Pound for pound, they’re Sweden’s best Alt Rockers

Pound, from Borlänge, Sweden, is on the Drunken Mermaid’s short list of favorite alternative rock bands.  So we are quite happy to share our interview with Pound frontman Stefan Altzar.

Pound is Janne Korpela, Stefan Altzar, Sam Granath, Kalle Sandstrom, and Christian Larsson

drunkenmermaid.com: How did Pound form?

Janne and Stefan played together in the band Universal Puppies and wanted to do something new, so they formed Pound in 2004. The music was more heavy and with an electronic vibe.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us what each one of your brings to the band.

Stefan is the songwriter, producer, singer and guitarist. Janne is the Led Zeppelin -influenced guitarist. He’s the free spirit. Christian plays bass and sings. He’s a very important part of the solid rhythm section. Kalle plays keyboards and is the architect behind the beautiful sounds on top of everything – like the icing on the cake. Samuel is the grooviest drummer on the planet, making everything we do just sound good.

drunkenmermaid.com: Musically, who are your main influences?

We have so many influences. From 70’s bands like Zeppelin, Queen and Deep Purple. 80’s west coast bands, 90’s bands like Soundgarden and King’s X and of course a lot of newer bands like Muse, Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters.

drunkenmermaid.com: What’s a song you’d like to cover? How would it sound as performed by Pound?

I Play Dead by Björk would be fun to cover. It’s perfect as it is but we would add more guitars and heaviness.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about the making of Desillusionizer.

The Desillusionizer album is actually leftovers from the Stardust, Lies and Holy Water album. We thought the songs were too good to throw away so we re-recorded some stuff and re-mixed it.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite track off of the EP?

My favorite track is Not the Same.

drunkenmermaid.com: You are signed with DO IT Management out of New Zealand; they’ve got some great artists, including yourselves. How did that come about?

We submitted the Fool You video to a video competition and we were one of seven finalists. Paul at DO IT management/records loved it and we got the deal.

drunkenmermaid.com: When will you be releasing your next album? What can you tell us about the new tracks?

The new album will be released after the summer. It’s called One of These Days I’m Gonna Bring You the Sun in a Box and it will be much more varied than before. A mix of all our influences. Longer songs, more keyboards, more unpredictable things happening. So at least the reviewers in Sweden will hate us. 🙂

drunkenmermaid.com: You did a tour of Germany and Switzerland last year. What were the highlights?

You get very happy when you’re playing in another country and the people understand what you are doing. We got very good response. The highlight was a gig in Aalen, Germany. A lot of nice people there.

drunkenmermaid.com: Where are you touring next?

We are touring in Sweden after the summer but we would love to come to the US!

Amen to that. Until they get here, visit Pound at their website and on facebook. They rock.

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