THUNDERMOTHER

I’m still amazed that there is such a thing as the Swedish rock wonder. Nowadays Britain and the States are looking to Sweden for the latest and greatest in rock/hardrock. THUNDERMOTHER could very well be the next big export. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

How come I haven’t heard of you before? What have you been up to?
Karin: Thundermotor is a pretty new band, at least with this combination of people, even if Filippa started it in Växjo several years ago. We had our first gig together 6 months ago.

Was it important to you to have a band name that tells the world that you are women? How did you come up with the Thundermother moniker?
Filippa: I was living in a small town called Växjö in Sweden. I came up with it with a friend of mine. We didn’t even think about the girl perspective..It has not always been visioned to be a all girl band you know.. The name just reflects what we sound like. It should be a Thunderous show to see us. We also have e song called Thunderous for that same reason.

How hard is it to start a band today? Are there more people into playing music than before?
Filippa: Is is hard hard work. Especially if you want a all girl band and if you want them to share your vision about the music. Not many like old school rock n roll that we are inspired from.
Rebecca: I think it´s easier than before to start a band, thanks to internet. Also it is much easier to record and spread the music. So, yes, i think there are more people into playing music today of that reason, it´s easier. But at the same time it´s much harder to have music as a living.
Karin: Maybe it’s easier to start a band, and to spread music, but harder to really meet…

Inspiration/influence is a great fascination to me. What was it that made you want to form a band like Thundermother in the first place?
Filippa: We really wanted a good old rock’n’roll band, and we wanted to have lot’s of fun.. Life is about having fun, playing rock music, flirt with guyes and drink lot’s of beer.
Karin: I’m really new to the genre, but listened a lot to grunge and punkrock and other indipendent genres within rock, so for me this is like a new start and GREAT inspiration in life to get in touch with Angus and the guys… haha. Can’t believe I missed them when I was a teenager!

When did Sweden become the birthplace of great hardrock/hard rock? When did Sweden become the place that the Brits and Americans look to for great hardrock?
Filippa: Thats a hard question but I think one of the reasons is that in sweden we are able to get support from the government to play music. It is called people education and it’s conducted for an example by Studiefrämjandet. You get cheaper rehearsal places, cheaper studio time, help with fixing gigs and a better network. The idea is that people learn better from eachother than from a assigned teacher. Or maybe it’s just the fucking long winters haha.
Karin: The year of 2012, when we started to play together, of course! 😉

When you go abroad do you notice that you get treated differently simply because you are Swedish?
Rebecca: No!
Karin: Maybe because of the blond hair, very exotic in some countries. And also, even in Euroupe people are not used to see women play instruments in this genre. In Sweden I guess we’ve already have done some work in gendre issues, but there is still a lot of hard work to do even here. But in general people we’ve met have been great!

What kind of roads have bands like the Hives and Hellacopters paved for Swedish bands on the roads in Europe and The States?
Rebecca: Maybe as an eye opener for good rock music from Sweden.

I get the impression that today you have to work harder to keep people interested in a band over a period of time. How much has the social media contributed to the decline of the public’s attention span?
Rebecca: I think since music today are so easily accessible you listen different from when you just picked music from your record collection at home. Today you can get into a new band every day without buying the CD. So yes, social media makes it easier to get close to a lot of music. Thats good and bad. Live concerts becomes more valuable.
Karin: We have an incredible live audience that is really devoted to the R’n’R music, and to our band. I think, in the end, that is what really matters, the live shows. But to spread the music, internet is really fast, of course, and helpful in many ways, but to keep the audience I think the live gigs has to be THE thing, the show, the experience!

Something I often wonder about is how much a band is willing to sacrifice in order to make a living out of playing music. How low can you go on the threshold in order to make it as a musician?
Filippa: – We all are visionaries in this band and we are not willing to quit just because we don’t make it in a second. We care more about playing rock’n’roll than anything in the world and this is what we will do for the rest of our lives.
Rebecca: I often wonder how much a human being can sacrifice in order of not living their dream.

What future do you envision for Thundermother?
Filippa: To change the rock history with our music.

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