CONFESS

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Lucky, a warm welcome from melodic-hardrock webzine! Let me give you a chance to introduce Confess to those who don’t know you yet and what Confess will bring to us by listening this music?

Confess is a hard rock / 80’s heavy metal band based in Stockholm, Sweden. We’ve just released our first album called “JAIL” which is a 13 tracked monster with lots and lots of energy. So crank up the stereo, get naked and go wild to the new sensation of Swedish hard rock!

Could you take us through the songs on the new album “JAIL” (e.g. ideas behind the songs, songwriting process etc)?

For almost a whole year before we entered the studio we already had decided that the title for the album would be “JAIL”.  It symbolizes the typical life of a person who have accepted to live by the systems “rules”:  Study, get a job, work your whole life until you in a best case scenario rot in a retirement home somewhere. Almost all songs on the album is about breaking free from that shit, take Scream for instance; start live your life and don’t let anyone talk you down. Make your mark on the world and live your life however the fuck you want to.

How long did this CD take to make from start to finish? What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?

We went into the Soundfraction Studio in the fall of 2012 with the intention of recording an EP with just 4 songs. Half the way through the recording of it we asked ourselves “While we’re at it, why not make it a full length album?”. So we took all our half-finished ideas, started to put everything together and wrote the rest between the takes which of course resultet a long fucking time in the studio. We wanted the old school rawness of the 80’s metal scene on our songs and our producer Johan Lund worked his ass off to get our vision on those tracks. We didn’t make it easier for him since we were drunk most of the time, sometimes passing out on the floor, but finally in the spring of 2013 it was done. What you realize as a musician is that it always takes hell of a longer time than planned but our label, the Italian SG-RECORDS, came to the rescue and now JAIL is finally out there!

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Are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound – production wise)

Yeah, we are completely satisfied with the result. Our producer was very patient with us and did a great fucking job. We learned a lot during the time in the studio and when the time comes to record the next album it hopefully will not take 6 months to record because the producer will probably kills us.

Did the record company interfere with anything on your “sound” and songs?

We didn’t have a deal with any label for the album while we were in the studio so we did whatever  the fuck we wanted, made a great album and SG-RECORDS liked it. Simple as that.

How do you work on songwriting – what’s the band’s preferred method?

Usually the drummer Samael and the singer John Elliot makes all the music and everybody of course drops their inputs in the rehearsal. Then mostly I and John Elliot write the lyrics but if anybody has a good idea or theme for a song, we use it.

I know that for a band the road to success isn’t as easy as it may seems, tell me about the people who helped you stand tall and go on with your dreams.

The recipe for success is working your ass off and luck but since we’ve never had much of the second ingredient we’ve always been working a lot. Don’t get me wrong, we love to do what we do but there’s always those long nights just emailing and searching for artist bookers and such. But of course we’ve got a lot of help by people that really believe in us. Our producer helped us more than money can buy and we owe him much for that, all the people at our booking agencies and of course our fans. Without them we wouldn’t have come this far.

Which were the barricades that you had to overcome until you released your debut album?

Since we weren’t signed on any label for this album we had to find someone who believed in us. We spent much money on stamps from sending our promo package to every known label out there but SG-Records offered the best deal. The moment we got the news that they wanted to release our album the final obstical between us and the release was teared down.

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It seems this time around Sweden is leading the resurgence of 80’s music, why do you think Sweden has become such a hotbed for this style of music?

I have no idea to be honest. I guess it’s because Sweden doesn’t have that many good venues to play at and that forces band to go on tours, which is the best way to promote your band. Many bands in Sweden, that are actually really good, does not get any attention because they end up playing on the same five venues over and over again. But as I said, this is just speculations.

When Confess plays a live show what can fans expect? In an ideal world who would you like to tour with and why?

We have always been a great live band because we fucking love to do what we do. Even if we’ve traveled a long fucking way and there’s only one person in the crowd we would give that one person a hell of a show. We simply give 110% everytime so if we’re in town you should come to the show, get drunk and raise hell with us!

It doesn’t matter what band we tour with as long as they are fun after the show! There’s nothing better  than a great party at the hotel!

Tell me about the plans of the band for the near future?

Now we’re gonna start planning a tour and hopefully it will play in every city out here. If you are an artist booker or in some way can get us to play in your city, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re always open for suggestions!

Concluding this interview I want to thank you for your time and wish you all the best, the last words are yours, say something to our readers.

Check out JAIL and spread the word about Confess to everybody you know! And if we’re in town, make sure to stop by, get drunk and raise hell with us!

 

 

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