“Signing to Century Media Records is like kicking in the fuzz pedal with all knobs turned to 11 - maximum energy, maximum output and totally out of control!”, comments the band.
The new album “V” will be released worldwide through Fuzzorama in cooperation with Century Media Records on September 30th, 2016.
Shortly after the album release, the TRUCKFIGHTERS will hit the road again to play an extensive European tour. Exact tour dates and further plans to play the rest of the world will be announced soon. Expect something big. Super fuzz big!
Palace of Rock needed to sort things out with the band´s 4 stringer and lead singer Oskar Cedermalm, here´s what he had to say about Michael Jackson, Phil Lynott and why he loves the 80´s.
Oskar-Ohh, I really don’t have any opinion on that and I don’t listen that much to the technical skills in a musician, sure I prefer to listen to people who can play their instruments very well, BUT I hate people who are too good, you know these kind of bass players that can play fast and know a lot of theory haha… I usually prefer bassplayers or who ever it might be, guitar players, bass players etc that can put the right note at the right place instead and do it with love and feeling. Also I do listen more to the song structure than the individuals, I mean a very basic song by Black Keys can be so much better than some jazzfusion shit when everybody just play until their fingers bleed.
I must confess that I only own one Truckfighters album on CD, it´s Gravity X so I must indeed do better. But how does it feel to stand right next to Thin Lizzy´s Life and Tygers of Pan Tang´s Crazy nights in my record collection?
Oskar-Haha, no worries, that’s a classic album nowadays, maybe not as classic as Thin Lizzy. The other band I never heard of so you can replace that one with the new Truckfighters album instead haha. Anyway, now you remind me of a good bassplayer, IF you insist getting a name, Phil Lynott was a very good bassplayer, but maybe not because of anything else rather than he knew how to write great songs, and he also knew how to make the bass blend in and play the exact right stuff to add what’s necessary to the song.
Your band has been a trio for a few years now but the first albums are recorded with two guitarists, how do you perform the songs from Gravity X and Phi live that are written for 2 guitars?
Oskar-Our guitarist plays with dual rigs and 4 cabinets hehe. That alone does not replace another guitarist, we know that… but with a Dango in the band we think it’s enough with one of those lunatics. Also we got used to it, the albums after with ”Mania”, ”Universe” and now ”V” have been recorded without an extra guitarist so I guess we now released more stuff in this format than the other.
I’m also one of those people who doesn’t bother if I go and see a band I like live if the live act is a bit different than in the studio, for me it’s two different things. I guess it’s probably awesome for hardcore fans of Dream Theater to go and see them and hear the exact same notes that are on the album, But imagine if that band would jam a bit more and loosen up, go outside the box with improvisations live? The sky is the limit. I would like to have more of that in today´s music where there’s so many bands playing after click track, backing track etc just to make a replica of the studio album… More of Grateful dead (and I’m not talking about the drugs, only the "jams"), and less of backtrack in live music I would say.
The band must have been through more line up changes with different drummers than Spinal Tap, are you guys impossible to work with or what´s the deal?
Oskar-Hmm, probably haha. I guess me and Dango been playing together for 15 years, we do have a very un-Swedish way of working, meaning we are brutally honest and direct to each other, we don’t have time to wrap things up in some phycological mumbojumbo… Not that we are cruel to each other, we are friendly but very professional, telling each other when we think something isn’t up to standard. I guess coming in as a new drummer and we demand them to play good can be tough, but this is what we do, it’s our living and we don’t want to stagnate and get stuck in the same place.. we want to evolve and also move forward for every album we do. With this said, all drummers so far actually quit for different reasons, the last three for an example, Poncho he quit because he got an offer to start playing with Blues Pills who are very close friends to him and also their music is more his style so I don’t blame him, you need to listen to what your heart says.
Enzo quit because he lost inspiration I think, the formal excuse was that he should have time to focus more in ”his” bands… I mean if you jump into a band, is hard I guess, to feel the same soul and the passion like we do. We’ve been sweating, struggling and working really hard with TF for 15 years. But the last drummer, Mr El Dano, we actually fired, yes correct, the drummer on the album is not playing with us anymore. But that was due to prioroties and he never had time to do it 100%, always had to run away to be somewhere else instead of rehearsing and spend the necessary time in studio etc etc.