I’ve been to the Copenhagen zoo and the Borås zoo but the FRANKLIN ZOO I am not familiar with at all. So with tense suspension I approach this band. What animals will hide behind the name. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
Daniel That was before I was in the band. Some of the guys was drunk and made it up. It’s a mashup between something that made sense at the moment. A few years ago we where about to change it though. I’m not sure why. To find some new energy and a fresh start maybe. I dont know. But we stuck to it instead. We’re like a big family. And hey, the FZ letters. I love them. Actually it’s pretty fucked up as I played an old band for like 20 years ago called Fanatic Zebra, because of our Frank Zappa influence. I really don’t care that much about the name, but I think the Zoo thing makes sense when you look at our different personalities.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-As you might notice, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin is some of our biggest influences. They’re simply great playing rockbands and inventors of a genre. Both very good at writing damn good songs, catchy riffs etc. But of cause we’ve also listened to a bunch of other great bands like Tool, AIC, Doors, QOTSA, Porcupine Tree, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, STP, Soundgarden, Opeth etc. And even loads of prog and jazz.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Not really. Actually with Red Skies we tried to break a little out of the “AABA” standard-schedule and really tried to make the tracks write themselves more. If something needed another solo or B-refrain we just tried to make everything workout without taking too much care of the tracklength. This resulted in some pretty long songs which we now struggle to cut to radio-edits, video-edits etc.. But we’re glad we did it. We’re really proud of the album result.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-Pretty good actually. Audience are really stoked and these twelve or thirteen (dunno) album-tour jobs has really given us so much confidence in ourselves as a band and where we’re heading. Actually we recorded the album live this time and added dubs afterwards (primarily vocals and solos) and we did it all in a week. Yes of cause it has some ‘wrong’ notes here and there etc, however this gives life to the record. Rasmus nailed the vocals for the whole album in like two days. More time would of cause be nice, but would the album had become better? I don’t know. Oh sorry. Stick to the question
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Of course when you’re independent you decide everything yourself. And that can be both good and bad. But for us – Im pretty sure Classic Rock, RockHard etc wouldn’t had launched our first albumsingle and mentioned us in their magazine if it wasn’t for our label. That’s just one of many things they can make happen which we cant do alone. Most of the serious media and industry doesn’t even answer your mail or letters if they don’t get it from a label they already know.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-A good thing would be the opportunity to spread your own music virally.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-It has to say something about the general mood in the album. And it has to look good. We had this song called Red Skies and then suddently one of my friends showed me this beautiful picture he took in Sweden. And I was like – Hey! Give me that! Holy cowboy brother. Can we buy this from you? It perfectly captures the mood on the album I think. Its an album about life. And death.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-On an amateur level, Yes. But you know, it’s a long way to the top. Have you heard about Volbeat? 😉 I don’t know. We just continue to play the best we can and make the best songs we can. People really seems to enjoy what we do. Maybe some day an important guy will take notice. A realistic climate for us would be to some day live by our music and dont have to have full time jobs also. This is what takes out some of the momentum. Luckily some of us is born with flames on the sides and I think that encourage all of us to rehearse and make new music all the time.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Our worries is of cause the physic media which is dissapearing and all the really cheap deals to get Spotify etc. I have no clue on how Spotify could get these contracts through, because we (the musicians) gets like nothing from the plays. Somebody much have had their head up their asses. Luckily the vinyl sale has gone up the last few years, so that’s a good thing.