DEMON Interview Page 2
By Bob Nalbandian
SW: Yeah, that's funny...when I first bought the album - after seeing the album cover, and the name "Demon" - I was expecting the music to sound like Venom! It wasn't long after "Welcome to Hell" came out and a lot of bands were starting to get into the whole black/death metal thing.
DAVE: I think we got likened in those days...bands like Venom and Demon were like the working man's metal. Looking back, it was probably the wrong name [laughs]. It's like saying, in 1966 the name Pink Floyd [was suitable] and in 1980 the name is not right. But you live with something and I think over the years people get used to that. It was just a name at the time that we liked, and in those days you recorded an album in like three days, and you didn't think that 20 odd years later people would still be buying your music. It's great when we see people who travel to see us still bring those old albums with them and you think that something you recorded in your back room in 1980 is still in someone's collection. And that's still a great thrill these days to go on stage and hear people singing those songs. I even find it difficult singing the lyrics! [Laughs]. I usually sing the first verse second and the second verse third, or something like. And it's funny playing in front of non-English-speaking audiences, they know the lyrics better than I do!
SW: I've noticed many of the NWOBHM bands from the early '80s have since reformed, and reissued many of the old classic albums and singles. But DEMON actually never broke-up, correct?
DAVE: We just moved on. I think with a lot of the bands, at least in the last few years, there have been metal festivals in Scandinavia and throughout Europe, so some of those bands from that era have been reforming [to play those types of festivals]. And I think it's a shame sometimes, it's like many of them haven't done anything in the past twenty years, and I think it's quite wrong sometimes since its pretty obvious with some of the bands. But some of them are still very good. It's like, it originally started out as a good idea, but they're selling it short. Someone [a promoter] comes along twenty years down the line and puts a band together and calls it whatever that band was in 1980, and they'll call it a "NWOBHM show". And I have seen some of the shows, and many don't contain any of the original artists except maybe the singer...who was the second singer. The one thing with DEMON is we were always a street-wise band, we did have a major company but we were never a "major" band. We just continued to make albums for the past 20 years and we've had a very loyal, almost cult-like, following. It would be very nice to sell 2 million albums and suddenly make a lot of money from it but the main motivation with DEMON has always been honest, and to make a better record. We did take some time off in the '90s - we went from 1980 to 1995 touring and putting out albums. I think we have a very respected name, since we always stuck by what we believed in and we always perform well live.
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