How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
We always write the music first. Then I write the lyrics and melody to the chorus. Last I usually do the verses, when I have a good subject to write about based on the lyrics on the chorus. Iy looks like this 80% of the time. But I also have a ”blackbook” that I write down lyrics, titles, subjects. I scribble down ALL the ideas.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
1-The groove with bass and drums.
2-A great guitar riff.
3-A great melody line for the vocals.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
No, since I don’t write about my family or my possible genital diseases.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
I’m really proud of ”Laugh Now Cry Later” from our latest album ”Sliver & Gold”.
I wrote those lyrics really fast. Almost magic. Like the pen wrote itself.
What inspired “44 Undead”, part of your latest album “Sliver & Gold”?
I wrote the song when I was 44 years old. I live in a house with the zip code 44. There is a punk venue on Södermalm, Stockholm called Cafe 44.
So it’s not about anyone in person. It’s about places you love and that means something special to you.
It’s a celebration to ourselves in away, for playing together as the same line-up for 30 years.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Good Morning Midnight”?
Yes, but it was actually Peder Carlsson, our drummer, who wrote the first idea for the song. I wrote the lyrics this summer in the backseat of a car between Nyköping and Stockholm in Sweden after a night with insomnia and no sleep at all.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
Not really, but we often tend to have a “darker” melancholic feel to our songs even if Backyard babies mostly are a “high energy” and uptempo kind of RNR band. It’s easier for me to write about anger or frustration than about sunshine and pure happiness. My guitar and pencil also work as my personal shrink or psychologist. I feel way better as a human being after been writing a song about frustration, anger or sadness.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
To save and record EVERYTHING when you are in the studio. Sometimes even the mistakes can be useful.
What are your plans for 2019?
Touring England, Scandinavia and Europe this spring. (we are on tour in Germany right now) and then Festivals this summer. Japan and Australia in the autumn.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album ”Sliver & Gold”: GOLD.
- The best show you ever played: Hopefully happens tomorrow.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Electricity.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: KISS ALIVE!
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “Masters Of War” by Bob Dylan.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Never go to bed arguing.