Babies are touring and promoting their new album "Stockholm Syndrome".
Rockunited.com was given a chance to sit down with singer Nicke
and bassist Johan before their gig in Tampere. Here's what the
guys had to say.
You have a few shows in Finland. You're from Sweden, and at least
in sports these countries have had some sort of love/hate-relationship.
Can you see that during the gigs?
No, not at all. I like to play Finland. I don't know if it has
to do that we went here already in the early 90's. It's sometimes
way better than Sweden… they're a very honest crowd. They don't
suck up to you but they really appreciate if you're a good band.
Also I think is has to do with that there are not that many really
good live bands around these days that really put on a show. What
the audience gives me I give back 100 %. I hate myself if I do
bad show, I don't feel like I'm giving anything. But for example
the last gig was a good proof that Finland and Backyard Babies
will continue to have a strong relationship, so fuck the sports.
I saw you guys supporting AC/DC in Helsinki. What was it like
touring with them?
That was probably one of the biggest and coolest experiences we
ever went through so far. It was like rock school. When you learn
on that your, you learn more than you ever learned as you started
as a band. There was so much stuff happening. It proved to us
a lot of things. For example like a big band like AC/DC can be
really gentle to support band, be nice guys even thou they are
the biggest rock band in the world. We learnt to play big stages.
We've played festivals and even bigger stages before but when
you do it every night you get some kind of training and you just
realise we fit pretty good on an arena stage too. At that time
"Making Enemies is Good" was just out so we played mainly new
songs. So if an AC/DC crowd, which can be pretty narrow minded,
they on only listen to AC/DC, fuck everything else, the crowd
was really into us as well and that was also really nice. We got
Have you had bad experiences with other bands?
Not as big bands as AC/DC…
Who the fuck is Rob Zombie anyway, we we're touring with him and
he was a complete fuck ass. Bands that are afraid that their support
band would blow them off stage must behave like assholes. Turn
down the volume, you can't use any lights, blah blah blah, fuck
with them on purpose so they can't make a good show. Why even
bother having a support band. But AC/DC, all the respect for the
greatest rock ´n´ roll band in the world, I'm happy that we got
to the chance to support them.
Your new album is a bit more straight forward than the previous
one, at least songs like "Colours" or "Painkiller" can't be found.
Will that be the direction also in the future?
I don't think there are any directions for us in the future. We
don't like to repeat ourselves which is part of the reason why
it's taking some time between the records. I don't think it's
taking that long time between records but some do, but it also
has to do with a lot of touring that we do between records, and
also with finding new inspiration, new energy, and new ideas for
everything. We could have gone to studio a bit earlier but then
it would have turned out to be some kind of "Making Enemies Is
Good part 2". But we had to recharge the batteries and think new
ways… but I think Stockholm Syndrome is the most Backyard Babies
album so far, it combines a bit of everything that we've been
influenced by. A bit of everything from our previous albums and
the new stuff… but the producer's idea when he saw us live was,
he said: "I want to make a record about how you sound live and
I don't think that you've achieved that with Making Enemies Is
Good". When we do songs from that album live they don't sound
like they do on the album, they're more stripped down. I'm just
happy that people like the album because we are really proud of
it. I don't know how much cliché it is to say that it is by far
the best album we've done so far, the most genuine album.
You're not really a ballad writing band, that's not really your
Actually we rehearsed "Colours" for this tour, we rehearsed a
lot of songs, it worked on the album, even "Painkiller" worked
on the album, but we are more of a punk, you know, 1-2-3-4 band
than epic, slow it down candles and all that…
The song "Friends", eventually that turned out to be a tribute
to Joey Ramone.
He was really sick when we met him…
Did you know what he had at that time?
Yeah, so it didn't come as a surprise when he passed away, he
was really ill. He recorded with us and was really anxious that
he could record with us. The song was just fooling around idea
in the beginning. I wrote it and send the song to people who we
know, people who inspired us and who we've come to know over the
years. Everybody seemed to love the song and they wrote the lyrics
and we recorded it when we were in their cities. We had kinda
small studio with us when we went to New York or whatever and
finally we had a lot of people on it. The coolest thing is that
they wrote their own lyrics. And they hadn't heard what the other
people had done. They hardly knew who were going to be on the
song but everyone was so positive about it. So when we put it
all together it was like Christmas, opening a package. Open up
Joey Ramone file or open up Nina Persson file then put it all
together like a big puzzle. I'm really proud of it, I can't remember
anyone else doing something like this. Maybe Bob Geldof and the
Band Aid, but this is the punk version and I think that people
who are on it are really proud to be on it.
You have two videos out; I watched them from your website www.backyardbabies.com.
Do they get air play?
Really good actually, around up here, Sweden, Finland, Norway.
We're not a band that focuses on singles. But this time we have
'em. With "Minus Celsius" we had the opportunity and we were lucky
to know the director Dean Karr from before. We shot the video
in one day and he just did a fantastic job, the video and the
song work really well together, he made it bigger. The new video,
"A Song for the Outcast" is really cool too, a smaller budget
than the other one but still it's already started to climb the
Swedish singles charts.
How did you feel when Muse released a song called Stockholm Syndrome?
Yeah, and Blink 182, that was released after our album so that
was kinda irritating, but who gives a shit. It's our city, get
the fuck off! (laughs)
One final question, our site has a column called Beast Side Story
where the bands can tell people about stuff that has happened
to them over the years. Do any funny incidents come to mind?
So many stories… but I can't think of any right now. Well Dregen
got really beaten up when he got robbed when we were recording
the demos for the new album. That was pretty scary because they
broke his jaw in four pieces. That delayed everything a bit and
they didn't really know if he could open the mouth properly again.
So it can be dangerous even in Stockholm walking around at night
time. It was nothing personal, he just happened to be in the wrong
place at a wrong time.
guys had also some time to sing a few copies of their new album
"Stockholm Syndrome". Enter our competition to get one for yourself!
You can read the review of that album from our archives.
& pics by Petri Kautto and Risto Pajari