THE GONERS is another Swedish band to check out. With memebers from Salem’s Pot and Yvonne this promises to be be nothin g but good. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-I didn’t even have to think about it since the name is pretty self-explanatory and means exactly what it says. There has to be some ground rules within the band to make it work and we have chosen the members very carefully.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-I’d like to think that we have laid the foundation for our own sound but sure, there are hundred’s of old bands that have inspired us over the years. The first idea about having a band like The Goners was to play exactly whatever you felt like playing but maybe cut down a bit on the ridiculous amount of fuzz and heaviness and actually find a tone that resembles more of what it means to be a goner on the road to nowhere. Since I only had my Orange rig and couldn’t afford another amp I just bought a Fender Deluxe Reverb in pedal-form and that was that. The idea of the whole sound was there from the start as well as not making things too complicated and just write decent straight-forward and highly personal rock songs.
As much as we obviously love Dead Moon there is also a lot of love for other stuff that’s simply telling it like it is. Stuff like Townes, Gram Parsons, Darkthrone, Skitsystem, you name it.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Not really, you need to like lock down the feeling of the song and just try to stick with it. It happens that a faster song was originally a slow-burn and vice versa and sometimes it can take a while to get the right tempo or even mood for a song.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Well, we only have had the chance to test it once att we think the audience was quite happy with the result. As for the environment I think smaller clubs give both you and the audience a feeling of intimacy that you miss out on in a big venue. But then again, I have never played a big venue and I don’t like going to concerts in big venues.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-I don’t think you can be 100% satisfied with a recording and you are always going to hear your own faults and mistakes even though no one else can hear them. Maybe it would have been nice if we had some more time since we recorded in like two days and then mixed/did overdubs for two weeks or something like that.
Like mentioned earlier we pretty much wanted to put down some raw and personal songs on a record and I’d like to think we accomplished that at least.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-To be honest, we haven’t done much. RidingEasy handles all the promotion and we just make sure to answer the emails in time, and even that can be quite the chore some times but I think we’ve got it right most of the time.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I don’t know if this count for our cover but I like simplicity. Like, state your name and business and get on with it.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-No really, but that might be because we live in a small town and rarely go to shows. I suppose that a supporting scene could be of use but I can’t say that I feel any direct kinship to any swedish band right now doing the rock-thing. There are so many, we call them “medaljong-rock”-bands in Sweden right now and too many being into like…LARPing the seventies. Sure, the seventies had a lot of good bands and some great ones, but so did the 50s, 60s, the 80s, the 90s and the 00s and the 10s…
As this is Mick and Nate doing an interview as a schizophrenic person, I’ll (Nate) have to tweak in that I wouldn’t compare the ammount of great bands during the old days to the modern day’s majority of trash but I get the point and agree with everything else. Let us become one again.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-We all grew up in the digital age and finding bands on the internet only feels natural but sure, maybe not as much people are going out discovering bands in a live setting but the heads, those who get it, do and will always do so maybe this could be like a cathartic thing for music?
What does the future hold?
-Don’t really know but hopefully the end of times is not as close as it sometimes feels. So, maybe some gigs, maybe some new songs and some good and bad times to be had.