LUGNET

Ever since the 70s hardrock band have had names in Swedish so this is no new phenomenon but LUGNET are exclusive in a whole different way. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
– Apparently not that important at all since Lugnet means “calm” in english and our music is quite the opposite. People usually think that we play some kind of progmusic. And to have a name in swedish while you’ll trying to sell records abroad is probably not a wise choice but we like it and that’s all that matters.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Many years ago our bassplayer Zethzon and guitarist Bonden talked about forming a band that would play 70’s rock with swedish lyrics. Bondens old friend Mackan was recruited on second guitar and they found me (Jansson) through a mutual friend. After a couple of months of jamming and writing our singer Roger joined the band.

What is your definition of the music you play?
-Classic rock is quite a fitting desciption. No more no less…

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Sometimes we starts with a riff and see what happens, sometimes someone brings a whole song to the table. When we feel that we have some kind of foundation to build on then we present it to Roger so he can add vocallines and lyrics.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Black Sabbath, Free, Deep Purple are a few sources of inspiration. If you listend to rock for more then 15 minutes then you can pin down where we are coming from. We are not doing something new but we are doing it better than most bands.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Very imortant. That’s why we were very happy that Vance Kelly did the artwork. Turned out great!

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-Well It’s easier to reach a wider audience for sure with sites like Spotify. Personally i would prefer that people actually bought the record instead but people nowadays are so greedy that It’s scary.

Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-Well It’s harder to get paid…

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-I think we fit in pretty much anywhere. We are not an arstyfartsy band, we play music from the heart and if you like good music then we’re the band for you.

What does the future hold?
-Right now we are writing new songs for the next album as well as rehearsing for upcoming shows. Other than that i haven’t got a clue what happens in the future. We can all be dead tomorrow.

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