The LAST BAND: "Hisingen"
BAND from Gothenburg/Sweden are about to release their third studio album 'Hisingen' at Gain/Sony music. The (last) band combines elements of metal, hardcore, attitude and various genres in a grand mix of sounds. It's something different and out of the ordinary even if we can pick up a lot of Rage Against The Machine influences. Find out more about the band and their new album.... it's The Last Band:
How has the reaction to your latest CD and videos been?
The reaction as been somewhat mixed but overall good! The latest album went really well and we got a lot of good response on tour. People seem to love the videos. Specially the crazy ones but there are some people out there wondering what the hell we are doing. So do we sometimes
Could you explain the meaning and connection behind artwork (cyborg polar bears?) and the title of Hisingen?
We tend to put animal in apocalyptic situations on our covers. On this album everything came together as we wanted it to. We felt a calm and also something cold inside of us. Something genuine and real about the whole process. So to name it after the place we grew up (Hisingen) and to put some evil looking polar bears on the cover just made sense. It’s a reflection of how we felt when we wrote the album.
What kind of 'sound', production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
Alex (guitar) is always looking for new ways to create and experiment with different sounds. He’s really open minded and playful with the whole process. That kind of
Are you pleased with the outcome and how would you describe Hisingen to any potential new fan.
We are super excited about this release. Our best album so far, no doubt! Our sound really came together on this one. I would describe Hisingen as something fresh and
Kindly tell us something about the writing process and what you're trying to capture.
We tried to find ourselves. Not in a “Oh Lord Jesus Christ way” but to actually find the sound of the band. And I think we did it. So the process was more of letting goof all the rules in music and just write whatever felt good. Regardless of genre.
What kind of input did 3-piece-suits, fans, friends, have during the process?
None. We love that people listen to our music but it is OUR music. We try to limit the amount of people having a say to just the band and maybe a few more. But we believe we have the answers within the band.
Do tell us something about "Behind The Flag". What's it all about?
It’s about being a soulless individual in a mind controlling society. How we just strive to become more successful without knowing what success really is. Is it a bigger car, a hot wife and a first class ticket to heaven? It’s about how we just buy and accept so much shit without saying the question “Why? Why am I doing all this shit?” And you have to admit. We do a lot of weird shit!
Regarding band photo and overall image. Is it important to have matching socks and outfits? :)
Of course! We don’t even talk to people who don’t wear the same socks as us. Those people can go to hell. No but seriously. The socks looks really cool. That’s it.
Would you say that metal is (still) sexist in 2018?
I would say sexism is a problem in every genre out there, not just metal. We say a lot of stuff that might come of as sexist but not if you read the whole lyric. I call myself a “Skinny Bitch”. So when we sing “C’mon skinny bitches” people might get offended but only because they don’t get the whole meaning of it. But I’m sure there’s a lot of metal bands out there still doing a lot of sexist stuff without any meaning to it except just being assholes. But yeah, it’s definitely a problem.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
I can only speak for myself, and there are many. But to name one I’d say Rage Against the Machine. That band changed my whole life. Besides that I listen to a lot of hardcore and hip hop. I like people who speak their mind and not just sing about “love, baby, yeah”.
If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do...
If you haven’t heard us before you should check us out right now! And if you’ve never seen us live you should take the first chance to do so! I always wanted to see us live but I can’t because I’m always up on stage. You have the luxury of actually do it. So do it!/Chris
Interview by Urban 'Wally' Wallstrom
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