|As a preparation to this interview, I checked out
the official Anaemia website. However, the history of the band was described a bit
briefly. So, can you give us an idea of how it all started and the history from then till
Kim: It started of with Tobbe (drums) and me playing
in a punk rock band called Armoured Faith. At the time I played the guitar. After a while
Erik Andersson joined on keyboard and we got a more doom influenced sound. Then Chriss
(guitar) moved from the north of Sweden to join our band and we became Anaemia. At the
time we changed to a more heavier sound and Martin joined on bass and we became a live
act. After two demo recordings and several gigs Erik left the band for playing techno with
his wife. One year after Erik left the band we got signed to Endtime Productions and we
went into the studio to record our album, The Second Incarnation. This is the simple but
true story of Anaemia.
As I understand it, the band does not have a permanent
bass-player. But there is a guy who is helping you out at concerts. Is he just an
unofficial member of the band, as it seems he's permanently doing concerts?
Tobbe & Kim: He is a permanent member of Anaemia but he was
taking a break from the band when we were recording, but he will be playing on our next
recording. Hopefully that will be a new album.
You released the Second Incarnation as your debut-album through Endtime Productions of
Samuel Durling. Personally, I think it's a wonderful debut. Are you satisfied with the
result and how is the feedback so far?
Tobbe & Kim: We´re glad you liked the record, so do we. But
of course you´re never totally satisfied. As musicians we keep developing all time and we
think there´s a lot of things we can do better. The response so far has been good.
What could have been better, do you think?
Tobbe & Kim: The sound could have been more aggressive. It´s
too much a studiosound on the album. We want more of a live feeling. More
dirty rock n´roll. A little moreSoulfly if you know what we mean. On our next
album we will experiment more and we will probably not be that predictable. Maybe
embrace influences from other musicstyles.
Just like Extols debut on Endtime, this album is a good production. Quite remarkable, both
Extols as well as Anaemia's debut were produced by the bands themselves. What do you think
contributed to that?
Tobbe & Kim: Endtime gave us free hands and obviously we did
a quite good job. We recorded our album and they where satisfied with the result.
The CD is a debut-album! To your opinion, what conditions in
terms of budget and studio and such were provided for by Endtime to make it to a success?
Tobbe & Kim: We never talked about money. We recorded and
Okay. Other question now. Extol is the first band on Endtime.
They went twice to the States. Summer 1999 they did an extensive tour there. They also had
some good response in Europe. With that in mind, what do you hope to achieve with Anaemia?
Tobbe & Kim: We will do our thing as good as we can and if
the response is good we´ll be glad. If people like our music we´ll probably do some
And do you have certain expectations of the future? Or even
worked out plans?
Tobbe & Kim: We have a couple of gigs and hopefully these
will give us more gigs. We will record some new material this summer.
With Anaemia being the second band signed to Endtime, what band
would you suggest Samuel as a third band on the roster?
Tobbe & Kim: There are some bands that Durling has talked
about but nothing is official yet so we can´t talk about it.
I know about Lengsel as kind of a surprise from Endtime, but is
there any band that you like that you would suggest to him or any other label?
Tobbe & Kim: Bob Dylan, but he´s already signed on another
.*smile*. Hasta la victoria siempre!!!