Hello guys! It`s great to see you back in business! Please give us a short overview what happened in the past and why it took you so long to record a new album.
When we split up in 1993 we had kept going on for already 10 years! And five albums down the line, we felt tired of the road and wanted to go in other personal directions. Everybody has since been working in the music biz and when we reformed in 2006 we hadn´t really planned to release a new album yet, that came about in 2008, when we decided to go All In again, Songwriting took it´s time and rightfully so, we didn´t want to release anything else than a classic TREAT album!
I must say that “Dreamhunter” and “Organized Crime” belong to my all-time-favourite recordings. Do people still remember you after all those years?
Well, a lot of fans do, not everyone still, we hope to change that with the new album, one cool thing is that a lot of new younger fans has come along and they´re very enthustiastic, that´s great when you realize that most of them weren´t born when we wrote all those older songs.
When I heard, that there is going to be a new TREAT album, I was hoping, that you didn`t change your style like so many other reunion bands did. Of course the music is heavier but you can still hear typical TREAT melodies. Why did you decide to stay “melodic rock” and not to include a modern style?
We think this is a modern record production with a 80s band trademark sound. I really hope people realize that this is who we are today and the way we wanna sound, to combine the best of now and then.
What about the title “Coup de grace”? What does it mean to you?
For us it has a little different meaning than “blow of mercy” or so. To us it´s not meant to be taken that serious, we think of it as “last nail in the coffin lid” kinda thing,A dark humours way of saying " We´re Back!"
What is your favourite song on the new album and what are your associations to this song?
I Have several favourites on the Album, “The War is Over, Papertiger, Roar, Skies of Mongolia, We own the night…the list goes on. They all represent different lyric approach as well, both serious stuff like Papertiger and The war is over dealing with getting rid of fear and ending a bad relationship to dreamy easier stuff like Skies of Mongolia and We own the night being classic easy TREAT escapism.
If you look to the melodic rock genre, you can find lots of reunions. Do you think that there is some kind of a second chance for the 80s?
Let me put it this way, If a band was good for real and had good solid songs, I think anyone could come back with some kind of impact, regardless of which Era they come from, in Sweden for instance,the 80s type of hardrock acts (new and old) is doing pretty good actually, don´t know about Germany though, but remember, we were for a fact a band that was part of creating this sound and style in 1983 when we started, and in our home country people know this! That´s why it´s so cool to present an album cover now, where we in a way, do sound, but not look the part at all, Instead we play a little theatre that has confused some European fans,we know, but take a look at what our influences did on album covers in the 70s!
We just wanna be artists for once and not part of a movement that young bands (no names) copy hard by the manual.
What are your plans in future? Will there be a tour in 2010 or later?
A European tour starts in Madrid (Spain) in April and ends in Stockholm(Sweden) in May. 4 dates in Germany this round, hopefully some cool festivals in the summer and possibly a longer European and Japan tour later in 2010/11.
Please tell us something about the songwriting-process. How do you get the ideas to write those ear-catching melodies?
Songwriting to me, is what everything starts and ends with. When I was 10 years old , I wanted to become the best guitar player in the world, that changed when I started a band, I realized that only fast solos and cool poses will take me this far, But writing great songs will take me everywhere! And Frankly, It has. TREAT took me the first bit and that´s why this is such a baby for me, but some of my other stuff has sold enormous amounts of copies, and made me a good living, I´m very thankful for that. Normally I sit down with the guitar or a keyboard and play around with chords and hum melodies over it, at a certain point of the day I just feel when there´s something to it, and do a fast easy recording of a scrap idea.
I do lots of these, then I go back to listen to them and pick the ones that stand out somehow, It´s just a matter of taste and self reliance I suppose, then I start demoing stuff and later present the song idea to whoever I´m working with. I`m lucky as I own both a recording studio together with my songwriting partner Fredrik Thomander and a studio at my house. That means, I can come up with songs any hour of the day if I feel like it.
Back In the 80s, music belonged to the new storage medium CD. Now, almost everyone is able to build his own songs and spread them over the internet. Is that a problem for the (rock) scene?
No! It´s a big problem for the recording industry! I do not think, just because every band can put out their own music over the net, that it will give them recognition, It is as it always been, real talents will be discovered and the rest will struggle on, why should it be a shortcut to stardom if it´s open for everyone, You can´t fool an audience, they will buy what they like and maybe if someone ends up in “Idol” it may go faster on the way up, and fast on the way down! I have the outmost respect for acts and artists that have stood the test of time, there´s really no other quality measuring device!!!
Please give us some short answers to these questions…
Which album was the last one you bought?
I listen to a lot of new music on Spotify and Itunes but the last album I bought was The new Muse album.
And which was the first one?
I think it was a David Bowie album, but it could have been The Sweet as well.
To which person (or animal) would you compare yourself?
According to my Chinese horoscope, I´m a snake! But I love all animals and grown to like Parrots a lot! They´re very musical!!
Which Headliner would you like to support?
I already did support the biggest dream headliner in history, That´s when we opened for Queen in Stockholm in 1986! Can´t beat that!
Thank you very much for the interview and best regards to the whole band TREAT. It`s great to have you guys back!
Thanx for having me! We really look forward to meet our German fans again! It´s been way too long since the last time, And with the new songs in the setlist, It´s gonna be a blast, promise you!