Barbaras Grannar have been away for a while for various reasons, but here they are back again. Roger has been so kind and answered a whole lot of questions. Aug-2018


A little story about the group?

-Started to play together around 1990. I, the guitarist and Thomas had been playing together in another band (Von Bööm). There were many bands in Karlskoga and formed little anyhow. Not so carefully how it sounded and how often you rehearsed, the main thing for many was to belong to a band and let people know that you exist. There were many metalbands in town then, according to their own, sold records like hell then. But in Japan. Only in Japan ..

Studieförbundet with studios we had in this city. But occupied by hardrockers and coverbands with members who had unemploymentwork there or any form of employment. Hard to get recording times there and be very much black money that was around. We rehearsed in a basement with a lot of bands under legendary Rockhouse. Had a direct rise from inside up to Rockhouse but an elevator eventually stopped that. But we did not quit parties in the rehearsalroom. Full speed at a wonderful time. Attached to Äggtapes around 1994-95. Played around Sweden in the 90's and released some discs and was featured on a bunch of compilationdiscs. Released a 4 song single 2012 "2012" and a 5 song 2016 "Amelia". Been resting for over 2.5 years due to illness.


Tell us a little about each member, age, job, family, band before and band on the side? Have you been playing all the time or did it stopped when you were ill?

-After our break at 13-14 years, so was it I and Thomas from the original set-up that started in 2011. We had some different people in the restart but are sleepingthe right now, I and Thomas. May see who will play bass eventually, but maybe I will play the bass on those songs that are a bit under scheduled recording now.

Members Now:

Roger Palmén: Guitar / vocals. very Old. 18 years as a Special Vehicle Driver. Girlfriend and cat (Sigge). Sideproject Pts Palmén trouble songs

Thomas Herou: Drummer. A little less not so old than me. 19 years as a customer receiver, we work in the same company. Single.

I was ill when the single "Amelia" was made by the end of 2015. Did the guitars at my home studio. I just got worse. On August 3, 2016, I was operated for malignant cancer that had spread soo ..

So when the "Amelia" single was released in February 2016, Barbaras Grannar were resting. And so we have been since then. Received a lot of requests for gigs after the "Amelia" release, but unfortunately we have been forced to say no. I've been in too bad condition to reharse in a but I'm starting to get up to a meeting in the rehearsal to see how it works. I'm in the rehearsalroom sometime sometimes and there are still right vibes there and you're comfortable.


I can hear a lot of old punk and then both Swedish and English, I hear right? Was it better back in time?

-Absolutely, I think, it was better before when it came to punk. Then it was young, angry and honest. In a way, you could take it seriously. Today, when people around the age of fifty years wrap up drunk on a scene with 77 punk gear and have lyrics about Facebook and dumb police like that, no, it's nothing that appeals to me anyway. Each thing has its time. But older punk, and especially Swedish punk, you listen at some times sometimes. Use to make fun memories.


Barbaras Grannar are you satisfied with the name? If the best band name had not been taken, if you could chosen that name, what would you have chosen? I mean which is the best band name?

-The name of Barbaras Grannar just became when we needed a name on the box to the mixertapes(forgot if the big tapes were called so ..) Bad name, but we were guaranteed to be alone in the world. Difficult with band names, usually it becomes ridiculous, much like ours. Best Band Name? Somehow I have always thought Dag Vag is a good name. Not a  fan of them directly but some good songs they did.


What's the best thing about playing live?

-We had a reuniongig 2012 after 15 years of absence on stage became just as good a live gig should be. We were the only band, got to shoot at the start 45 minutes and climb on stage at 23.45 instead of 23.00 because people came in all the time. Great scene outdoors on a large hotel garden and a good mixer (a friend to us). People sang along and it was danced to rock well. Really good feeling. Despite competition from the free festival "Putte i Parken" (eg Lundell, I have for me) in Karlstad 6 miles away and another around, there came over 250 people on a rainy Borgård in Karlskoga. I heard from many afterwards that they would have come if there was another date and better weather. A little crazy maybe we did our reunion gig during holiday times like this afterwards.


Where is the best to play, where is the worst?

-Would go on old memories then. Gothenburg is always good and our hometown Karlskoga has always worked. A little strange with Karlskoga, never become prophets in your own hometown. Most often it has been fun and been fun in other cities as well. Since I am, and probably always been politically unobtrusive, there are several gigs for the Left, I could have been without. But it's forgotten history for me today.


How is it to play this kind of punk in Sweden today?

- Do not know if it's punk we play, or ever been punk in the way many want it today. To me, punk was Ebba Grön, KSMB, Sex Pistols and more. Heard clearly the message in both the music and the lyrics. As I wrote before, young, angry and honest. Met many and received mail, etc. of all possible, not least the old 77 punks (eg, the bassist of Old Skäms) about the song "Kalla ögon". They think it's old honest good punk in it. A song about relationships. Then people in all social classes and positions have praised the song "Amelia", also a song about relationships. Punk?? Have understood that we have an even wider range of listeners after the latest single "Amelia". It will be fun to see live, if it become so, how it looks.


How would you describe your music in three words?

-Punkrockrollnroll from Karlskoga


What does punk mean to you, is it just a word or is it a lifestyle?

-Punk was more for both me and Thomas in younger days. But we have, of course, the old punk heart.


How do you look at downloading, mp3 and the like?

-Think it's good. In itself, few people download mp3 today. Spotify is good but sad with so much quality loss on the sound, but it gets better and better. You get an enormous opportunity to explore other people's music. A little fun and see how many listeners and streamed songs band / artists have. It's not so great with that as many bands have said, now when you can see their streamings and listeners.


How do you think it's to live in Sweden today, politically? SD?

-I'm enjoying where I live. Sweden works but goes a  little bit slow now. Trying to learn more about politics now before elections and so, but it is the most bouncing and backward effort I think. Important, I think that you vote for how you want to live and live and work. Take care of your own situation and do not fall for any group pressure, to vote because your friends do it and that belongs to our "style". Then it's only dumb when you disturb SD on their meetings. Freedom of opinion must be available and everyone must be allowed to speak. Whether it's idiots or not. It is among other things punk for me Never thought I would like to have more policemen but unfortunately, it has become so when too many innocent people suffer from many things. When there is no security for a regular citizen, then there is something that is so bad. After over 2 years of hospitalization with wonderful staff, I understood, and have heard it many times from the staff, only money does not fix the health problems. Clearly, it's a hierarchy that's terrible but surely you've seen that the worst divas are not the operadivas  thaty ou thought, no then, they are among the "little more learned" in the hospitals and its politicians. Something is damn wrong there!

And LO has played out their role if they ever had any .. Now I could write on but then it never ends. And about SD? No, nothing for me.


Are there any bands in Sweden today? In your hometown?

-In Karlskoga there is no one directly. Plays a lot in rehearsalrooms and they had a livescene but are now closed. High middle ages on the band and Barbaras Neighbors will help that up.

In the rest of Sweden there are interesting bands/artists. I think it's fun with Stilett and that style. Only they try to struggle with their own style that I think several bands have. These copies of Asta Kask etc who dived into masses in the early 90's and still do today is nothing that appeals to me. Have never been a fan of Asta Kask for that matter. Alonzo and his constellations have I listened to a lot, and that's good. But after all, KSMB and accusations all around, it's not that much often and and it´s not fun anymore. The fact that the reunion of KSMB at Brålanda showed the face of the face who likes money and may not have avoided many.

Thank you, I like Thåström and Ebba's reunion that would make them millions of millions. How stupid it is, how about to say no to all that money?

But with this in hand, was Thåström so clever that he knew that his time as a soloartist would surely die at a reunion? No brandy with his name, purchased interviewer he chose himself, big market industry, multi millionaire several times m.m. etc. Therefore, yes,I say his Brandy because his former hatred against sponsorship and so on, among other things, things on the gigs. He picks up 3-4 workingclasswages(on a year) on a gig today. He'll probably must chose much if he's going to do old Ebba songs today and be trustworthy. But it's often the way it can be. Punk?


Do you play anything outside Sweden?

- Do not play gigs today but surely we would do it if everything felt right.


Other good bands from abroad?

-I think thatToy Dolls still is going strong and loves to see Olga. Thomas is listening a lot to foreign music. Venom is well and has been something he is warm about the heart. Has among other things a picture of Kronus (Venom) when he holds the single "Amelia". It´s most music with  old guys from abroad, I don´t think that it comes so many new bands.


Your lyrics, what are you influenced by? Never in a language other than Swedish?

-I make the music and the lyrics. Only Swedish texts. You are well laughing at what you have written over the years. Very much alcohol has been contained. And that was a big part of one's life for many years. Most of my texts are self-perceived. Changes some text sometimes because it will not be so obvious who or what it is about. The influences come from everything possible. After my cancer, there will be a lot of texts about life and things you have missed and missing. A little darker I think.


Is there anything you will never write about?

-Animalsex and such shit I would never write about. We played together with  Vrävarna in the 90's and we was on the same record label. Never stuck and listened to their texts directly. Fucking fun guys who were pretty crazy and it could happen anything. Following Ruben's gang and looking at what they are doing today. Directed to some special person, killing people and the like are nothing I'm writing about.


Politics and music, does it always belong? Is it even more important to sing about political things now when the election is taking place?

- Do not absolutely think that music and politics always belong together. It was more the 70's. Rather the opposite. There are few political bands today. On the other hand, unpolitical bands singing about problems, dissatisfaction and such. By the way I saw Wiehe in town today when he checked into the hotel. The driver carried his packing and the old progman looked good.


Best political band / artist?

-Björn Afzelius. A gentleman who could confess his mistakes and regret what he believed and wrote songs about. Listen a lot to Afzelius occasionally.



Do you think music can change someone's life, then I mean lyrics etc?

-Absolutely. As I mentioned, we have received an email about the song "Kalla Ögon" that helped people get to the surface a little faster when life was too bad. Even the song "Amelia" seems to make people become happy and remember a lost friend. Made a song about never give up "Ärrad sårad men inte slagen(Scarred Wounded But Not Beaten)" (only available on youtube) with my one-man project Pts.

Received a good response, including a guy with the same cancer I had. When everything was as bad as possible, he put on the song and raised his fist and struggled. And I myself have songs I fly away with. Sure, music can do a lot ..


Your cover is really nice on your CD, who has done it. Is it important to have a cover so you understand what kind of music you play? Which is your favorite cover all  time? ...

-Thank you, it's me who made the cover and the logo on the latest discs. Do not think the covers are so important today. On Spotify, nobody looks at the cover. My favorite cover:The Clash "London Calling"


Is it important to get out physical discs? Vinyl or CD or both ? Is there any good record store in your hometown?

-I would like to answer yes. But, unfortunately, I do not think so. No one is going around with CDs today. When you can reach as many millions of songs via a cellphone, the CD's days are probably counted. The compressed sound is getting better and better and the song libraries endless. What I think comes more and more is probably some kind of radioapp. Less programleader but more category focused music. Unfortunately, there are no recordstores left in town.


Please tell me something really fun that happened during your career on stage or behind stage etc?

-When we recorded the full length of 1995 into the KM studio, they put in another of KM's studios on the other side the voice/sounds of "The Little Mermaid". When, among other things, "Kvinnaböske Hasse" (hunden till himlen) and his wife and dog! appeared in the studio, we kept on doing the song "Lev å lär" and they got stuck to something there. We continued to take booze and continued to put some choirs and so, but most alcohol, was almost done with what was to be recorded. In the evening, the person in charge of the "Little Mermaid" voice calls to our producer to hear if we were there yet. Yes we said, but really drunk. It was the case that in the movie there are seamen on a boat that sings. Maybe we could fix their voices? Apparently, "KvinnaböskeHasse"  with company had told about us and thought the choir of the song of the song "Lev å lär" was just the way it would fit. But it was a little time and would need to be done immeditaley. But today's alcohol intake had taken on us and as our producer said, they are too drunk. A little pity, but had surely do not go through Walt Disney's demands, but still ..

Happened a lot of fun and fun over the years. With ÄggTapes as a record label, a lot of things can happen there too ..

Something which is a pity is a gig along with Stockholm Negrer in Malmö in the 90's. They were on top and delivered cruel livegigs then. But Alonzo and Alexandra Pascalido were threatened and Alonzo was not allowed to do the gig because for some security reasons I have heard . Sadly it would have been a fun memory.


How is your audience looking like? Which people comes? Do you miss any kind of people?

-Superhard to know today. 2012-2013 it was mixed. The song "Längst bak i bussen(The Lost Behind The Bus)", was released on the "Raggen går" collection, 2014 (I think it was) is apparently played in cruise cars and on their meetings. After the last single, it's a big mix that listens. Will be exciting next time, if it becomes, and see who's in front and around the scene.


Please rank five favorite discs, five favorite concerts?

-I'm much and alleater in music and hard to list just five so Thomas can take his five as follows:

Sex Pistols "Nmtb"

Venom "Black metal"

Motörhead "No sleep til Hammersmith" (I maybe agree)

Stiff Little Fingers "Nobodys heroes"

Anti nowhere League “Road to rampton"


Concerts are more Thomas stuff so he may take it too .. I prefer smaller events. But sure to see Thåström's concerts around 2000 was fun. Then he was well pissed off. Otherwise, Afzelius, Json Lindh and Hannes Rådstam's gig in the 90's has become one of the best. Not so damn hip ..

Thomas Five Best Concerts:

Metallica 86 Roskilde

Venom 2012 Bang your head festival

Motörhead 93 Karlskoga

Iron Maiden Ullevi 08  

Arch Enemy Göteborg 2012



Is it boring with interviews ??

-No, only one has time to answer.


If you could choose five bands from history, dead and alive to have a concert with your band, what are the dreambands then?

-We might have a chance what Thomas might think here as well. But these maybe:

Motorhead, Venom, Ebba Grön we would probably agree. Then was/is he weak for Lena Philipsson, so he would probably like to be in the same lodge as her. I would probably think of Elvis Presley. All the crowd we would get, and see everything around him. Much sad there. Barbaras Grannar would playthat concert with the gage on the door then.


Is music a great way to get frustration and become a nicer person? Are you angrier today than you were as young punks?

-I think so. Give everything in a rehearsal room when sweat and endorphins flow out giving a nice calmness afterwards. You can not be angry then. Listening to music and flying away may provide a good harmony. You are probably as angry with every injustice today as when you were young. If not even more today ..


Which is the strangest question you received in an interview?

-Not coming up something right now, but many fanzines and journalists could have fun questions during the 90's.


Which is the question you never get, ask it and answer it?

-How can you be so awesome fucking handsome? We are just ourselves ..


Future plans for the band?

-New songs are there and will probably be a bit reharsal on them, hopefully soon. Record them and out with a some new stuff. Then get started and repeat old songs of course. Livegigs eventually would probably be fun.


For yourself?

-The medicines I received, 3 different, and another I had to take has done a lot of crap for me. Has permanent and chronic damages. The cancer is calm and will be checked 2 times / year ten years ahead. Takes one day at a time and am glad I live. Have now realized that the odds of survival to me were not so great .. But I still have a good life and hopefully, I hope to live after the conditions that exist. Have begun to do and record more music at home, some songs go to Barbaras and some to Pts.


Words of wisdom?

-Never give up!


Something to add?

-Wonderful with old Fanzines who live or appear again. There were many in the 90's. Then, of course, you want to say hello to all the old bands and fans we've had to do with all the years. And the hopefully new ones who think Barbaras Grannar's music works.

And thank you for your shown interest of course

Would be fun if you could link my fight cancer song "Ärrad sårad men inte slagen"

Only on youtube yet: