Germ Bomb interview

Hi dear Germ Bomb! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?

Hey, the name Germ Bomb came up while listening to an old Dead Kennedys song, they sing it in the lyrics and we thought it sounded cool. No we haven’t changed our name.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

We don’t care so much about genres but we understand that people have a will to categorize music. We always say that we play rock like Motörhead did but we have a lot of metal, punk and doom influences.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

We met in school when we were just kids.

When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

Me (Hampus) and Pierre started to play in different bands in mid 90s and we were listening to a lot of swedish punk bands and thrash bands from all around the world, Extreme Aggression by Kreator was and still is one of our favorite thrash albums. Germ Bomb started out 2009 when our former band Hathor split up and we were into bands like Toxic Holocaust and Celtic Frost aswell as doom bands.

Are you a member of any music organizations?

In Sweden we have an organization for songwriters and bands named STIM to protect your music. We are members of local association Truckstop Alaska, consert arranger and a really cool venue for more extreme music in Gothenburg.

What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?

We have never been nerdy about instruments but we have found comfortable things that works for us, I play Gibson guitars connected to Marshall stacks, classic rig. Pierre using Premier drums and zildjian cymbals right now, it just happend to be those brand cause they sounded good, no loyalty involved.

Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

Since we are a duo and have to find bass players, its been a challenge to do alot of gigs but we have mostly played in Sweden and Norway. Truckstop Alaska in Gothenburg and Blitz in Oslo is fantastic venues. We will play in Oslo, Strömstad and Gothenburg. We would love to do a tour in Europe.

Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?

It depends which songs feels fresh at the time, often songs from new material but we always play some old tunes, “Dogs From The Wasteland” from debut album “Infected From Birth” is such a song. Cover songs can be fun to do live but its a challenge to find the right one, it cant be too obvious songs, we have played GBH, Motörhead and Misfits. We always have a setlist..

Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Most theme for songs are about a world in decay, the greed of mankind and eventually we will destroy ourselves. We dont care for politics that much, we think they are corrupt!
They probably won’t change because society will always be rotten and unjust.

Could you briefly describe the music-making process?

I come up with riffs and ideas to rehearsal room and then we work together with the song, rearrange it over and over til we think it feels good, hard work! I write all the lyrics.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

We try to rehearse once a week, we try to be creative and write new material but sometimes we just have to keep up with the old songs so we dont get rusty.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

I think we evolved in that sense that we can incorporate more stuff into our music now than before, heavy stuff, industrial influences together with our punk thrash background and tempo is not key anymore, we dont have to play fast all the time. Be open for new things, it doesn’t mean we will sound like a complete different band, I think you recognize Germ Bomb from album to album.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Sometimes things get boring, when you’re not inspired and things don’t happen the way you hope for. You just have to keep on keeping on, Rock n roll is the only way!

What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

I don’t think fortune and fame is our goal but to be recognized by right people for right things is pretty cool, if I think we made a great song its cool to hear from someone you respect say that too. Sometimes you just have to get your creativity out of your system and your frustration or anger, playing in a band is a good way to do that!

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Do your own thing, don’t listen to what other people say, and it should be fun!

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

Of Course through social media and streaming services but I recommend everyone who wants to listen properly to buy a physical copy somehow.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

Families and friends for support through the years, Kurt Russel of course and our record labels MetalRace Records (cd) and Insane Society Records and Inverted Inhumation Records (Lp).

Any last words?

Thanx for having us! Cheers!!!