White Light Overdose drives me over with their new record and it's fun to hear new Swedish groups that do not sound like everyone else. Here they have answered a lot of questions from me. Hope you like what you read and, above all, you should check out the group's music. februari-2018


A little story about the group?

-The band was founded in the summer of 2015 by Mark Adolfsson. We started rehearsing in a small place in Oskarshamn, then we moved on to our home town Högsby where we now have our rehearsals. All members have previously played in other bands that you have encountered and got to know in the time, one could say that you picked up a bunch of strangers and got stuck with and felt a kind of community with. We are doing a good job together.


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

-Mark, who is the  guitarist and he is 31 years old, works as a painter and has a daughter of 4 years. Johan plays bass in the band and is 30 years old, works as a IT consultant and has 2 sons at 8 and 6 years old, he also has a rabbit. Anders 29 years old is our drummer, he works as product manager at a company and has 2 kids. Mathias 40 years who lives with his partner, plays the guitar in the band and works as a project manager for a company. Jimmy is 36 years old and is our singer who shouts  in the band. He has a daughter and a son and works as a personal assistant.


I can hear a lot of Dead Kennedys, Motörhead and Entombed, do I hear correctly?

-Absolutely! Both Motörhead and Entombed are an inspiration sources, just listen to the song Lost and Found. May add that Mark has a big Motörhead tattoo over the chest. But definitely punk is the foundation of our music. We have our old idols from the youth, as we are still listening to, for example. Social Distortion, Misfits, Ramones, The Hellacopters, Mercyful Fate, etc. Jimmy our singer is an old hardcore guy, so he adds a little of that genre as well. Mark, too, is listening quite a bit to Black Metal.


White Light Overdose, are you satisfied with the name? Was there any thought with the name or is it just a name? If the best band name had not been taken, if you had chosen name, would you have chosen? I mean which is the best band name?

-We are happy with the band name, think it's crazy. One of Mark's favorite punk albums is White light, white heat white trash with Social Distortion. Maybe it's something that gave us an idea. Overdose was the last bit, the dot over the I as well. Some boring types have been bothered on the "overdose" thing. We think that's good.


What's the best thing about playing live?

-The kick!!


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

-Up to date we have not played in a bad place but we like the club atmosphere.


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

-We are a fairly new band and have not been out on the roads so much because we spent a lot of time in the studio. But we are aware that the kind of music we play might not have the widest audience, but I just think it's smart to bet on a smaller audience ...


How would you describe your music in three words ?

-Dirty, heavy and filthy.


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

-Dare to be yourself, dare to be different, no damn fake ... We're a bit like we are!


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

-It's a rather complicated question, that's how it's today and you can handle it in a way. Vinyl seems to be something that starts to be popular again, which is damn fun.


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

-Yes, there are good bands in Sweden ... such as Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, Entombed, Dark Funeral, Watain, Jesus Chrusler Supercar, Achilles, Black River Swamp, etc. Just in our hole Högsby there are not so many bands . The closest thing is tol Oskarshamn .. I did mention some of those bands above?


Have you played anything outside Sweden?

-Not yet, but we would love to.


Other good bands from outside Sweden?

-Misfits, Danzig, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, early Black Sabbath, Ramones, Social Distortion, Mayhem .....


Your lyrics, what are you influenced of? Never in Swedish?

-Our singer has had tough times in his life, he gets a lot of inspiration from it, or from others who have had it tough. Sorry, nothing in Swedish.


Is there anything you will never write about?

-Something ridiculously damn shit ..


Politics and music, do you always belong?

-No .. There are very good horror punk that do not contain politics.


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

-We definitely think so!


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

-Thank you so much, we're so happy! There is a pal named Kim Svensson who is behind what he calls RoyalCoffin. He is on instagram and the web, where you can check a lot of stuff he has done, he is good. Yes, we wanted a colorful cover that gets a little in your face feeling .. It's a good fit for us.


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

-As I said, vinyl seems to be hot again, then are streaming right popular today. Think that most people have Spotify.

ox .. there are no recordstores left here.


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

-It became a little party after a gig, got pretty hard .. Was surprised when I woke up the next day and saw the sky ... Then I noticed that I was lying on a car roof .. that was strange


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

-So said .. We have spent a lot of time in the studio and have not yet done so many gigs ... we have had a couple of gigs.


Please rank your five favorite discs, five favorite concerts?

Discs: Social D - White light white heat white trash. Backyard Babies - Total 13, The Misfits - Static Age, Danzig - Lucifuge, Mercyful Fate - Melissa.

Kiss 96 with the original members, Graveyard on Swedenrock, Motörhead, Social Distortion and King Diamond.


Is it boring with interviews ??

-No, it's better than football, what damn shit...


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

-Motörhead, Social Distortion, Sabbath 71, Entombed, Ramones


Is music a great way to get frustration and become a prettier person? Are you angrier today than you were when you were younger?

-We have the band to keep us calm. We are quite angry.


Which is the strangest question you received in an interview?

-This is the second interview we make with this band ... We have not encountered so odd questions yet.


Future plans for the band?

-Find gigs,rehearse, prepare the next album to be written and probably recorded this summer.


For yourself?

-Write songs


Words of wisdom?

-Never lie with someone who has a needlestick in the arm fold.


Something to add?

-Tjofadderittan Tvärflöjt! :)