I played with Max Martin in the band It’s Alive, Jocke Björkegren (guitar) says. Max was one of the songwriters and to be honest Leila K is a rock star, one of the few we have in Sweden. Both Max and she are great personalities.
The mastermind in Manimal is Henrik and he is grown up with the old bands that’s inspires us all so in the end every one in the band add something to the final result.
Yeah, it’s a bit of a struggle – and had we all been 25 and single, we probably would have been out a lot more, but no. We don’t do that many shows, we choose carefully and say no. That way we can keep the spark and have fun – and never feel like ”this is just another day at work”
-The new album is called ”Icebreaker” and we really want to break the ice and reach out to a wide metal audience, as well as a big commercial audience.
Not a chance, definitely not. I have to say that I’m very lucky in many ways, doing the right thing from the beginning and my voice has worked for all these years.
At the Sabaton Open Air Festival this year, I had the chance to sit down with Brothers...
I have to say two. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and Keith Moon (The Who). The reason why is that I like Bonham for his technique and Moon for his absolute madness on the stage.
Interview – Christian Liljegren (Narnia) – Personally I think that we never have played and sang better
The list can get very long. If you run a band like Narnia it requires a lot of resources and knowledge in many levels and we are happy that we in the band have most of the knowledge about what services to get to keep this ship rolling on.
Then KISS were support of Whitesnake. Apparently, it wasn’t easy for them to be just a support – as they were used to a big success in US. I heard from my tour manager, from our road crew that things were getting rough backstage… But that’s life – the tables turn. And it happens in everyone’s career. I mean – Jesus, Metallica was opening for Vandenberg! And now I would be happy to open for them.
We usually have concepts behind our albums so that bit wasn’t new to us but having a sort of narrative curve with a beginning, middle and end to relate to during the writing was something we had not done before.
It’s still dead serious, there is nothing funny about heavy metal. At least nothing that should be ironised and joked about. That ruins the whole concept! The whole heavy metal scene is in pieces today. There are very few bands taking it as seriously as they should.
My heroes are musicians like John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty: Interview with Mike Tramp
There is no problems to play but if I can’t go up on stage and sing the songs it’s no meaning to continue. I spend two hours on stage and I can’t be Mike Tramp on stage like Mike Tramp was back in 1988.
It all started back in 2014 when I asked Tomas (Vocals/Rhythmguitar) to come down to my rehearsalspace to jam. We were going to try some kind of pop/rock, i don’t know what the hell we we’re thinking. It didn’t go well. Me and Tomas both love Dismember so we started writing deathmetalsong instead.
We usually say the story of The Quill started “in the 1500s”. It has kind of evolved over the years and gotten more and more serious the older we got. Jolle and Christer started out together in the mid 80´s forming your typical teenage rock band. In the beginning members were changing a lot but in the late 80’s/early 90’s it became more serious with the arrival of vocalist Magnus Ekwall. I joined the band in 1993 and the debut album as The Quill was released on Megarock Records in 1995.
It’s like pick up a guitar and make it sounds like Mike McCready from Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder is a housegod as a singer and thanks a lot for hearing that influence.
For me personally I´m gonna play and record the music that I love and feel is right:Interview with Kane Roberts
It´s funny you remember that, because that was a disaster. The band I played with at Firefest, we rehearsed just twice. I didn´t know these guys and we never ever played together. I hadn´t been on stage for about twenty or so years, so I surely wouldn´t do a thing like that again, I can tell you that. If I would play live again it must be a meaningful experience for anybody who listens to it. But right now there are no plans on doing any live shows.