1. Where do you or your band come from? The individual members?
Mariana Holmberg: I'm born in Sundsvall, Sweden,
and I have lived here all my life.
Peter Selin: I come from a city on the east coast called Sundsvall,
it has a population of 100.000.
Janne Wiklund: I have lived in Sundsvall since I was born.
Erik Barthold: We come from a city called Sundsvall
which lies in the middle of Sweden.
How old are you or the members of the group? Position in the band or as an
Mariana Holmberg: my birth-number is 770407. And I'm the vocalist.
Peter Selin: 740417. I use a black Washburn b.20.8 bass and a black
Ibanez explorer bass.
Janne Wiklund: I´m 24 years old and play the guitar, a black Vantage
flying V (a gibson copy).
Erik Barthold: I'm the drummer and songwriter in the band. Birthday;
What kind of musical training? History of music in the family?, Self learned?
Mariana Holmberg: I sang in a choir for about four years.
Peter Selin: I played the guitar about 10 years ago, but I did not
like it. 1987 I started to play the bass, and that is what I have been doing
since then. My father played the accordion and wanted me to start too, so
I tried that when I was about 4-5 years old. Then I started to play the guitar
and then, finally, I learned to play the bass all by my self.
Janne Wiklund: I got my first guitar in -89 and I´ve been playing
since then. Self learned... of course!
Erik Barthold: Self learned drummer. I've been studying music at
a school and will probably continue to do so.
How did you get your start? Or when did the band come to be? Any changes along
Mariana Holmberg: They had been playing a couple of years before
I joined the band, that was about 2 years ago.
Peter Selin: They asked me to start playing with them 1992, when
the old singer and bass player, Jorgen Fahlberg, wanted to concentrate on
Janne Wiklund: I´m the newest member since a couple of months back,
but I´ve known them all since the begining. The sad thing is that I had to
replace the only original member that was left in the band.
Erik Barthold: The band itself was formed in 1991 and then consisted
of Jocke Mardstam (guitar), Liljan (drums) and Jorgen Fahlberg (vocals, bass).
Later bass-player Peter Selin joined the band. After a while Jorgen quit.
A female vocalist, Kicki Höijertz joined the band in 1992. At the end of this
year Liljan was replaced by me on drums.
When was the first time you performed in public? First gig? What were your
thoughts? Where and when? Any tours since? Have you played outside of Sweden?
Mariana Holmberg: I had been singing in the band 3 months when I
first stood on stage with LHS. It felt really great, it was in Pitea, Sweden.
And there were about 70 bands who played on some sort of festival, called
"Face Front". We've never played in any other country besides Sweden. Before
that, I had sang in public several times with the choir I sang with.
Peter Selin: My first performance live was 1991 with a band called
Remedy. I was very nervous when we entered the stage, but it started to feel
good after a while.
Janne Wiklund: I have not played any gigs with LHS yet. but I´ve
played lots of gigs with many other bands. I think my first performence was
sometime in -89 with a band called Born Dead. To play live on stage is the
ultimate adrenaline kick and if the response is good it´s better than an orgasm.
I´ve never played outside of Sweden.
Erik Barthold: I can't remember my first performance in public,
but my first gig was with a band, called Asphyxia, in which I played the bass.
I joined this band in 1990 on the same day as the gig was taking place, so
I was kind of nervous. But to play live was something that really attracted
Musical inspirations? Influences? Who?
Mariana Holmberg: No, not really.
Peter Selin: Mostly Bathory, but also Type 0 Negative, Manowar,
Discharge and Misfits.
Janne Wiklund: Only metal stuff like Slayer, Metallica, Motörhead.
Erik Barthold: I'm influenced by all kinds of music and I also get
inspiration from literature, (Dostojevskij, Baudelaire and Sartre among others).
Any interesting childhood stories which is linked to your musical career or
music in general?
Mariana Holmberg: No.
Peter Selin: I played the bass the last day at school when I was
12 years old. It didn´t sound very good.
Janne Wiklund: Me and a couple of friends were really tired of doing
nothing, so we started a band and begun to play.
Erik Barthold: Me and two friends formed a death-metal band which
sounded really horrible.
Mariana Holmberg: Both good and bad.
Peter Selin: Sometimes really great and sometimes very bad.
Janne Wiklund: Both good and bad.
Erik Barthold: Both good and bad.
Schooling from High School up? University? What lines did you study or are
Mariana Holmberg: I studied art for 3 years.
Peter Selin: I studied to be an electrician.
Janne Wiklund: I'm a painter.
Erik Barthold: Music and science.
Family background? Your roots in other words?
Holmberg: Both my parents are born in Sweden, and have lived here all their
Peter Selin: My grandfather came to Sweden sometime around 1900.
Janne Wiklund: Both my parents are from Sweden.
Erik Barthold: My mother comes from Germany and my father's from
Unusual hobbies or collections?
Mariana Holmberg: No.
Peter Selin: I collect Judge Dread papers, (Swedish), and I have
all of them.
Janne Wiklund: I collect Conan magazines and books (Swedish).
Erik Barthold: Not that I know of.
How did your record deal come to be?
Mariana Holmberg: Massproduktion was interested.
Peter Selin: Mats "Massproduktion" Hammerman liked us.
Janne Wiklund: Massproduktion liked the music and signed them.
Erik Barthold: The Massproduktion label was interested in our music
and wanted to release it.
What are your plans for the future?
Mariana Holmberg: I take one day at the time, and have no particular
Peter Selin: That's hard to answer right now.
Janne Wiklund: To play music for a living.
Erik Barthold: To have music as occupation for the rest of my life.
Philosophy on life? Religious beliefs or non-beliefs?
Mariana Holmberg: Nothing I want to discuss.
Peter Selin: I'm not religious, but I find it interesting to read
about it, both God and Satan.
Janne Wiklund: It´s interesting to read about the occult and religion,
but I only believe in my self.
Erik Barthold: To live my life. I have an interest in religion but
I am not a believer.
What are your viewpoints on Sweden? Explain as if you were talking to a foreigner.
Mariana Holmberg: A beautiful country with warm summers and cold
Peter Selin: Sweden is a wonderful country to travel in. Specially
on the country-side. It's a lot of nice things to see here.
Erik Barthold: A false facade of charity. Still we have a lovely
Mariana Holmberg: I'm an Aries.
Peter Selin: I'm also an Aries.
Janne Wiklund: Cancer.
Erik Barthold: Virgin.
Mariana Holmberg: Rain.
Peter Selin: Yum-Yum!!
Janne Wiklund: All kinds of booze, beer, snuff and my guitar.
Erik Barthold: My saxophone.
Mariana Holmberg: Rice
Peter Selin: Spaghetti
Janne Wiklund: All kinds of meat.
Erik Barthold: Spicy
Favorite all-time records?
Mariana Holmberg: Don't know. Something with Nick Cave probably.
Peter Selin: Type 0 Negative - Bloody Kisses, Misfits - Walk among
us, Bathory - Under the sign of black mark, Saxon - Wheels of steel, Destruction
- Sentence of death, Celtic Frost - Morbid tales and Stillborn - Necrospirituals.
Janne Wiklund: All stuff with Slayer and At The Gates.
Erik Barthold: "Let love in" by Nick Cave and The bad Seeds, "Undertow"
Favorite all-time song?
Mariana Holmberg: Don't know.
Peter Selin: Misfits "All hell breaks loose"
Erik Barthold: Don't know.
Janne Wiklund: Motörhead "Ace of spades"
Favorite all-time movie? Favorite actor or actress?
Mariana Holmberg: The piano, Stellan Skarsgard
Peter Selin: Evil dead, Vincent Price and Vampira
Janne Wiklund: Once were warriors
Erik Barthold: Deadringers
Favorite all-time book? Author?
Mariana Holmberg: -
Peter Selin: I don't read books.
Janne Wiklund: I don't read books very often.
Erik Barthold: "La Nausée" by Jean Paul Sartre
Mariana Holmberg: H.R. Giger
Peter Selin: -
Janne Wiklund: Patrik Aderskog
Erik Barthold: Salvador Dali
Favorite thing to do in spare time?
Mariana Holmberg: Paint and be with my friends.
Peter Selin: Answer letters and be with my girlfriend.
Janne Wiklund: Play the guitar, hang out with my friends.
Erik Barthold: Play jazz.
LEAST Favorite thing to do?
Mariana Holmberg: Get up early in the morning.
Peter Selin: Clean up after my cat.
Janne Wiklund: Get up early in the morning and go to bed early in
Erik Barthold: To read a lousy book.
Mariana Holmberg: I don't like sports.
Peter Selin: Truck-race.
Janne Wiklund: Beachvolley
Erik Barthold: None.
Favorite board game?
Mariana Holmberg: Chess
Peter Selin: Trivial Pursuit
Janne Wiklund: Poker
Erik Barthold: Pinball
Describe your personality in one word?
Mariana Holmberg: Temperamental
Peter Selin: Psycho
Janne Wiklund: Metal
Erik Barthold: Disillusioned
Your advice to a total stranger on the street if you could give it freely?
Mariana Holmberg: Don't regret what you've already done, try to
learn something from it instead.
Peter Selin: Be your self, don't try to be anybody else.
Janne Wiklund: Believe in your self.
Erik Barthold: Hold on to the few good things in life.
Describe your music in five words or less?
Mariana Holmberg: Gothic.
Peter Selin: Slow and sad fucking metal.
Janne Wiklund: Slow and sad doom metal.
Erik Barthold: Gothic