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Sulo Karlsson, The Crunch interview

the crunch - busy making noiseThe Crunch release their debut album ‘Busy making noise’ at the end of October.  We spoke to band member Sulo Karlsson to ask about the band and their album..
OK for anyone unfamiliar with The Crunch could you give us a quick overview of who the band is?
It’s me, Sulo Karlsson (Diamond Dogs) song, Terry Chimes (Clash) drums, Dave Tregunna (Sham 69, Lords of the new church) bas and Mick Geggus (Cockney Rejects) guitar.

How did you all come together to form The Crunch?

We met when I did  a book/cd last year together with a Swedish journalist .  The book “Keep yourself alive” is  about punk/rock stars from the 70’s and 80’s and I recorded a song with each person, like a soundtrack to the book. At the book release we came together and played a couple of old numbers at Pet Sounds Bar in Stockholm. It was such a treat so we decided to form a band and work on some new material.

Where did the name “The Crunch” come from?

Well, it’s Terry that came up with the name and I guess it’s just a short good name that’s easy to remember, which is good when you’re getting older…

Your new album, “Busy making noise” is due for release at the end of October, and sounds superb .  Can you tell us a bit about the album?

I wrote all the tracks during the recording (4 months) and we recorded them in sessions, 3-4 tracks each time. We had 20 songs so we left a couple till the next album.
It was a very joyful recording session, full of energy and everyone put their skill and talent in the songs. We had such a good time, we could probably have recorded a double album.

What are your inspirations for writing the lyrics?

Life! My life and others. It’s all about the feel of the song. The lyrics got to match the melodic style of the song.

You’ve got a few tour dates at the end of September in Sweden. Are there an UK dates being planned?

We’re planning to play a couple in dec and then continue in jan.

When you buy music, which do you prefer and why – Vinyl, CD or legal mp3 downloads ?

I never downloaded anything!  Vinyl and Cd but vinyl if it’s possible.

What was the last album you bought?

Iris Dement “Lifeline”. An American country singer . Fantastic voice!

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.