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Yuri Gagarin interview with Christian “Crille” Lindberg, Jon Eriksson, Stefan “Steffo” Johansson, Robin Klockerman and Leif Göransson

February 6, 2014

Yuri Gagarin interview with Christian “Crille” Lindberg, Jon Eriksson, Stefan “Steffo” Johansson, Robin Klockerman and Leif Göransson

I just can’t seem to get enough of that sweet Scandinavian
psych!  Most of the loud, hard and heavy
instrumental bands that I listen to are trios, but that’s not the case here and
you can really tell the difference. 
There’s luscious rhythm guitar filling up any dead space that might be
left in the airtight vacuum, spaced out synth lines slithering end exploding
beneath the concrete bass and drum foundation, not to mention lead lines so
mind melting they might give you the bends if you’re not careful!  Sweden strikes back once again with another
amazing space rock outfit, submitted for approval by the Midnight Society, I
present to you Yuri Gagarin.  From the
moment I heard the name, I knew I was going to dig the band.  Gagarin was the first man in space and while
you listen to the band’s self-titled debut album you can hear why these dudes
utilize so much outer space imagery.  The
album literally feels like you’re trapped in a rocket, orbiting the earth,
dosed out on acid and slowly losing your mind in some sort of twisted sensory
deprivation tank from Altered States. 
Hypnotically atmospheric synth lines creep cautiously behind a
thundering rhythm section of heady proportions, both linked together by a
lifeline of the relentlessly distorted guitars, launching sinister riffage into
the blackness of space like atomic powered rockets.  It’s not often you find something this dead
ahead rock ‘n’ roll that has such a strong coherent electronics section either.  These synths aren’t totally buried in the mix
and they’re used more like an actual instrument than just accents added to the
music as an afterthought or something. 
Not only do they add a lot to the music it sounds like whoever’s playing
them actually knows what they’re doing; which is rare to say the least.  There’s something here for drone addicts,
metal freaks, prog junkies and space cadets, DIY fans, big-riff seekers and
even those that just like some good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.  It’s simply good dead ahead psychedelia at
its finest.  So, read on and discover
some details, click on the link below and prepare for takeoff, in five, four,
three, two, one… BLAST OFF!
Listen
while you read: https://soundcloud.com/yuri-gagarin-1 
What is Yuri
Gagarin’s lineup?  Is this the original
lineup or have there been any changes since you all started?

Crille:  The band
started out as a three-piece with myself on guitar, Steffo playing the drums
and Leif on bass guitar.  After a while
we felt like we wanted to add something more, and decided we wanted a synth
player and added Robin to the band. 
After a couple of months we added Jon as a second guitarist to make the
sound bigger and fill the riffage space while I play solos.  The lineup has been the same ever since.
Christian “Crille” Lindberg: Lead guitar
Leif Göransson: Bass guitar
Stefan “Steffo” Johansson: Drums
Robin Klockerman: Synthesizers
Jon Eriksson: Rhythm guitar
Do any of you play
in any other bands at this point?  Have
you released any music with anyone else in the past?  If so can you tell us a little bit about
that?  I love playing musical connect the
dots but I have to admit that I do enjoy cheating ha-ha!
Jon:  Bands tend to
come and go, but Steffo and I have been playing together in a band called
Gloomy Sunday for many years.  I also
have this solo project thing called Pavementsaw that seems to go on forever,
but there’s no consistent plan or anything for that project.  Things just seem to happen or burst out every
now and then.  Pyramido, a
sludge/hardcore kind of band and great people also, have dragged me along on a
couple of tours when their regular keyboard/effects guy couldn’t make it and I
contributed to the tracks for their Salt album. 
I’d also like to mention Modorra, where I was a member for like five
years.  They’re better than ever now that
I quit, ha-ha!  There are some other
loose projects, but nothing that I spend a lot of time on so I’ll just leave
those unmentioned for now.
Robin:  I’ve had this
project with a friend called TÖKPB since 1996 or something.  It’s mostly us and a lot of electronic
equipment.  It started out like Dadaistic
noise, but has in the past few years drifted towards kraut/kosmische.  We’ve released a couple of cassette tapes, a
few digital pieces and done a couple of live shows with Joakim Nilsson of
Graveyard fame or Peter Lindström, who played in Dead Man for a while, on
drums.
Leif:  I rehearse with
a band called Nightviper but we haven´t got a solid lineup yet so we haven’t
released anything yet.
Where are you
originally from?
Crille:  We’re all
from different towns in Sweden.  I’m from
Helsingborg in the south, Steffo is from Kungälv near Gothenburg, Jon and Robin
are from towns, Hagfors and Örebro, in the middle region of Sweden and Leif is
from Östersund in the far north.
How would you
describe the local music scene where you grew up?
Crille:  Somewhere
between shitty and non-existent.
Robin:  I would say
that the music scene in Örebro in the mid-to-late 90’s was pretty good.  There were really good “retro
bands” like The Strollers, The Roadrunners and Norrsken who’s members
would later go on to form bands like Witchcraft, Graveyard and Dead Man.  There were also big punk and hardcore scenes
since Burning Heart Records, who later were bought by Epitaph, had their
headquarters there and there were some good, heavier bands like Nasum and Wolf.
Jon: 
Non-existent.  It’s very small and
pretty cut off from the outside world.  I
like the place, but as far as alternative culture goes, it’s like an
appendix.  Almost no input and very
little stuff flowing out.
Steffo:  It sucked,
mostly deranged Swedish Dansbands (“dance band”) like Streaplers.
Leif:  Kind of okay,
but one of the main reasons I moved to Gothenburg was that I wanted to see
bands regularly and not have to travel for ages to see something you like.
Did you see a lot
of shows when you were younger?  Were you
very involved with the music scene?  Do
you feel like it played a large role in influencing your musical tastes or the
way you play today?
Crille:  I pretty much
went to see all bands that I liked or seemed good when I had the opportunity,
but it’s definitely through records and such that my taste in music and playing
style have evolved from.
Robin:  I went to see
a lot of shows but I wouldn’t say I was involved.  I think it has influenced me but then again I
think most of the things I’ve heard and seen have influenced me.
Jon:  Tricky question
since there were almost no shows, and the “scene” consisted of a few snotty
kids.  But yes, I attended shows and
played in some bands during my teens.
Leif:  There weren’t
many shows except for an annual festival and local bands so my main influences
come from listening to albums.
What was your
household like growing up as far as music goes? 
Were either your parents or any of your relatives musicians or extremely
interested or involved in music?
Crille:  None of them
played any instruments besides my brother who also played guitar, but my
parents were usually very helpful when it came to getting guitars and amps and
such.
Robin:  My father
played guitar on a hobby level and had quite a large record collection.  His record collection was my first exposure
to Amon Düül for instance, but he also had the usual stuff like Led Zeppelin
and Black Sabbath.
Jon:  My dad,
definitely.  He was in a band back in the
60’s, and I guess some of his mentality was passed on to me.  Both my parents have always been
encouraging.  My uncle was great
too.  I only met him a few times, but he
sent me and my brother tapes with Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and some other
stuff that I only started to appreciate much later like Captain Beefheart, Dead
Can Dance and The Groundhogs.  One of my
older cousins introduced me to Iron Maiden, thrash and some death metal.
Steffo:  Elvis was
king in our house growing up, along with Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  My grandfather used to play saxophone in a
couple of jazz bands but that´s it I guess.
Leif:  My parents
always listened to music, mainly jazz like Louis Armstrong but it wasn´t a
strong interest or anything.  My older
brother was the one who introduced me too hard rock like AC/DC and such.
What do you
consider your first real exposure to music?
Crille:  It’s slightly
embarrassing, but my first memory of a particular song that really affected me
was Europe’s “The Final Countdown”.  I
was five years old at the time so I guess it could have been worse…
Robin:  Music was
always in the background growing up so it’s hard to pinpoint an exact
moment.  The first band I knew the name
of and liked was Europe, same as Crille. 
But the fist record I bought with my own money was the soundtrack to
this Swedish TV-show called Macken when I was five or six.
Jon:  One of my
cousins dubbed me a cassette with Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry, and that was
probably the first time I felt some sort of rush out of listening to music;
that and some mystery tape with a computer trying to mimic singing.  I have no clue to this day what it was, we
just called it “the Japanese”, but it was scary and intriguing as
fuck.
Leif:  My brother
brought home AC/DC´s High Voltage when I was six and the first time I heard it
I knew my life had changed.
If you had to pick
one defining moment music that changed everything for you, blew the door of
infinite possibilities open and opened your eyes to a whole other world, what
would it be?
Crille:  That’s a hard
question to give a straight answer to, but probably discovering Iron Maiden at
age eleven would be the most defining moment for me.
Robin:  I would say it
was Nirvana’s Nevermind.  It came out
when I was twelve and I’ve been a music/record nerd ever since.
Jon:  Whoa, is that
door open???  But yeah, Nirvana.  More specifically “Lithium”.  It was played on the radio and I nearly
pissed my pants with excitement.
Leif:  As I said
AC/DC’s High Voltage blew my tiny little mind at the tender age of six and I
knew I wanted to be in a band and become a rock star.  The rock star dreaming days are over, but I
still love being in a band and be a part of creating music.
When did you
decide that you wanted to start writing and performing your own music?  What brought that decision about?
Crille:  For me it was
just something that happened by itself shortly after I started playing guitar.
Robin:  I tried
playing guitar for a while in high school. 
Me and two friends tried writing a couple of songs and started a
band.  I think we rehearsed two times and
then called it quits.  I discovered
synthesizers and arpeggiators at a friend’s house shortly after and it was so
much easier to create something, so I kind of stuck to that.
Jon:  As with Crille,
it basically just happened after me and some friends got the hang of playing
power chords on the guitar, some rudimentary drumming and what not.  We were fortunate enough to have at least
limited access to instruments in school, at the youth club and so on.
When and how did
you all originally meet?
Crille:  Steffo and I
met just shortly after I moved here in 2001 and we started a doom band together
called Stone Serpent.  Other than that,
we’ve all more or less gotten to know each other through mutual friends and
acquaintances during the last decade or so. 
What led to the
formation of Yuri Gagarin and when exactly was that?
Crille:  After having
played with different bands in different styles of music most of which was
doom, metal or punk, I decided that I wanted to form a space rock band.  I felt that space rock was something that I
had a bigger passion and talent for than the aforementioned genres.  So I just asked Steffo if we wanted to start
a space rock band and he was up for it, I asked Leif if he wanted to play bass
he was up for it too.  That’s how it
started, this was the beginning of 2012.
Is there a shared
creed, code, mantra or ideal that the band lives by?
Crille:  Mostly that
everything should be as good as possible both when it comes to the quality of
the songs, performing live, the look and quality of records and merchandise and
so on.
Jon:  Yeah, and I
think we have a shared vision of making the songs sound just as good during the
rehearsals or gigs as on any recording. 
It’s a pretty good feeling when it sounds exactly right during those
everyday moments. 
I like your name
more than just about any other band name I’ve ever heard!  For anyone who doesn’t know Yuri Gagarin was
one of the most important people of the last century.  He was a cosmonaut and happens to be the
first human being to have entered space when his spacecraft finished an orbit
of the earth in April of 1961.  What does
the name Yuri Gagarin mean or refer to in the context of your band name?  Who came up with it and how did you go about
choosing it?
Crille:  I came up
with the name after we had been playing for a while.  To me it was quite simple, an almost obvious
thing since we play space rock and Yuri was the first man in space and had a
pretty cool sounding name.  Leif had
similar ideas about the whole Soviet cosmonaut thing so we were on the same
track with that more or less.
Leif:  My ideas were
Laika (a Soviet space dog who became the first animal to orbit the Earth) and
Vostok-1 (the first spaceflight in the Vostok program which made Yuri Gagarin
the first human in space) so when I heard it, Yuri Gagarin just sounded right.
Where’s the band
currently located at these days?
Crille: 
Gothenburg.  We all live here and
have had the same practice space the whole time.
How would you
describe the local music scene where you all are at?
Jon:  It’s great.  Perhaps not quite as good as it used to be,
but I’m also getting older and grumpier, so don’t take my word for it, but
there’s lots and lots of gigs all the time, thanks to a few DIY mentality
venues and some passionate bookers.  The
downtown venues can fuck off for all I care.
Are you very
involved in the local music scene?  Do
you book or attend a lot of local shows? 
Do you help to record and or release any local music at all?
Leif:  I work at a
club called Truckstop Alaska that books a lot of metal, punk, psych and hard
rock bands so I get to see a lot of shows, and the other guys in the band hang
there.
Jon:  My recording
equipment is nothing fancy, but it does the trick and I do record some stuff
when friends ask (most notably Haunted Trails and AIDS) and I feel I have the
time and happen to be in the right mood. 
But mostly I just tinker with it myself.
Do you feel like
the music scene has played a large role in the history or sound of Yuri Gagarin
or do you feel like you could be doing what you’re doing and sound like you do
regardless of location or surroundings?
Crille:  We do have a
small space rock scene here in Gothenburg, at least compared to other places in
Sweden.  That’s partly how I came to the
realization that people would appreciate that kind of music here.  But when it comes to influences on the way we
sound that mostly has to do with bands from other places.
Just about the
only part of my job with It’s Psychedelic Baby that I don’t like is having to
describe bands to people who have never heard them before.  I’m not the most concise fellow on the planet
and I don’t necessarily think that music always fits into these predefined
boxes and labels that we like to assign it. 
Rather than me making some long, meandering and ultimately confusing and
awkward attempt, how would you describe Yuri Gagarin’s sound in your own words?
Crille:  Basically we
just play heavy psychedelic space rock and if you’re into any form of music
like that at all you should just give it a listen and decide for yourself.
The more I listen
to your album the more I’m able to hear influence wise.  It really seems like you all have just kind
of taken everything you’ve ever heard as far as rock and kraut goes and tossed
it into a blender creating this delicious cocktail or mind altering space
rock.  I’m curious to hear who you would
cite as your major music influences? 
What about influences on the band as a whole rather than individually?
Yuri:  We all like
straight forward, meditative and driving music, that’s pretty much it.  When it comes to specific bands, there are
very few common influences.
While we’re
talking so much about the makeup and history of the band can you tell us a
little bit about the songwriting process for Yuri Gagarin?  Is there just a lot of jamming and free
exchange of ideas that you all refine and distill into a song together as a
band?  Or is it more of a situation where
someone will come to the rest of the band with a riff or somewhat finished
product to compete with the rest of the band as a unit?
Crille:  I usually
have one or more riffs/melodies, or an idea for a new song that I’ve written at
home on the guitar and then we try them out at the practice space to see if
they work out or not.  After that everybody
adds their own little things to the songs to finish them out and make them
complete.  It’s a slow process that
usually happens over a couple of months or so.
Do you all enjoy
recording?  I mean as a musician myself I
think that most of us can really appreciate the end result of all that hard
work.  There’s not a whole lot that I
know of in the world that beats holding an album in your hands, knowing that
it’s your and that no one can ever take that away from you but getting to that
point though.  Actually getting the
material recorded, mixed and mastered, well that part can be a total
nightmare.  How is it recording for you
all?
Leif:  The recording
of the album was quite simple, we just played the songs live and Robin added
the synth tracks in Pontus’ rehearsal space. 
It was done in about two days. 
The mixing was more complicated as Pontus, who recorded and mixed it,
lived in Oslo at the time and we had to send different versions of the mix back
and forth for a couple of weeks.  It was
hard work and there was a lot of discussions about the sound of the drums, but
at the same time it was fun and rewarding to see the album take shape.
Do you guys do
your own recording in your own space or do you utilize studio environments when
it comes to recording?
Leif:  We record our
rehearsals when we work on new songs with a simple recording device and the
album was recorded at Pontus’ rehearsal space/studio.
Do you do a lot of
prep work before you begin the recording process getting things to sound just
the way that you want them, compositions and arrangements just so-so?  Or is there room for change and evolution
during the recording process?  How much
if any improvisation is involved in your recordings?
Leif:  First of all we
play the songs until we know the core riffs and then we all start to add our
individual touch to them.  The songs
never really reach a finished state, they change a little each time we play
them.
You released your
self-titled Yuri Gagarin 12” on Levande Begravd Records last year (2013).  Can you share some of your memories of
recording that first album?  Was it a
fun, pleasurable experience for you all? 
When and where was it recorded? 
Who recorded it?  What kind of
equipment was used?
Crille:  It all went
pretty fast and easy, but recording is always a bit of pain in the ass.  You never play your best when you know that
the record button is on because you get a bit tense and don’t play as
“loose” as you usually do.  The
album was recorded last Easter at Pontus Redig’s practice space here in
Gothenburg where he has some simple recording equipment.  The most fun part of it was when Steffo was
going to barbeque a couple of soy beefs and used wiper fluid to get the grill
running which ended up with the beef getting marinated by the wiper fluid and
made them taste extremely disgusting. 
We’re just lucky nobody died from taking even a single bite of them,
ha-ha-ha-ha!!
I know that you
guys are running low on copies of the LP and that Levande Begravd Records is
also getting to the bottom of their stash and from what I understand no
reprints are scheduled for the future. 
Do you know how many copies the pressing was limited to?  Is the rumor that there won’t be a repress
true?

Crille:  They pressed
500 copies of the LP.  The main goal of
Levande Begravd Records is to be somewhat of a stepping stone for bands that
haven’t gotten very much attention yet and therefore they won’t do any reprints
of the album.  It will probably be
reprinted in the UK sometime during the summer, but at the moment it’s not been
completely determined.
Does Yuri Gagarin
have any music that we haven’t talked about, maybe a single or a song on a comp
that I might have neglected to mention?
Crille:  We have a
couple more songs than the ones on the album that we play live a lot.  Two of them are available for listening on
our Soundcloud page, but they’re only practice space recordings so the sound
isn’t very good.  We’re also working on
some material for our next album which will be released sometime in the future,
but we don’t know when that will be or who will be releasing it.
Where’s the best
place for our poor US readers to pick up copies of the album at?  With the insane international postage rate
increases this past year I try to provide my readers with as many possible
options for picking up import releases as I can!  There’s nothing worse than being able to
afford the album but not being able to pay for the stinking shipping…
Crille:  At the moment
you can only buy the record from the record company.  The best solution for people in America to
get hold of the record at a decent price is for someone in the US to do a
reprint of it.
What about our
international and overseas readers?
Crille:  It’s the same
thing for them.  Just buy it from the
record company if you can afford the shipping.
And where’s the
best place for fans to keep up on the latest news form Yuri Gagarin like
upcoming shows and album releases at?
Crille:  At the moment
Facebook is the best, and more or less only, place since we don’t have an
ordinary website yet.
Are there any
major goals that you’re looking to accomplish in 2014?
Leif:  Put on as good
of a live show as possible.
Crille:  And hopefully
to do a lot of them.  Playing live is
pretty much the best thing about being in a band.
What, if anything,
do you have planned as far as touring goes so far for 2014?
Crille:  We are
playing a couple of shows in the far south of Sweden and then Copenhagen in the
beginning of February and we’re playing at the Heavy Days in Doomtown festival
the beginning of May.  That’s all we have
planned for the moment.
Do you all tour a lot of spend a lot of time on the
road?  Do you enjoy touring?  What’s life like on the road with Yuri
Gagarin?

Crille:  We’ve only
done six gigs so far here in Gothenburg, nothing anywhere else so far.  So we have no touring experience so far, but
we’ll get a small taste of it the beginning of February.
Who are some of
your personal favorite bands that you’ve had a chance to share a bill with so
far?
Robin:  Gravmaskin and
The Exorcist.  Feels like you will be
hearing more from them in the near future.
Jon:  What Robin said,
plus Walk Through Fire, Plötslig Måndag, Pig Eyes…  There are too many good bands out there for a
bastard with a short attention span like myself.
What was the first
song that Yuri Gagarin ever played live? 
Where and when was that?
Jon:  It was in
Gothenburg in the fall of 2012, at a small venue, called 128A nowadays, which
mostly puts up hardcore and punk gigs. 
But the song…  I have no clue.
Do you have any
funny or interesting stories from live shows or performances that you’d like to
share here with our readers?
Robin:  There have
been a few blown up PAs, amps, pedals and ripped drum skins; did I mention we
play loud?  But nothing crazier than that.
Jon:  Technology
obviously hates us.  Our onstage
experiment with dry ice wasn’t too successful either.
In your dreams,
who are you on tour with?
Robin:  Acid Mothers
Temple or Ghost (the Japanese one) maybe if we are talking still active
bands…
Jon:  Friendly people
that I can get along with.
Leif:  Tina Turner.
Do you give a lot
of thought to the art and artwork that represents the band like flyers, shirts
and album covers?  Do you have a general
go to person for artwork for the band?  I
seriously dig the artwork to the self-titled album, who did that?
Crille:  Yes it’s very
important to us when it comes to album covers, t-shirts and merchandise in
general.  Our album cover and logo were
made by a guy called Påhl Sundström who plays in the band Usurpress and the
t-shirts were designed by a friend of the band called Göran Nilsson.
Jon:  Proper wizards,
both of them.  For the release party, we
also received a small bunch of really neat posters from a tattoo artist named
Erik.
Do you have a
preferred medium of release for your music? 
What about when you’re purchasing or listening to music?  If so can you talk a little bit about why?
Crille:  I prefer
vinyl both when it comes to our own releases and when I buy records since it
has a better and more natural sound than a CD. 
I think that most of us feel this way…
Jon:  I dig vinyl, CDs
and mp3s alike.  I think good music
sounds good regardless of the format, or it’s not really that good after
all.  Cassettes are nostalgic and pretty
and everything but that’s just a novelty thing nowadays, right?  Unless you’re heavily into noise; that’s
cassette country.
Do you have a
music collection at all?  If so can you
tell us a little bit about it?
Crille:  I have a
smaller collection which consists mostly of various forms of rock and metal on
vinyl.
Robin:  I have a
reasonably large collection of vinyl.  I
have quite a broad taste in music but it mostly consists of late 60’s early
70’s psych, heavy metal, folk, kraut/kosmische, prog and Swedish/Nordic prog
which is a little bit different from the international prog.  I’m actually currently in the process of
selling off my CDs.
Leif:  I have a schizophrenic
record collection consisting of everything from Bach to black metal, plus
there’s a few Klaus Wunderlich LPs
Jon:  I’m a schizo
like Leif.
I grew up around
what I would consider to be a pretty large collection of music and there was
always something cool about being able to wander over to those enormous shelves
and pull something off completely at random, pop it into the player, read the
liner notes, stare at the artwork and let the music transport me off to another
dimension.  Having something physical,
something real and concrete always made for a more complete listening
experience, at least for me.  Do you have
any such connection with physically rereleased music?
Robin: 
Absolutely!  As I mentioned before
I’m a total record nerd.  It can get
quite expensive though…
Jon:  Not the physical
format just for the sake of it being physical, but cover art is sweet and
cannot be replicated digitally.  The best
part about LPs is the album covers if you ask me.  If I had to choose between throwing away all
my records or all the covers, I’d get rid of the records, no question about it.
As much as I love
my music collection portability has always been a big issue for me.  I love listening to music when I’m at the
house but I hate being at the mercy of the radio, it seems to suck basically no
matter where you are on the planet! 
Digital music has eliminated that problem almost overnight and when you
team it with the internet you have a real game changer.  People are being exposed to a whole cosmos of
music that they otherwise would never have heard.  On the other hand illegal downloading is
running rampant and destroying what’s left of the music industry, as we know it
at least.  It’s harder and harder to get
noticed in the chocked digital jungle out there, but it seems like the internet
has really leveled the playing field for independent bands that are willing to
work hard and keep up a good online presence. 
As an artist during the reign of the digital era what’s your opinion on
digital music and distribution?
Crille:  Illegal
downloading has definitely changed the music industry, but in my opinion it’s
mostly been for the better.  Of course
it’s caused records sales in general to drop, but it’s also leveled the playing
field like you said.  Not only for independent
bands, but for anybody who isn’t on a major label which’s paying for commercials,
music videos and air time on radio.  Also
as you mentioned people are getting exposed to music that they would never have
heard otherwise and for me that’s the best thing about it, and it’s easy.  People who can’t afford to buy records can
just download it on the internet for free.
Jon:  I don’t value
music nowadays like I did in the days before everything became so easily
accessible, but I don’t see anything particularly bad about that.  Music is just sounds, it’s not some
commodity.  Perhaps the digital
revolution is going to slowly take us back to the mentality where music was
allowed to be temporary and not just an object on a shelf.
I try to keep up
on as much good music as I possibly can. 
I spend way more hours of my life than I would like to admit listening
to random music online, flipping through the bins at the local shop and mining
for tips in just about every place I can imagine but there’s just not enough
hours in the day anymore.  Is there
anyone from your local scene or area that I should be listening to that I might
not have heard of before?
Robin:  Uran, Goat,
Hills, The Exorcist, Tross and Strändernas Svall are all great
psychedelic/krautish sort of bands from Gothenburg.
What about
nationally and internationally?
Crille:  I recently
discovered the first Ragnarök album from 1976 which is really good.  I’ve known about the band for a long time,
but hadn’t heard that one before. 
Ragnarök is a Swedish prog band who are mostly known for their music
from the 70’s I think.  I would also
strongly recommend Bo Hansson who’s an insanely creative and talented Swedish
musician.  He released a couple of albums
in the 70’s which are all great, especially the first one, The Lord of the
Rings
.
Thanks so much for
taking the time to finish this, I know it wasn’t short and I can’t imagine
remembering all of this stuff was to easy either!  Now that we’re done before we sign off, is
there anything that you’d like to take this opportunity to talk about or share
with our readers?
Crille:  First off I
would like to thank everybody who’s bought our record.  It would also be great if people in America
who like our music could help us spread the word over there so we might be able
to go on tour there someday, even just sharing links to our music on the web
can be very helpful.  That’s about it I
guess.  Thanks for the interview!
Jon:  Birth and death
are thresholds and you’re in between. 
Gilla läget*.  (*Author’s note:
Roughly translated this means, “Like the situation”.)
DISCOGRAPHY
(2013)  Yuri Gagarin –
Yuri Gagarin – digital, 12” – Levande Begravd Records (Limited to 500 copies)
Interview made by Roman Rathert/2014
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