ROTTEN MIND is a new acquaintance. check out this interview and just continue checking them out. Answered by Jakob Arvidsson. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
– It isn’t really important to be honest. We didn’t think much about it when we picked it. But ofcourse it reflects a little bit what the band is about. I haven’t thought much about the name ever, really. To be honest I would pick another name today, but who cares, really?
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
– We’ve basically done music stuff our whole life, all 4 of us so being in bands have never been a question really. We just like playing music. But Rotten Mind in particular was that we’ve been playing harder punk for some years before and now we wanted to do something different. Some might say Rotten Mind is hard punk as well but there’s a big difference in how we present it and how we write songs and so on from what we did before this.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
– I would say we play Uppsala blues drunk loser punk. Some people say we play rock n roll, some say punk, some say something else. We don’t really think about that much.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
– We try to not put all the fastest songs together maybe. Or sometimes maybe that’s the way to go. I guess we go by what we feel when we put it together. I think the first song is maybe the most important, since it’s what will hook people on to the album. On “Rat City Dog Boy” we put our fastest and rawest song “City Rats” there to just start with a bomb.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
– Everywhere. In all kinds of music, movies, life, being out in bars etc. Most of the things I write is basically just things popping up in my head. I don’t think much about music, I just do. We try to do things quite simple though. Do our own thing with as little as we can to make it feel real.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
– It means a lot. That’s how you present your work most of the time. But we don’t feel stuck somewhere and only doing one kind of thing. We like to do different types of record covers etc. What you see is stuff we think look good and fits the band.
We try to work with the same people as much as we can. Like Mikael Lindqvist who does pretty much all our band photos. Jakob Blom did both the recording of the last album as well as the video to one of the songs. In that way we get a thread throughout the thing as a whole, I think.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
– I think the album isn’t as relevant today. Well, I think it is, but for the average person it’s more one song here and there. They make spotify playlists. There’s a lot of people who still buys albums so it’s not completely dead but I think “digital singles” is what people want the most.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
– I don’t really know, especially since I haven’t gone to a metal show since maybe 2009. But for the punk scene, I don’t think it’s a problem. People will still wanna go to shows and stage dive and drink beer. I try to see things positive.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
– We belong in the DIY punk scene. That’s what we’re all about. We do things ourselves, we don’t care about making loads of money, we fucking hate racists, we’re a punk band.
What does the future hold?
– We’ll see what happens after this virus shit is over. We are planning to tour as much as we can but right now we can’t say when. We are gonna start writing new songs even though we haven’t played a single show since our last album came out just before the virus outbreak. So everything is kinda low right now. But we’ll be back when this is over, I can guarantee that.