Speed/Thrash metal from Sweden!
Hi! Tell me about Tyranex. Let’s start from typical thing – why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
It wasn’t my idea. 10 years ago I started the band together with a woman called Paloma and she’s the inventor of the name. I liked her suggestion, sounded cool, simple and wasn’t already taken. The mystery of what’s behind it stays with her.
“Unable to Tame” album was released couple years ago! What are the fresh news from your camp? I hope you preparing some new album right now?!
If yes – then tell us some exclusive secret about new album.
Yes we are recording our new album. We recorded all drums at the end of July this year and now we’re almost done. This time we’ve decided to record it all by ourselves compared to our previous albums, except for the drums which we recorded in a “Communichaos studios” in Strängnäs, Sweden well known to the punk people around here. The rest is recorded at Nino’s studio, (guitarist).
At the moment what’s left is solos and vocals.
We have played some new songs live, if you’re curios you may find them at youtube.
Why you have changed label from Inferno records to Black Lodge Records back then?
We were curious to release something on Black Lodge since it’s a well known label in Sweden many bands released stuff on and we knew they had great distribution. There’s no hard feelings between us and Inferno Records, we’re still friends and I’m happy what they did for us. The Inferno deal was with one album and we released Extermination has begun.
How did you got the deal with Spiritual Beast for Japanese issue? May you dare to say like that was really success thing in Tyranex’s career to be part of Japanese market?
It was through Black Lodge. Yes it felt huge when they told me they wanted to release it but you know I’m sitting so maaaaaany miles away and I haven’t really seen or heard anything about it. I never been to Japan but nice to know our record made it there.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
If I knew I would be writing songs in a faster pace… Really it can be anything, every musican takes inspirations from other bands and other songs.
You listen to something you like and you want to do something similar. I can get inspired by previous songs I written. But inspirations doesn’t always come to you, I experience a lot of “no-inspiration” when I write riffs, just because I know I have to write something. Put’s a lot of pressure on me. So for me best things recently has just been to pick put the guitar and try ad try and try… til’ you find something. Then I bring my riffs to our rehearsal room and we try put it together there, I and the drummen or the whole band. Often I come up with new ideas to finnish the songs in the rehearsal room.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Tyranex’s sound?
80’s speed/thrash. I don’t care for this thing certain bands say like ” oh we can’t put a tag on our sound, we’re so special blah blah.. “ What we want is to NOT sound modern. At all…
I see you play gigs, have you played abroad recently?
Yes we recently took the ferry to Finland, again! Finland is awesome, takes a evening and night on the boat to get there, we played there so many times now it feels like home. And we always meet great people there and friends we got to know through the years. We certainly will get back there soon.
Except for Finland there’s been a lot of gigs in Sweden last years but we’ve played some gigs in middle of Europe earlier and with the release of our third album we will make our best to tour there again.
Guys, as far as I know, Tyranex had extreme amount of line-up changes… What was wrong with previous musicians?
Nothing was wrong with them, they are great people, everyone who has been in this band has contributed to the music and it’s history. But people come and
go, after a while some wants to do something else, work with his own band, move somewhere else, focus on something else or just couldn’t find enough time for Tyranex anymore. When things changes in peoples personal lifes not everyone likes to stay.
This band has always had high goals and always been a hard working band, not just “rehearsing is only for fun”. I don’t know how many hours I spend rehearsing and then getting home and work on other Tyranex-stuff. It doesn’t suit everyone over time.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
NWOBHM bands. No one would ever guess Iron Maiden right??
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
No not really.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
I believe we need to tour. That’s the best way to meet new people.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
This summer I picked up my inlines from the cellar. I’ve been cruising the bicycle roads. And the drummer Pontus is doing free-lines. We also like games, tv, computer, board… and other stuff too.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
At the very local area it’s almost nothing, just a few metal heads here. But in Sweden it’s huge and it feels like more and more people like to buy records, at least in vinyl format. And people attend to gigs as well. It lives!
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thank you and thanks for being patient waiting for my answers.