Interview with Tony Freed of Godhate
"God is just a concept made up by man," says guitarist and vocalist Tony Freed of Godhate. The Swedish blasphemers have traveled a rocky road when they formed in 1991. Many have come into the band only to prove they couldn't handle the hate. But Godhate is strong now and will be releasing "Equal in the Eyes of Death" this fall. Tony took time from his horrendous schedule to talk to me about his impression of America and the band's future plans.
Buick Mckane: You've toured around your home country since the conception of the band, and eventually spread to the rest of Europe. This is the first time you've been to the US. How did you like it?
Tony Freed: Finally being in the US was a blast! GODHATE was formed in 1991 and yes we did some touring in Europe. We toured for example with Benediction as early as 2001 and got back with them on the road in 2004 to tour the eastern part of Europe. But it took me almost 18 years to get to the US with the band. But we enjoyed this tour... you know, everything from the people and fans to the country and its nature itself was fantastic, and of course to tour with Vesperian Sorrow who we became very good friends with. What surprised me the most was the dedication among the American death metal fans. This is something we miss in Europe.
Buick: How was the response from the U.S. Crowd?
Tony: Really good actually. As I said, I didn't expect people being so dedicated and exited about having us here. Having a moshpit the first night in Raymondville where we never played before was a unique experience. And people rushing towards our merchandise to buy t-shirts when the gates to venue opened was cool!
Buick: Were there any interesting stories about this tour?
Tony: Too many I tell you. There was this special night when we had a little too much to drink and me and bassist Björn got in the way for each other like 3 or 4 in the morning. It ended up with a hotel room left in a mess, but you really have to be there to understand the interesting part in having a bassist going loose on too much booze or an enraged drummer who had too less sleep.
Buick: Can the fans expect the new album to be released soon, or do you want to leave all of the songs on the internet to stream?
Tony: The new CD will most probably be released during September. It is entitled “Equal in the Eyes of Death” and consists of 9 songs. We have been negotiating for the last 4 months with a label that we like so we cross our fingers that they will accept our final demands.
Buick: Godhate has been around for a long time, but has gone through many lineup changes. Do you feel that this current lineup is solid?
Tony: Hahaha... I have learned never to trust anyone... I'm considered a difficult person to work with since I have high demands on members. I don't accept people that are trying to do their thing without paying respect to the band. If you're new in the band you can't just try to change the rules; you adapt to the rules. I have been on the same road for so long and to find people that are the same is hard. I won't just make a right turn because a new member wants to. I still listen to my members and their opinions and I always ask them what they think we should do in different situations.
Buick: Is there a particular reason you take so long to make one album?
Tony: The reasons for the long delay with our last album is first of all that the band split up in 2006 and wasn't supposed to see the light of day again. But for some reason I found new members and reformed the band in 2008. (My friend Henrik from Vilefuck shall have all my cred for phoning me about new members). And second but not last we need a label that can support us all the way. I can't just put out our record on any label there is. Otherwise it took me just less than a year to write the material.
Buick: Are you happy with the success of your band?
Tony: It has taken a bit too long, but I'm happy with what we achieved so far. This spring we did 27 gigs including Sweden, US, Czeck republic and Ireland and that is more than we done in a long time. And we will, as I told you, most probably sign with this new label which means that the album will be out in September. We also have an offer to do a tour beginning in Mexico onward to the US and ending in Canada this fall.
Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say?
Tony: Thanks a lot Emily for your support and for giving us some space in your ‘zine! And to your readers... Keep posted to our Myspace at Myspace.com/godhate for latest news. The new album should be out in early fall 2009 and will be followed by a US tour in October. This is GODHATE, we are the new hope and we will conquer the world! You will see!
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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