A really good fairly new Swedish punk band called Psykbryt(Psych Break) answered my questions in September 2015. I think they are one of the more interesting punk bands that have come lately and they take advantage of the early Swedish bands presence and makes this something of their own.
A little history about the group?
-Tobbe, Zack and Nikko had a punk band around 2006 or 2007 that was not something of because nobody could sing and we could barely play. We put out some ads for singers online that no one jumped at the chance. Then in 2008 wanted Zack and Nikko start the new punk band, Linus happened to see the ad by accident, responded to it and then slid Tobbe into on a shrimp sandwich. First rehearsal was early in 2009 sometime.
Tell me a little about every member, age, work, family, bands before and bands next?
-Zack, Bass guitar: live in Hallunda with my partner, working extra as a student assistant and plans to start reading at the college in the fall. Is twenty-three and played except in Psykbryt, in the Constitutional Breakdown( is now on ice) (but participates on the album Chaos In Sweden # 2 which is will be released soon) and did a little bass Reidar Assine a while.
Tobbe, Guitar: 25 years old, lives in Stockholm's southern suburbs, work in healthcare, co-founded the band Avgå but dropped out after a few months. Have not had any other bands worth mentioning.
Nikko, pounding the beat: 23 years old and lives in Hökarängen. Study imaging and doing odd jobs as a photographer. Player also in Avgå! and was involved in Derby STHLM as a temporary drummer for a while.
I can hear the very old who Incest Brothers, Göteborg Sound with melodic punk, I hear right? You´re not so old why these influences? Was it better before?
-Zack: We are not so old, but what are we influenced by then, Green Day? Yes, when it comes to punk from Sweden was probably actually better before. Influences's a matter of taste, and what people like is seldom on what time the music is from. I thought we had more Stockholm Influences?
Tobbe: Yes Incest Brothers is an old favorite band of the teenage punk years and GBG Sound is also good. Have never heard us being compared to something of those bands before but it's fun. As regards melodic, it's nothing that we listen closely to or influenced by "deliberately" and I do not think we have the classic 90's catchy sound but people think well melodic punk as soon as it is in Swedish, fast and will not be screaming vocals.
Zack: Everything depends on what one sees as melodic. One thinks of the Asta Kask, which I think is melodic surely we have a lot of influence from there. Indeed, given the nature to Coca Carola, we have less (sorry, Curre!).
Nikko: All four of the band is have of course a bit different influences and all are with and poke in the songs. Basis, well all the old punk influences with KSMB and the other in the head. But then let's go in slightly different directions. Linus like supermelodic trall and old working-prog songs and Zack like fusion jazz. Tobbe digs street punk and Oi which I also do, and is also running on heavy texts a la Johan Johansson and Dylan.
Psykbryt, are you satisfied with the name. If not the best band name had been taken already, which name had you chosen then? I mean, what is the best band name?
-Zack: I'm very satisfied with the name, it is fuckign good. Whoever came up with that we would be called so was undoubtedly a genius. Hrm ... The Kristet Utseende and Risken Finnsthere are two incredibly good band names, unfortunately, the bands are not so much hanging in the tree.
Tobbe: Tatuerade Snutkukar and Slita Ficka is also two really good band names.
What is the best thing about playing live?
-Zack: That people listen.
Where is best to play, was the worst?
-Tobbe: Best is well places where there are good arrangements and there will a lot of people, both in bars and other venues. Worst is the kind youth clubs and gigs in holes where no one likes punk (we are not hefty Stockholmers, I promise).
Zack: I like places that pays that they should pay us without fuss and hauls up food, beer and sleeping with no attempts at loopholes or similar in shape to stow people in a basement where there are ten degrees of cold and try to blow into people that there is a "sleeping place".
How is it to play this sort of punk in Sweden today?
-Tobbe: It feels like it goes home with a properly mixed audience among people who like punk and it's fun. It's very far from striking among "ordinary people" but that's not why we play either.
Nikko: There was a lot of comment about a year ago if we was too good to play trall¨from those who liked the harder versions of punk and while we were good for being so blatantly from people who liked trall. But now it was a while since I heard anything like that.
How would you describe your music in three words ??
-Tobbe: Pass on that.
Zack: I'm changing to four words: Silly, crybaby, fool, maniac.
Nikko: Go to Hell
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-Tobbe: Music, subculture and lifestyle. Well there are a million different opinions about what is punk and not punk.
Zack: I don´t know. I've never seen it like it's a lifestyle for me, but I think of it, I probably would have been very different if I had not had my punk interest. For me, it is above all music.
Nikko: I leave that question to this forum I remember my punk. Where there is obviously a lot of experts in the field. I've heard.
How do you download, mp3 and the like?
-Zack: Everything is here to stay, but it is of course fun to play with the idea of dough in theory could have served without them. A great 100 Skr, maybe.
Nikko: The main thing is that people are listening and will come to the gigs.
How do you think it is to live in Sweden today, politically?
-Tobbe: Compared with most other countries in the world, we have it good here. At the same time it's getting worser and worser and citizen who disassemble the welfare that it took one hundred years to build, socialdemocrats who do not do anything to rebuild them, and politicians in general who do not give a shit about inequality and segregation and then gripes that people vote SD (which also can go to hell, for the record).
Zack: There are always countries where people have the hell of a lot worse (the only good thing to stay in one of those countries must be able to complain without anyone saying "remember that there are people who have it worse!"), But focusing only natural to problems they themselves perceive the country where you live. We are inside a hell of strange political era, I am really looking forward to seeing how it will be described in history books.
Are there any bands in Sweden today?
Have you played anything outside Sweden?
-Zack: Is Åland counted?
Other great bands from abroad?
-Zack: Clash, Bad Religion, the Ramones, and Rise Againsts and Anti-Flags early stuff.
Tobbe: Are the any number. Feels like it most regurgitate clichés here but some classic bands that meant a lot to me, the Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, GBH, Abrasive Wheels.
Your lyrics, what influences you ? You hate some things, Anders Borg, Reinfeldt, USA and AIK (which team do you support?)
-Zack: Do we have expressed hatred toward the United States? I can not remember. There is a difference between Uncle Sam and the United States. Everything about the things we dislike are well to do with that we play punk and want to say something about how we look at things. I myself have extremely difficult for punk songs that just about beer and fights or type "yes yearn it´s summer, because then you can grill!", I think it should be something to say.
Tobbe: We are Hammarby-fans all four, but only three who go to matches (sometimes). Nikko: Most of the texts are well influenced by things we do not like.
Is there anything you are never going to write about?
-Zack: How sustainability of concrete is affected by the heat.
Politics and music, does it always goes hand in hand?
-Zack: No, not always, there are plenty of excellent bands that not only run politically.
Tobbe: By not running politically at all for that matter.
Best political band / artist?
-Zack: Difficult. KSMB, Asta, Stockholms Negrer, System Of A Down? Metallicas AJFA record?
Tobbe: Can agree with the first three. On the whole, I think that when politics takes over from the music it gets worse. Thus, when playing music to change something, it becomes generally worse than when playing music and happen to have a strong message.
Do you think music can change someone's life, I mean texts etc?
-Zack: Ptja, it could change someone's life so that he takes a fancy to a particular type of music.
Tobbe: Texts may well influence the opinions and views on things a little bit, especially in adolescence when they are impressionable. Think, for example, as many had each left in the 70s if not have been for the prog, or right in the 90's if not have been for the RAC / WP music.
Zack: Or was it left that made it played too much prog?
Your cover is really cool on your CD, who have done it. Is it important to have a cover that you understand what type of music you play? What is your favorite cover all time? ... Who is the fifth personon Ursäkta Röran?
-Zack: My favorite cover is probably London Calling by The Clash, or maybe Metallica's Master of Puppets. If there is a fifth person on Pardon the mess, I have not noticed it, but it can be understood to have been the yellow king. All our covers are made of Nikko. Nikko: I dig the cover of The Who's Whos's next album. The fifth person we allow to be mythical. But it's a real bastard.
It is important to get out physical discs?
-Zack: Yes, I think so, otherwise it does not feel like you let something real. So extremely tired of band that writes "listen to our self-released debut album on Soundcloud." When will people flinch if it just lying on nonsense pages, it is no disc, then it's a demo?
Nikko: Many people seem to drop on SoundCloud yes, but it is well because they are waiting for someone to snatch to pay all the disc-pressing for them. Too cheap is not it, but damn worth it especially for yourself. There's something fucking nice to hold your own music in your hand. Both of our records we have released themselves using Kabbe on Buzzbox (Ligisterna, Vanvett, etc.) and that is why we have made the CD and not vinyl before, we simply can not afford to do anything else, but 7 inch which is coming now in the autumn will be released by the Noise of Sweden, and there are some plans that will be more stuff to come.
Please tell me something really funny that happened during your career on stage or behind the scenes, etc?
-Zack: Linus has vomited on stage a few times, I have fallen once, if you mean fun as in comical. Otherwise it has been incredibly fun to play with bands like Asta Kask, Alonzo, Attentat, Köttgrottorna and lots of other gangs we have been influenced extremely slightly off. The Astagig is probably greatest in my heart, it was, whether to express myself in a cliché, a dream that came true.
Nikko: I think probably the hell it's fattest was when Fjodor Lindstrom went on stage between us and Alonzo at 44an later and did a cover of us. The punk scene will see much more of him in the future.
How does your audience look like?Wwhich types of people comes?Do you miss some types of people?
-Zack: The very mixed . The most fun is probably a bunch of kids around the age of ten who live in Karlstad and seems to be very fond of us. Quite right, brainwashing should start early.
Nikko: Many of them look like a bag of ice skates. But they are into the our music so it does not really matter.
Please rank your five favorite records, five favorite concerts?
-Tobbe: Five CDs: Cock Sparrer – Shock Troops, KSMB – Aktion, Stiff Little Fingers – Inflammable Material, Komintern Sect – Dernier Combat, Agent Bulldogg – Ett tusen glas.
Five concerts: Komintern Sect of PSK in Stockholm in 2014, Bad Manners on Augustibuller 2006 GBH onAugustibuller 2006, Asta Kask on Pretzeltown in Södertälje type 2009 perhaps, and Cock Sparrer on PSK in Stockholm in 2013.
Zack: Fine you say "please" . Five records: System Of A Down – Toxicity, Biffy Clyro – The Vertigo of Bliss, Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium, Thåström – Mannen som blev en gris, Black Sabbath – Paranoid.. Five concerts: Thåström at Cirkus in 2012, Ester Kex on Gula Villan 2006, Stefan Sundström Karin Renberg and Johan Johansson at Café 44 Christmas Eve 2009 (I think it was), Biffy Clyro at Debaser Medis in 2012, KSMB live on the Guld Lars memorial.
Is it boring with interviews ??
-Zack: It depends on who wrote the questions. I think overall it's damn fun.
If you could choose five bands from history, dead and alive to have a concert together with Psykbryt, which is dream bands then?
-Zack: Since there is no point in yelling in Swedish with Hendrix, the Beatles and Zeppelin it will probably be Ebba Gröen, KSMB, Asta Kask, Stockholms Negrer and Strindbergs. Would be a great concert, and it would be a blast to see Johansson and Alonzo become exhausted by two sets each.
Nikko: A dead Carola would have fit nicely as a backdrop.
Is music is a good way to get frustrated and become a kinder person?
-Tobbe: Certainly. Though some do not become kinder but more like divas.
Nikko: Music is a great way to have something other than pubsitting to do in their spare time.
What is the weirdest question you have in an interview?
-Zack: "Do you think this interview will give you a boost in the business" or something similar. The obvious answer was obviously "no."
Which is the question you never get, please ask it and answer it?
-Tobbe: I have bad imaginations and say like Zlatan: "No idea, it's well your job to know that. I'm here to answer, not to question.
Zack:" The ball is round and anything can happen. "Otherwise fantasize I often about issues surrounding the music itself, which has to do with me being the Earth bassnerd and loves to hold forth about bassists I think is good.
Nikko: How are you? Alright
Future plans for the band?
-Zack: New album.
Nikko: Album it should be and some more gigs in places other than Stockholm. Gothenburg refuse to answer the mail so they can do without us, but Malmo and Norrkoping are on the list. Then we'll try to take us abroad and take some gigs too.
-Zack: Must start practicing again and jump up a few notches in the bassplaying.
Tobbe: Has no major ambitions. Instrumentthing I leave it to Zack.
Words of wisdom?
-Tobbe: Better a cigarette in his hand than a foot in the forest.
Zack: Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
Nikko: Never do something you regret, or regret never something you made –
Psykbryt: Do not think that you can escape death because you stop living - KSMB?
Something to add?
-Zack: The old man rests under the sea.