Joseph Seager caught up with Karl Larsson, front man of Swedish band Last Days Of April.
Joseph Seager caught up with Karl Larsson, front man of Swedish band Last Days Of April. This is what he had to say ...
Where did the name of the band come from?
Nothing special, just something Princey...
How was the band formed?
The band was formed 95-96 in a town called Sigtuna, 40km north of Stockholm. It was formed by me, Johan and Henrik.
Henrik left the band in 96, then came back for a siz-week European tour in 1999 but that's it. Johan left in 98.
Since then members have come on gone. I think there's been more than six different line-ups over the years, but now it feels stronger than ever.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?
Guitar-based pop rock.
When was the last time you went out for a meal as a band? And what did you eat?
It must have been on tour... Hmm.... Probably falafel.
You're new album is called 'Might As Well Live'. Did you enjoy recording it?
No... well yes. Both. It was really tough to make. I was the only one in the band at that time, so there was no-one to exchange ideas with. But once the demos were done everything was great. I mean, recording it and everything.
Where do you find influences for the songs you write?
What would you say is your favourite song from the album?
Lost and Found and Great White's Jaws. Just the running-order of the album.
What was the first CD you bought?
'Grafitti Bridge' by Prince.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Daniel Johnston's 'Fear Yourself'.
Aside from music, what else do you enjoy getting up to, individually and as a group?
Looking at guitars, dining with friends, being on the phone, watch TV, read, eat.
What is the best gig you have played and why?
We did a great show in Halle, Germany on this last tour. People seemed to have a great time and so did we. Everything went a bit better than planned. Maybe a lot better...
If you could share a stage with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?
It would have been great being Johnny Ramone and get to play guitar with the Ramones for one night.
Have there been any memorable backstage occurrences? Met anybody worth mentioning?
No, not really. We're a very quiet band and therefore miss out on all crazy backstage parties. What is a backstage party anyway?
What was playing in Leeds Cockpit - on the last day of April 2007 - like?
Ha ha, very exciting! Leeds always treat us great.
Finally, what's next on the agenda for Last Days Of April?
Canada-tour next week. Then playing the same festival as Ozzy the week after.
What makes you unique and different from every other band out there?
Don't know if we're at all that different. That's up to others to decide.
I'm sure that there are a lot of young people out there who would love to go on the road and tour as a band. What would you say to these people? Just how easy has your journey so far been?
Not that easy... my tip is to work harder.
Last Days Of April's album 'Might As Well Live' is out now.