History of the group?
STEFAN: Have known Magnus since the early 90s and we've been talking about
doing something together where we have common models in punk. 2012, we
made it happen when our bands went at half speed and with Gabriel and
Carl, we recorded fast four songs that led to a record deal with the
German Spirit of the Streets.
CARL: Stefan called me and asked if I would help him play bass in a new
hobby band he had at once. To be nice, I put up, but when I then realized
what treasures he and Gabbe put together - Slippery Joe and Gonna Ball
were the first songs that they showed me - I felt I really wanted to be a
part of this. I was hooked.
Band before or on the side?
STEFAN: Before City Saints, I played drums for 10 years along with Gabriel
and Carl in Chillihounds and there before as a singer in a thrash metal
band. Now, I play drums in a rockabilly band with guitarist from
GABRIEL: I played guitar in the 70's fragrant band Cherry Spot before I
started Chillihounds and as said spent 10 years with Carl and Stephen.
Then as the lead singer and guitarist.
CARL: I have played in several different bands in different genres. In
1997 I co-founded Abandon. We played a sort aggrometal, but when they
wanted to go in a more sludge / doom-orientation, I jumped off in early
2001. I joined the garage rock band Rickshaw and released a variety of
singles and full length album "Sonic Overload" 2003., I left the band
later the same year and toured the next year as a stand-in bassist
inTrigger. 2005 I joined Chillihounds who released three albums to the
conclusion that we quit2013., I have also played live with goth band Lucy
Fire, which consisted of members from Tiamat, Dark Tranquillity and
Kingdom Come. I've even had a tribute band to the Ramones called Ramonia.
The funny thing is that Stefan has told me that he was on one of Ramonias
gig long before we knew each other.
MAGNUS: Ragnarök 90-91, Kängkraft 91-96, Bitistål! 96-96, Perkele 93-2012
Tell us a little about each member, age, family, work, interests, and
something bad about every one?
STEFAN: Born the same year as Never Mind the Bollocks was released, have a
girlfriend and has a Rottweiler named Freya. Has worked at SKF since '94
and, alongside the music, film greatest interest. Something bad? ... Gets
nasty of spirits
GABRIEL: Come to the same year Elvis died, single with a little girl of 8
years named Isabella. Working on an engine company and beside the music,
beer is a lot of interest. I drink it as often as I can. Something bad? I
had a white month one time and in the same time ended the stereo function,
it was awful.
CARL: Also born in 1977. Married with a young son. Writes for Sweden Rock
Magazine and has authored the book "Kiss - Den osminkade sanningen." Like
horror movies from the 70s, collects vinyl and is no longer a vegetarian.
MAGNUS: 38 years old, traindriver and father to five children.
I think you sound pretty much
that you come from Gothenburg despite the fact that you sing in English,
for punk bands here have always been a bit "simpler" form of punk or what
do you think? .
STEFAN: Have listened very little on Swedish punk, but I think the most
important thing in all of music's energy and turn. And especially in the
punk. The most important is a good melody, then it does not matter how
good you are.
GABRIEL: I've never really thought about how Swedish punk differ depending
on where it comes from. But in our case, we have always tried to access
the essence of the music and delivering it, keep it simple with no frills.
You could say that we deliver the raisins in the cake.
CARL: I think it is related to working-class mentality - why complicate
things? The only punk band from Gothenburg, I listened to a bit is
Attentat. They have an eye on changing with memorable choruses simple,
maybe it's the part of Gothenburg?
What have you heard the comparisons?
STEFAN: Rose Tattoo, early Status Quo, Motorhead, Sham 69, Dr Feelgood,
CARL: Reviewers usually rattle off proto punk bands that I've never heard
of. I wonder when they'll realize that we just stole everything from the
Status Quo? Jokes aside, the fact is that it is mostly Americans scratch
their heads when they try to pinpoint our influences. What makes City
Saints is unique is that in addition to 70's punk also has 70's hard rock
and fifties rock in the blood.
Fun also with a punk band that recognizes Status roots ... my old idols?
STEFAN: Love Status Quo and do you check into any gig from the '70s with
"The Frantic Four" ie. Francis, Rick, John and Alan, it's a much higher
pace than many of the contemporary punk bands.
CARL: It does not get more down to earth than the early Status Quo. Hats
off to them.
In addition to punk what do you listen to then?
STEFAN: Most containing drums, guitar and bass. Right now a lot of
77-punk, ska and garage.
GABRIEL: There are a lot to take out of there. Trying to keep the width of
the music so that the brain does not get stuck on repeat. Right now I'm
going through a period of soul. Thus, 60 and 70s soul, not modern
chute-soul. Then there is always the favorite band you always come back
CARL: Anything that sounds organic and swings.
MAGNUS: 70s rock and Swedish prog
What does punk mean to you, it's just a word or is it a lifestyle?
STEFAN: Well it's a lifestyle, although I've never seen myself as a punk
or followed trends. But have always been working class and had to work
myself to everything I own.
GABRIEL: Do not see myself as punk, think it's really boring with labels.
But the point for me is that shit in standards and just go for it and do
what you love to do.
CARL: For me personally, it is an attitude, daring to go their own way and
shit in what others think.
What are the best bands right now in Gothenburg? Sweden? World?
STEFAN: Tough question. It varies enormously. Listening basically just the
old music. But Jim Jones Revue is one of my recent finds. And the best
band is still the same band that I grew up with. AC / DC, Motörhead,
Pistols, Status Quo, The Ramones and Toy dDolls.
GABRIEL: Today? Also listens mostly old music. But Smash it Up is a great
band from Gothenburg. Street Legal and Booze & Glory are also two great
CARL: Gothenburg - Dream Realm. Sweden - The 2120's World: Clutch.
MAGNUS: City Saints in Gothenburg, the Nationalteatern in Sweden and the
World, hmmm. Kiss has done the most hits.
Which was the first record you bought, the latest and the most expensive?
STEFAN: The first record I got was a collection of Beach Boys. The latest,
The Damned's debut and the most expensive. A special import from Australia
with Buster Brown. A band Phil Rudd from AC / DC had with Angry Andersson
from Rose Tattoo in the early 70s.
GABRIEL: The first record I bought with my own money was a Little Steven
plate. The most recent was Rival Sons and the most expensive was an
imported specially commissioned LP I gave as gifts.
CARL: The first album - One Night in Bangkok from the musical Chess. Their
latest album - Flaming schoolgirls with The Runaways. Most Expensive -
Originals II with Kiss.
MAGNUS: My first. Kiss-Killers, Last, Ulf Dageby-Lata Rika. Expensive.
Iron Maiden on vinyl.
The record you bought for the cheeky cover but was so disappointed?
STEFAN: I've never bought an album because of its cover.
GABRIEL: Discs are and has always been too expensive to buy just for the
cover is cool.
CARL: Wolfmother "Cosmic egg".
Which band, active or inactive you waiting for a new disc with?
STEFAN: Should be interesting to see what AC / DC manages to accomplish
GABRIEL: That said AC / DC is one the curious.
CARL: Would be nice if Tokyo Dragons wanted to reunite and release again.
You release your records like real CDs, how come? (I like that because I'm
STEFAN: Music for me IS physically. Vinyl or CD, there is no alternative
GABRIEL: We are well too old to understand how the development looks like.
A disc for me is to be with booklet and everything, not files you download
on your computer.
CARL: I want to be able to smell the scent of the wrapper while I listen
to the disc.
What do you think of downloading etc?
STEFAN: Trying to self support the scene by buying all the music, but I
can understand if you do not have near or money.
GABRIEL: It can be a great way for a band to reach out while I can see a
little danger to the disc's future existence. A good idea would have been
to reduce prices, everyone can afford to buy CDs with their favorite band.
I think it's ridiculous that those who yell the most and are against is
the artists who already have money in abundance.
CARL: What free streaming services and illegal downloading meant is that
people do not value music anymore, in that they take it for granted. Call
me old fashioned, but I liked more when you really took the time to listen
to an album, because it was so bad it had in that one paid out for it. Now
I think people listen more with only one ear.
Lyrically, what inspires?
STEFAN: It varies. Sometimes it's anger and frustration about how our
society looks like. But even the joy of our freedom and live in a country
where we actually have it pretty good.
GABRIEL: Would probably like to say everything. People around me, work
mates, friends, family and their life situations. Stuff to read, things to
see, news, etc.
Politics and music, how do you see on it? A necessary evil or a way to get
what you think?
STEFAN: Have difficulties for obvious political music. It can turn very
wrong. Personally think music is all about feeling. A sensory mood.
GABRIEL: It can get a little contrived if you decide that all texts must
be political. But is it something you feel strongly about such as
injustice I definitely think that you should write about it. Is it an
opinion you feel strongly about getting the text very honest.
What do you think about the election this fall?
STEFAN: As long as we do not have a Tory government, I am satisfied
GABRIEL: I think it will be a 'red-green movement' that will win the
CARL: European elections shows that the cold winds blowing in Europe,
which frightens me before the autumn elections.
MAGNUS: A non-aligned Sweden
makes me think of angels and unsought football ... I myself am a loser and
is really hard on GAIS but football is something you care about and in
that case which team?
STEFAN: Is completely uninterested in sports. But I would support on a
team, it would be Gais. Feels more working class.
GABRIEL: I was playing as young in Blåvitt but if I support them I leave
CARL: In the late 90's I worked in the record store Bengans in Gothenburg.
I was a colleague with Jönsson from Attentat that kept the newspaper
Makrillenl (as I remember it was called) and released a record of punk
versions of GAIS-lip songs. While also worked GAIS former goalkeeper Hakan
(last name I have forgotten, it was Eriksson?) So it became insanely much
GAIS-talk in the lunchroom. Personally, I think it's more interesting to
watch paint dry than to watch football.
Is it important to have a good name that people will remember? Which is
the best band name as you know?
STEFAN: Obviously, the band name is important. Personally thought the City
Saints sounded good, and reflected our music in a good way. Sex Pistols
and Motorhead are two of the absolute best band names.
GABRIEL: Yes it is important. The Stooges are good and even better is Iggy
And The Stooges.
CARL: It has to be right in the mouth. There are many bands name is right
bad but that still works. Guns N 'Roses, how brazenly it is when you think
about it? The best band name is AC / DC. We understand in advance how your
Is it many interviews? Is it boring?
STEFAN: Not so extreme. And it fulfills a very important function.
Reaching out. So it's a necessary evil. Sometimes more or less.
GABRIEL: Interviews're not the most fun thing to do as a band, but to be
asked would mean that there is an interest for us and it is good.
CARL: It's starting to become more and more. Most recently, a radio
station in Texas who got in, which was incredibly fun. It can not possibly
be boring to talk about City Saints with people who are interested in so
much that they want to know more.
What is the question you want but never ask it and answer it?
GABRIEL: I am satisfied with the questions you ask.
CARL: What band do you actually borrowed advertisment from that is in the
lurch to Gonna Ball? Status Quo.
Which is the biggest band you've played with?
STEFAN: Have played at some festivals and will play at the Rebellion
Festival in Blackpool this summer. And there plays alsoUK Subs, The
Dickies, Stiff Little Fingers, GBH and The Dictators. But previously we
have shared the stage with bands like Cock Sparrer and Exploited.
How do you think it is to live in Sweden?
STEFAN: Do not have much to compare with. But I love Sweden and would not
want to live anywhere else.
GABRIEL: I think that the climate became colder, more crap in other
mentality in society now.
MAGNUS: It's pretty good
What's the best and the worst of living here?
STEFAN: Live in Gothenburg, and the best part is the proximity to
everything. And the worst is well on the political front. Which becomes an
excessive outlay ..... and unfortunately not on fun.
GABRIEL: The best Gothenburg is that the city feels quite small and cozy
despite the size. There is no flippant metropolitan mentality of people
here. Then there is a working town and it feels the atmosphere. The worst
is well-pig-sty of politicians with receipt cheats and more. Really bad
role models for the residents of the city.
CARL: The good thing is that so far there are a good functioning social
safety net, unlike in some other countries. The worst is that it's so damn
dark most of the year.
MAGNUS: Still a decent welfare state, and the worst is that some are
trying to destroy it.
What are the future plans for the band?
STEFAN: A bunch of festival appearances, two shorter club tours in Germany
and recording. The schedule looks packed out.
GABRIEL: We will also release a CD with City Saints gathered vinyl ep's
and some new songs. It will be released in December.
CARL: Continue until we die.
For yourself personally?
STEFAN: To become better at what I do.
GABRIEL: To evolve and constantly contribute to City Saints will be better.
CARL: Get rid of beer belly. And maybe getting another tattoo. A last.
STEFAN: Everything is possible!
GABRIEL: If you want something you have to work for it.
CARL: Where you turn the man ass back.
MAGNUS: Know your Enemies
Something to add?
STEFAN: Thank you for the support!
CARL: Through the years, I have participated in many albums, but I've
never been more satisfied than with "Blue Collar Sons". Previously, I have
always felt that one or two songs just kept passing level, but I am myself
amazed that every single song on our last album is a tenpoint. I'm crazy
proud of it and surprised at what we actually managed to accomplish after
only three rehearsals and a beerdrowned weekend in the studio.