have been know to be a christian skinheadband which likes punk. Punk and
religion have always ”been against each other” and how would this be?
-During the spring 1996 I learned to know a skinhead called Emil. We
agreed about that Sweden needed a Christian punkband. Said and done. E
rehearsed the first time in the beginning of the summer.In the beginning
we had a singer, but he jumped off before the summer was to it´s end. We
have difficulties to find a drummer also which was in the group for a
longer time. That went OK when Henrik, an old schholmate to me came into
the group 1999. Then became Tekla Knös the band that it is today. That
spring we recorded our first record. "Så sparade vi oss ur krisen"
and released it on our own new strated label Etik & Moral Records.
It was the first in record in this style(swedish
christian punk ) it it got(often positive) attention. And then after hat
we have been into some compilation records and we have given out a cd-r
called "Schengenland über alles" (2002). The new record "Hellre Dåre Än
Marionett" we recorded last spring. But it was some personal things which
forced us to do the release a little bit later than we thought. And
therefore it´s fun that it´s out now. The response have been brilliant,
not at least from the fans which have been waiting for the record. It
really feels that we´re back on track!!
Please tell me a little about every member, age, family, work, interests
and something bad about every one?
-Guitar and vocals: Emil Wetterud, he´s 28 years, works as a locksmith.
He´s married to Dulce and they have precisely got a cute baby which must
be one of Emils biggest interests right now but he likes to fish. Secret:
He´s a Boppers-fan.
Drums and backing vocals: Henrik Dahlqvist, 31 years,
is a teacher and married to Jenny. In his spare time he builds a
recordingstudio and he´s also a “soft drink expert” Secret: he has a
phobia for shippropellers.
Bass & Vocals: Me myself I, 32 years, is the one who
daily take care of Etik & Moral Records. The rent I pay with help of being
a freelancing TV-photgrapher and so on. My family is right now a catmum
and her three kids. I like to bike and can discuss politic in hours.
Secret: I used to watch “Hem till Gården”.
To be a skinhead, christian and to play punk must stick some people´s eyes?
really well together. The Christian church is from the beginning a really
undergroundmovement and that Jesus annoyed the established people was
really true. The total and statepowerfriendly church is nothing we stands
for. But of course, we provoke with our existence and many sees the
combination God and punk as a real paradox(maybe it is but who cares?).
It´s christian which don´t thinks we´re really house-trained( it´s enough
for them that we swear in some song so can you get half of Småland against
you..) and there´s people in the punkmovement who sees red when they bump
into us. But there is their headache that they´re seems to be restrict and
intolerant. I mean , I don´t stand up behind everything about punk but I
don’t send them hatemail for that sake.
The christian thoughts have it been with you since you were small or does
it came to you later in life?
-Me and Henrik have been christian since we were small but both have
reassess and renewed our relationship to religion as grown ups. I had a
period in the end of my teenage then I really tried to not be a Christian
but I thought nothing was nothing to have. When I get back to the faith I
took away everything which I think is religious bullshit and kept the
true. Emil became a Christian when he was 19 years old after have lived a
life filled of fights and drugs. He have telled us about it in his words
in the song
"Aldrig tillbax"(Never Goback) on our first record.
How does people react when you play gigs and they don´t know that
you´re a christian band?
-It´s very different. Many people don´t care about it
and take us for what we are: a good punkband. Other people is a little bit
awaiting but when they understand that we´re not Ulf Ekman and that the
music rocks a lot they change their mind. Many people appreciate our
honesty and the things we believe in. But it have happened that we have
played for a hostile audience which haven´t even given us a applause after
the songs. . A comment we have got after a gig:”We like dthe music but not
How is a good gig with you?
-Both we and people in the audience have fun. We don´t mess up the music
too much. People goes from the gig sweaty and happy and with a nerdy smile
on their lips with some thought in their heads about our lyrics and what
we have said.
Which type of people come and sees you?
-Wow, it can be a very odd mix. From wellcombed freechurchpeople to really
Describe your music in three words?
-Punk, punk, punk...
When you write lyrics, what inspires you, do you take things from the
-The things we write about is what happens around us, among our friends
and in our own lives and in our relation with
God. But it´s not so often that we take something directly from the bible
but I think the most we do you can notice our christian faith but it can
happen that we take something from the bible now and then.
It is easier to write a lyric when you´re angry?
What is most important, is it the music, the lyrics or is it to have a
refrain that people remember?
-I don´t think that way. Music and lyrics are both important ingredients
in a song. If people remembers the refrain I don´t care about
Do you do the songs together or one by one?
-It varies but it´s more and more now that we do the music together. The
most lyrics I write but we have begin to do more together now.
Please rank your five favoruiterecords, five favoruiteconcerts and five
most important things in life?
-Hm.. difficult stuff.. after much itching on my head it must be these..
top 5 records:
1. New Model Army - Thunder & Consolation
2. Billy Bragg - Talking to the Taxman about Poetry
3. Dropkick Murphys - Sing Loud, Sing Proud
4. Ride - Going blank again
5. Nirvana - Smells like a teen spirit
Top 5 concerts:
1. Dropkick Murphys, Barcelona, junie2001
2. Pedro The Lion, Schubas, Chicago, july 2000
3. Stavesacre, Krageröfestivalen, Norge 1998
4. Liten Stina (Swedens best folkband!), Frizonfestivalen, Örebro 2003
5. Billy Bragg, Gino, Sthlm, 1994 (I think it was)
top 5 important things
To live near
2. Family and friends
3. Global social justice
4. To enjoy
and be grafetful to life
5. "24" on tv4 thur, 21.00 – a holy moment..
First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-The first wasEurope "Wings of Tomorrow". The latest was The Discarded "I
won't live a lie" (an american chrsitian punkband which doesn´t exist
anymore. Some of the members is in the band Scarred, who kicks ass). The
most expensive record must be a picturevinyl with the American industry
band Blackhouse. I don´t remember how much I paid for it
The most embarrassing record in the collection?
-Yeah, I think that Strypers "To Hell With The Devil" is really
embarrassing but I know other people who could kill top put their hands on
you bought for the cover and get so disappointed on?
-I almost ever succeed with my buying. For example I bought the punkband
Les Thugsvinyl-ep "Dirty White Race" only because of the cover and I think
that it´s a really good record..
Where do you stand when were talking about mp3´s, does the company bite
themselves in the back? Do you download?
-As a little band it is a invaluable way to spread your music. We have a
lot of fans in USA and thanks to the guy who bought a record and then
spread mp´3:s to all his mates. We thinks it more important that people
hear us than that we get paid for the music. And therefore we say to our
fans that they should spread them . And then I think that when you like an
artist so do you want their real record. I am that way. I download music
with a band I want to hear and is it good I buy the record. , So the
labels definitely bites themselves in the back but they can do that. I
will not cry when the branch is falling apart....
What do you think about living in Sweden today? What´s the best and
what´s the worst?
-Sweden is a nice country to live and be in, it´s therefore we should have
some more people in our fellowship(I mean refuges) . I love both climat
and nature and we have it really good in old Sweden if we think after even
if politicians and businessworld try to fuck up things for us. The worst
in Sweden is the climat for debate and it´s both spiteful and narrow. The
swede isn´t so tolerante as we think. The conformism is flourish in
our long country.
Is there any good bands in Sweden right now?
-Of course it is. Swedes are really good at doing music. I have many good
bands among my mates as:. Blindside, Namur and
Peejay & the Bohemian. There is many good bands in the oi and skascene.
But I think the swedishsinged punk is a little bit boring and I think the
most stuff sounds like Asta or Strebers-clones.
-The Norwegian glampunks Silver should no one miss if we say so.
You haven´t tried to get a contract with the christian label Tooth
and Nail because it would suit you or?
-I know the People on Tooth and Nail ( I was with
DayGlo Records some years ago and Tooth and Nail licensed our records in
USA) and they have released a lot of good bands through the years(One of
their biggest groups is Starflyer 59 and they have released a really good
record in true Jesus and Mary chains spirit) But they´re more
businessconcentrated and they are more and more a s a big label. I have a
mate which have some small punklabels in USA and for me it´s more tempting
to work with them
You have never had any thoughts of doing your material in English only?
-Yeah, we have talked about it. We have a ridiculous big audience outside
Sweden and most in USA so it would open a bit for us. We wrote the song
Anti-State in English so the Americans would understand where we stand.
But in the same way I think it´s something special with punk in Swedish
and we think that the “Tekla-ting” is lost if we change language. But we
will maybe go to England this summer and then it´s good to have some
english songs in the luggage.
Is it many interviews? Is it boring?
-Yeah, I drown in interviews. No, it´s no danger..
Please ask a question you want to have and answer it?
-How is the weather in Stockholm? Good thank you, the sun is shining and I
will take coffee in my garden.
important for a band to have a website? Many visitors there?
-Very important. I would say that as a band today you must have a website.
And interactivity is everything. It makes people can see the site and that
they come back. E have both a guestbook there they can discuss everything
what they want and even they who don´t like us is welcome there and say
that we´re shit
Any favouritesite on the net?
is a resourceforum for Christians who “thinks different”. Except
discussforum you can download articles in subjects as pacifism and
Christian anarchy. If you like to talk shit so is the skinheadforum
Bråkmakargatan the place to be. The address is
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-As fast as you try to define the thing punk so I think that you almost
take death on the concept. But I think that punk is a way to be against
people around, community and the church and so on.
Isn´t it a little bit boring that the nazis have take
over the skinheadstyle, but now it´s not so many any longer or?
-We had more problems with that when we started to play. The naziskins
seems to have got back from they came from but the originalskins become
more and more. Medias ignorance in this area is difficult but people
overall have a better check. E don´t get so much comments today as we got
when we started to shave our heads in the middle of the 90´s( but I will
say that I personally is more as a shaved punk more than a skinhead but as
usual people don´t see the difference) And then we have as a band a big
work to do when it´s about telling Christians about it. When we play in
Christian coherences we must be clear about the skinhead-thing. It have
happened that we haven´t got the access to Christian festivals because of
our collaboration with skinheads
What do you think about the things which happened in Knutby, Have this
something with religion to do? Have you written a song about it?
-Yeah, what to say about this, except that this is tragic, very very
tragic. That a human being can be so evil as the "pastor" seems to be is
hard to believe-. It surprises me that he could lead so many people wrong.
It takes me two seconds to see that his theology is unbiblish(it haven´t
any support in the Bible) and it haven´t anything with real Christianity
to do. Is it anything which could do us mad it´s false christianity but
we haven´t written anything about Knutby. And should we do that it had
been more as a comfort more than to shoot on an assembly which already
Futureplans for the band?
-Right now we´re booking ggis for the summer. More about that on our
And for yourself?
-I am open for suggestions...
-Dare to refuse conformity! (a slogan we had some years ago.)
Something to add?
-You don´t have to do a lobotomy to be a christian. You don´t have
to be a christian to like Tekla Knös. Please buy the