Based out of Sweden, Her Bright Skies definitely speaks a universal language when it comes to rock and roll. Rivals has just been unleashed onto the world at large via Panic & Attack Records, featuring wondrously infectious songs of epic proportions. Rivals is THE breakthrough release of 2012, destined to launch Her Bright Skies into the stratosphere. Here is a recent interview we conducted with guitarist Petter Nilsson to find out more about this band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Her Bright Skies, and how long the band has been together.
Hey there! I’m Pete, I try to play guitar in the band and we’ve been together since 2005.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re based out of a small town in Sweden called Jönköping. The music scene used to be pretty good with a lot of hardcore/skate-bands coming through here on the way to the major Swedish cities. A few years back me and my mates used to run a venue that unfortunately got torn down by the government and the whole scene kind of died with that. A real shame. Nowadays it’s slowly coming back but it’s gonna take a while. It’s not crawling with great local bands but a few good ones are Intohimo and I’m From Barcelona.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Rivals?
Yeah it’s about being whoever you want and to not letting people drag you down. Every song has a different scenario but it all ties into the same subject.
Select two songs from Rivals and what inspired the lyrics.
Lovekills, which is the first single off the album, is about taking what you want to succeed in life and feel good about yourself. It’s kind of a love story but that’s not the purpose of the song. Its purpose is to inspire others.
Another song is Up & Away which is a song about being on the road and the struggles of being in a band. We’re so grateful to be able to do what we’re doing, but it’s not as glamorous as people might think. Though, like we’re singing in the song, when you stand in front of hundreds of people that really like your music, it’s all worth it in the end. We’d be nothing without our fans, that’s for sure.
Who was the production team who worked on Rivals and what did you think of New York City?
Two crazy bastards from the state of New York. Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta. They love food almost as much as music and they really liked our sound. So they decided to bring us over and help us make a rock n roll record. We loved New York City but coming from a cold ass country like Sweden, we sometimes thought we’d just straight up melt.
Who did the cover art for Rivals and how much input did you have in it?
It was actually our singer, Jaybee himself who did it. It’s the first time we did our own cover art so we had 100 % input on how it should look, which was great but also very stressful. He did a great job though. I love it.
How does Rivals compare to your previous releases?
It’s got more rawness to it. We didn’t use a lot of “cheats” when recording and sometimes it’s not 100 % but that’s how we wanted it. It’s more honest but at the same time a lot more playful than our other releases. Less serious.
When could we expect to see Her Bright Skies doing a tour here in the State and have you ever played here before?
We haven’t played there yet but we’re planning a tour right now. So you should all keep your eyes open for news about that! We’ll be touring Europe a lot this spring with an awesome Swedish band called Royal Republic. Looking forward to that.
What could one expect from a live Her Bright Skies show?
Awkward silence, untuned guitars and lots of booing. Seriously..
The Queen Of England invites Her Bright Skies to play one song for her and invited guests at a Royal Command Performance! What song would you do for the Queen and why?
Haha, what a weird question. I’d like to play one of our old songs with the screaming and the crazy drum fills. That’ll get her attention.
While on tour, some drunk guy offers you $100 USD (convert that to pounds if its a UK tour) to play a cover of What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction. He is serious and has the cash. What do you do?
Hell yeah! We need the cash. We’d go on stage and rock that One Direction song like there was no tomorrow.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the very first time.
That real music is still alive and that they should go out and start their own band, pronto!
Any final words of wisdom?
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
Her Bright Skies is:
Johan “Jaybee” Brolin (Vocals)
Niclas Sjöstedt (Guitar)
Petter “Pete” Nilsson (Guitar, Vocals)
Joakim “Jolle” Karlsson (Bass guitar, Vocals)
Jonas Gudmundson (Drums)
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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