Death By Horse is a really good Swedish punk band with female vocals and I'm weak for it. In August 2016 designed this interview, so it's just to read and enjoy ...
A little history about the group?
-Death By Horse members Tommy, Jim and Fredrik are childhood friends and have played together with different configurations for more than ten years. 2015 they met Jahna who had the same need to express themselves through music. It clicked immediately and shortly after they became Death By Horse and officially a band. During an intense period band wrote the songs that would become their debut album "This Too Shall Pass" which was recorded in late 2015 and released April 1, 2016.
I can hear a lot of old punk like Vice Squad, Action Pact and some newer ones like Baboon Show and even a bit Ska in Burning The Witches, I hear right? You are not so old why these influences? Was it better before?
-No bands we know, but we'll definitely check
them out now. Haha! Regarding Baboon Show, it's
actually a little funny that you mention it,
because we heard them the first time when a
friend of ours just heard our album and said;
you sound a little like Baboonshow. So then we
had to check them out. Faster Faster Harder
Harder was a good song. Otherwise, we have well
little different influences. Skate punk is in
all our hearts, then Courtney Love is a cool
rock chick. SKA is something that is in my (Jahna)
heart. When we did the Burning The Witches, I
knew immediately that it would be a SKA song. If
it was better before? I do not think so. Now is
now and all times has its good and bad aspects,
both in terms of the music itself, as well as
the music industry.
-.Jo We are happy with the name. It was the first and only proposal that we actually had. The fact is, horses are something you should have respect for. It is something you may think you have control over. Man can believe that she is invincible but under the horse's hooves, she is quite small.
How is it to play this sort of punk in Sweden today?
-I do not know, nothing we have reflected upon. It's not the classic punk blatant outright that we are doing, so I have an idea of the audience is a bit wider. We just play what we feel, then we will be happy if other people like it!
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Straight, Honest and strong.
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-So se see there is a big difference between punk music and punk mentality. Punk mentality for us is to do what you believe in despite what others think. It can sting the eyes of others, but as long as you do what you believe in and feels right for you, it's punk. Punk is honest and genuine. Punk is not just to play in the d-beat, and to dress in a certain way, punk is the courage to follow your own path.
How do you see on downloading, MP3 and the like?
-Well, in a way, I want music to be available to everyone, poor or rich, I believe in it. But then on the other hand, it is tiring to be able to earn a living as an artist. Many times smaller bands even pay to play in places, so it's not as glamorous as a musician as you might think. You do it because you love it, but you have to be really damn big to be able to live on your music.
How do you think it is to live in Sweden today, politically?
-To live in Sweden today politically, well, what can I say, we are a socialist country pretend to say that they believe people are equal, but we can put a stop to immigration, which is only about a person's survival. I would rather have lived in a tent in a secure country than in my bombed-out house in an unstable country waiting to be shot. I understand the problem also where Sweden has a certain standard and would get shit in case we put people in tents while the rich gloating with champagne in their five mansions that they still can not be in the same time. There are the buildings that could be used, nevertheless, I think generally that people have done much to help, many have shared shelter and huge amounts of clothing has been submitted. We have done well. But the elite could have done more.
-There are plenty of bands! Many people have a strong urge to express themselves with music and it will always be so. We have not found any similar to us in the neighborhood, which had been fun, it's always fun to play together with like-minded. One should not see each other as a threat or rivals. We musicians must help each other, we're here together!
Do you play anything outside Sweden?
-So far have DBH not played outside the Swedish realm borders. But it will happen, be sure of that!
Your lyrics, what influenced you? Never in Swedish?
-We are influenced for the most part of our lives and our feelings. But even the lives of others and feelings. DBH will not write in Swedish. Swedish music can certainly be good, but it's nothing for DBH.
Is there something you are never going to write about?
-IDONTKNOW. As long as it is something we stand for or believe in and someone out there can find the power or comfort so can we write about it. But if you mean more provocative things that you might not account for but want to obtain one for a reaction with, so certain. We do what we believe.
Politics and music, does it always goes hand in hand?
-Totalt Jävla Mörker, Refused, Gojira, Röda Kapellet, are some good examples. But there are many.
Do you think music can change someone's life, I mean lyrics etc.?
-I'm convinced. Many people have come up to me after hearing "Little girl" and said that it felt so liberating to hear it, when they have been through similar things. I will be incredibly influenced by both the music and lyrics that are good, really! There will we all be. The music is deep in man, it is part of us and we feel a lot through it.
Your cover is really cool on your CD, who has done it. Is it important to have a cover that you understand what kind of music you play? Which is your favorite cover all time?
-The cover is done by two artists and old friends of mine (Jahna) (Åkervinda design). They got poles to go by then had they a free hand. And we were very pleased. We all in the band appreciate stylish wrapping. Then what is a neat or less neat you can argue about. But a cover should say something. Create any kind of emotion or reaction, I think in any case.
Is it important to get out physical discs? Is there any good record store near you
-Physical discs, well, at first we felt that it
was just pollution. Who listens even longer on
CD? Then it had been fun to do do vinyl, but
most of them new vinyl collectors not open the
records and they hanging them on the wall and
listening to the music on Spotify or similar.
Therefore, we chose to begin to put in money and
resources to get out and play live and deliver
the music as it should be delivered. With blood,
sweat and tears! But when we have more money we
will support the environmental degradation and
pressing some records, we have understood that
it was desirable.
-DBH Is still new and fresh so we cannot answer how our audience looks. Probably they looks pretty damn cool!
Please rank your five favorite records, five favorite concerts?
-It depends so very much on the mood you have, so it can oscillate very much! But to give an example, I can think that these are good: Alkaline Trio: Goddamnit, Nirvana: Unplugged in New York, Bright Eyes: I'm wide awake, It's morning. ????
Is it boring with interviews?
-No the opposite!
If you could choose five bands from history, dead and alive to have a concert together with your band, what are the bands you dream about?
-Hmmm ... hard...but living is probably the band
Fucking werewolf, they seems funny.
-Absolutely we get out frustration by music if desired. You can certainly be a nicer person too. Now what kindness means. (Listen to the song "Om snällhet" by Turid you will understand what I mean) It may also be an angrier and more vibrant person with the help of the music? I do not know if you have to be angry to make things happen. Of course you must have a burning sense of what feels right, but somehow it feels like you have lost while you´re sitting and be angry. Rest assured that it will work out, and it will be solved!
Future plans for the band?
-We want out, we want more, we want it all! We love this!
Words of wisdom?
-Do what you love! And if for some reason you can not, love what you do! But ... honestly, do what you love! Do it! Now!