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Anders Sandvall interviews Kalle Metz from the
Malmö based band 69 Hard about the band, their
newly released second album "Blues From Hell" and
what the future looks like for the band.
you please give us some back. info about 69 hard?
Kalle: "69-HARD was formed in
1997 by Mats and Bert with Bo on vocals and different
people on bass. Shortly thereafter Skoen was called
in to take care of the bass. After little more than
a year Bo was replaced by me, a mutual decision from
both Bo and the band. No hard feelings, Bo was into
other forms of music. I was approached at one of
their gigs where I was standing in the crowd
thinking; 'Man, I would LOVE to be in this band!'
After the gig Bert came up to me and asked if I
would consider joining the band. After thinking
about it for almost a nanosecond, I said hell yeah!
Since then we have made countless gigs, supported
all kinds of bands and recorded a bunch of songs
released on two full-length CDs and various vinyl
Anders: What are the differences
between singing in 69 Hard, and your old bands
Flegma and Tenebre?
Kalle: "Nothing in common at
all! In Flegma it was pure aggro fury, with me
tearing my vocal chords to pieces. Before Flegma I
used to sing in a Goth-band so I had no idea how to
sing hardcore metal. Anyay, I got the hang of it and
my 'style' developed more into what it became later
in TENEBRE, where I also had use for my old 'Goth
background', as Tenebre used much of those elements
in their songs. When I started in 69-HARD I was
forced to sing with a totally clear voice and with
a whole lot more melody than I was used to, but hey,
I am a pro so I had no problems there!"
Anders: Why did you leave Tenebre?
Kalle: "Due to musical differences
as they say, no, seriously we had come to a point
where I thought Tenebre was moving too much towards
goth, and I was not at all listening to metal
anymore. I was also heavily involved with tenebre
AND 69 at the same time, so I more or less had to
choose. I chose 69, Richard and me talked it over
and there are no hard feelings there. They found
Victor pretty quickly and I feel he is excellent in
Anders: Are you still friends
with Richard in Tenebre today?
Kalle: "As I said no hard
feelings! Me and Richard are good friends and always
will be! He is a bizarre and very nice man"
Anders: Have 69 hard done a lot
of live gigs?
Kalle: "Too many to mention.
We have made both excellent and really crappy gigs,
but mostly we ROCK the shit out of places we come to."
Anders: What do you think of
the debut today compared to the new album? Are there
any differences? If so what?
Kalle: "The new album is more
ROCK, less ABILLY! Well, 'Blues From Hell' is a
whole lot harder than the debut, and the rockabilly
influences are not that evident on this one. We just
wanted to make a short, sharp, shock kind of
album; the goal was 30 minutes of rock. I am happy
with it and it looks good too, I made the cover"
Anders: Do you think that the
band has developed music wise if you look back?
Kalle: "As I said we have
turned to a harder, rougher sound without really
thinking about it, we just made new songs and they
turned out to be a lot harder. Who knows, maybe the
next album will be 12 ballads a la Scorpions, hehe."
Anders: How have the fans/press
responded to the new album? Have you read any reviews
Kalle: "Fans and people who
know good music when they hear it tend to like us.
I don’t really give a shit about reviews to tell
you the truth."
Anders: Why has the original
drummer left the band? Have you found a new drummer
to replace him?
Kalle: "Again, due to musical
differences as they say. Bert was a bit tired of
the whole thing I think. He is a cool guy and I
think he is happy playing with Mobile Mob right now.
He has played a few gigs with us after we parted
ways and I can tell you it was a blast! There is no
drummer like him."
Anders: Are you going to tour on
the album? If so where?
Kalle: "No tour planned but if
it is released in Germany, we will go there to
promote it, of course! Right now we just do gigs in
Sweden and Denmark. But hey, If anyone wants to take
us to the UK or USA or wherever, we´re up for that
too!! Just call us!"
Anders: How does the co-operation
with your label work?
Kalle: "Excellent! We cooperate
alot and we live in the same city so we have lot of
'business meetings' at the local pub! I do all of
our design and layout and do most of the other stuff
for Idle Hands also"
Anders: You have done a video
for your first single 'Gone, gone, gone', have any
stations shown any interest in it?
Kalle: "It was recorded in our
rehearsal room, budget: zero dollars! Hell, we just
did it for fun to see how it turned out. It turned
out OK, so we decided to send it out to TV and shit.
No one showed it. FUCKERS."
Anders: How would you describe
what kind of music you play?
Kalle: "ROCK. No more, no less."
Anders: Are both of your albums
Kalle: "Yeah, through the
wonders of internet you can order them both at
A lot of other places on the web have them too"
Anders: Have alot of visitors
been to your official website? Can you purchase the
Kalle: "We have had over 127
000 visitors since January 1999! Well, as I said
you can order our shit at our record company´s site
Anders: Are there going to be
more single releases from the album? You have released
two so far.
Kalle: "The only thing I can
tell you is that the 'Gone, gone, gone' single will
be relased on limited vinyl 7" late this year on a
Finnish label called bad attitude records!"
Anders: Are there any plans to
do a follow up on this album? If so when? Is there
any material ready at this time?
Kalle: "Always new hits coming..
Anders: What are the plans for
69 hard for the rest of this year and next year?
Kalle: "ROCK as much as we can
and try to release the album in Germany, Russia, and
the rest of the world!"
Anders: Is there anything you
would like to say to the readers out there? The
word is yours
Kalle: "Life is good, live it!
NOW! Thank you and go buy our stuff, we are poor..."