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Interview von: arne mit GWF, am: 24.05.2009 ]

Das eigene Debüt haben sie vor Jahren selbst betitelt belassen, den Nachfolger nun schlicht wie treffend „Second Album“ getauft. Wenn es darum geht, Bands zu nennen, die den Banner kratzigen Schweden-Hardcores hochhalten, darf man GRACE.WILL.FALL keinesfalls vergessen. Das Quintett aus Jönköping zeigt sich auch auf seiner zweiten Platte in der Tradition von unvergessenen Legenden wie Refused, nine. und Breach und zimmert Songs, die so rotzig, wild, vollgepackt und intensiv sind, dass man von ihnen förmlich an die Wand geblasen wird.


Musicscan: Grace.Will.Fall has always seemed to me to be an underdog band over here in central Europe - always maintaining a high level of respect from critics and their peers, though never quite attaining the commercial success that the band was due. What are your thoughts on this?

Grace.will.fall: There’s probably a lot of reasons for that. Sometimes it’s not the right timing for a record, that we don’t play the “right” kind of hard music at the moment, but we’re happy to have been able to do this for over 6 years now, that’s really what matters. We’ve never compromised our music or changed it to fit in with the times or trends. Of course it can be a bit frustrating sometimes, to work hard on making as good music as you possibly can and not be given a certain amount of attention as feedback, but we’re also quite satisfied with not having to dye our hair 2 seconds after the latest hairstyle is fronted on your latest music fashion mag…

Musicscan: How did you experience your Guideline-situation in retrospect? Some bands that have been on the same label have been disappointed and told me to have lost a lot of time due to their cooperation…

Grace.will.fall: The cooperation didn’t go as well as we hoped it would. There were both ups and downs with that relationship. Good thing is it got us a chance to get out to play in Europe, bad thing is, we got frustrated cause things didn’t work as smooth as we wanted. We don’t want to bad-mouth anyone, cause there’s probably reasons for things not working, but it wasn’t good for grace.will.fall, so that’s why we decided to end the relationship.

Musicscan: With 2nd album you take a fresh start: What made you settle with Midsummer and what are your expectations for this new collaboration with a German label?

Grace.will.fall: We were probably much more sceptical this time around going into a cooperation with a label, and we were approached by a lot of labels when we sent the record around. Midsummer showed a high level of interest early on and kept in touch with us, and it was very important to us to have a label that really believed in the record rather than someone who just releases it among 25 other record the same week and forgets about it after 2 weeks. Midsummer have showed us this far that they work really hard to push the record, so we’re happy with our label choice.

Musicscan: A lot of bands undergo line up changes when coming to realize the ups and downs of being on the road. Did something like that happen to you as well or are you still playing in the same line up from the beginning on?

Grace.will.fall: We’re not the same line-up the started grace.will.fall in 2002, but the members changes occurred the first two years, when were still learning to get along, haha. And the reason for the changes has been more personal matters or moving out of our home town. Grace.will.fall wasn’t a typical start with 4 friends started to play music and then we find another guy to complete the line-up. Instead, Björn and the original drummer Olof found each other when hired to play at a party and then we started talking about hardcore music and realized there was a lack of this kind of music back then, so we started searching for people who also wanted to just play really aggresive, wild, hard music and have some fun. So along the way of playing music each one of us has gotten 4 new friends. Now we’ve been the same nut-cases since 2005 now and it works very good, both on and off the road.

Musicscan: You guys have been around for some time now. What is behind bands longevity? What fuels the fire and keeps you guys interested in the music you create?

Grace.will.fall: As long as we feel that we’re evolving and are able to do new, good music we’ll do it. We try not to ever repeat ourselves when writing songs, and we also try to get better at playing, but we don’t practice as much as we should, so we’re almost always playing on the edge of our abilities, haha.

Musicscan: Have you been surprised by the fact, that listeners from different musical tastes are getting Grace.Will.Fall? At least that’s what I read in the internet. Is this something that matters to you?

Grace.will.fall: That’s probably a strength we have as a band. We think it’s great cause we don’t really go for a specific kind of music when writing, other than keeping it hard, and not being cheesy. We’ve played for hardcore people, emo crowds, metal crowds, rock crowds of all ages and it always work. Probably cause we’re a hell of a live band more than anything, but probably it’s something in the music for most people who likes loud guitars, rock’n’roll and a good show.

Musicscan: With the direction of Grace.Will.Fall heading a certain way and fans growing with you over the years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?

Grace.will.fall: We hope the fans are open-minded about music in general, cause you never know what we will create the next time around.

Musicscan: Speaking about 2nd album: What sort of evolution has Grace.Will.Fall gone through into this album? For some parts I would say it is an unexpected record…

Grace.will.fall: We worked very hard with this record to make it interesting to listen to all the way through, throwing in all kinds of surprises in the songs, to make it interesting for repeated listenings. If anything, we’d want people to expect the unexpected from grace.will.fall. We like to keep spontaneous things on our recordings, things that happen on chance are often things you’re not able to come up with no matter how hard you try.

Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound?

Grace.will.fall: Overall, I think we have progressed very much on what we did from the beginning, and then we’ve always tried to use new ideas within this context. We’re not afraid to experiment a lot with the music or in the studio, and if it sounds good, then we’ll keep, and if it’s shit or if the majority of the band doesn’t like it or can be talked into keeping some idea, then we’ll throw it away.

Musicscan: Right now, the harder music scene seems to go even more extreme than ever before. Bands are pushing the boundaries as far as complexity, technical approach and extreme arrangements are concerned. For some parts you have done the opposite, as you are focussing on the homogenous flow and the emotional intensity of your tracks… What are your thoughts on this?

Grace.will.fall: We don’t really buy into the “more is more” philosophy. For some bands, it might work, but mostly it just becomes flat and kind of boring when trying to fit in as many played notes per bpm as possibly. Even a great band like Dillinger Escape Plan becomes a bit dull when only playing as complex as they can for too long. We’re more focused on writing songs you can actually remember and keeping the energy level of the songs and our live show at the top.

Musicscan: What ideas and “strategies” went into the process of setting apart 2nd album from your debut record? Did you guys do something differently by choice that you hadn't done previously to keep things progressing?

Grace.will.fall: The only solid idea I can think of right now, was that we weren’t going to use any kind of trigging for the drums at all. We were so fed up with records nowadays with drums sounding like digital plastic buckets. It’s better if it doesn’t sound perfect as long as it sounds for real. We’re human beings, and we like the idea of our record sounding like it’s been made by human beings. Cause really, what’s the idea of recording something you know you won’t be able to play or sound like live?

Musicscan: Musically, and especially lyrically, Grace.Will.Fall seems like a band fueled by raw emotion which is at the same time tempered by a “reflected” vibe. What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?

Grace.will.fall: That’s probably what comes out naturally. It suits the music well to make the lyrics very raw, but at the same time I think we’re also concerned with not having lyrics that looks like they were written by a cave-man, so that’s probably where the “reflected” vibe comes in… It’s not really important for us if people get anything out of the lyrics. If they do, that’s great, but if they don’t and enjoy the music anyway, that’s just as great. Not all things that we write about is supposed to have a meaning for everyone.

Musicscan: Would you agree that your music sometimes seem rather melancholic and dark, or what is your perspective on your own music? Beside all those dark and sobering music and lyrics I like to think that there’s a positive outlook, too.

Grace.will.fall: We like to think we’re doing this to have fun, so hopefully that comes across through our way of making music, but as a musician you want to have as much musical impact as possible and probably for us it comes more natural to do that with a darker and rawer way of expressing yourself.

Musicscan: Final thoughts?

Grace.will.fall: If anything, we’d like to thank all the people showing up to the gigs and hanging out with us at the shows. We love each and everyone of you. With so many bands out there it’s incredible all of you supporting these 5 punk rockers from Sweden. See you at a show!