Interview by some polish fanzine named Hospital Polsky Zinsky or something...
Hi guys, how are ya?
Ola: Not too fucking great. Hatfyllda and
nerpissade as usual.
At first tell us something about MASSGRAV line up.
Ola: What do you want to know about it? We're a power-trio. Like Rush. And Motörhead. And Sayyadina. And Mob 47. Seriously, all this information can be found on our website, www.massgrav.com, but Indy bangs the drum, Norse hojtar and plays the guitar and Ola ropar and plays the bass.
Do you play in other side projects?
Ola: Yes. But that has nothing to do with Massgrav. But yes, we do. Ok, our sideproject Dödsstraff has something to do with it, it's the same lineup but much much more brutal and agressive. However, Dödsstraff is not a recording band and we don't want to play live, so the chances of hearing it is pretty slim unless you show up when we rehearse.
Your music is fast as hell, straight to scandi thrash/crust style, can you tell us about your inspirations, for sure it is MOB 47, what else ?
Johan: Oh, there are like hundreds of bands
that have inspired us. The most obvious ones besides Mob 47 must be Dropdead,
Hellnation, Kurbits I.R., Infest…
On "Napalm över Stureplan" I can hear also some latino fastcore influence, any bands from Brazil, Mexico etc that you like?
Ola: I can only speak for myself, but the
only latin bands I listen to are Merda and Los Crudos.
"Napalm över Stureplan" kix ass, are you gonna relaise it on vinyl? that would be greate for those who missed your 7"ep
Ola: No, that's not gonna happen. We talked
about it but for various reasons, it was not to be.
Your first full length was relaised on Sound Pollution, can we expect that next stuff will be from same label?
Ola: Yes, absolutely. We're nothing but
happy with Sound Pollution and when Ken got drunk in the Czech Republic
he let it slip that he likes us too. We're currently planning a split
with Diskonto on SP, we will be recording it this weekend.
Can you tell something about old MASSGRAV recordings ?
Ola: Well, the first line-up only did a
tape: “Total Jävla Mass-slakt”. Some of those songs later
reappeared on later releases – “Ensam mot Svinen” and
“Spräckt Skita i Piketen” was on it, for example. The
title track will probably be rerecorded for our next release. Then we
recorded a bunch of songs with Conny on drums and one or two of those
have also been recycled later on. None of these recordings are available
to the public though, even Indy hasn't heard most of this material.
OK, let us know about future relaise plans any splits, or ep in stock ?
Ola: Like we said, there'll hopefully be
a split release with Diskonto out sometime fairly early next year and
once we're done with that, we're moving on to the next project. We've
bougt a cassette porta studio, just like the one used by Mob 47, and we're
going to see whether we can get acceptable results from that and maybe
release that somehow - we won't get more specific than that before we
know how it turns out. Also, we'll be appearing on a compilation put together
by Doug from Brody's Militia/Hellnation called "All punks spending
drunk night" or something like that, plus another comp but that one's
not official yet so we can't say anything about it. Oh, and we're on another
one too that was just released, a compilation of anti-cop songs called
"Jjälp snuten, slå dig själv" (Help the cops,
You had play on PLAY FAST OF DON'T in Pardubice with Hellnation, Sayyadina, Blood I Bleed and lots of others hell bands, how you like this gig?
Ola: That was a great gig and a great trip
alltogether (you can read all about it on our website, just click the
giglog-link). We travelled down there with Sayyadina and hooked up with
Hellnation once we arrived (we did some touristy stuff in Prague first)
and we had a great time. The festival was cool, except a bit muddy in
the end, but the organizers did a great job! Travelling to eastern Europe
is always a treat, we'd love to visit Poland soon!
More gigs !! , any tour planes ??
Ola: No, nothing official at the moment. We'd love to tour the US, Japan and eastern Europe though.
Any new, great bands in Sweden that you can recommend us ?
What about MASSGRAV lyrics, you write it together ?
Ola: No, we write them on our own, separately.
We don't jam or anyhing like that either, that shit is for hippies.
Are there any bands from Poland that you like ?
Oki, last question who is Pjotr Pjiinks and why he's alway drunk?
Ola: Pjotr is a guy who did some stuff for us ages ago, we've lost track of him a long time ago now. He tried to arrange things for Massgrav but he always failed. Probably because he was always drunk on really cheap Polish vodka. Why? He's an alcoholic, that's why.
Thanks for an intie, and I'm waiting for new utra Massgrav system
Ola: Yeah, so are we!