Musiker, die in die Dorett Bar nach Mainz kommen, spielen immer qualitativ-hochwertige Musik. EvilMrSod ist da keine Ausnahme. Seine Bluesgitarren-skills bringen eine wundervolle Tiefe in seine Lieder. Im Interview mit ihm auf fauves.de wird philosophiert, Thema: Leben und Tod. Am Donnerstag, den 23. November um 20:00 kann man sich von seiner lebendigen Performance überzeugen. Hasta luego compañeros.
You have been a musician for more than 20 years. What other bands have you played in and for how long have you been doing your own project “EvilMrSod”?
My first band in Spain was called Fuckin’ Family Faces. I say “was” but we haven’t split, at least not really. We’re just waiting for the moment to do a comeback tour, hahaha. EvilMrSod started (in 2003) as a vehicle to do some other kinds of music that we weren’t doing in that band: blues, country… let’s say “quieter stuff”. The problem was that when I moved to Germany, I was only playing as EvilMrSod and it began to get louder and louder. So, goodbye soft songs. But it’s all good, I’m happy with how it is right now. I’ve also been a member of Orange Blues Band, in Spain too. Then here in Germany there’s been a couple of attempts at a EvilMrSod-with-band kind of thing. In Berlin there was EvilMrSod & The Pale Ryders and now in Leipzig I sometimes play in a band format and we call it EvilMrSod Loves Dead Musicians. I’m also in a band with friends from Dresden called Mariachi Los Svensson. And maybe two or three more, who knows?
Could you tell us a bit about your song „Going Down“ (2015)? In the video of the song we get the information that “An Estimated 1 million people worldwide take their lives by suicide every year”. In the middle part you sing “bury me in whiskey, bury me in smoke”. What is the background story of that song and how are these parts connected with each other?
Well, I rarely talk about my lyrics because to be honest, most of the time I have no idea what I’m talking about. In any case I usually don’t tell stories in my songs. They work more as images. But that song specifically talks about dead friends, people who committed suicide, and I guess also a bit about how fragile we are and how unexpectedly we all can die.
“Going Down” (2015) and several other songs deal with death and life. What fascinates you when you work with this reoccurring theme?
Why life and death? I think there’s a fascinating contrast there. I find that contrast very interesting although I have to admit, lately I find death more interesting than life. Life, more or less we all know a bit about it. We are alive. There’s no big secret, you get up, go to work, eat something, interact at different levels with people, go back to sleep. Death is more of a mystery. Not everybody’s been dead and back to life. In fact, very few people have been in that situation. And the things they tell you about it are always different. So it remains a mystery.
“They call me evil” is nicely done with its Blues rhythm. You sing: “They call me evil that it makes me cry because I also have a heart inside”. How come you called yourself “EvilMrSod” anyways?
Yes, but at the end of the song I also sing “they call me evil and that’s just fine because I don’t really mind”. We all are evil and we all are good. I just accept my evilness. Or at least I acknowledge its existence. Nothing is black or white. I can be sad one day because someone said I’m evil and then the next day I embrace how evil I am. We don’t feel the same way everyday so things (words) don’t affect us in the same way every day.
The way you sing in “I’m gonna disappear” sounds like you were having a hard time and you just want to leave some place that you hate for “one, two, three, four years”. Was it Tenerife, Berlin, Tenerife or some metaphorical place that you wanted to get away from?
It wasn’t a place. Or it was, actually. It was “the road”. That song was written in a moment where I was playing very often and I was tired and didn’t want to play more shows but I had to. I just wanted to go home and not touch a guitar for “one, two, three, four years”.
The record that you did with Mariachi Los Svensson, “Skål compadre” finally has a Spanish song on it that I was waiting for: “El Último Beso”. First question: Why is there no Spanish song on the previous albums? What made you decide to sing this song, which is also about death (Por qué se fue, por qué murió, por qué el señor me la quitó ) in Spanish and not in English?
The legend says we are a Mariachi from Sweden and we are crazy about rock’n’roll. Since we are a Mariachi we thought it would make sense to have a song in Spanish and we all knew that one and we discovered there was an old Spanish version of it.
The reason why there are no Spanish songs on the previous albums is because I don’t specially like Spanish when it comes to sing the kind of music I sing. I just find that English fits better. I don’t think I’ll ever make a complete record in Spanish but if I ever do, it will be a totally different kind of music, I think. I have no idea. I haven’t really thought about it that much.
Final question: You will play at Dorett Bar in Mainz. Do you know what kind of place it is and was? How come you chose this venue to perform? I think it really fits your music for some reason! 😀
It wasn’t my idea. I got an invitation to play there and after asking some friends if the place was cool (and they said “yes, it is”), I decided to accept that invitation. I don’t know the kind of place it is and/or was, but now that you mention that, be sure I’m going to ask about it.
Thank you so much, gracias, for the interview. See you there!