I got in touch with this group through Facebook and Hardcore Worldwide. What I didn't know then was that they were Swedish. An upcoming hardcore style band that you should check out. The interview was conducted in March 2020.


A little history of the group?

-BONE FOR TUNA started in 2016, as a fairly open project where everything was allowed; different music styles, different members, a kind of outlet for what was not included in the other bands we played in. Since 2018 - 2019 it has been more shaped into a "real" band with regular members and a more serious focus.


Tell us a little about each member, age, job, family, band before and band before or on the side

-We have played and played in various different bands, such as Escapegoat, Movement, Mascot Parade, Artbreak HC and Kharva. Different styles, from alternative rock to death metal. We are between 28 and 36 years and work with everything from art to stone carving. We are like a big family.


I can hear a lot of both hardcore but above all emocore though a little tougher, I hear right? Was it better in the past?

-There are clearly influences from bands that are classified as emo, but we ourselves probably choose to call it hardcore, with some post-metal and post-rock vibes. Everything was not better before, but the 70s-90s are warm to us.


Bone for Tuna, are you happy with the name? If you click on Google you get many pictures but usually not on you! If not the best band name had been taken, which bandname would you have chosen? I mean which is the best band name?

-We are happy, otherwise it would be weird of us to be called so! We were actually the first one with the name, but other bands have popped up and used it now too, which is a bit annoying. But yes, most good names are already taken, clearly. A good band name is Drug Church. A damn good band too, for that matter.


What's the best thing about playing live?

-To scream out all the anxiety and behave like a child, while people paying to watch.


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

-For an audience is best, worst to play is probably in a baja-maja.


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

- Like being a slimy cod in a toaster.


How would you describe your music in three words?

- Angry, hard, eclectic.


What does punk mean to you, is it just a word or is it a lifestyle? What is the band / record etc that took you into the wonderful world of hardcore and punk?

-Punk was a clothing fashion during the second half of the 1970s. But of course, living with music is a kind of lifestyle in itself.

There are probably too many records to mention here, which together led us on that path. But "Aktion" by KSMB and "Gryningstid" by Dia Psalma were guaranteed two of them.


How do you see on downloads, mp3s and the like?

-As long as people like the music, we are happy, no matter how they listen to it. And if they want to pay for it, we are even happier! But in terms of quality, it is sad to listen to MP3s of course!


How do you think living in Sweden today, politically? Thoughts about SD? KD? Lamotte? Corona virus?

-We hope Jimmie and Ebba get the Corona virus! But the beer is good.


Are there any good bands in Sweden today? In your hometown? Which is your hometown by the way?

-There are several bands today. At least three at least! We are a little scattered in the band and live in Stockholm, Västerås and Karlstad. In any case, we want to give a shout out to Tvärnitad, a great Swedish band that more people should listen to.


Do you play anything outside Sweden?

-Not yet, we have just released our first EP and have not really started properly with everything yet. But we have been abroad with other bands around Europe. Germany is especially nice!


Other good bands from abroad?

-There are so many great bands that it's best not to mention a single one. The others might be sad then!


Your lyrics, what influences you? Never in a language other than English? Tell us a little about each of the four songs on the EP?

-The influences are different for different songs, English is the given language, because we also have fans who do not understand Swedish.

THE RAT KING - is about evil death, Donald Trump and how the world is heading to hell.

HALF NOW, HALF UPON COMPLETION - a fictional text about screaming out hatred on the inside from a prison cell.

KAHN - is about being stunned with alcohol, fleeing reality to a place where you can do as you want and be who you are, and the consequences of this.

PERKELE - a general social-critical text with a middle finger aimed to the establishment.


Is there anything you will never write about?

-It currently feels unlikely that we will ever write a happy text, it does not rhyme well with the music. But we're probably open to letting most of it be channeled through our songs,


Politics and music, does it always belong together?

-No. But most of it is politics, and music is a great way to vent frustration.


Best political band / artist?

- Can't say the "best", but three good political bands are Rage against the machine, Refused and Propagandhi.


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

- We absolutely believe that, it has really changed our own lives.


Your cover is really cool on your CD, who did it. Is it important to have a cover that you understand what kind of music you are playing? What is your favorite cover of all time?…

-The cover is created by Frej Berglind Drake, who also plays guitar and screams in the band. It is important that a cover stands out, and that it reflects the music, on the other hand, it does not have to give a direct clue to the listener, it is allowed to sneak on. The cover of "You Won't Get What You Want" by the band Daughters is a favorite right now.


Is it important to get out physical records? Vinyl or CD or both and? Is there any good record store in your area left?

-Many of us in the band are record collectors, so for us personally it feels important. Vinyl and CD are nice in different ways. Stockholm still has good record stores.


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

-This interview is really fun!


What does your audience look like? What which type of people do you draw? Do you miss any types of people?

-Long, short, fat, thin. Some have long hair. Others have short. We pull them all together, we don't make a difference between people and people. We all miss what we do not pull.


Please rank five favorite records, five favorite concerts?

- Five favorite records: Converge – ”Jane Doe”, Reuben - ”Racecar is racecar backwards”, Snot - ”Get some”, Deafheaven - ”Sunbather”, Pink Floyd - ”Wish you were here”

Five favoriteconcerts: Kvelertak, Touché Amoré, Refused(1998), Baroness, Angel Du$t


Is it boring with interviews ??



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

-Nirvana, Choking Victim, Deftones, Crang, Drug Church


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

-Music is therapy, but we're still angry.


What is the strangest question you have been asked in an interview?

-See all questions above.


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

- What's the capital of Mongolia? Ulan Bator.


Future plans for the band?

-Record new songs, fix some gigs, sleep a little, eat food, then maybe have a beer or five.


For yourself?

-See above.


Words of wisdom?

- Don't pee in the headwind.


Something to add?

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