Skull Parade are contemplative creators of hard rock music. We wanted to get a peek behind the mask (referred to their latest album cover) and hear how they create hard rock music and how they look at todays music business.
With themes like mortality and social realism Skull Parade criticise life itself. As middle aged men, they write about the disappointments in life. Their sound creates an impression of a dystopian landscape in the listeners imagination. As a listener you feel the fear of death, to lose what you have created and to miss the opportunities in life.
RR: What is the most common misconception about your music?
SP: Actually, we believe people in our close surroundings have quite a decent understanding about what we are doing. We started already from the beginning with a simple thesis: We want to create music that we wish would exist for ourselves. We have already been involved as musicians and contributed to the pop culture.
Skull Parade are driven by their desire to produce exceptional and enduring works. They don’t give any answers to the fears they have, and will not provide any comfort for the listener. There are plenty of bands and artists with uplifting music. Skull Parade is not one of them.
RR: What do you address in your lyrics?
SP: We work with the perspective from a man. We take a deep focus on ourselves and our own fears are in focus. The thesis is that men’s inner fear is ruling the world today and a good starting point would be to examine yourself and deal with it.
SKULLPARADE is the first album the band Skull Parade releases via the record label Rexius Records, which will be out 2017-05-26 (Physical) and 2017-07-21 (Digital).
RR: What differentiates SKULLPARADE from your earlier releases?
SP: We chose to record the album live in the studio, everything was mixed on a tape through Pro Tools. We wanted it to be an honest and unique record which could be performed live without backtracks or other compromises.
RR: The members in the band are not old, but not that young either, what is it like being an up-and-coming artist while also being experienced musicians?
SP: Our view of success might differ from the general perception, to break as a band is not as important as to experience that our music is important for the one who discovers it.
RR: What is your view on today’s music business?
SP: This might be a question that overshadows all the interesting questions. Today’s music business is suffering from severe delusions. First, all record labels where fighting with nails and claws to beat the illegal pirating. Then they dumped all their music on streaming services where the viral and most famous songs dominate. New indie music has a hard time to reach through the noise. At the same time we are excited to find new ways to reach out!
The strength in the indie world has always been to innovate and to think in new patterns. This in combination with music as an artform and vision will take you far. We really thrive with our label (thanks!) who are incredibly hard working young fellows. Hard to beat.
RR: What comes next?
SP: We are currently working on new material and we have a couple of upcoming concerts.
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