give our readers a short briefing about GADGET, please.
Gadget: Gadget is a four-piece grindcore band from Sweden that combines the
mind-ripping aggressiveness of death metal and grindcore, with emotional
crap and depressing lyrics. Haha.
Musicscan: what's your self-understanding of GADGET? what does your band stands for?
what was your motivation to start this band?
Gadget: We started out because I was sick of playing in shitty bands with
unmotivated people. I wanted to make fast and brutal music, and be dead
serious about it. Music has always been serious stuff for me, and at that
current situation I found myself making excuses after each show, each
demo-tape, and just figured that if you're not aiming to make it 100%, why
bother at all? I can never understand bands who do things half-hearted. It's
one thing if you fail your own expectations of course. That happens all the
Musicscan: i visited your website today and i am not sure wheater GADGET is a solid
band tehse days since you started out as a
sideprojevt i read. what have been the important steps in bands development?
Gadget: Gadget is a very solid band. And have been since we started playing in
99. The problem in the beginning was to find a full line-up. Actually we are
still short on a drummer. I think the first important step in the
development was when I asked Rikard to join in and try make it a full band.
It was about then we started getting the first set of songs together and
recorded the first demo-tape. The second, and perhaps biggest step was
probably when we got in contact with Relapse. Playing live was also a big
mess in the beginning, with different bass players all the time, and only
one guitar, but I think we have become a whole lot better as a live-act
these two recent years. Next step will be when we find a proper drummer and
can go on stage with two guitars and two vocals!
Musicscan: it looks like you are very experienced with tough situations. like "what
doesn't kill you makes you stronger." am I right?
Gadget: The big problem for us has always been the line-up. Instead of having
half-serious person join the band, we have chosen to wait until we find
someone that fits 100%, both as a person and music-wise. It's like if you
can't find people to play with, do it yourself!
These years have also been a lot of hard work for me personally since I'
I've had to work a lot on my drumming. I didn't even own any drums when we
Apart from that, I think life has been very good to us.
Musicscan: why did you choose to be around as grind-outfit? what's your motivation t
play especially this heavy kind of metal?
Gadget: Grindcore is just about as evil you can get without having to put on
corpse paint. Haha. No, but seriously I think it turned out that way because
of the fact that Grindcore is such a prefect mix of punk and death metal. I
listen to just about anything from disrupt to cannibal corpse when it comes
to the harder stuff, so I always felt that this is the perfect way to mix
all my influences into something that actually works. Even the more
emotional parts seem to fit in.
Musicscan: tell me something about band members background, please. i read that you
come out of a hardcore-background, right? wasn't
hardcore what you were searching for? i mean it's still a huge step from
hardcore to grind?
Gadget: It started out with punk and hardcore for all of us. I used to play in
hardcore band called Abegail, Rikard played guitar in different hardcore and
punk acts (Shitstorm to name one), and Nygge (the old guy) has been playing
in nearly all the classic bands from Gävle. Dross, Sorcery, Ashram and
Serene have all been big names in the local underground scene.
To me it never seemed to be such a big step to go from the metal-hardcore
in Abegail to play grindcore in Gadget. Perhaps that is because I had been
listening to black metal, death metal and grindcore during the same time as
had been in Abegail. Fast and extreme music was already my cup of tea so to
Musicscan: are you stll connected to the hardcore-scene? maybe you have kept some kind
Gadget: Absolutely! We still feel very much a part of the Swedish hardcore
Sweden it seems like the grindcore genre is more connected to the hardcore
scene than any other. We mostly play on punk-shows with hardcore and punk
Musicscan: unfortunately i only receiced kind of promotional copy without the lyrics so
i only can read your song-titles. they aren't
that typical grind-titles i guess. what are the topics you deal with on this
Gadget: I would have to say that the lyrics are in general very un-typical for
grindcore band. Most of the lyrics on Remote are quite depressing stuff, but
not all of them. The Sentinel for instance is a typical sci-fi inspired
lyric. We usually end up with one or two cyberpunk influenced lyrics, since
I am a big fan of William Gibson.
Musicscan: what are the topics you take care of in general? this there something like a
certain message you guys try to get out in the scenes?
Gadget: I can't really answer on the behalf of Emil and Rikard, but since I
most of the lyrics I will try and explain from my own perspective.
I think life in general is what inspires me the most to write. Situations,
feelings and personal experiences are what make me feel a need to express
myself. Whether it is from the feeling of inadequacy or euphoria, I've
always felt that lyrics should be honest to whoever wrote them. And if
someone else can relate to it, even if not in the same way it was intended
to express "itself", then that is what it is all about. Just like when you
turn on a record and relate to the music.
Musicscan: are the lyrics equally important to the music? for metal-bands lyrics are
often less important, but i always think that bands should
have something to say, because it's not only about the music, wheater the
lyrics are not understandable most of the times.
Gadget: I think the lyrics are very important, but perhaps not in the same way
the music, at all. The first thing you connect to is almost always the
music, and therefore it is the most vital part. But if you find a great
song, and discover that the lyrics are terrific as well, then that song will
immediately be three times as good. Also, I think this is most effective
when a lyric really expresses something that enhances the general mood of
So yes, I agree totally, even if you don't always hear the lyrics, they are
important. Weather it's just knowing that there ARE in fact lyrics, that
whoever is singing is singing something, or when you find a band that really
have great lyrics that you can relate to.
Musicscan: do all band members identify with the lyrics? do you have conversations
about controvers topics?
Gadget: Since most of the lyrics are very personal and often related to
and/or emotions, I guess not. And when it comes to the very few political
songs we have, there is no problem there either since we are all on the very
left side with politics.
Musicscan: You released this split 7Inch with EXHUMED back in 2001 - how did it happen?
why have you been chosen for it?
Gadget: That was the first thing we did with Relapse, and it was a good thing
since we where such a young band. We needed to get some attention from the
scene, especially in the states, before we could do a CD. I think it's been
a very smooth start for us, first with the split 7" and then with all the
compilations and then the Swedish Assault.
Musicscan: how did bands relationship to relapse records developt after it. when did
you really get signed to them? you have been featured
on some of the relapse compilations as well as on the swedish assault. have
you already been on Relapse when it came out?
Gadget: We started communicating with them in 2000, and then we did the split
all the compilations during the following time. But we didn't actually sign
a contract until last year when we where set up for a CD.
Musicscan: it's a great honor for a younger band to be on relapse. what are your
feelings about it?
Gadget: Absolutely. Usually bands start making records on smaller labels and
get in contact with bigger ones. We got a deal with Relapse from the start,
and that is probably the best company to be on with this style of music.
Musicscan: there seems to be a very active grind scene in sweden, but what is
different about GADGET? what sets you apart from other bands?
I mean not every band was featured on swedish assault and get signed to
Gadget: Yes, the Swedes seem to be one grind-loving people! I think what
here was that people started to get fed up with the whole San-Diego scene
hype, and right then Nasum released Inhale/Exhale and all of a sudden people
got into grindcore.
What makes us different from the others might be that we have the darker
emotional lyrics, and that we blend in a lot of deathmetal and crust in our
music. I am of course not in any way saying we are better than any other
Swedish grind band, just that this might be the two things that make us
Musicscan: where do you put GADGET in the grand scheme of heavy music? is GADGET "only"
a grind-band? i think you play a more open sound and grind
is limitating that...
Gadget: I think we are a grindcore band, but with a lot of different
I think you can hear that we really do take influence from everything from
Hate Eternal to Tragedy, if you listen to the record.
Musicscan: if you would have to summerise the message and atmosphere of your music in
one sentence. what would it be?
Gadget: Only grind is real!
Musicscan: can you take one typical song and explain what you hope people are getting
out of it, please.
Gadget: A typical Gadget song might be "Anew" that has the D-beat intro with a
whammy solo on it, then full speed grind-verse, D-beat chorus and the more
It is my biggest hope that someone, somewhere, will be listening to it
and getting that same feeling of detachment from life that I get when I
listen to stuff I like.
Musicscan: what is the song you guys feel especially proud of (whether compositionally,
Gadget: I am most proud of Crestfallen. with both music and lyrics. I really
got it together with that one.
Musicscan: you chose phlat planet to record the record. why did you? when i received he
record i would have expacted some soundlab recording,
cause usually miezsko is doing such records. phlat planet is known for more
progressive and modern bands...
Gadget: What we did was basically ask for prices in different studios, and go
the best offer. We really wanted 14 days in the studio, and Phlat Planet
gave us a good price so it worked out with our rather tight budget.
Musicscan: what was the impact of f.reinedahl on the record? did he contributed
Gadget: Fredrik had some influence on the record, absolutely, but most of the
production was already worked out by us. We usually record pre-productions
on all the new stuff, since I am a studio-engineer by profession. Fredrik
was great at making our ideas into reality though and some of the stuff on
the record where his ideas.
Musicscan: i just took a short look on your relapse information: you are called
"sweden's new grindcore sensation" - do you like this description?
and do you feel like being the new sensation?
Gadget: I would like to believe it, and of course I want to get as much
the band as possible. But I'm still taking the buss to rehearsals and stay
up late in front of my computer so I can be late for work the next day. It's
hard to see the word "sensation" fit into my life. Haha.
Musicscan: for how long do you think that you can tour on the record? i think you
didn't tour that much in the past, right? on your website
i read a lot about weekend-gigs. did you already play a bigger tour? i can
imagine that you have to tour in support of Remote!?
Gadget: Yea that is correct, we have mostly been doing weekend gigs. We were
supposed to go on a tour in Germany, but we had to cancel. At some point
soon we are hoping on going on a longer trip down south. but right now we
are focused on the release, and the upcoming gigs. We just did another
weekend thing, playing in Östersund and Umeå, and next gig is probably the
on the release of the record.
In spring or summer I am hoping we can book a tour, but we have nothing
planned as of right now.
Musicscan: your biggest wish to happen for bands future?
Gadget: I want to find a drummer for the band, and go on bigger tours! That
Musicscan: something you would like to mention at the end? just do it.
Gadget: Visit our homepage! Buy the record! Stay grind!