Interview with Cedron (SWE) – Paris, 2014

“Cedron is a band from a town central-north Sweden, called Söderhamn. We’ve been playing hardcore/metal for five years and we love touring…The best introduction to us is to go to a show!”

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We met with these four lovely swedish musicians earlier this year to discuss music and views and as you may have noticed, we listed them as one of our 10 bands to know before the end of the year and this interview should help you get to know them better.

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To begin with, touring is a very important part of Cedron’s life. It’s an essential for them and fuels both their strength as a band and their inspiration for writing. About this, frontman Anton Larsson told us:
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“We just want to do more touring. Maybe conquering the US and Asia this time, or…touring the moon! We’re writing all the time as well, even on tour. So when we’re feeling that we have enough material for a new album, we’ll go and recording, but for now, we just want to keep touring until we are ready to record. Being on tour inspires us a lot. For example at the time we wrote the EP, we hadn’t been touring that much and you can feel it on the record. But with ‘Chased By Shades’ [full length album], we felt it was easier for us to write it and to make it sound the way we also wanted it to sound live. And that’s because of these touring experiences. You learn a lot from touring.”
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“I think the sound of ‘Chased By Shades’ is more the sound of live songs so it’s easier to have fun with it, sing along to it, etc.”, Dennis adds.
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What they enjoy the most on tour aside from that is obviously being able to play live music, but also to get to know each other and meet other people. Meeting people, precisely is another important goal of theirs.  “We want to see as much things as possible in the world, that’s the best thing. What we also enjoy about touring is making new friends in every city. When we’re sick of playing we would just couchsurf on european beds, thanks to that.” 
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Making memories is their thing. Speaking of their latest european tour, Anton and Christoffer (bass) agree on the show in Halle (Germany) being a memorable one. They remember it of being a great show where a lot of people showed up and being set in an old occupied building, completely run by hardcore punks gave it a great atmosphere. However, they quickly jumped to an oldest memory from the time they went on tour in Australia.
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“Our best memory so far for the band was our very last show of tour in Australia. We had these friends we made in Perth, who wanted to set up a “farewell show” for us before we left the country. Turned out it was a house show and it’s something we would love to do again sometime! People were crowdsurfing and having so much fun.”
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Then Joakim (drums) recalls, smiling : “There was that old lady, she was 65 years old or something who was just sneaking next to my drums and playing with my cymbals and singing. It’s just so random but amazing memories.”
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Saying this on a chilly parisian night probably brought back a lot of warm memories from down under to these passionate young men, who mostly live for and by their music. They have in 2013 released a debut full length called ‘Chased By Shades’. Released through independent australian label Pee Records, it was however for the most part a DIY album. Guitarist Dennis (who also records the material at his own place) writes some music first, before the remaining band members meet up in the rehearsal room and start working form there. They’ve done a real great job, musically speaking, but Cedron are particularly driven by this idea to share a message through their music. They don’t want it to be empty.
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 “Our main idea is a wide one. I mean…Everyone is born equal and we should act after it and it’s not what we see happening right now. In the western world, you see the poor being made even more poor and there isn’t a right balance between the people, it’s common knowledge, I know, but it’s unfair.”, explains Anton. “Our album is kind of politically strong, we wanted to make people think more about the lyrics and try to involve them. Ideally you should change what you think is bad, not just sit around and do nothing to improve your society. But it’s not a concept either.”
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Now moving on to something we often ask the artists we speak with, which is the support for local scenes, Cedron have quite a positive perspective on the subject.
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“Generally, some people only go to shows they really really want to see. And I think people should try and go to more shows to support local bands. I think it’s important to keep this scene alive and show support, that’s where it starts.”, points out Dennis.
However, speaking of Sweden, the band agrees on the fact that it isn’t struggling as much as it is in other places such as France, for example. Christoffer hasn’t any bad thing to say about it, while Anton will simply state that “the hardcore scene is clearly growing especially in Sweden, so that’s good, but there has always been an alternative scene there. The best part of it is that everyone is welcome, it’s always all-ages shows, no alcohol involved, so everyone can come and enjoy it. When I was 15, I liked going to shows and I’d like to keep it this way.”
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There’s a real enthusiasm for that type of music at the moment and we can see more and more young people trying to get into this world, without really understanding how it works, so we asked Cedron what does it take to be in such a band? And most of all, how can anyone make it work? Their answer may sound simple but it takes a lot.
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Christoffer thinks there should be first a real passion for music : “You should always do it for the music and the love of play playing and creating music”. Anton confirms : “If you feel that, if you have the positive mentality, that’s all you need. And passion for it. If you like it, then you should do it (…) Try, always try. Play shows, go to shows, but just try things. And do it yourself, it’s important! Don’t sit there and wait for people to do it for you. If you wait, it might not happen, you have to make it happen. It takes a lot but it’s worths it.”.
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.We then started to watch pictures from their Aussie adventures, but…we’re not quite sure it’s relevant to this article!
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We would like to thank Cedron for giving us some time
and One Heartbeat Productions for making this possible
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Find out more about Cedron : Bandcamp | Facebook
Mary
I have a tendency to seek for new sounds and humbly contribute to its living. I'm a dreamer, I live for today and take the time to appreciate every single thing that life has to offer.

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