Container 90 Interview


ET: When did you and Rundberg start with music and why?
JON: In the late 1980:s my grandpa gave me a keyboard. From the beginning I was creating music of my own, something my grandpa didn’t like. He thought that I should play songs that already existed. But I didn’t care! A lot of year later I discovered Nitzer Ebb and their song “Let your body learn”. From that day EBM was my kind of music, and I started write “bodysongs” in Swedish. At that time my one-man-band was called THORBJÖRN SYNTHETIC. In the same era RON:s band PRESTO FERVANT was doing music and gigs. I liked their music and style. At that time Ron and I started to know each other. Many years later I met Ron and we decided to start a band. From the start we didn’t have any instruments at all. An old friend to me lend out his synthesizers, and we started to create “Epigone Idols”.
RON: Music has always been my biggest interests and to make music is a great creative process.

2. What are your roots?
JON: The first electronic artist in my life was Howard Jones. I can still remember his “New Song”. At that time the Swedish youth where spites in two groups: “Hard rockers” and “Synhters”. I was a Synther!
Started in early age to be interested in music. In 83-84 I found Synthpop like Ultravox and Alpha Ville. Son after that I discovered Cabaret Voltaire, Devo and Malaria and the wheel was spinning. One of my first concert was Laibach in 1986 and a;Grumh in 1987. Around 1990 I left the whole thing for death metal, punk & hard core. Now days I’m partly back to the roots. EBM and punk is almost the same for me. It’s al about the attitude.
Musically for C90 I’d say it’s some mix of Oldschool-EBM and Punk/HC.

ET: October 24th of 2008 your new record will be released on German label OUT OF LINE (OOL).Why you release on Out of Line?
JON: Because Out of Line is a great label with lots of great bands, and I think It’s cool to do this thing for once in my lifetime. I personally think that it would been nice if this has happened for 15 years ago. At that time I was a good looking guy with a lot of opportunities to get groupies. Now a days?… ha ha ha ha. By the way, I have no idea what’s gonna happen after this release, but I hope the audience get satisfied.
RON: It was a really big surprise when they contacted us. We never had any intentions to be signed and actually never thought anyone to be interested. We started as a DIY-band [Do-it-yourself] and the plan was to stay that way. Anyway we actually came to an agreement that I thought was impossible to a label that size. It’s a great opportunity to reach new listeners so we decided to give it a shoot. It’s also a risk we lose some as we might be considered as sell outs but I hope they listen to our new tracks before they judge us. I also hope it could be a benefit for the whole genre. More concerts etc.

ET: Your new record calls “World ChampionShit”. What’s the reason (if there is one) for this nice name?
RON: It’s a kind of spin-off of our first album Scandinavian masters that’s usually is big golf tour. Not much to do with us but as the cover shows we do it our own way. The sport them goes again with a small twist / play with words on this new album. The artwork has also a simulate touch though we do this shit in our own way again.

ET: Is it a concept album?
RON: Not really a concept. Lyrics is mostly about everyday things like boredom, booze, EBM and stupid things we meet. No advanced stuff, just straight ahead stuff that I feel at the moment.

ET: Dogwalk, Bollox, Barcrawler, Guttersnipe, songs from the new record,… sounds more like an English street movie in the 80s than Sweden, land of elks and a wonderful nature. Is the live really so hard in Sweden?

JON: Sweden is a nice country. But we also have problems with a lot of stuff. There are both rich and poor people here. And also a lot of booze.
RON: ha ha.. sorry to say Guttersnipe is more or less a true story about a guy I knew, now doing time for manslaughter. Bollox is about a swedish label guy ripping us of, a real jerk full of bullshit. Fuck him. Dog walk is about us who not choose to do the Catwalk and to do a bar night is not that exotic I think 😉 So I guess some things not that different around the world.

ET: What happens next? Something is planned for a tour?
JON: No really plans right now. But I hope for a lot of gigs the coming year. By the way, perhaps a release party is gonna take place in Stockholm in the late December this year.
RON: Latest thing is we might be performing a gig at a big German festival next summer. We’ll see how things work out.

ET: Are there plans for PRESTO FERVANT?
RON: No plans but we actually did a new track for a compilation.

ET: Some words for the EBM guys and girls …
Stay true, stay hard core & Cheers until we see you next time!
Stay tuned. Buy our new record and EBM UNITED!

~ por digitalterror em 10/07/2009.

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