Dorlene Love is a band which I think about Levellers when I hear the group and when I see their clothes but Iīm seems to be really alone about that. Anyway was the interview done in november 2008.
This type of music isnīt so ususal, how did it become this sort of music?
Why in english and not in swedish?
How have the reviews been on your music? Whatīs the most peculiar which have been written?
K.Ming We have almost got only odd reviews. Itīs have been written a lot about our clothes , artistname or other shit and very little about the record or the music. But the most peculiar must have been the reviewer who thought that it was a problem that we was serious, that we should get us loose moustaches and become more like Dr Bombay. Many reviewers become very insecure and have their picture clear when they shall write about music which goes outside the western indierock-standard style
Ragnar: It sounds a little like a cliché but we were prepared to get the worst reviews which have beenw ritten in this country. And then we got better reviews than we ever thought we could get. And there was actually some reviews which was about the music and not only about us or the thing we do as a concept.
Birdnest it became, why? I almost thought they have laid down all their
Where do play the most, is it in Sweden or is it abroad? It feels like your music could be big in other countries than Sweden?
Ragnar: Mostly in sweden but they like oss down in Europe also, especially in Holland so there we have been booked again and we will go down there on a tour in january. Yeah, this folkpunk thing is really big down in Europe.
Thereīs groups like Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly and so on, is this some groups which have influenced you?
K.Ming: Gogol havenĻt been so big influence as many people think. The first time I heard them was actually when I heard a mate that said that there was a band which sounded like Dorlene Love and that I must check this out. Some of our songs we wrote already in 2003, and then havenīt we or any one else didnīt hear Gogol. But itīs obvious that we noticed Gogol when we thought if itīs possible do this sort of music without going into some etnohippe-shit. Gogol showed us that it was more than possible to do folkpunk without being silly and theyīre fucking good. Flogging Molly is it some people in the band who likes and some of us get allergic because we donīt like irish folkpunk.
Ragnar: Yeah, Gogol is really good and cool, we have met them some times and we like their thing gypsypunk as a style. But they havenīt been any direct musicsource, they do it more in another style with violin and things, we have more speeded triols with arabic influences, distguitar, contra and accordion.
Punk, which relation do you have to it?
Ragnar: I have some sort of hate/love to Sweden. I really love Sweden when I have been sick in amoeba-dysentery in Africa or have been forced to bribe people a whiole afternoon in India. And in the same time I got stomach ache and hard to breathe of the mental climat if I stay here too long and then I must go away for a while. The thing I love most with the country is out on the country and to fix my veterancar and snuff and to drink beer and those things. What about national parliamentary politics isnīt Iīm interested. To sit and throw shit on the right or left wing is under my dignity. I have a life to live , songs to sing, itīs bubbling in my body, I donīt give a damn about them.
Ragnar: We hadnīt any ambition to come to this niveau we are today as a band, itīs was more for fun. So if we have choosed a name today it have been another name, But itīs not so important , all bandname are really nerdy if you think about them.
K.Ming: We have a lot of really good musicians on our record as guests which have own bands which is really good. MOA who is doing a duet and members from the band Den Flygande Bokrullen for example. The Other Flesh is another good band which we play live with sometimes. And then there is a lot of good punkbands which is good as Charta 77 and Asta Kask to Tysta Mari.
K.Ming No, not so often. I donīt know why.
Itīs fun that you say so, me and some more in the group likes Levellers, but
I donīt think that so many have hem as a reference nowadays, theyīre a
little bit forgotten part of the 90īs maybe.
K.Ming Hard question. It must come a good solution or maybe it is already here but noone dares to do it. Do the copyright to the song stronger and release the owning free. Instead that people must pay for a plasticrecord as they donīt want to have maybe so can they pay for the copyright instead.
How does your audience look like?
Is ther any type of people missing on your concerts?
Anxious Hipsters and some sort of trendpeople maybe. But if we really kiss
them I donīt know