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little history about the group, groups before and groups next ......?
-Erik asked me (Robban) if I wanted to be on that record some old songs he
had been lying. Some of them, he had recorded the demo versions of the math,
which he previously played with; some were written during his time in
Vindicate This! This was in the winter of 2012/2013, and I wrote some lyrics
and we rehearsed us together and recorded three songs in June 2013, released
on a 7 inch(part one of a planned suite of three) of Pretty Shitty Town. At
this writing (July 2014) holds the rest of the band, which is now beside me,
Erik and Matte also include Sebbe on bass, rehearsing in six or seven new
songs for the next two 7 inches. I do not really have time to be with at the
moment, then it is very much with Agent Bulldog, but there are three texts
and the rest will come in time for the recording.
I have previously played in Oi! / Punk bands like The Righteous, Östermalm
Boys, Contemptuous and Antipati and plays since 2008 in Agent Bulldog. Erik
has played in Sönderfall (raw punk), Frontlash (NY style HC), Contemptuous,
Sleepless Nights (HC), Abjekt (HC) and Vindicate This! Matte has played with
Frontlash and in a little different metal projects. Sebbe is playing in
Zombie Space Pirates and some rockabilly cover band. He was previously with
the punk band Cunt Sucking Cannibals, among others.
Tell us a little about each member of the group, age, family, work,
interests, favorite football team and something bad about every one?
-I'm 33 in a month to type, works as a care teacher at a secondary school,
is married and has a daughter, and is interested in music, popular culture
and geek spirit. Erik and Matte is type 36, works as a teacher and in the
manufacturing sector, has one respective three daughters and partner and
wife, and are probably most interested to live as comfortable a life as
possible, and music. Sebbe is type 27, works with anything health-related
and have a woman and son. He's one of those psychobilly so he is well
interested in cars and hairstyles I guess. The horrible thing about all of
us four is perhaps that we do not care so much about football ...
Viewing something on FIFA World Cup now or shitting you in football entirely?
Your music sounds very raw in a very melodic way ... I like what I hear. Is
sound important when shooting ... that you get it in a special way?
-Maybe it is the mix between minimalist and clean guitar sound and semi-hard
song? The sound was important to us in this case, Erik and also Matte had a
pretty clear idea of how they wanted it to sound. It's kind of thing, I
think, no punk band has sounded this and had Swedish lyrics.
I'm thinking about texts, etc., were you get your inspiration from?
-Two songs on Betrakterlser("Reflections ...") go together a little
lyrically.Färdiga doktriner( "Ready-made doctrines") is about the
expectation of consensus that exists in a lot of context, and even in
different subcultural music scenes then. I wrote it in view of a person I
know who are extremely uncomfortable with having people around them who have
different opinions than what he has.Bättre Utsikt( "Better View") is a fence
walker song that tries to unload the concept ... what would it be too bad to
sit on the fence when it comes to a ridiculous political tug of war within
the punk / oi scene? Only people who are unsure of where they stand is a
need to choose sides and take a position in front of others. Bottom line is
that nothing makes me so obstinate that people who think I have a
responsibility to take a stand on any issue it may be. My stance is
automatically a non standpoint. I think myself and have no responsibility
for anyone else when it comes to that. Ingen Tack("No Thanks") is all about
shit-Sweden, thus the aspect of our nation neoliberal forces slowly fucked
down in quite a few years now.
Politics and music, does that work? Are you trying to keep you from politics?
-Politics and music can usefully be related, but not necessarily. I would
say that we are trying to be political without being politically connected
or lecturing people. Opinions we have in quantities, and they are different
enough for the band. In the end, most policy and Sabotage thus also a
political band while also being a politically independent bands.
Best political band / artist?
-Most of them are well more or less political, but I like for example
Skrewdriver as well as Conflict and most things in between.
What do you think about the election this fall?
-I think it will be a change of government, that the SD will redouble its
support since the last time it went in and that F! will get into parliament
at the expense of something neoliberal party.
How do you think it is to live in Sweden?
-In comparison, one can not exactly complain. I have a job, food on the
table, a roof over your head and can do pretty much what I want. Would not
want to live anywhere else. But at the same time, it sucks, it feels like
the politicians in power are competing with each other about how they with
their dicks in heinous ways can defile, become stale and dirty our country.
What are best and worst to stay here?
-Best = we are (still) a pretty secular, in popular practice often
anti-religious nation. We have a tradition of openness and Stockholm is the
world's most beautiful city. In addition, the remains of welfare state
welfare state still partially accessible to ordinary people. The worst is
that which is the result of neo-liberal madness and the waiting - one
eventually heavily segregated country with sick class divisions and
difficult cultural relativist problems.
Great Swedish band by the way?
-Current good band is Trubbel, Nya Given, Avgå! and Projekt 9 for example.
Are of course more. Otherwise, when it comes to bands that were, I listen to
and appreciate the hundreds of bands from various points related subgenres.
Some that come to mind spontaneously is eg Akut Skjut, Bruset, Puke, Ultima
Thule, Sighstens Grannar, KSMB, Guttersnipe ... the list is of course
Other good bands in the world?
-That I am currently listening to is Bishops Green, Black Marias, Bootboys, Bunker
84, Close Shave, Complete Control, Condemned 84, Control, Crashed Out, The
Damned, The Ejected, English Rose, Fatskins, No Quarter, Generatorz, Gli
Ultimi, Hateful, Hoist a Few, Hudson Falcons, IC1, Kambrones, Kicker Boys,
Komintern Sect, The Last Resort, Maraboots, Murderer's Row, The Outcasts,
Reducers SF, The Snipes, Stranglehold, Razorcut, Warlord, White Flag Down,
Violent Storm and 45 Adapters. That's the most spins in the iPod (pods only
things I own in hardware).
Otherwise, I listen to mostly punk related from virtually all over the
world. More Oi! than the crust then, but all in some degree.
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Melodic, well-written, in-your-face ... or just In Your Face.
What does punk mean to you, it's just a word or is it a lifestyle?
You have done a single now ... when will the full length album?
-It looks to be 2:7-inches . A triple suite.
Is it important for you to do real discs (vinyl, CD, etc.) and not just
-Yes, for me anyway. Think Matte agree with me the most :)
What do you think about downloading?
-It is generally good. People who cares really buy records and support the
How have the reviews been on the record?
-Only the positive response so far. Something PK-CP as whining into anything
in the commentator field but I had hoped for that. I am happy to be a thorn
in their eyes. Reviewers have been very positive.
Do you care about reviews anyway?
-Well, it's always fun when people who are on the same stuff that you
yourself appreciate what you do.
Have you been in a band that changed anything after a bad review?
Please rank your five favorite records, five favorite and five most
important things in life?
-As always difficult, but I run my usual.... Camera Silens - Realité, Cock
Sparrer - Shock Troops, Oxymoron - The Pack Is Back, ANWL - We Are... The
League och Asta Kask - Aldrig en LP/CD ... The Bruisers - Stockholm - 1998,
Thug Murder - Hultsfred - 2001, Komintern Sect - Stockholm - 2014, Cock
Sparrer - Blackpool, UK - 2006, Newtown Neurotics - Blackpool, UK - 2007 (?)
.... Food for the day / roof over my head, family / friends, music /
subculture, various other types of escapism, peace and quiet.
First, last and most expensive record you bought?
-First - Strebers - Till En Vän CD or Cosa Nostra - Eldar CD (busy with
Last - The Dickies - Silent Night 7 "and The Pinheads-seventh, by a buddy
who sold of doublets cheap.
The most expensive I do not know ... it took most of the economy then and
there was Cock Sparrer - England Belongs To Me 7 "... Has enough bought a
pair of records for about 800 or else ...
What is your biggest record disappointment through the years?
-I do not know ... something post 90's with Attentat maybe. It pops into my
head spontaneously in all cases.
Which group would you like that they made a new album (it does not matter if
the group exists or not)?
-Camera Silens. Many others too, but spontaneously.
What are the future plans of Sabotage?
-Recording material for two new seven inches, then check the possibilities
to rehearse a guitarist for any future live shows.
-Continuing happy that now, thanks.
Words of wisdom?
Something to add?
-Thank you for your attention!