Interview by David Pearce
Dave the drummer from Swedish metallers Sister Sin took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Metal Shock Finland about their new album & video and here is what he had to say.
Hello, I’m David, Welcome to MSFinland!
Thank You! I’m also David or Dave as some say across the pond.
Which bands would you say inspired or influenced you?
As far as the music I’d say W.A.S.P. Accept, Judas Priest, and Twisted Sister etc. When it comes to the lyrics I listen to a lot of Hardcore stuff, the British style like Doom, Extreme Noise Terror and tons Swedish likes like Disfear, Driller Killer and Wolfbrigade who have a lot meatier & heavier tone to say the least.
What has been your most memorable show or moment?
I guess it would be opening for Motörhead in Milwaukee in 2009. Two days before we just got off the worst tour we’ve ever been on, everything that could go wrong or happen happened. So we were all kind of low, tired & wanted to go home but we had these two Motorhead shows scheduled and it really made up for the whole U.S tour. We didn’t know what to expect since we’ve heard that the Motorhead crowds could be pretty tough on openers. But it was fantastic, crowd was awesome, band & crew awesome & we got to meet Lemmy which was a dream come true for sure since we’re all huge fans!
What kind of set will you be playing on you’re up coming tour?
We’ll be doing a lot of songs from “Now and Forever” of course and basically the singles from “Switchblade…” and “True Sound” But I think we’ll have almost 20 songs rehearsed so we can change it up a bit from time to time.
If there was any festival in the world that you could play at, which one and where would it be?
There’s two actually and we just confirmed one of them. Can’t tell you which just yet but keep an eye open! Then there’s Wacken Open Air. Heard so many great things about that festival so it would be really cool if we got on there for next summer!
Your Video “End Of The Line” has had over a 100,000 views on you tube did you think it would go down so well with the fans?
You never know. We released the track as single a couple of weeks earlier and the response to that had been fantastic so I guess we had kind of high expectation. Its over 200,000 views now in a couple weeks so certainly didn’t think it would go down that well so we’re all really happy about it!
You have a new album out can you tell me about it?
It’s called “Now and Forever”, our third full-length album. Bands always say this but for me, its hands down our best achievement to date. It’s gritty, heavy, fat hooks & choruses and Liv is screaming her lungs out as always. I guess it’s our most diverse album as well as you can find influences ranging from Trash to NWOBHM. Also has our first ever ballad on it.
Technically how does this album differ to your last album?
Quite a bit; we talked about this early on before starting writing that we wanted to keep the basic concept from “True Sound of the Underground” but stir it up without losing our signature sound. So this time we focused a lot on different vocal arrangements, different keys & tuning plus adding various elements like strings etc. something we’ve never done before.
What can you tell us about the lyrics to the album and what influenced them?
Like I mentioned earlier, I listen to a lot of hardcore stuff so I like that rebellion theme. I’ve always been a punk head and although people often compare us to Motley Crue and other hairbands, we’ve never been about that lyric wise. I guess it’s kinda dark, at least darker than the previous two. “End of The Line” is a tweak regarding religious fanatics; “Morning After” is a straight up suicide letter. “Hearts of Cold” is loosely based on Juha Veikko Valjakkala & Marita Routalammi, which I guess you’re probably familiar with.
The album has been out for just over a week now how has the response been for it?
It has really been overwhelming! The reviews have been awesome; we’ve made our best first week sales in the U.S and the album landed at #6 on the Swedish Rock/Metal Charts so we’re really excited about getting on the road and tour for this one!
What is your track of the moment, the song you have to keep on playing?
This might sound retarded but I was watching a Swedish television show where they follow different artists around in each episode. About a week ago the program featured a band called First Aid Kit, which is two young girls with fantastic voices doing this country vibe stuff. Apparently they’re pretty big but I’ve never heard of them before. Anyhow, they performed, just the two of them with an acoustic guitar, a song called “Emmylou” and it was awesome! Can’t stop listening to it, haha. It’s weird because it’s nothing like what I usually listen to but I’m hooked.
You are on the bill for Hammerfest 5 next year how did that come about?
Don’t know really. We got an offer though our agent and we confirmed. We are very excited though.
Are you looking forward to playing Hammerfest 5?
Yeah, definitely! It’s been awhile since we’ve been to the U.K so we’re gonna add some headline dates over there around the festival as well.
Thanks for the interview are there any last words that you like pass on to our readers and your fans?
“Now and Forever” Get it, get into it or get out! See you all soon our Finnish friends!
Dont’ forget to check out the “Now And Forever” review HERE