– Hi, thanks for your time. What are you currently up to? How is everything doing right now with BULLET?
We just had a big release party in our hometown to celebrate the birth of the new family member!
In two weeks we ship out on a 3 week european tour and after that we’ll play in sweden until christmas.
Early next year we have plans to go to spain, finland and perhaps UK as well.
– If I’m not mistaken you start edas a cover band and now you are an act with its own songs but, did you ever imagine back when you started you would be so successful?
Well that’s not really correct. Hampus and Dag were playing in another band who mostly did ACCept covers before forming Bullet. Once Bullet started there was no covers in the setlist.
I don’t think they aimed to be successful in the beginning. It was mostly for the fun of it
– In fact your debut album, «Heading for the Top», was just superb and was critically acclaimed so, has the fact of releasing such an amazing debut effort make you work under more pressure as you knew it was going to be hard surpass it? Or did the response it got and the buzz you created mean bonus motivation for you?
I guess it was more of a buzz and motivation. You always aim to do even better on the next album. This time I really think we did the very best album so far…
– Now you have a new album out entitled «Full Pull». How is its feedback been so far?
Hard to say as it has only been out there a couple of days. What I read in reviews and heard from fans, people seems to be pleased!
– On this opus I’ve noticed a more mature songwriting process. Do you always try to top over your previous effort or do you just let things flow naturally?
You have to let things flow naturally and hopefully that will end up in better songs then on previous albums. It’s dangerous if you don’t let ideas flow. You have to be able to put everything up on the table in the rehearsal room and try new things within the «bullet-frame».
– As always, «Full Pull» is a straight-forward album, plane but effective, without boasting but showing you know exactly what to do in each moment. In fact I think this straight-forward approach makes you transport more feeling to your listeners. How important is for BULLET to keep its music with feeling?
That’s the whole idea with the band I guess. To capture more of the feeling we got as a band while playing live. I think that’s where a rock/metal band is at it’s best usually. Im really satisfied this time cause I think we managed to capture the more rough live feeling.
– On this CD I notice some influences of AC/DC, also mixed with certain JUDAS PRIEST or ACCEPT’s nuances but, what are your main musical influences?
Of course these bands that you mentioned along with tons of other great bands from the 70’s and early 80’s. But we also listen to a lot of other types of music as well.
For me the most important thing with a band is if they have got any energy and mean what they play and sing. It could be Janis Joplin for me rather then some new-metal crap. It’s all about heart and soul.
– This has been your first piece with Nuclear Blast after your steady cooperation with Black Lodge Records. How has this change been like? Has working with such a big label work as a benefit for you? I guess they can provide you a bigger coverage but, do you get the same attention you might get from a smaller company?
Yes I think it only has benefits for us. I mean black lodge didn’t pay as much attention as we deserved. They couldn’t take us any further.It’s a bit too early to say anything more about nuclear blast. Let’s see how it goes! Up until now most parts with the new record has been easier to do, much thanks to NB who has a lot of muscles and work fast.
– The CD was recorded with such seasoned guys as Nicke Andersson and Fred Estby. Would you mind to tell us how did this process go? And are you happy with the work done by them both?
Nicke was not in the studio that much due to his head injury. he came in maybe once or twice a week. But we did send him mp3:s almost each day to get his view on stuff. Fred was big help especially with the drums cause he’s a drummer foremost. Both Nicke and Fred has a similar approach to music and thinks the same way we do about a lot of stuff. We only ended up fighting about a couple of stuff! Im very happy that we had them onboard this time. Things went a lot more smooth.
– On the other hand, the cover artwotk it’s quite intriguing. Would you mind to tell us what did you want to express with it?
The lion is there to express the raw power and energy of the music. We wanted to have something simple but not end up with a band-picture.
– All this about «Full Pull» being said; how could you describe it in just 3 words?
hard rock beer
– You are hailing from Sweden, a country that seems to have a really strong Metal and Rock scene, and in fact has been a good place for this kind of music since the 80’s/90’s. What do you think is the main reason behind this interest there’s in Sweden for heavy music? What do those lands have?
I have no idea actually. Maybe it’s because of the bad weather. You have to stay inside with your pals and find something to do!
– And finally, what are your near-future plans?
Now we just wanna get out there and play for people. a lot of touring will happen in the future!
– That’s all, thank you once more for answering our questions. If you want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Thanks a lot! See you on the road!