Kardinal Synd seems to be one of the most interesting punkbands in Sweden now and I first heard them on Baltic City...look and listen to hem! August-2018

A little story about the group?
-Martin and Calle drank wine and decided they wanted to play punk. Wrote a song. Called Love and on that road it is. Type!

Tell us a little about each member, age, job, family, band before and band on the side?
-Martin is one of those punk-rocking hard rockers who played in various metal bands and enjoyed himself (Taedeat, Overthrone, Defiatory). Nowadays, he most enjoys the most video games and tries to understand how people can be stupid enough to vote on the right.
Calle is a half upgiven-guitarist middle aged left-voter with great ambitions but completely out of time. Wishing justice, peace on earth and WoW classic in Christmas presents. Has been playing with Danne and Martin in various orchestras since the turn of the century. Also plays indienoise in Statues.
Danne is a big music nerd who is tired of people generally and wondering exactly how much idiots there can be in the world. He also plays a little guitar. Has played in Backbreaker, Inbetween and Taedeat.
Love that plays drums, sometimes trombone and lot of chorus. He is schizophrenically purely musical and played in many bands but also some horn orchestras. Previous bands includes the punk band Utopia, the skaband The Fitzgeralds and the country band Yellowstone Worries.

I can hear a lot of Swedish punk from before and now, am I right? Was it better back in time?
- Answer no! Absolutely not. Everything is new sometime and then maybe it's most change when a music style comes. We would probably say it's better now, when punk and other music styles have grown up and mature. Like landed a little in what they are and are not, collected inspiration and given the same to other styles. Bands and music styles that hold too tight in their being allowed to express themselves become quickly boring and irrelevant.

Kardinal Synd,Are you satisfied with the name? How did this come up ....! If the best band name had not been taken,which would you have chosen? I mean which is the best band name?
-Oh my god, what's a difficult question. Band names can really vary if they fit a band or not. Sometimes it feels like band names are running out, hehe. They are getting longer and more difficult over time. Kardinal Synd is a punctuation of cardinal sin, ie deathsin.

What's the best thing about playing live?
-There are few kicks who beat it when everything is right when playing live. Also to experience that the crowd also likes it is amazing. It's a little surreal experience when the audience knows your songs in advance singing and dancing. It makes you happy and a happy humble one.

Where is the best place to play, where is the worst?
-Very difficult question to answer but clearly, the sound, both out and on stage, affects the experience of playing live a lot. In addition to that, a happy audience can make any gigs any good!

How is it to play this kind of punk in Sweden today?
-Great! We have not experienced any problems with playing relatively pronounced political punk, but then we live and work in Umeå, which in many ways is a fantastic city, purely political.

How would you describe your music in three words ?
-A littleupset, a little angry, a little well-played!

What does punk mean to you, is it just a word or is it a lifestyle?
-All four in the band have listened and played punk since the teenage years. It's like one's lifefood. None of us would probably be pointed out as a punk-type but on the inside we have the punk and, most of all, embodied it with a political attitude with red flags up proudly and loudly!

How do you look at download, mp3 and the like?
-Something that is inevitable and that will exist as long as it goes. Those who can pay should do it and with age, they begin to appreciate being able to do it. It is beginning to grow more and more payment models based on the fact that those who can pay so that even those who can not afford access to music or other (type Patreon and the like). That model will become more and more prevailing in the future.

How do you think it's to live in Sweden today, politically? Does it feel like we must vote if we are going to have our democracy left this fall or how should we think about that SD become bigger and bigger? Is it more important than ever to vote or what do you think?
-Yes, it's more important than ever to vote and it's more important than ever to raise the voice of injustice and the general decline of a soft, inclusive and humanistic worldview.Unfortunately, all "camps" suffer from so-called echo chambers and it is difficult not only to preach for those who think the same. The challenge is to find arenas where it can really be influenced by continuing to point to the positive in diversity, equality and democracy. Because we face a nationalsocialist, racist, plot party as the country's second largest in a very short time. It is appropriate to realize that the horrible historical parallels that threaten to bear fruit even in our present times are really true!

Are there any good bands in Sweden today? In your home town?
-If you ask if there are any good bands in Sweden today, the answer is "Oh yes!" Too many to name everyone, but here is some of them. The biggest first of all; DLK, Asta Kask, Coca Carola, Strebers, Lastkaj 14, Björnarna, Skrammel osv. osv.

Are you playing something outside Sweden?
-No but we would love to do it!

Other good bands from abroad?
-Propagandhi, Bad Religion, Rise Against and others. Then we will listen all four of the rightly varied music that indirectly influences our musician, ranging from Frank Zappa to Anaal Nathrakh.

Your lyricss, what are you influenced by? Never in a language other than Swedish?
-Our world, politics and our very ordinary lives. Kardinal synd is doing well in Swedish. It would feel like another band in English.

Is there anything you will never write about?
-We will never write about wrong things! 😊

Politics and music, does it always belong to each other? Does it feel like you can influence someone with lyrics politically? The only good thing about SD, right politicans etc, is that the punk gets bigger?
-Haha, yes, the punk may be boosted by increased idiotism in the world, but politics and music do not always need to belong together. As for Kardinal Synd, most of the time we are singing politically charged with a few exceptions, so we feel it is given. You can definitely influence with political texts, because there are many world-famous examples.

Best political band / artist?
-Propagandhi. Point.

Do you think music can change someone's life, then I mean lyrics etc?
-Absolutely. There are probably very many who use music as something reinforcing and identifying!

Your cover is really nice on your record 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? ...
-It sure is! It's Martin, our singer and bassist, made it. With a cover you can convey a lot. It is clearly not a very easy art to get a good cover, but when you succeed it can even enhance and lift the music it encloses!

Is it important to get out physical discs? Vinyl or CD or both? Is there any good record store in your vicinity?
-Yes, but we think it's something special to have a physical copy in addition to digitally releasing, as today is felt! It's fun with vinyl too, you can play with graphics and layout in a completely different way.

Please tell me something really fun that happened during your career on stage or behind stage etc?
-Nothing is ever fun when everything is just boring.

How is your audience looking like? Which type of people comes? Do you miss any kind of people?
-We have a quite varied audience but the oldest and youngest are staying at home on a Kardinal Synd-gig. Otherwise, the red thread is mostly black clothes 😉
There are women on our gigs but I'd love to get more woman to come on our gigs!

Please rank your five favorite discs, five favorite concerts?
-It´s absolutely impossible question to answer
! 🙂There´s too much good.

Is it boring with interviews?
-No 😊

If you could choose five bands from the past, dead and alive to have a concert with your band, what are the dreambands then?
-A concert with DLK, Coca Carola, Asta Kask & Strebers / Dia Psalma would not be wrong!

Is music a great way to get frustration and become a niceer person? Are you angrier today than you were as young punks?
-Music can be a way to make feelings of different kinds, but you may not automatically become a kind person. We're probably angier today, stuck in a quiet, funky way. There is definitely more to be angry with today than in the nineties when we were young.

Which is the question you never get, ask it and answer it?
-Who smells best in the band? Carl Kardinal with lavender filled popecrown.

Future plans for the band?
-Come out and play live. Write and record new songs. To smell bad. Get hurt in the back as the old guys we are. Play high

Words of wisdom?
-Nothing was better before, everything is just worser now!

Punk with best before date, why this addition?
-It is thankful to push your own age status. Could it be that we approach our best before date or will we stand in the punk rehearsal in about 20 years, that's the question!