up our position but people start recognizing our band name and this is that important first step on band long way.

What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
Lets thing about it as a hobby. Not many people can live from music today so it is hard to talk about it as a respectable choice.

What does the future hold for you?
That we can not know, hopefuly we we grow as a band and as the people.

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