VA ROCKS came as a surprise to me. Not having heard of them at all they blew my socks of, so much that I’ll be seeing them live twice in April. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-Great question! The band name is not who the band are, but of course it’s important that the name catches the listeners attention! Before we changed our band name to VA ROCKS we called ourselves “VA!?” witch means “WHAT!?” in Swedish. My dad thought that was a great name because we always answered “what?” when he asked us to clean up our mess after hanging out at our house.. So VA!? became VA ROCKS. Ha!
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-When I was about seven years old and heard AC/DC and Angus guitar riffs for the first time I knew that I was gonna start a rocknroll band some day. I met our drummer Frida in kindergarden and we started a band a few years later!
What is your definition of the music you play?
-VA ROCKS is about three chord, pull no punches rock’n’roll. Simple, fast and powerful. In Sweden we call it “crouch rock” haha…
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-We have just finished the recordings of our first album. So for us it was simply about to collect all the songs we have been playing live for the past years and put them on a record. So this album doesn’t have a story behind it or a red thread. It’s simply an album with ten rock n roll songs!
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-I write music because I love to sing and play it live and when I have something to say It’s perfect to put it down in a song. It’s an amazing feeling playing songs live that is our own. When I write songs I sometimes write about people or experiences from my own life or I think about movies or even dreams that I’ve had. I could maybe write a song about a person that I see on the bus who inspires me, I don’t know ha ha!
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-None of us in the band are in to that stuff. We just play rock n roll haha.. Frida can handle photo shop quite well but that’s about it. We have friends around us who are great photographers and artists and can help us with that. We’re lucky to have their help and support!
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Smaller venues like clubs where you are close to the audience is the perfect stage for us. I love it when you’re practically sweating on eachother. That’s amazing.
What does the future hold?
-As I mentioned before we have have just finished the recordings of our first full length album that will be released this year! Meantime we’re gonna play live as much as we can. We have a few shows this spring in Sweden like “Göteborg Rockfest” May 6th along bands like Imprrial State Electric and HYPNOS.
We will also play outside of Sweden this spring, but those dates are not official yet. Make sure to like our Facebook page to stay tuned!!