Interview by Teresa Hopkins
In learning much, yet what I believe is only a fraction about the guys in this band, COLORSTONE, I can think of no more fitting a name. Its members bring with them quite impressive, colorful resumes. For starters, they’ve collectively played on more than 50 albums, including individual stints with bands such as Time Gallery, Silver Mountain, Tricky Track, and Wasteland. Running record labels and recording studios later on must have been an easy progression. Each of them possesses many talents and gifts not limited to music and all that it encompasses: their various endeavors also include but are in no way limited to film, video, sound and media production; web design; computer programming and operation; social media and networking; graphic and media design; photography; and, in teaching the next generation the virtues of these arts as well. This is good to know, as they all have growing children of their own.
There is a saying that “birds of a feather flock together”. It seems natural, then, given their backgrounds, that they would unite in a format that allows for great creative expression and collaboration in influences, personal talents, preferences, and experimentation. The results of all this? So far: two impressive collections of songs, Into the Garden and Steam.
COLORSTONE is a musical kaleidoscope of elements and styles, combining in melodic harmony and strength. There is a sparkle, a certain something, that shines even beyond the infectious hooks, grooves, insightful lyrics, and little surprises throughout the songs that delight the ears, mind, and spirit. This, it seems, they do so well—not because they have to, clearly (see above!)—but for the sheer love of it.
Is theirs a mission to change the world? Perhaps not, but there is a clear message in the music: Do what you love, and love what you do.
In preparation for a gig on February 1 to celebrate the release of Steam at the legendary nightclub Kulturbolaget in Malmö, Sweden, where a large, loyal following comes regularly to support them, it is not enough to don a pair of old jeans and a sloppy t-shirt. The members of COLORSTONE have taken great care to dress to the nines: silk shirts and ties, long tuxedo jackets, freshly-shined shoes, perhaps a pocket watch chained to tailored trousers, and, to top it all off—a top hat. They take this “having fun” thing very seriously!
I found out about COLORSTONE serendipitously after choosing their album from some others up for review at Metal Shock Finland back in February. I liked their music right away and thought they really had something special that the rest of the world ought to know about too. After praising them in what I hoped would be perceived as a favorable review and we’d published it at the website, guitarist Fredrik Bergengren wrote to us. I was happy that he was pleased with the review, but saddened to learn that the next day, his mother had passed away after a long illness. It would have been a lot to deal with all at once for anyone—but Fredrik handled the great life balance with grace and much support from his loving family and friends.
I came to know him and the rest of the guys more over the last few months, and I have to say their character is every bit as impressive as their music.
Participating in the discussion were Fredrik Bergengren (guitars), Olle Nilsson (drums, percussion), Johan Dahlström (vocals), Tommy Falk (keyboards), and Samir Dounas (bass guitar).
It’s a privilege to share with you my recent interview with COLORSTONE.