Interview with Eric Björklund – bassist
Interview by Kira Levine
Hey and thank you for your time. Please state your name and position in the band.
Eric on four-strings.
Commando are quite a new band and only began a few years ago. How did you guys all meet?
We all met in high school, being in the same class. Robin and Aron had a band before that I’ve played alongside of, so we weren’t total strangers when we met.
When did you first start getting into music and realise that you wanted to join a band?
I fondly remember around five years old when one of my older brothers showed me Heaven’s on Fire by Kiss and was hooked right at the start. The music he showed me certainly helped paved the way to find my own taste.
Were you given any advice from other recording artists before starting out?
We’ve gotten to know a few now, being out playing a bit. So we’ve gotten some well needed advice along the way.
You are set to release your first EP, Rites Of Damnation on May 22nd. Is there a concept behind the record?
No. They’re just a collection of songs we’ve written in these last years.
What can fans expect from your upcoming full-length album?
A more consistent project. Earlier we’ve just written one-off songs. This time we’re thinking about the big picture with songs that work better together on a record. Not maybe a concept album, but a coherent one at least.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
Some have described us as “fast and dark” and some others compared some of our songs with Mercyful Fate, but I don’t know. You would have to listen to it I guess.
Are there any established bands or musicians that inspire you?
When it comes to writing the kind of music we play there’s a lot of Swedish bands. Tribulation, In Solitude, Vampire and Antichrist to name a few truly great ones.
Joel Sundin is the man behind the artworks of both your 2018 demo and forthcoming EP. Can you talk a little bit about how this collaboration happened?
He made our logo when the band started back in 2016, so he was a clear choice to make artwork for both the demo and the EP. The stuff’s great and an important person to work closely with the band, someone we’ll work more with in the future. He seems to know exactly what we want, even when we don’t haha.
Do you plan on embarking on a tour anytime soon?
When this situation is over, we really want to get on the road again. Maybe do some more shows with our Norwegian friends in Enter Obscurity as we did last year with our Berlin – Copenhagen – Gothenburg run.
So far, what has been your favourite track to perform live?
Of our own, Djävulsmaskopi for sure. But we’ve done some covers as well, such as Take This Torch and Come to the Sabbath that’s a lot of fun to play. Looking forward to playing some of the new songs we’ve been working on.
Where in the world would your dream tour be?
The States and Europe to begin with for sure.
Where do you draw your influences from when it comes to producing new music or lyrics?
I draw a lot of inspiration from mythology and religion when it comes to writing lyrics. Final Judgement I wrote most of the lyrics for, that’s about the downfall of Lucifer from heaven. Some of the songs I do some kind of research and others I just make stories up.
Is it difficult balancing out being in a band with the rest of your commitments in life?
For the most part it’s not. We take time out of our daily lives to rehearse and other stuff around the band. We’re all close friends, so it’s often we hang out either way.
How would you describe the current music scene in Sweden? Did it meet your expectations?
The bands are great. It’s sad to see so many places shut down though. Truckstop Alaska in Gothenburg was a venue we really wanted to play at, sadly it had to shut down at the beginning of 2020.
Do you think it’s important for a band to be signed to a label to be recognised in today’s society?
Absolutely not. It might be great exposure to be signed, but a lot of great bands have come far without it.
What genres of music do you like to listen to personally?
A wide array, right now it’s a lot of pop and rock. The indie rock legend Mac Demarco is a great songwriter and has been one of my biggest idols the recent years.
What are the pros and cons of being in a band?
Pros: It’s fun as hell writing songs together and playing live. Cons: Sometimes not being on the same page about where to take the songs.
Outside of Commando, do you have any other creative endeavours or interests?
I write some music and study graphic design. A lot of flyers and posters to the band are made by me.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Write music and survive, the usual.
Thank you for your time, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?
Hope you’ll enjoy the record. Take care.