“Looks Like Hell, Sounds Like Heaven” – Mustasch interviewed
During their promotional tour for new album “Looks Like Hell, Sounds Like Heaven”, Xander met up with guitarist, David, and new drummer, Jejo, at Voxhall in Aarhus, Denmark.
Xander: I’m back stage with two members of Mustasch, is it pronounced “moustache” or “moustosh”?
David: In Sweden we say mustosh.
X: OK. Well first things things first, you have a new drummer. What happened to the last guy?
D: Well, from the beginning I think him and Ralf didn’t get on well. Well they did but, in then end they said to each other, I don’t like you anymore, I liked you before but now I don’t now we’re playing in the band. So he decided to leave so they could be better friends.
X: Oh well that’s nice that you are all still friends.
D: Oh yeah, absolutely.
X: And your new drummer, Jejo, is with us. Hi!
Jejo: (Flambointly) Hiiiii
D: OK, maybe we have a new drummer next week!
X: Haha, well that’s actually my next question, is this for the tour or a permanent move?
D: Well we got him for the tour but hopefully we will find each other…
J: We already have!
X: Did you play on the new album Jejo?
J: No, I did not.
D: That was the old drummer.
X: So Jejo, your other bands all have different styles, such as The Bear Quartet being Indie, Abstrakt Algebra being Power Metal & Doom, Candlemass being Doom, Infinite Mass being Hip-Hop, and Breach being Post-Hardcore. How have you settled in with the Hard Rock Heavy Metal of Mustasch?
J: Very very easy, because I’m born and raised a Hard Rock guy so for me it was very natural to play with these guys and I haven’t played this style of music for so long so I’m really enjoying playing.
X: Going back to roots..
J: Yes exactly.
X: And David, you left your previous band, Sparzanza to join Mustasch, how have the last three years been for you?
D: Well it’s been great!
J: Don’t lie.
D: Haha, well I haven’t worked a day since I left my old band
X: I saw that you used to be a carpenter right?
D: Yeah that’s right, I don’t even do anything at home anymore. I look at a hammer and think, no fuck that I’m picking up the guitar instead.
J: And drinking.
D: yeah and drinking.
X: Drink of choice?
D: What do you call this? (holding a bottle of Ceres)
X: Umm, beer?!
D: Haha yeah ok, I like beer.
J: I’m a white wine and champagne guy. I love it, I hate beer, that’s it for me.
D: Yeah right I’ve seen that before. He said he doesn’t drink hard liquor, I don’t think I’ve seen a night when he’s NOT drinking hard liquor!
J: yeah yeah, but tonight is the night!
X: So you drink on tour?
J: Yes sir we do!
D: Why not? I don’t drink much before a gig because of course people have paid money to see us, I can’t be drunk on stage. But I don’t care about the hangover.
X: In Denmark they have these horrible liquorice shots, do you have them in Sweden?
D: Yes we do, but it’s too sweet for me.
J: Yeah it’s too sweet for me, I don’t like that.
D: I can drink one shot.
X: So moving onto the new album, Looks Like Hell, Sounds Like Heaven, what’s the story behind the title?
D: We were working with a Swedish brand, Fireball, and it has the slogan, ‘Tastes like heaven, burns like hell’, and I thought that would be cool to use with something. And I guess it’s also like a tribute to it.
X: How has it been paying the new stuff with Jejo?
D: Well we actually have four new songs which we did in, what do you call it?
D: (laughs) Oh yeah we say sound check in Swedish and I’m trying to think what the English is! I’m not sure how it’s going to sound yet but Jejo is a much harder hitting drummer, straigh forward and powerful. And he also does fills that you don’t hear so much in Heavy Metal so that’s a good thing.
J: Not a typical heavy metal drummer, as you mentioned I have played with many different styles and I’m using those influences.
D: To mention a similar drummer, Bonham is coming to mind. Though he plays different playing the older stuff, as he’s playing what is already written, so he’s not exactly displaying his brighter side.
J: Yeah kind of, I think I change it quite a bit, but I still have to keep it the same. But in terms of power I play the same.
X: The album has already been certified Gold in Sweden within the first month, did you have any idea it would be received so well?
D: yeah, we forced them!
X: What labels are you working with?
D: Sony, for Scandinavia, so we are free for the whole world. We didn’t enjoy Nuclear Blast, and they didn’t enjoy us (laughs). So we just asked if we could leave the contract and they said yeah that’s fine. We did a TV show with Anette from Nightwish and we asked her about the label, and she said it was the best of course, but they are the biggest band on the label and we were a different priority, but that’s just how it goes.
X: I looked at your touring history and it’s all been in Scandinavia and Germany, do you plan on the rest of europe/world?
D: Yes, America actually.
J: Yes, (sing) Go West.
D: Oh yeah I like that song haha. We are going to the states in June but its for meeting people and stuff like that.
J: And drinking. It’s like a meet and greet.
X: And what about the UK?
D: ummm, well you have to be famous otherwise they spit on you!
X: Haha it’s not that bad!
D: Yes it is! We did one show in London at a festival.
J: Nah it’s not really. I’ve played at some shows in London and at Reading festival.
X: Who would be your dream band to play with?
D: We actually talked about that. I don’t want to be an opening act for some one like Metallica, because when they are coming it’s all about them. Maybe Soundgarden, I was thinking about Foo Fighters but they too have got big.
J: Maybe Monster Magnet.
D: Absolutely, I love them. They actually asked us but it was only a few gigs in Germany and we wanted to do a tour, so we said no.
X: And you played Sweden Rock Festival last summer. How did that go? How was the Weather?
D: I can tell you that when ever we play a festival, the sun is always shining, always! We played on the second stage and Down was playing before us, so when I was on stage I could see Phil and I was thinking, ‘Oh, you’re playing before me, hehehe’. And he’s one of my favourites from the 90’s. Actually, they told us that we had the second largest crowd after Ozzy, it was great.
X: I found the food there pretty fancy, is that normal for a festival?
D: It didn’t used to be, but I think now it is when it’s older people going there. They want good food.
X: Actually, speaking of food and Sweden, have you seen Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time on YouTube?
J: Ah yes, he’s actually an actor, but loves to cook.
D: I have his book. It’s really good if you like meat, but if you eat it every day you will die of a heart attack.
X: Right so moving on. How about your new video, that’s pretty good! You filmed it in January for the song ‘The Challenger’ and it features the Swedish Touring Car Champion, Rikard Rydell, racing around you in a multi story carpark. Were you ever worried he might crash into you?
D: No, they are incredible drivers! In the beginning I didn’t know how they are going to make it.
J: Yeah with all those pillars, I think shit! But they got skills those drivers.
X: Did you get to have a drive?
J: No but we will in September.
D: Yeah they are doing a show and we a re going to play there, so they said we can go with them and try it.
X: How long did the video take to shoot?
J: I can tell you, it was one hour and forty minutes or something. What a Pro.
D: The guy was prepared, he said lets do four close ups and two wide, everything was prepared, and then he said, OK, go home. Perfect.
J: Usually it’s at least ten hours. You just sit there and just wait. But he did us first, it was paradise. I hate shooting videos I really do.
D: Yeah me too it’s the most boring.
X: Well thank you very much for your time, anything you’d like to add?
D: Heavy Metal Hard Rock. That is all.
J: Drink more champagne!
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