BLOODBOUND, Interview with the guitarist Tomas OlssonMay 4, 2009
Hi Tomas, here is Matej from Slovakia (maker of Speed of Light zine)!
Matej: I reviewed your last CD in my zine also now. It’s darker as the debut I suppose, the sound is much dirty, why?
Tomas (Bloodbound): Yes, we wanted to do something abit more original and modern sounding. On the first two albums me and Fredrik wrote 95% of the songs, including the lyrics and the vocal melodies. This time Urban is abit more involved in making the vocals, so that might explain why it sounds a little bit different too. I also think you can hear more of our modern influences on this album.
M: What does it mean “Tabula rasa”? I have found that it means (translations) “clear shield” or “blank piece of paper”, what is the meaning of the CD title from BLOODBOUND side, why you have entitled it so? Some new beginning for you as a band?
T: Yes, you are right, the lyrics are written around the concept of “Tabula Rasa”. It refers to the thesis that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and sensory perception. You are born like an unscribed tablet. Also it is like a new fresh start for the band. “Tabula Rasa” is not only the concept of the album, it’s the mark of a new period of time for the band.
M: On the last CD cover I can see similar face as on the debut, but it looks like “Terminator”, can you say me something to this? The new album is more modern as the debut, but not “machines” there, I mean industrial or some stupid samples…thanx God!
Yes, it is kind of a modern “Nosferatu” cyborg to reflect the new modern sound and style of the music. He also symbolizes the meaning of “Tabula Rasa”, a robot that can be re-programmed with different personalities.
M: How do you liked Slovakia as a country?
We did three gigs in Slovakia and it was the first time we’ve been there. I must say that the only thing I knew about Slovakia before was that you are great at ice hockey. I was surprized by the cool city of Bratislava and the friendly people, we had a great time over there. After one gig we had an afterparty and a barbeque with the Slovak fans, it was great.
M: Are you satisfied with your short-gigs with HAMMERFALL in Slovakia and Zlin?
Of course we wanted to play for longer, but it comes with being the support band. Next time we will definately play for longer. People wanted more and so did we:)
M: Why the vocalist sings in hockey dress? I like hockey also, but the image was more as from some street up to hip-hop band. The hockey dress was too dominant, even if Urban Breed is good forntman.
Also his nick is quiet strange for metal music…from my view. Streetpunk, Oi!, hip-hop, industrial…there would fit better, some worker-class music.
T: Actally, Urban Breed is his real name, it is not a nickname. His wife lives in the US and he got the american football shirt over there, I guess he likes it so much he wants to wear it sometimes during shows. You really have to ask him personally.
M: What do you plan in the near future?
We are taking some time off to start the work on our next album, we want to release it sometime early next year. Then we plan to go on tour again at the end of the year in November/December but no dates are comfirmed yet. We want to cover the countries we missed on the first tour. It will probably be as support for a bigger band. We might be ready for a headline tour next year, if everything works out. Keep an eye on our website www.bloodbound.se for upcoming tour dates.
M: Can you send some message to Slovak and Czech fans please?
We’ve had the time of our lives on this tour and alot of it is thanks to the Slovak and Czech fans who are fantastic. A big thank you and we hope to see you again soon, thanks:)
Bye, thanks for interview