Scandinavian Indie - Loosegoats Interview
Scandinavian Indie Presents: A short interview with
by Erik Söderström (firstname.lastname@example.org)
after a gig at Herrgår'n, Linköping, Sweden, 07-Dec-95.
Christian Kjellvander (vocals & guitar)
Jens Löwius (guitar & vocals)
Johan Hansson (drums)
Anders Tingsek (bass)
(c) 1995 Scandinavian Indie
If the answer is "A." it was answered by the group as a whole.
Q. WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE GIG TONIGHT?
A. It went well, but there were a couple of misses (that no-one noticed). The stage swayed a bit too, which made two mineral water and a beer bottle go overboard. But we were really well met by the staff here, like "Hi!, here's some food and beer for you..." and so on. Terribly nice!
Q. I NOTICED A PLECTRUM FLYING THROUGH THE AIR...
JL. Yeah, it was mine. I continued to play with my nail like I used to, so it wasn´t too bad. I picked it up when the song ended.
CK. We had a couple, you could've borrowed one from us.
JL. Yeah, but I didn't know that then...
Q. WHAT SONGS DID YOU PLAY?
A. We played 'Telephonic Juncture', 'Broken Babe', 'Stop Droppin In', 'Freeloadin´', 'F, as in Dumped', 'Small Planet', 'Molly Coddle', 'Space Invaders', 'Slut', 'Lo-fi Barbie' and 'Alien Room'. Those that aren't on our mini-CD will be released on our forthcoming full-length.
Q. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
A. Well, all of us are from Lund nowadays, but Johan lives in Kävlinge. And Christian used to live in Seattle.
Q. THERE'S A NEW GUY ON BASS?
A. Yeah, Mårten Löfvander who played with us on our mini-CD had to do the military service (fourteen months), so we've got Anders here on bass now.
AT. I play in a band called Blondbelly (also from Lund) as well. We're releasing an EP on a small label that might just sound a bit like Weezer, but with a lot of dist. Dist on everything!
Q. HOW ABOUT RELEASES?
A. We've only released the mini-CD, called 'Small Lesbian Baseball Players' on Bad Taste Records (LOOSER 01), but we'll soon appear on a compilation CD, also on Bad Taste. There are three bands from the US on that compilation as well. Our song is a new one, which won't appear on the full-length, but it isn't bad. We'll let you know how to get it when you've sent us this interview, ha ha. You have to read about what label our forthcoming full-length will be out on, because we're not satisified with the offers we've received so far. It'll be out sometime around may 1996, we think, anyway.
[The songs on 'Small Lesbian Baseball Players' are: Telephonic Juncture, Slut, Molly Coddle, Small Planet, Freeloadin' and Towel (I got you on my mind).]
Q. SO WE MAY SEE YOU ON, SAY AN AMERICAN LABEL?
A. That's possible. Startrek Management in the US are really interested. So interested in fact, that they have written sort of an option-contract with us. The option ends in about six months, and it's only an option to sign us, not for any records.
Q. HOW DID YOU GET SIGNED TO BAD TASTE?
JH. Well, Bad Taste resided in Kävlinge (they´re in Lund these days). We recorded 'Small Lesbian Baseball Players' (the whole mini-CD) as a demo, then I went over there on my bike and gave it to them and they decided to record it on the spot! That's the whole story right there.
Q. ARE YOU TOURING RIGHT NOW?
A. Sort of. We're playing in Växjö with Fireside and Salt on the 12th, then we're touring with Starmarket from the 13th to the 15th of december, maybe. We're not quite sure of that yet.
Q. CHRISTIAN, WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH YOUR HOUSE IN SEATTLE AND PEARL JAM?
CK. You've read the interview in Expressen... that guy didn't have a clue. Well, to clear things up, our house back in Seattle was not on the back cover of Pearl Jam's 'Ten', but on a 7" that their fan-club members (which I was) received, before 'Ten' was released. On the back of that one, you can see our house.
[Here, Anders picks up a bass and Christian picks up an acoustic guitar, and starts to play 4-5 new songs.]
CK. One of these will be a hit. I´m sure of it! The other ones, if not hits, they will be successful at least!
[I can only agree that the songs they played were really good! Look out for the full-length!]
Q. WHAT FESTIVALS HAVE YOU PLAYED?
A. We opened the Emmaboda festival this year (1995).
Q. WHO AM I TO CALL IF I WANT YOU TO COME AND PLAY?
A. You call us! Luger was really interested in having us on their list though. They take about fifteen percent for their efforts. Looks like the best booking company in Sweden right now. Motor is way too expensive. Their percentage is a lot higher than Luger's.
Q. ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO END THIS INTERVIEW WITH?
CK. My little brother went with us to a gig in Gothenburg once and sang with us when we played a Sebadoh song. We had never rehearsed that song either. He's pretty amazing. Really fantastic with an electric guitar as well. Right now, he's looking for people he can play with. Play his kind of music, that is. But it's pretty hard to find people like that in Lund.
Loosegoats can be contacted at +46-(0)46-734631
or by snail mail at:
Ragnar Loobroks Gränd 2
224 75 Lund
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