Skurk666

Interview - Jörgen Lindhe

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Anders Sandvall: Would you please like to tell us a bit about the band?
JL: "In 2001 I was in a depressed situation. I had quit my studies, my job, my band and I had broken up with my girlfriend. I had no money for drinking so I forced myself to write songs. Bored and without anything to do. I asked the drummer in my old band (Redrvm) if he wanted to play drums on a couple of new songs with Swedish lyrics. The most important thing was to do music and lyrics in our own way without taking notice of what other bands did. I love metal but the lyrics had to play a central part and I wanted to let people listen more careful at the things I wrote about. So I started to sing in Swedish and my raw accent would fit perfectly to this brutal music I wrote."
AS: Why did you choose to add 666 to the original name Skurk? Does it mean anything special for you?
JL: "One of the songs name is '666 personligheter' (666 personalities). It contains a positive message about variations and those people who have lots of different sides. I prefer colourful and charismatic people instead of those grey figures who want to live their lives as comfortable and boring as possible. Why not just be yourself? The only way our band will survive is to have variations. That’s why we added the triple 6. I prefer plain 'SKURK' but we also wanted a unique name."
AS: How many are there in the band? Have there been any line up changes along the way? If so, why?
The line up is:
Mike Svensson - bass
Martin Brorsson - drums
Björn Hall - guitar
Sören Sandved - guitar
Jörgen Lindhe - Voice
JL: "In the beginning of 2002 when we formed the band and recorded our first 4- track demo we were a quartet. Sören who is one of my best friends joined the band this summer (2003). Martin and me have played together for ten years in different constellations. I most say that I am a very lucky guy. Those members are my dream team and I would never change one of them if I don’t have to."
AS: Why have you stopped playing guitar and just sing now?
JL: "I still play guitar and I play on the first demo. But I wanted to give 100% at the singing part. I also wanted to feel more free when we play live so I handle over the guitar work to our excellent guitarists: Björn and Sören who do a great job on their black Gibson flying V's. It takes two guitar players to replace me. Hahahaha! I am just kidding."
AS: Who writes the music and lyrics?
JL: "I think I have answered that question already. We do the arrangement part together as well."
AS: You have released two demos, the first one with 4 songs and the other one with just 2 songs, why just 2 songs?
JL: "Why not? My experience of record companies is that they never listen to more than one maybe two songs before they decide if they can turn you into a money machine or not, hahaha. A demo is just a piece of work that shall give you a sample of the band. Demos can never compare with huge CD productions that had been created for a great market machinery with lots of studio costs and advertising."
AS: Are there any particular songs you are more satisfied with than the others?
JL: "I am satisfied with all the material. Every song means a lot to me, but I can only speak for myself. I don’t like to play rubbish songs with stupid lyrics."
AS: Why have you chosen to sing in Swedish? Doesn’t that limit the worldwide market for the band?
JL: "That’s a cliché! It doesn’t have anything with language to do. Rammstein who sing in their mother language have sold millions of copies worldwide. I think that you have to figure out why you play in a band. Is it because you love music and want to do it because your heart tells you to do it? Like a real artist. Or do you make music because of the money? Do you want to sound like one million other bands or do you want to try something different? When Black Sabbath started there wasn’t one band that was even close to their sound. At their time they were completely unique. If we want to develop the metal scene: We have to try new ways. I’ve done it one time before. When the black/thrash metal music was new at the eighties. I played in Obscurity who was one of the first black metal bands in those days. It felt great to play music none have heard before. RESPECT!"
AS: Are there any record labels that had shown any interest in you?
JL: "We have got several offers. Both from major and minor labels but nothing are decided yet. So I better keep my moth shut when it comes to this issue. But I can tell you for sure that we are beginning to record our debut album early spring 2004. We will probably visit Berno studios in Malmö. He is an old friend and I have been there several times before. First time was when I together with Brorsson recorded the second album with Flegma in 1994. It doesn’t make things worse that Berno recorded The second Haunted album which they got a Grammy for. Best metal album in 2001."
AS: Do you have enough material for an album debut right now?
JL: "I have a lot of song ideas, but I never do anything hundred percent finished. I think that the most exciting part is when the band completes the songs in our rehearsal space. The band is like flavours they put an extra 'spice' into the music and it makes it sound more interesting. A dinner without flavours is tasteless. It is the same thing with music."
AS: How have the live gigs worked? What has the response been from the audience?
JL: "I’m very satisfied with our live gigs so far. And our audience (pöbeln) have been great. I have never played in a band where the most of the people watching us are singing in every lyrical part. I’m impressed really."
AS: What song is your personal favourite to do live?
JL: "I like all the songs but my personal favourite is a song called 'Ondare än Hin'. It is about all the evil things who live among us, pedophiliacs, false presidents, meanless wars, rape and booze who making men to monsters. The music is a little bit thrash and sounds like Exodus, Nevermore or Testament. But you can still hear our traditional melody we have."
AS: Is there any special song that the crowd demands to hear when you play live?
JL: "Most people want to hear 'Dött kött'. I think that the song has become a local hit. It's only three minutes long, lots of melody that is mixed with attitude and provoking lyrics."
AS: Skurk666 are very political aware in the lyrics, how come?
JL: "'Very political' is to over-react. I wrote lyrics since the eighties and have never been accused for being political. The lyrics are pretty much the same now as the use to be. The only thing is that I do it in Swedish for the moment. I think it's very important to write about things that actually happened. Generally metal lyrics are written in a very dreamlike way. Where they create evilness, hate, love, goblins and fantasy worlds. Why do they have to do imagine all that when its already exists in our real world? I think that they who write such lyrics are afraid of reality and want to escape into fantasy. I want to say: Become a man and face the truth, if you dare."
AS: What does the future look like for Skurk666? What is going to happen after the summer?
JL: "Write a couple of songs for the album. Continue working for the band.
AS: Is there anything you would like to say to the readers of absolutmetal.com?
JL: "Maybe this is pathetic, but: In religion, politics, love, hate etc: FOLLOW YOUR HEART but let your brain decide what is good for you. There are no answers to 'the meaning of life' so until you get it. ENJOY!