My name is also spelled Torsson on my driving license and
therefore it´s a little bit fun to interview a band like Torsson because I
have always listened to their odd record. It´s Dan who have answered my
questions on the 5/2-2008.
Why it is so long between your records
-We have all usual jobs on the side of the band and the music comes
I saw a concert with you once in Gothenburg and there it
came a lot of presents on, is it always so that the audience is that wild
and give you firealarmcars and so on?
-It was more so before, but it´s still son and often in Gothenburg.
Which type of audience do you have?
-Very mixed, from 15 year old people to 60 year old people. A middle of
Sweden. But it´s mostly men even if there´s more women nowadays.
One of my favouritesongs is
Elmia-jordbruksutställning?.How come that you sing about Jönköopung there
and not Skåne?
-ELMIA is a big space in Jönköping. Bo Åkerström who have written the song
lived there during his teenage. Also songs like Det spelades bättre
boll and Bröderna Holm is about Jönköping.
Otherwise how does the songs come up(the lyrics). Who is
the one who does them is it only Bo?
-It´s so to 95 % that Bo writes them. Sometimes comes
Thomas Holst with some song and on the latest album so have written the
lyrics to one of the songs and written the music together with Bo on two of
You have surely been called everything, punkband, new wave, progg and so on?
Where do you think that you´re home?
-I don´t actually know. Our music is some hybrid between pop, rock and
before some country. Now we are more USR, usual Swedish rock.
How´s your relation to punk?
-Some of us(except Bo I think) have been listening to punk when it came and
have been influenced by it a little. Sticky played in for example
Kriminella Gitarrer, Swedens first punkband. For me it was more new wave
asIan Dury, Costello, Graham Parker and those stuff.
How many gigs is it every year for you?
-Yeah, it´s maybe 15 gigs a year if it´s an active year and only a few if
it´s a low active year. But we will play more all the time and always think
the latest gig is the best we have done. .
When does the next record come?
-It isn´t decided yet. Some songs are already finished but it feels like if
it´s some more years before it comes. We isn´t full time musicians so we
have to have a break between the records.
Which are the members right now? Please tell me a little about every member,
age, family, interests, work and something bad about every one?
-Bo Åkerström, vocals and guitar. Have been
in the band since the beginning 1976. He´s around 55 years, works as a
professor at Lunds University. Have a wife and four children and lives in
Lund. He´s interested of cigars, whiskey and criminal books. Something
horrible about him is that he haven´t a car.
Thomas Holst, guitar, organ and vocals. He came
into the band 1987. is around 45 years, works with a cultureproject in
Malmoe. Have a wife and two children. He´s interested of culture and
questions about life. Horrible is that he have only one guitar.
Michael Sellers, guitar and vocals. Came into the band 2006. Is 43
years, works as a webmaster in Lund. Wife and two
children. Interested of digital technique and instrumentalmusik.
It´s a littlle bit horrible that he´s so receptive about
learning new guitarfills.
drums. Was in the group already 1980-1981. Come into the band again summer
Is about 46 years. Works as a DJ and he study. Girlfriend and a grown
up daughter. Interested in movies. Horrible nice.
Dan Persson, bass. Was in the group between 83-87. Jumped in now and
then and and he´s in the band since 2000. Works with advertisement. Lives
with a wife and two teenagers in Höganäs. Interested of technique and old
musicinstruments. Have surely many sides which seems to be horrible if other
people sees them. .
Where do you stand when we talk about downloading? Isn´t it a little bit
depressing that the record stores disappear?
-We think a little bit different about these things. I´m a little bit of
CD-nostalgic and want´s records. Bo is more the mp3-type.
It´s a little bit boring that the record stores
Is it the record labels fault that is it like this?
-Yeah, in some way. The prices should be about 100: for a CD.
Do you download of any reason?
-I download some songs if I´m after some special song. And then I buy it on
Isn´t the hunt on downloader’s a really odd proportion if
you think about what is happening in the world? I read some days ago about
the people in Haiti who was forced to eat sand cakes to survive and here we
put a lot of money to hunt downloader’s?
-Yeah, but you cannot have that argument and put
different problems against each other. But I don´t mean that we don´t have
to help the poor.
Which is the most political song you have done?
-I cannot actually answer that question. No song haven’t been done with any
political motive. Torsson came in the late 70´s proggwave and it was in
their way a protest to all those lyrics those bands had.
Politics and music, does it go hand in hand?
-It can be so. But for us it haven´t any connection. .
Best political artist/band?
-It´s easy that it goes over and be too much and become worldsaviours as U2
but they are a band which have a good political message and which have reach
many people. Personally I like Billy Bragg.
What´s the difference of playing today if you compare
with the beginning of your career?
-I haven´t been in the group since the beginning but when
I came into the group 83 you always had your own old PA in the concerts and
put everything in some old VW-bus. It have become better nowadays.
But we have always been spoiled with a enthusiastic
audience through the years and positive feelings everywhere we go. So
have it always been.
Please rank your five favouriterecords, five
favouriteconcerts and five most important things in life?
Records which means a lot:
Creedence Clearwater Revival; Willy and the Poor Boys
Ian Dury: New Boots and Panties
Talking Heads: Remain in Light
James Brown: In the Jungle Groove
Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove
Five good concerts:
Springsteen Scandinavium Gbg 79
Fleshtones in KB Malmö 84
James Brown in Skeppsholmen Sthlm 89 (maybe 88)
Kooks in KB Malmö 07
Timbuktu and Damn in Malmöfestivalen 07
First, latest and most expensive record ever bought?
-The first I bought was Creedence Clearwater Revival; Willy and the Poor
The latest was The Hives Black and White Album
The most expensive some box Motownsingles
Most embarrassing record in your collection?
-Haven´t any embarrassing record in my collection. I can stand up for
everything I have bought…. …
Is there any of your record which have been sold really expensive?
-The yellow vinylsingle with Hej Kontinet have been sold for many hundred
Swedish krona. And also the first single Gå emot Strömmen can be expensive
if it´s going to be sold. But it´s so unusual so it almost never have been
How do you think it is to live in Sweden otherwise?
-I´m enjoying it. Politically? I wish we could have some softer climat in
our community. A little less egoism. …
Is there any good bands in Sweden today?
-Damn! That´s the only band which holds in all weathers.
Futureplans with the music?
-We want to continue as long as we think it´s fun and as long as anyone
wants to listen.
As you as a human being?
-Try to enjoy as much as possible of small things in life.
-Why do everything today as you can wait to do until tomorrow.
Something to add?