First of all, thank you for taking the time for the interview!
Magnus: Thank you! It’s our pleasure
These days your new album „Back From Hell“ will be released – hardly anyone would have thought that possible – the last album „Taste The Poison“ is now 13 years old. Why the long break?
Andy: It was simply time to quit back in 2006. We were all at different stages in our lives. When we decided to start again, in 2014/2015 we had a new energy and a new perspective, so to say.
Magnus: The band had been going for a long time, and I think everybody wanted a change, whether it was playing in another or do something else. Sometimes it’s good to take break and come with fresh ideas and a new perspective.
In the first few runs, I immediately noticed that the songs are again a lot faster than the last albums. Was this your plan to record a faster album again?
Andy: Rodrigo wrote the songs in this manner this time, the feeling was more 80’s skate/thrash and 70’s nwobhm, and the rest of us totally loved it. If it wasn’t the plan, it certainly became so. We all enjoy the energy from the early Satanic stuff.
Magnus: No plan, it just happened. Some things never change in the Satanic Surfers. Haha!
You are already on the road a lot again … how do people react to the new songs?
Andy: So far, it’s been really good! I mean, the songs are really long, so it takes a lot of attention from the crowd to endure, but they seem to love it, and sometimes they even sing along!
Magnus: Good reactions everywhere. We’re very proud of our new songs, and I think it shows when we play them live.
How do you design your setlist for the concerts? Do you completely commit yourself there before the tour or do you also change it spontaneously in between? I just think it’s hard when you touring with a new album which songs you choose from this new material …
Andy: We try to mix our favorite songs from all the records into one great setlist. Some songs are more popular in certain citites, but that’s hard to know before-hand. We do some ultimate tweaks of the list on-stage sometimes. But mostly we have the same setlist the entire tour.
Magnus: Hopefully we can include lots of new songs in the set, once the album is released, but it always takes a while before the fans are familiar with the new material.
In March 2007 you had already dissolved – where did the motivation to play new concerts and now even record a new album?
Andy: Promotors and fans asked and we felt ready!
Magnus: Me and Rodrigo met for a coffee in early 2014, and I mentioned that I missed touring with the band. Just a short while after that, we got an offer to go to Canada, and we said „why not“. After playing live during 2015, I think the natural progression was to write new songs.
It’s really cool that many of the Swedish bands who co-wrote the scene in the mid-’90s are still there – to name but one No Fun At All will be releasing their new album „Grit“ on the same day as you. What do you think is the secret of this generation?
Andy: There was nowhere else to go – musically. Fast punk was IT, and still is. The secret is probably a socialist foundation mixed with some cold war frustrations and a positive outlook. Throw some Bad Religion, Deep Purple, and Minor Threat into the mix and there you go.
Magnus: I think many of the bands from the 90s‘ had really strong songwriting, and that’s why people are still listening to the bands. And if the audience is still there, why not record new stuff and go out on the road again? After all, the feeling you get on stage is hard to get anywhere else.
Your 1995 album „Hero of our time“ has sold well over 60,000 copies to date, but with the recordings for the next albums there is a pressure that is among the best? OR. You are even measured at this milestone even now…
Andy: Hopefully BACK FROM HELL sells 666.000 copies!
What else can we expect from Satanic Surfers in the future?
Andy: More music and shows, and hopefully something odd – like Satanic condoms maybe.
Magnus: Yes, we’re already rehearsing new songs, so you’ll definitely won’t have to wait 13 years for the next album.
We are looking forward to the concert dates here in Germany and once again many thanks for the interview.
Thanks for the interview! See ya in Oct/Nov!