With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to BEAT CITY TUBEWORKS. Questions answered by Erik Linder, Guitarist and singer. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It’s always hard to come up with a suitable name for a band. People often ask us why we go under the name of Beat City Tubeworks.
The name is taken from a seventies rock’n’roll Music TV-show in Detroit that was called Detroit Tubeworks.. They aired a lot of great live footage of great bands like Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, MC5, Amboy Dukes to name a few..
We first thought that the name “Detroit Tubeworks” sounded cool, but then felt that the word “Detroit” sounded a bit done / cliche for a band name nowadays, so we finally ended up changing the word Detroit to “Beat City”, it’s slang for describing a place or a thing that’s dead, on decline, or completely worn out!
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-Catchy energetic electric rock’n’roll made with a big organic sound without any needless additives
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-KISS, Quo, Stones and Pistols
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-We come from the city of Jönköping. It’s located in the southern midlands of sweden.
There’s a wide variety of bands from different genres coming from that town, but it’s not by any means considered a rock pinnacle in Sweden.. Within our genre you have bands like us and our label mates Grande Royale for example. The most internationally famous bands or artists ever origin from Jönköping is The Cardigans and people like Agnetha from ABBA
In our hometown there still are some places that book bands (not only for our genre, but for rock/pop/metal in general) but pretty much everything except for some few bigger events is considered underground. It’s unfortunately nothing like it used to be anymore, and a good local live scene and the support that comes with it is extremely important to develop for new bands in the starting ground!
The state support for cultural achievements such as live scenes, bands, and art in general is on the decline in Sweden, and that’s really sad!
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-More bands need to seek their support globally nowadays.. Other regions and countries! The positive aspect of modern technology is that it has become way more easier to reach out to more people globally with your music than it used to be.
The genre of garage rock in whole has (just as many other genres) tends to have a small but dedicated sub culture and following.. It’s all underground and spread all over Europe, but both bands and fans in the underground scene are very well connected. It has its origins in the scandinavian 90’s garage rock scene.
I wouldn’t exactly call it a movement, but a rather small yet progressive dedicated ambitious following!
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Before we released both our new album and our first album on The Sign Records, we put out a small vinyl release of the first album all by ourselves. The artwork on that one (which i still like alot) is a perfect school example for how not to choose album art if you wanna reach out to the right target group.
It was a hand drawn colourful psychedelic caricature of us standing in a green field amongstrange flowers, animals and mushrooms. It sure was nice cover art, but not at all in a selling point of view. The cover art didn’t reflect the music we play at all! You learn by your mistakes, so now when the album was recently reissued by The Sign, they simply demanded a completely new cover art more suitable for the content of the first album.
To make a great album cover for a band no one has heard of you first need a great inspirational artist, and a great idea for artwork to catch the attention of the target group, and yet something that reflects the music on the album. Not always easy!
What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-I’m a big fan and collector of vinyl music, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that i think digital music is bad.
The positive aspect with digital musicis that you can discover and listen to a wider variety of music more easily now in the digital era without gettin broke. As an artist you get to share your own music with people who never would have had the opportunity to listen to it 20 years ago. There are millions of songs and bands just waiting to be discovered just a click away, and if one really like what you hear you can go buy their physical album. The negative aspect with digital music and online streaming is that music and albums just becomes a streaming blur that the consumer never really gets involved in in the same way they did before.
Never underestimate the vinyl record as a piece of art! Soundwise it’s unsurpassable! You can hold it in your hands, look at the cover art, read the lyric sheet. In forty years from now you can pick it up from your shelf and it instantly takes you back to the good old days when you first bought it!
What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Preferably large club scenes on all kinds of rock clubs .. That’s where our music probably will come to it’s justice!
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It’s a happening when we play..
Don’t get me wrong.. We all love partying, but the phrase “party” doesn’t sound good to me when it comes to describe yourself as a live rock act nowadays.
It sounds more like a proper phrase for a band that does weddings and after-ski gigs.
Of course we always tend to have fun when we play live, and we always aim to please, and the audience should definitely rock’n’roll all nite and party everyday if they wanna. There is always fun times when Beat City Tubeworks play live, but at the same time we’re always taking our music in the highest regard of seriousness while doing’ it
What would you like to see the future bring
-More of us!
Touring, Gigs, make a new album, and stay healthy, and of course a vaccine / eternal extermination of Covid-19