HYPNOS is another cool Swedish band that you ought to check out if you like your rock hard and heavy. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
Anton – It was pretty hard. We all had some ideas. But then somebody said ”Hypnos” and we went with it. We liked that it was a one word name. After a few shows we all got comfortable with it.
Oskar W – The band name actually came up way before we had found our sound, only a couple of rehearsals into the bands existence.
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
Anton – When we formed Hypnos (2013), all of us wanted to be in a band that really wanted to get somewhere. The first lineup of Hypnos had all been in different bands previous to this, but never in a band that really went for the price at the other side of rainbow.
Linus – I have to say that it was Iron Maiden and Judas Priest who inspired me to start singing when I was twelve years old. From that moment I dreamt of doing the same thing.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
Pontus – There are many different ways to make music and your influences will always show, one way or another. Often, for me, it starts with me coming up with a cool riff, chord progression or melody/vocal line and build the song up around that. When you bring it to the band and everyone starts figuring out their part in it suddenly you get their influences mixed in the song and hopefully that means that the song grows even stronger! Other times you might just jam and get something real cool going on together in the moment and build a song with that. Set Fire to the Sky was written much at home and then brought to the rehearsing place to be finished.
Linus – Of course we get inspiration from other bands and things that comes to your mind for example when we standing in the rehearsal and someone just start playing a riff on the guitar and it sounds cool then we have something to work on.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
Oskar B – Sure we feel like that we are part of the whole 70’s revival scene. I mean we play that kind of music and are out playing with many other bands like us. Our record label The Sign Records is also like one of the labels who has become home for many bands like us so we feel like a part of that family too!
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
Pontus – Of course it is a good thing to look good in media. We have a certain way of dressing and looking but it is certainly not something we have forced on anyone. We all enjoy the 70’s style but in the end everyone picks what they want to wear since we want everyone to feel comfortable. The graphic side is definetly a part you have to consider since promo shots and social media is our way of reaching out to people so we always try to make a good impression and make people feel intrested.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
Pontus – Lyrics are very important to us and often have a story or a message to tell. It can be very personal at times and more a look at society in a larger picture. Sometimes we are more direct and sometimes more metaphorical. Since we are many people who write lyrics they can dofter quite a lot from song to song which I think can be a very good thing since that makes many different views lyrically
Oskar W – For me it’s mostly a try to transfer and share feelings with the listener. To tell a story they can relate to and perhaps escape reality for a while.
A couple of years ago I would have said music over lyrics for sure, but now I think the lyrics are more or at least just as important as the music itself.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Oskar W – I think that the album matters less now than it did back in the days, and that there is more focus on single songs. I think you can see that really clearly in other genres, but it’s making its way into rock music as well.
Oskar B – The digitalization surely changes the game. We try to adapt instead of spending tot much time to imagine how things could have been. Now we have to be out on the roads playing a lot of shows (which we really enjoy) to be able to make a living out of this.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?*
-Linus – In the 70s and 80s you needed to buy records to listen to the music compared to today. So of course it’s not as big as it was but more and more people start to buy vinyls. It’s a special feeling to have a physical copy of an album instead of a digital.
I think a lot is going to be digital for sure, but this is also a genre in which people like the old stuff. As Linus said, people like to hold the vinyl in their hands, play it on their record player etc.
Pontus – This is a very intresting question since the sales will most probably never be the same again and records, be it LP’s or CD’s, will never sell as much as it once did. The digital format is definetly here to stay and it has changed the way we listen to music and we are not going back. But everything goes in cycles as well and this kind of music is still very fond of owning a record and being able to hold it in their hands. Also the sound quality can be argued to still be better on vinyl. We still make a little money in records so for at least a while longer we have faith in the format!
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
Anton – We have a fair amount of miles on the European autobahn up our sleeves! We enjoy it. We have had plenty of incidents on the road. Border Police doesnt always like us, tires exploding on the highway and so on. On this tour our bus dissapeard on the streets of Vienna. We found it at the Police inpound, where we had to buy it back.
When it comes to the live experience, I would say we do it good. High energy, dynamic and solid. The key ingridients in the Hypnos-soup!
What lies in the future?
Oskar W – Now we’re touring our new album “Set Fire To The Sky”, and will do for a while.
This mark III of Hypnos is just getting to know each other, and we still have lots of ambitions for the band. The record “Set Fire To The Sky” was recorded not long after both Linus and Oskar B joined the band, so it is going to be fun to get home from this tour to start to work with new material from scratch with them.
We aim to go to a lot of festival this upcoming summer to be able to reach out to lots of new listeners.
Linus Johansson, vocals
Oskar Wersäll, guitar, vocals
Pontus Isebring, guitar
Anton Frick Kallmin, bass
Oskar Brindmark, drums