Frankly, I think we lost the trail for a bit there. It’s fun to interview the artists that we’ve loved for years, like Pavement and Echo and the Bunnymen and we have spent the past month feverishly trying to top ourselves with even bigger interviews. But in the end, you know those bands already and we assume you’ve come here to hear great new bands. This has been an amazing decade for music and there are still a lot of good bands out there, who we know you’ll love as much as we do.
With that, we bring you the Swedish band, Sad Day For Puppets. Listening to SDFP is like digging through your bag of Halloween candy and finding the greatest lollipop ever; every lick providing a different, delicious flavor. I hear Sebadoh, wait it’s the Primitives, no it’s My Bloody Valentine…..mmmm, delicious! Their debut release Unknown Colors should be sitting in everyone’s top ten and you can expect to hear more from them as they prepare to launch a tour with an impressive list of bands joining them.
We were fortunate to catch Martin Kallholm who plays guitars and writes the music and lyrics for the group as they were preparing to leave for their tour. He talked to us about the new album and their future plans.
TDOA: Is it true that you had written the entire album prior to going into the studio?
MK: Yes, all the songs were written before we started recording. I don’t think I could do it any other way, I want to see the big picture before going in the studio. To start recording before there is a complete cycle of songs would feel like looking at pictures from a vacation I’m still on.
TDOA: You do your own production on your music. Have you ever considered using an outside producer or do you prefer to have control over the sound of the records?
MK:Alex has been, and still is, our producer. He is also our record label and our bass player, and on top of that a close friend. We work close together and for me that’s an ideal situation. I wouldn’t want to work with someone who told me to rewrite a verse or how to arrange the songs.
TDOA: I believe you also write the lyrics for Anna. Is that true and do you help her with vocal melodies as well?
MK: I write the lyrics and vocal melodies, but Anna sings the songs her own way and she makes them sound way better than I ever could. That goes for everyone in the band.
TDOA: Clearly, you have all of the music in your head. Do you find yourself writing certain parts first (bass lines, guitar or vocal melodies) or does it vary from song to song?
MK: I always write chords, melodies and lyrics at pretty much the same time. I can’t think of words and music as separate parts.
TDOA: I’ve seen some live video of the band, but no conceptual videos. Has the band done any videos and do you have any feelings about making them?
MK: No one in the band knows how to make a video, so we’d have to bring someone in, and that scares me a bit. A bad video could really hurt a song. But eventually we’ll have to do it, and pretty soon I guess.
TDOA: You’ve referenced early 90′s bands and their influence on you. I also hear a little C86 influence, like The Primitives. Are you aware of those bands and do they influence your sound?
MK: I don’t know much about C86, when it comes to indie music I’ve listened a lot to bands like Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Dinosaur Jr., Blind Melon and The Lemonheads.
TDOA: I generally hate asking about band names, because I assume it’s an old topic. But Sad Day for Puppets is such a great name. Can you tell us how you thought of it?
MK: The band name comes from some TV show me and Marcus was watching together, a puppet show took a bad turn and someone said something like “this is a sad day for puppets”.
TDOA: Are there any plans for a U.S. release and tour supporting the record?
MK: We’re releasing a vinyl single on Cloudberry Records in the U. S., in December I think. We’d love to go there and play but have no plans so far.
TDOA: You’re in the midst of a tour with some great bands (A Place To Bury Strangers, Darker My Love, etc.). Do you like listening to the other bands when you’re playing a show or is it hard to enjoy when you’re thinking about your own performance?
MK: I only enjoy watching bands that I know and have listened to a lot, and normally that’s not the situation on tour. On this one however, we open for some great bands that I’ really want to see, especially A Place To Bury Strangers.
TDOA: Once the current tour is completed, what’s next for the band?
MK: After this tour we will finish recording our new album, and we hope to be done by Christmas and have it out early next year.
Catch them on tour at one of these fine venues:
Nov 5 2009 Loppen (with The Twilight Sad) Copenhagen
Nov 6 2009 Feedback Fever Club (with Lothar) Hamburg
Nov 7 2009 Bang Bang Club (with The Twilight Sad) Berlin
Nov 9 2009 Nachtleben (with The Twilight Sad) Frankfurt
Nov 11 2009 Scopitone Paris
Nov 12 2009 BBC session with Marc Riley Manchester
Nov 13 2009 Twee as f**k London
Nov 14 2009 Moho Lounge (with A Place To Bury Strangers) Manchester
Nov 15 2009 Cockpit (with A Place To Bury Strangers) Leeds
Nov 16 2009 Rough Trade East (In-store gig) London
Nov 16 2009 Borderline (with Darker My Love) London
Nov 17 2009 Portland (with A Place To Bury Strangers) Cambridge
Nov 18 2009 The Garage (with A Place To Bury Strangers) London
Nov 20 2009 Paradiso London Calling Amsterdam