Lea: How does the
new album differ lyrical wise from the previous albums?
think, it`s more down to earth this time. Richard, who is
the singer and lyrics writer, he`s always been writing
about his personal life and experiences. But I think, it`s
even more personal this time. And also he takes up a lot
of things like the world is going under soon, you know,
like global warming and stuff like that. So he`s been
really deep in these lyrics this time and it feels good
and a cool thing. Well, I don´t get it all, because it`s
a lot of personal things, but those things I get are
Lea: Love is one
disaster. What are the others for you and the band?
Well, we chose Love And Other Disasters as an
album title, because the whole album was about disasters
and love is for some time in everyone`s life a disaster.
That`s why we`ve chosen to have that title as every song
is about a disaster. When we came up with the name Love
And Other Disasters, we felt that it fit great.
Richard really loved it because of all the lyrics and
stuff, so we`re happy about that, too.
Lea: How would you
continue the sentence Music is
I don`t know, music is a lifestyle. It`s not only music.
Especially we live in the music. That is a hard question.
I don`t know how to answer it so that it sounds good. (grins)
Music is life. That`s what I have to say.
Lea: Karin is the
only girl within the band Sonic Syndicate. How does she
get along with all the guys?
just one of us. We don`t think that we have a girl in the
band and that all guys have to take it easy like Don´t
talk dirty stuff, because we have a girl here. We
don`t care about that. She`s just one of us. And she
smells exactly as bad as we do after a show and we just
get along with each other perfectly. It`s great to have
her in the band.
Lea: And how is it
to have two brothers in the band? Are there often
actually three from the same family and we used to fight
when we were smaller, but not nowadays. We know how to
handle it. So there`s no fights, no big fights at all. We`re
just having fun all the time.
Lea: Also no
are definitely no competitions. Okay, when we`re playing
live, everybody wants to be in the middle and in the
front, so that everybody can see you the most. (laughs)
Lea: So you`re
changing places on stage all the time?
we are running around as much as we can being in the
light. I always want to be in the middle, so that
everybody can see me and then Karin comes and she wants
to be in the middle. So that`s the only competition we
have in the band.
significance does the guitar player of a band have?
guitar player of a band is very important. Especially
I´m very important. (laughs) No, but I think the guitar
is really very important especially for Sonic Syndicate.
We have so much melody and so much things going on with
Lea: You have
already published a couple of videos. Do you have any
really like Jack Of Diamonds, because it has
all the elements that I love like motorcross and girls
which are very, very important. (grins) I really like the
video, because when you watch it and push mute,
it could be like a hip-hop-video since it has these
Lamborghini-cars and stripping persons and everything. It`s
just so typical not metal, that`s why I love the video so
much. It`s a big step for us. Of course a lot of people
hate it, just because we did it in our own way, but we
totally love it.
Lea: Recently you
have published a new video for Powershift. In
how far does a musician has to be an actor doing a music
Robin: In that video
especially Roland, the second singer, he had to be an
actor a little bit. I don`t know if he was an Oscar-grade-actor
(laughs), but he did his best and that was good enough.
Otherwise we don`t have any special story-videos, accept
for one video that we`ve recently recorded and will
release later on. I can´t say anything more about it as
it is a secret. But in that new video there`s a little
bit more actor-thing going on. But until now no-one of us
has really acted.
Lea: But would you
be interested in taking part in a movie?
I would like to take part in a Zombie-movie. And I would
like to be the first Zombie who dies. That`s like a dream
for me becoming true or in a horror movie I´d like to be
the first guy who dies.
Lea: You like
definitely. I´m a big horror-movie-fan. I´ve been
pretty much watching old horror movies.
Lea: What`s your
On Elm Street Freddy Krüger is definitely
my favourite movie. I would really like to be in a horror
movie, but only if I´m the first guy who dies in it.
Otherwise not. (laughter)
Lea: Checking out
your website you can watch Sonic TV there. Who had the
idea for that?
Robin: I think, we just
wanted to release something from the first tour we did.
We wanted to release a video to show everybody,
especially everybody at home, how it is on tour. And we
named it Sonic TV just for fun. We were supposed to
release just one part. But then we got so many comments
and everybody watched it, so we did more. I think, that
every video just gets more and more stupid. First it was
pretty cool. Then we were just showing drunk clips and
then we were going party. It`s only getting worse.
Lea: I remember
some stones in your tourbus bunk
Yeah, I think that was in the second part of Sonic TV.
They put a lot of stones into my bed. We`ll definitely
release some more episodes. We just have some problems
now since Windows Vista came along, because the programme
doesn`t work so well with that. But everybody will soon
see more stupid things about Sonic Syndicate.
Lea: Do you often
play tricks on each other?
the time. The last time was just a couple of days ago
when we changed, I think, it was Richard`s water bottles
into vodka bottles. He was drinking and almost puked.
That was pretty fun. But nearly every day we`re joking
with each others.
Lea: What`s the
craziest job you have ever done?
honest, I never worked before. Well, I was in school and
then we started with touring and I dropped off school. So
the band became my job. Actually I was a paperboy when I
was a young kid, but that wasn`t that interesting. I did
it once and then stopped it.
Lea: This summer
you will play on a couple of festivals. Is there any
highlight you´re especially looking forward to?
There is one certain festival that we´ve been talking
about every day. That`s the Nova-Rock-Festival in Austria.
Our drummer John is so happy, because we gonna play on
the same stage as Metallica. And he is the biggest
Metallica-freak from Sweden. And also we`re really
looking forward to this festival as there will also be
Slipknot and lots of other great bands. We played there
last year and it was really, really good, so hopefully it
will be even better this year.
Lea: You`ve won the
Swedish Metal Award as the Best Live Act 2009.
So we can expect a lot from the show this evening?
You´ll see a way more energy than you have ever seen
Lea: What´s your
motto for tonight?
built the city of rock`n`roll. (grins) That`s like our
every day motto. We always want to play a show as it
would be the last show we ever do. We wanna give all our
energy. And especially tonight there is an almost sold
out show and we wanna give to everybody who paid for it
to come in a really memorised show for the rest of life.
That is what Sonic Syndicate is about.