Tad Morose took the time to come back

It took ten years for Tad Morose to go back in the studio. A decade is a long time, enough for a band to undergo a deep mutation. With Revenant, their evocatively-titled new album, Tad Morose have come to a new beginning. Guitarist Christer “Krunt” Andersson himself confesses that the evolution of the music industry, which has negatively impacted record sales, didn’t change much for the Swedish band. The true changes came from the three different line-ups the band has gone through in the past decade. Tad Morose announced in 2008 that a new album was on the tracks, but it wasn’t released until 2013. The least you can say is that the band took the time to come back.

Christer “Krunt” Andersson talked to us about the band’s unfortunate experiences, and more precisely about the case of vocalists Joe Comeau and Urban Breed. A humble interview with a modest man, to be found after the cut.

« We never worry about anything, we just do whatever we feel like doing and it still sounds Tad Morose »

Radio Metal: There has been a period of 10 years between Modus Vivendi and Revenant. Would you consider this period of time a hiatus or would you see this as a comeback or a new birth since new musicians joined the band?

Christer « Krunt » Andersson (guitar): In a way it’s a kind of new beginning for us. As you said, it’s much due to the fact that we had three new members on board for this album. But we’ve been active all the time throughout this ten years period so it’s not that we let down the band and we took a long break and all of a sudden we woke up and thought that we might as well reform the band. I mean we’ve been working on new material, playing live shows and whatever, all the time. But in a way it’s a kind of new beginning and it’s been a pretty long time since we last put out an album.

I was coming to this point: in 2008, it was announced that you were already working on the new album which only came out this year. Were there times of desperation, when you thought this record would never be out?

Yeah, I mean it took about two years to record this album, or more. I think three years from the actual time when we entered the studio to start recording the drums. But we’ve got our own recording studio and we are a bit lazy and perfectionists in a way perhaps but it took us quite a long time. But it wasn’t like we were in the studio every day for three years, it was more kind of an evening here, a weekend there, and things like that. I mean we didn’t have a record deal back then when we started recording this album so we were not in a big hurry either. We just wanted to do everything as good as we could.

Did the new album songs change a lot from their early version written five years ago? How did you manage to make these songs evolve with time and new musicians?

Yeah, everybody in Tad Morose always contributes to the song writing one way or another. It has always been like that. Of course when you bring in three new members the sound changes a bit, but that’s only natural I think. Some songs on Revenant are pretty old, so I think Revenant represent the band throughout the ten years period.

Apart from the vocals which are a bit different, the album Revenant is a very coherent, an almost logical follow-up to Modus Vivendi, despite 10 years passing and a change of lineup. How would you explain such continuity?

Well, I don’t know! I agree with you, to us it’s a logical step forward from the last album and it still sounds pretty much like a Tad Morose album. It seems like no matter how crazy song ideas we put in on one hand, on the other hand it still sounds like Tad Morose when we’re done and leaving the studio. We never worry about anything, we just do whatever we feel like doing and it still sounds Tad Morose. I don’t really know why.

About Joe Comeau: « It came to the point that we knew we couldn’t work together because he had a weird behaviour I think… »

Joe Comeau took the vocals duties for three years but you never released any album with him. Why is that?

When we were done with the former vocalist from Modus Vivendi – it came to the point that we knew we couldn’t work together because he had a weird behaviour I think and… yeah whatever – we were a bit set aback for six months or something, I don’t really know, before we picked up the pieces and moved on. A friend of mine said “How about Joe Comeau?” and we thought “Well, whatever” I mean “How would we even make that work if he lives in America but we might as well give it a try” so I gave him a call and he was really interested in joining the band. We started recording and did a bunch of live shows and everything was working out great but in the long run, what we were afraid of is that it wouldn’t work out. I mean we would like to be a rehearsing, practicing, working band so to say, and that is very hard if you have the singer on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. He was a pretty decent guy as well, but in order to keep the band alive and moving ahead, we couldn’t continue with Joe; which is sad in a way because he’s very kind of a musician, a very nice guy and a good singer so in a way it’s a bit sad that we didn’t manage to get something out with him on vocals. But we have some demos recorded with his voice or some songs as well so who knows: in the future it could be released as some kind of rare track or whatever. Then we talked to Ronny and he had the time so he joined the band.

With the perspective of a few years, do you consider his recruitment was a mistake or a waste of time?

No, I don’t think so. It was a good experience for us I think, and it was nice to get to know him a little bit better and everything. So it’s not a waste. Of course, we could have perhaps used the time more wisely. Actually, before we asked Joe Comeau, we talked to Ronny back then already but he was occupied with his former band so he couldn’t join Tad Morose. So who knows where we would have been if Ronny had joined us right after Urban left us. Nobody knows really so yeah, whatever.

Urban Breed, your previous singer, was much appreciated as the singer of the band by the Metal scene in general and by observers. What would you say to people who miss him in the band?

Oh well, I don’t know. People change, things change and there’s not much to do about that. He was better off on his own and we were better off without him for sure. Of course it’s always kind of the thing when a band changes, especially the lead singer, I mean some people will always kind of prefer the old singer, some will like the new singer. But I mean Urban is still active and he’s singing in a band called Trail Of Murder, to name out of a few, so if they like Urban’s voice there’s plenty of stuff to listen to anyway. And I personally think that Ronny fits better in the band, but it’s my opinion so… Everybody can probably have their own opinion about it.

In 2013, date you released your new album, the situation in the Music industry was quite different than it was 10 years ago when you released your previous album. What does it change for you as a band, when you cannot rely on record sales anymore?

Yeah, of course it has changed pretty dramatically but it’s not all bad. We didn’t make a lot of money back then either so that’s why is doesn’t affect us that much. Of course it has changed and the album sales went down so dramatically nowadays but on the other hand it tends to get the band together much more on budget of everything because the record companies can’t put up with huge founding anymore for the recording. So yeah, we do things a little bit different and we do a lot of things by ourselves. We recorded the album in our own studio; we did a video for “Beneath a Veil” ourselves and everything. It’s nice to do that as well and of course with the new era the good thing is that you can really reach out to a lot of people in a short time thanks to the internet.

« If nobody was to like the new album well we would still be doing it because we like it. »

You’ve been on the Swedish and international Metal scene for almost 20 years. How do you feel about all these new Swedish bands getting bigger and gaining success, such as Ghost for example?

Eh, I don’t know… [Pauses] I don’t know, really. I mean I’m happy for everybody who manages to reach success doing whatever feels good to them. People ask us the same thing, kind of “How come you’re not more famous, I mean you’ve been around for ages and of course you put out new things but you’re not a big band!” well perhaps we’re just not good enough for it, I don’t know! [Laughs]

[Laughs] OK, I guess Tad Morose hasn’t been your main occupation during these past 10 years. How do you manage getting back promoting and touring with all the members, considering that some of you may have had other occupations?

Yeah, we’ve all got regular day jobs so playing in Tad Morose is our part of fun in life, so to say. And that’s pretty much how we’d like to keep it because it really gives us the freedom to do whatever we feel like doing. I mean when we write the new songs or put out a new album we do it for our own sake in the first place. And if nobody was to like the new album well we would still be doing it because we like it.

I guess it’s kind of a different organisation for all of you…

Yeah it is. I mean we can work around pretty much and solve everything but we can’t go away on tour for six months without getting any payment. [Laughs] Of course, since we all have regular day jobs we really need to plan everything carefully in advance. But usually it’s not big of a problem.

Are there any touring plans to support this album?

Hopefully there will be, of course, because playing live is the fuel for the engine, so we’re really looking forward to play live as much as possible. As far as I know, nothing is book right now, but our management is negotiating with various booking agencies and so on. Hopefully within a couple of weeks or so things will start to get confirmed so we can continue to plan around that. Of course we’d like to do as much live as possible in 2014.

What is the status of your other band/project Inmoria, since most of you in Tad Morose are part of it?

Yeah [Laughs] it turned out that way! All the material for the third Inmoria album is written so it’s mostly down to the four of us who play in Tad Morose also need to find some time and record the album. So probably sometime during this winter we will do that. Inmoria is Danne Eriksson’s band so he writes all the lyrics, all the songs; he takes care of all the business and everything. We’re more like hired guns so to say, which is totally fine and the way I would prefer to have it that way because I don’t want to start writing songs for Inmoria. People think those two bands are too mixed up already. So that’s the clear line between those two bands and makes them differ I think. Inmoria is a band where we just play and Tad Morose is a band where we contribute to the song writing and share everything and stuff like that so…

OK, thanks. This will be my last question, if you have anything to add for our readers feel free to say so.

Yeah, I hope everybody likes Revenant and whenever you play it turn up the volume because it’s supposed to be played loud, it sounds better that way and if we come to a city nearby, please come take a shot live; because live is what Tad Morose is all about. Hope you like the album, turn it up!

Interview conducted on December, 9th 2013 by Amphisbaena.
Transcription: Natacha.
Introduction: Alastor.

Tad Morose official website: www.tadmorose.se

Album Revenant, out since November, 26th 2013 via Despotz Records.

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