A long story short:
In 1996 a group of young men decided it was time to relocate and actually try to do something with their lives. They moved to Gothenburg, shortened the name of their band and simplified their choice of music. From a grumpy mumbling to a deafening scream, from being annoyed to being angry, from feeling little to thinking a lot!
Pretentious? You tell me! I was there and I still am! I am one of very few left. The others have come and gone without being able to catch up or stay close.
When we decided to record again it was already time to rethink our strategy even though we had released our debut cd just a year before and with touring that came with it. We were restless, I suppose. It was necessary in many ways and we also enjoyed it that way.
After recording the first and self-titled cd-ep, we got to know one of the technicians there. We kept in touch, got to be friends and even finally accepted him as our newest member. I also tended to call him “my producer”! Alex Losbäck was a great producer/engineer and a pretty decent guitarist as well as a nice bass guitarist in the death metal band Decamerone and gifted with a huge portion of imagination and creativity. Needless to say, he fitted in nicely. When we recorded the first ep he asked “where’s the drummer?” we replied “drummers are dickheads” and he said “absolutely, aren’t we all?”. He also thought that we needed a more aggressive sound, so he invented a new guitar sound for distorted guitars, which was ingenious, at least at the time: Instead of just dubbing the guitars, we dubbed them in various frequencies! We recorded one guitar with only treble, one with only bass and one with only middle range…and then everything all over again! The result was as horrendous as it was beautiful as you can hear on the cd. He also thought the “wah wah” effect on the vocals was a clever idea. As always we said “looney” and voted against him, but he had his way as always and once again the result came out fantastic!
The song “Submissive” was the perfect live song, heavy and easy to “chant” with. “The Electric Monk” (yes, it’s very inspired by Douglas Adams and Dirk Gentry!) was on the weird side, one of my absolute favorites, with good melodies and bizarre drums and riffs. They were both recorded at Studio Ljudet in Surte just outside Gothenburg. “The Prey And The Poacher” was the rejected outtake from the debut, recorded at Recordia in Varberg with the aid of Fredrik Larnemo. Not that “The Prey” is a bad song. On the contrary, it is fantastic: was a slow, heavy, dynamic and very doomy song with great tunes and an even better chorus and even made Alex break a chair in the control room! But because it was slow and heavy it just didn’t fit in as the rest of the songs matched each other differently. Well, kill your darlings, we thought and let the song rest until the next time. The next time would be much later than had anticipated. “The Prey And The Poacher” is completely unreleased until now. We played it live many times and in various versions, but never released it, so it is about time, I guess.
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