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Sam: I never
would've guessed you guys were from Sweden, who have
your main influences been?
"It's hard to say what would be
typically Swedish, at least for us who live
here. Now, you're not mentioning where you do think
it sounds we're coming from. Does it sound more
Danish than Swedish? When we first started playing
we didn't have any of our own songs so we came
together playing old Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, and Black
Sabbath songs. Eventually our style developed from
that and after a while we discovered other bands
that were going in a similar direction. This was
around the time of the release of the "Burn One Up"
album and we discovered that apparently we were
part of a genre."
Sam: How did the band form?
Tobias and Joakim had been
playing in a band for a couple of years. Actually
the band had started with Tobias and another guy but
that constellation had only lasted in one day and
they had never rehearsed before Joakim joined them
I've much dismay for Tobias who didn't like Joakim
at the time. This was when they went to school and
as they got older other members joined the band while
others quit and the band sucked a bit less as time
passed. At one point there was only Tobias and Joakim
left and they were looking for a new drummer. They
tried a couple and were amazed how bad drummers were
in general, until they found Thomas. 'I don't want to
play with you' said Thomas and ran back into the dark
forest were they had found him. He was playing with
another band at that time. (That band had a singer
who recently won a Karaoke competition on a Finnish
ferry, by the way.) But then suddenly they had a gig
and they asked Thomas again: 'Okay I will play with
you once, but only once. I have a feeling that my
singer will become something great one day, he's
very competitive.' And then he ran back in to the
forest were he had found a pile of Kiss records and
a members card to Kiss army. Joakim and Tobias went
to the store and bought a trap so the next time
they met Thomas they trapped him and forced him to
play with them. And to this day he still does."
Sam: Do you feel the band has
evolved at all from your first album?
The first album was something
we did because we had to. No one was interested in
giving us a record deal and we knew that those songs
were too good to be thrown away so we had to record
This time the situation in one sense was more
relaxed and we could see more clearly what we wanted
to do. But in another way things were more stressed
because this time we didn't have all the songs ready.
So the songs on 'Rides Again' were written for the
album which probably makes it more of a unity
than the first album.
This time we had more thoughts about the sound than
the last time. We wanted you to be able to hear that
Blind Dog is a three piece band and this effected
both the sound and the songs.
Sam: What gear did you guys
use to record this album? it has a very 70's feel
We've never been into vintage
gear at all because we could never afford any fancy
amps. Thomas worked his ass off to be able to buy
new drums for this recording, and Joakim bought
fewer video games to be able to buy a new amp.
Thomas uses Premier artist birch and Joakim plays
through a Randall. Tobias had borrowed a Marlboro
amplifier but it was broken so he had to use a Mesa
Boogie pre amp through an amp that were both in the
Sam: Are there any plans to
tour North America?
Unfortunately not. We might be
doing some gigs in Europe early next year but for
now we're just doing any gig we can get here in
Sam: Are there any bands out
there today that have had any impact on your music?
Yes. For instance Soundtrack
of our lives. Sometimes you get influenced by
hearing band that are quite boring and you realize
what needs to be done to keep the music interesting.
To be more dynamic for instance and be able not to
go full throttle all the time.