|Soapbox is quite a new band from Sweden. Can you
give a description of the history of the band?
Simon: We started out in the
Autumn of 1996. At that point it was more like for fun. Something you do in the evenings.
Pär and Andreas were involved in another band and Krister was also playing in another
band. But after a while those bands broke up and Soapbox was the only band left. So, we
became more serious with Soapbox and we recorded a demotape in 1998. In the Spring of 1999
we recorded more new songs too. And those new songs are released on a CD-EP on Sally Forth
Okay. What are the main influences that contribute to the sound
of the band?
Simon: I think we have a lot of different contributions because we listen to all kinds
of music. But of course the town we come from has lot of great hardcore bands and the punk
and hardcore scene is very strong. So, we've been influenced by bands in our hometown as
well as the upcoming Christian market in America with Tooth & Nail and all those
bands. So, it's basically a very wide influence. Not just one band we want to sound like.
It's more like we pick a little from everything and we like them and we try to do our own
Is this kind of music you like yourself or is it because all the
members of the band bring in certain elements and you come up with one style but you don't
listen to it so frequently?
Simon: I think we all like this kind of music. As I said before we also listen to a lot
of other kinds of music. Especially Krister listens to... a lot of music! More than other
guys in the band I guess
Krister: I listen to everything from country music to extremely hard industrial noise.
And everything in between!
How is it then to play in a punkband?
Krister: Well, punk rock and hardcore is maybe the style that is closest
to my heart. So, I like it.
You only released one EP-CD. How is that debut-CD received so
Simon: The reviews we read were fairly good. They like it and the songs are good and
somewhat creating a new style with mixing melodic voice with screaming. It's fairly well
received I think. We haven't sold a lot but we're working on it.
You had the opportunity to sell lots of CD's because you did a
five date tour through Holland a few months ago. And now you're doing three concerts
again. How do people here in Holland respond to the EP?
Simon: Oh, that's a tricky question. Oh gosh!
Let me put it differently. What is the fruit of the touring?
Simon: For us it's very fun to travel around and play in different places and meet a
lot of people and it's more like spreading the name in the beginning. To get people know
you. To hear you and respect you as a band. So, in the beginning it's more like promotion
to us. To go touring and spreading the name.
Okay. Now some questions about the lyrics. The six songs on the
EP are about all kinds of frustrations but never really specific/personal. Like the song
Guilty. It's a song about a person who is guilty of murder or something like that. What's
the story behind that song?
Simon: Well, the story behind the song is.....There is no story behind the song! It's
more like pointed to all the people in the world that do nothing about injustices. When
they see them on TV. When they see racism on TV. When they see pornography on TV. In the
end they sit at home on the couch watching TV and go like "okay, switch the
channel". In the long run it's destroying humanity. So, it's not an aggression song
towards one person but more like frustrations over us as human beings not taking care of
Another song that strikes me is Killer which is about pollution
of the earth. Lyrics go like "you kill the planet, you strangle mother earth".
Why do you write these kind of lyrics?
Simon: Krister wrote that lyric. He had read a book about environmental destruction and
after that he was so frustrated over us as human beings -again- not taking care of our own
planet. So, we're stupid to not take care of this planet. It's all we have. So we have to
take care of it. We're gonna live on it for the rest of our lives.
Andreas: A lot of companies do know that their products are hurting the environment and
because they earn a lot of money they continue doing it and they are getting rich on it
while they destroy the environment. I think that's something to become upset of.
Do you see yourself as a person who pollutes?
Andreas: We try to do the best we can by buying ecological food and things like that.
But we're not perfect ourselves, of course. But we think it's better to do something than
don't care at all. And if everyone does a little bit, it's getting better in the long run.
Do you think Christians should be an example as it comes to
taking a stand against pollution of the earth? And trying to find their way, not
Andreas: Well, we believe that God created the earth and it was good and he was glad
over it. And now we slowly destroy it and I think Christians shouldn't destroy the Earth
that God has created. So, yes, I think Christians should be examples.
Are they doing their best or not enough?
Andreas: Some do and many don't.
How do you feel about that?
It's upsetting to me when Christians that are aware of the consequences of their actions
still continue to do what is bad for the environment. But this goes not only for
Christians of course, but for all mankind.
It's maybe a strange question but can you give three simple ideas
that people can apply easily in their lives that could make a difference already?
First of all, look for and buy ecological products at the grocery store.If they
don't have any, ask for them. They might be a bit more expensive, but it's
worth it in the long run. Two, eat more vegetarian food or become vegetarian. It's a lot
easier than some people seem to think and it's better for the environment. And finally,
"do to others what you would have them do to you" (Matthew
One last question. You released only one EP-CD with fourteen
minutes. Are you planning a new CD?
Simon: We have actually recorded a thirteen songs just before we went here to Holland.
We haven't still mixed them. So, we're going to mix them when we come home and send them
to the recordcompany and hopefully a full-length will be released soon.
Krister: It's about 30 minutes long!
Simon: 35! People don't handle more than 35 minutes so...
But that's okay.