MOMENT 22

2The Swedish punk/hardcore scene might not be as vibrant as it was in the 90s but it is still alive as proven by MOMENT 22. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

You have one of these names that tells me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Back in 2007 a teacher of mine referred to a term called “Catch-22”, and a summary of the novel of Joseph Heller. That term is in Swedish called “Moment 22”, and I thought it had a cool ring to it. Kujtim, Alec and I was listening to a lot of Blink-182 and Sum 41 back then, so the number thing seemed kind of fitting.

Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
.Our latest release is an EP, the first of three planned, that will together eventually form a full-length album. It is called “Catch!”, and it’s five fast and melodic punk rock songs released last June. I feel super happy about it all. I love the songs, how they are reminding you about the greatness of the NOFX or The Offspring kinda thing, but got pretty technical things going on and they are super catchy at the same time. Can’t wait to put the next EP together.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-I would think that the vibe that is made known through bands like NOFX or Blink-182, where it’s first and foremost friendly playing around and not taking yourself far too seriously made it so exciting forming a band as a kid. So, this kind of bands and this particular vibe bade a great impact on our sound.

What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-There’s not much of a live music scene at all in our particular area, or at least it is pretty thin. There’s some metal bands coming and going, sure. My feelings are that the live music scene around here is not as genre based as you might think. We’re not a metal band at all, but I get the feeling that we share the same little independent scene with a bunch of metal bands as well as pop, rock and indie bands.

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?
-Absolutely. We’re not naïve or blind about the fact that every band won’t make it big or play sold-out venues, but there’s nothing like playing a good show or make a good record. It’s a big thing having in your life, making something inspiring and creative with your friends.

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?
– Yes, we are putting quite some thought behind our artwork. It’s always cool if the cover is reflected in the lyrics, or vice versa. Our latest EP is showing a man holding a cartoon style bomb. It may seem right now that it’s just a cool thing, but it will come to show its meaning as the whole project unfolds.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Well, yes, and no. The streaming services are making any music available anytime, anywhere. That’s a good thing, being aware of the amount of great music that you probably never would have heard if it wasn’t for the digitalization of the industry. What’s brutally murdered, though, are the value of music. People tend to get tired of a song pretty quickly, and to give an album a full listen seems somewhat unusual. Personally, I am all for putting on a vinyl record, and give it a spin from the first song to the last. To get a hold of the whole concept of the album, that far too many people misses out on.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-It seems that the scene for independent bands like ourselves are pretty small in Sweden, mostly due to lack of interest from the public. Sure, people will always listen to music, but they sure as hell wouldn’t pay for going to shows if it’s not Radiohead or Foo Fighters. It’s not a dead scene, nor is it dying, but it’s pretty thin. I get the impression that other countries have better scenes for independent bands than we do.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Why not both, right? It sure is some kind of happening, but we will make sure that everybody’s having a great time. We’re always having a blast.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-Live shows, live shows, live shows. Whenever, wherever. We’re stoked to finish the next two EPs and the album, and to share it to the world.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5usFZt5uSMdrfUBTxKDSGR
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/moment-22/sets/catch

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