10 Questions Asked of GRAVEYARD + Album Teaser Video

Joakim Nilsson and Axel Sjöberg of GRAVEYARD recently spoke with Nuclear Blast regarding the band’s North American release day of their new album, Hisingen Blues.  Also, check out their album teaser for Hisingen Blues below.

While touring North America in 2008, you played 3 songs (twice!) that weren’t on your debut album.  Did any of these make it onto Hisingen Blues?  If so, what track did the one you called “Funk Blues” turn into?

Joakim Nilsson: Yes, I think we played them more then twice though.  You can hear two of them on Hisingen Blues; the one called “Ungrateful Are The Dead” and the one ending the record called “The Siren.” “Funk Blues” or “Punk Blues” as we called it then is now on the backside of the “Hisingen Blues” single and is called “Granny And Davis.”  All the songs sound pretty different recorded than what they sounded like live.

The story line in the album opener, “Ain’t Fit To Live Here” and the closing track “The Siren” seem to be related.  Are they & was it intentional?

JN: No, they are not related at all.  The first one is a reflection of life and “The Siren” is about a nightmare of Roky Erickson.  They where composed at completely different periods.

When listening to “RSS” on headphones, it sounds as if the snare work actually MOVES.  Can this be attributed to Don Alstelberg’s in-studio mastery or is it simply tinnitus trickery?

JN: Yes, it is Don who pulled out some of Jimi Hendrix’s old studio tricks.  You move the sound from speaker to speaker, I don’t know what the term is called in English [panning]. ‘Panorering’ in Swedish.  Maybe it is some phaser on the drums too, I don’t remember.

Hard not to think of spaghetti westerns with “Longing” and it’s tempting not to even call it an instrumental due to the whistling.  Who is GRAVEYARD’s champion whistler and how many takes did it take to get the entire song recorded?

JN: Champion Whistler aka JJ Red aka Joakim aka me.  It was a lot harder to whistle than we ever imagined.  It was really hard to hear the pitch of the tone when I whistled, so it took a lot of takes to get it right.

Yes or No: Would Mr. Holden ever eat at a Waffle House?

JN: He used to love it, but he ate too much.  He’s more of a Dairy Queen guy.

To check out the rest of the interview head over to Graveyard’s  Facebook page.

Download  Hisingen Blues on iTunes at this location . Or, you can order the brand new album (in CD or LP format) with a T-Shirt at the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

GRAVEYARD are confirmed to play at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival the weekend of June 9 – 12 in Manchester, Tennessee.  View GRAVEYARD’s artist profile on the Bonnaroo website here.


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