Hi Blowback. How are you, recording session of the new album “Morning Wood”?
Just fine! It has been a busy period with getting it all together; the studio is the fun part ;)
Morning Wood sounds like the sound of the 70ies. It sounds like the old stuff of the great Hard Rock/Rock´n´Roll time. What are the reasons to play this style of music of made in Sweden, by four “young” guys?
We don’t particularly try to sound seventies; we just like to play heavy rock. But then again, most of the really good rock comes from this era, hey, were all born in the seventies.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Most of the people and press would like to describe your sound like a copy of a lot of 70ies Rockbands; what do you think about it?
I think they don’t know shit.... Of course we care, otherwise why would we bother to record it? I don’t know about you but I’ve always preferred it when people like what I’ve done.
….and how would you describe your own music?
Heavy Rock... Beard Boogie.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography. Was it very difficult to find the right people to play the good old sound of the 70ies?
We’ve been around since 2004 I think, Steve, Cris and I (Seb) had been playing for a couple of years, but it never came together until we had to find ourselves a new drummer, so we put the word out and tried a few. Well one day Steve got a call from Magnus in Witchcraft who told us there was this dude called Henke who was in between bands. We had one try and we were hooked, all of us!
We'd like to know something about your background in making music. How did you learn to play, what are your experiences and which musicians are your main technical influences?
(Seb) Well I was brought up listening to a lot of my dad’s music; it was a mix of Cream, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, to mention a few. I started out playing drums when I was like 10, but my IQ was too high so I had to switch to guitars. =) So I picked up the guitar at 12, my dad taught me a few chords, and I have just not put it down again. (Henke) I started to play drums in a music school when I was 8 years old. I don’t really have influences that I’m aware of but I can name drop some great drummers that I respect more than others, John H. Bonham and Danny Carey of Tool.
What is the message of your record “Morning Wood” and the cover with only one “dark/black” tree?
IKEA is coming to your town to! Does there have to be a message?
not really, but it does not look very professional.
How and why did you choose the album cover – I mean the artwork? Is there a further meaning behind it?
We had the album name "Morning Wood" and cried to Stefan who sat up several nights trying to please mine and Henkes ideas... actually put it all together for us..
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them and the process of song writing.
Stefan does most of the lyrics, we others have a say now and again though. I’ve always liked the lyrics on the heavy part on the phase... we all work pretty close on the songs.
What about the recording process of the album -any stories or curiosities to report? How do you find (the neighbour) Dan Swanö to made a mix and mastering for it?!
Ha ha.. yes we live in the same town, but not neighbours though. Well the recording was made in a small studio close to where we rehearsal, we have recorded demos with them before and a promo. In the studio you have to be good, you pay for every hour, but you also have to have fun... to play good. The studio is run now by a guy called Kari, and before also Ture, one of the guitar players in "The Accidents", so they helped us to relax and make a good recording. But of course there are always small problems, first day in the studio the computer died, so it was all delayed by two weeks. About Swanö, we asked him to mix the album and he really liked what he heard so he mixed it. The reason he wanted to work with us were that it was different from his previous work.
Why you choose the Snuff Solutions Studios and Dan Swanö, if you know about his background in music (a lot Death Metal records and Prog Rock stuff)?
Well... the studio partly because of convenience, price and that we know the guys, and they’re alright, but also little because they play and record mostly other types of rock and metal... so they hade a little different take than the more established studios within the genre. Well, Swanö took over the raw recorded material and mixed it for us we were blown away.
How important is it for you to play live on stage? In which countries and which bands you played until now; how was the reaction of the audience?
LIVE ROCKS!!!!! Well be over in Germany this fall, Rock This Town is booking it right now I think, Live is what makes a rock band! Bands we played with so far: Witchcraft, Dozer, Dead Man, Stonewall Noice Orchestra, Asteroid, Generous Maria, Firestone, Backdraft, Black Debbath (Norway), Molly´s Gusher among others.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best wishes to you all.
Thanks! Rock on and stay heavy ;)