Face Down and the quotes of a serial killer

interview with Joacim, Octobber 2005

Please give us a short introduction of yourself?
Hello! I'm Joacim Carlsson, I play guitar for Face Down (and General Surgery). Not much more interesting to say about myself really, let's try to get on with the interview, shall we? Alright!

Who are the other band members and in which bands do/did they play?
Marco Aro – vocals (ex. The Haunted)
Joakim Hedestedt – bass (ex. Construcdead)
Erik Thyselius – drums (Construcdead, Terror 2000)

Do you see Face Down as a kind of Stockholm all star team?
Hahaha, not really. We don't possess those kind of egos in this band. We're just four guys who happen to like to make music together, that's all.

Why did you start the band again over a 5 year silence?
Our bass player had the idea to start up the band again because he wanted to be in a band where he could get some more musical input than he was getting in his then current band Construcdead. He then got in touch with Construcdead's record label, Black Lodge, and asked them if they would be interested in signing FD if he could get the band back together. They jumped on the chance, and then he started making phone calls to the rest of the band.. and to the rest of us, it just felt like it was the right time to start making music again. We're a much happier bunch today than we were when we put the band to rest in 1999. I think we needed a break to rejuvenate ourselves.

Did you get fan requests in the 5 year silence? Can you remember the strangest one?
We've gotten some requests, I guess particularly Marco since he's been the guy who's been around the world playing shows. I remember one weird occasion in particular, and that is a story Joakim told me about when Construcdead visited Japan. Apparently an older guy turned up in a suit and pulled out the very first FD demo (that we did 800 copies of, and just gave away to people in Stockholm) out of his briefcase for him to sign.. and when he looked at the cover, it had already been signed by Marco and Peter Stjärnvind. So, I now need to make it my mission to get over to Japan to put the final signature down on that demo cover.
That definitely ranks up there as a pretty strange fan request in my book.

Do you aim with the new album for a new audience or also trying to reach the old fans?
A bit of both, I guess. We've been quite surprised so far since so many people remember us from back in the '90s. Also, it's kind of weird to hear that we're this “cult band” nowadays...back in the day when we broke up the band it seemed like nobody cared about us anymore. So that's pretty cool to know we've not been forgotten.
I'm sure we can pick up a lot of new fans with the new album as well, as it sounds a lot different from what we used to.

Was was the album title chosen? Is there a deeper meaning for it? A message or statement FC want to make?
There's no deeper meaning behind any of our lyrics, really. The music is the main thing and the lyrics are there to back the music up. Usually the lyrics are influenced by the vibe of the song, so if the music is really aggressive the lyrics tend to be really angry and so on.
The actual title track is about serial killers, and the mechanics behind their way of life. We found this particular killer that isn't very well known called Carl Panzram, and he had a ton of quotes that were really over the top that we used in the song. The actual title of the song is a Nietzsche quote, and we kind of interpreted it to work with our song... so, in a way, the song is about somebody trying to empower themselves by relentlessly killing people, i.e. “The Will to Power”.
When we came up with that theme, we figured we could build on that for the album cover and use it as a theme for the booklet as well.

Do you use the band for sharing your world vision thoughts? Do you like discussing the worldshit with others?
As I said, we don't have a message to convey to the masses. After all, this is some kind of entertainment we're doing. But our lyrics are in general pretty bleak and discuss how fucked up most of mankind is in different aspects. It fits the music, I guess. It would be pretty weird to sing about flowers and romance to these tunes.

From who is the face on the cover?
Carl Panzram. Look him up on the 'net, you won't regret it!

To what is the band name referring? A synonym for dead bodies or anal sex?
How about anal sex with dead bodies? Your guess is as good as mine, dude!

In the bio you say you wanna put Stockholm back on the metal map. What caused the disappearance?
Gothenburg, perhaps? Enough of the melodies already, let's bring back some of the rawness and brutality that used to come out of Stockholm in the early '90s!

Is there still a metal wave in the city or is everybody switched to gospel?
I'm too old to care about any waves so I wouldn't really know. We're just doing what we always set out to do, and that is to play heavy music independently of what goes on around us. It seems like thrash and death metal has made somewhat of a comeback lately though, which can't be a bad thing!

You played Sweden Rock Festival this year. How was the reaction of the crowd? Did they know you? Get positive response?
The response was great! We went on at about four in the afternoon, but we still had a good sized crowd that grew steadily during the gig, so we were very happy with it. I haven't read a bad review of that show yet, so we must have done something right. It was an honor to be invited and I can't wait to play there again.

Listening to Face Down I think you are more intense playing live in a club. Agree? Or are you more for festivals?
I would probably agree with that, although I think we can do both and be successful. I prefer club shows myself, but there's also something special about playing a festival in front of a ton of people. Unfortunately you don't get the direct connection with the crowd on a festival as you would on a club gig, that's the main downside to it. We aim to do both in the future.

Do you write songs with the intention to play them live? The criteria for a good FD song is that is has to be performed? Never thought of making a songs in a studio with software tricks?
I never really thought about it like that, so I guess every song we write is intended to be played live at least once. We have played almost all our songs live so far, and you find out which one works on stage which ones that don't. There's a few songs on our albums that's been too complicated musically for us to be able to reproduce on stage, unless we bring out a ton of guest artists. Right now we're playing 7 out of 10 of the new album live, and we're gonna try to incorporate all 10 in our set later on.

Will we see you in Holland someday?
Yeah, probably. As soon as somebody makes us the right kind of offer, we'll be there! We had a good time when we played there last time, so it would be very cool to return. I've played there a couple of times with General Surgery since then as well, and it's always good.. the only hangup I have about Holland is that people should try to move a bit more while the bands play, he he!

Any statement you wanna spew to the readers? Or political incorrect suggestions?
Play hard, always. It's all that matters.

Last rites?
Yeah, why not? Every reader of BRUTALISM; get our album and we hope to see you on the road soon!
Interviewer: twansibon
Oct 10, 2005

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