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Eric in Australian Loud


Stockholm’s Crashdïet are the modern epitome of rock n’roll upstarts. With a classic glam image and attitude, they rose through the local underground with a couple of Hanoi Rocks-inspired demos and in 2004 were signed to the Swedish arm of Universal after being discovered drinking outside a liquor store. Their debut Rest in Sleaze hit #12 on the Swedish charts and they toured Britain, playing at Download on their first ever tour there. Then tragedy struck when vocalist Dave Lepard took his own life following a bout of depression, aged only 25. After some months of soul-searching, Crashdïet returned with new frontman H. Olliver Twisted, an association that lasted for another album. Last year, with current vocalist Simon Cruz third album Generation Wild peaked at #3 in Sweden and the band has since opened for Ozzy Osbourne and toured Europe with Hardcore Superstar and 69 Eyes. In October, they will be bringing their rock n’ roll assault to Australia for a whirlwind two date tour. Loud caught up with drummer Eric Young to chat about what to expect.

Q: Hi Eric. Crashdïet is going to be down here in Australia very soon. 
A: Yes! You wouldn’t imagine how much we are super excited about that, actually.

Q: It’s only two shows though! What’s the story there? 
A: The fact is we’re working on the new album now and we just wanted to not take too much time out of that, and go down and test the waters a bit and stir up some water a bit and see what happens. If it’s a total success, go back and do more shows.

Q: It seems like the Swedish rock scene is really going well right now. I interviewed Rikki from Sister a little while ago and he tells me the whole thing is really going off.
A: Sister has been like little brothers – or sons – to us for a long time, so it’s great to see it’s going off for them too now. Martin Sweet our guitar player has helped them a great deal with their album, mixing and so on, and that album that’s released now is really a cool album. We’re looking to doing some tours with them. We’ve done it before but it would be fun to do a more extensive tour with them.

Q: Who would be your ultimate band to tour with? 
A: We’ve toured a couple of times now with Hardcore Superstar, and we just always have a blast. We’re a match made in heaven. And not just for ourselves, because we always have a good time touring, but also for the audience. It’s a good mix between bit more extreme thrashy 80s music, and the more classic 80s music that we provide. I think they are, for us, the ultimate band to tour with. I’m sure they are a million other bands we’d love to tour with too. Black Veil Brides is one of them. We’ve talked about doing stuff with them, so we’ll see what happens. Who knows? Maybe we will get together for a tour down there some day.

Q: So when can we expect the next album?
A: I would say around April/May next year. Because the thing is, when you do an album, you have a long preparation; a lot of time and preparation to do the right promotion done. We’re working now to get all these songs done. We usually do around 30 to 50 songs per album and choose out the very best. That’s the way we go about it. And the tours that we’re all of a sudden doing in the late Fall beginning of winter – mini-tour in Australia, and the US and England – that’s eating into our making-an-album time, so hopefully April or May next year.

Q: 50 songs! That’s a lot of material to work through.
A: Yeah. Well, we kinda push ourselves. And if we don’t write that many songs, I get nervous. We always fire away with lots of songs.

Q: What’s the make-up of your audience? It would seem to me that Crashdïet would perhaps appeal to an older crowd as much as it would younger people.
A: Our audience is basically young people. Mostly people between 15 and 20 who are searching for the meaning of life. And they find us and we give them the fuel to meet the world on their terms. But also fans of the 80s who were growing up in those days. And we found that the 80s music fans, when they saw us for the first time, we like, ‘Argh! A bunch of guys trying to repeat the 80s, who do they think they are?’ But after a while they started to see that we were here to stay and really struggling against the music scene that is today and I think more and more people are coming to the shows… well, I know that they are, so it’s a steady mix I would say.

Q: It must have been difficult, then, to break through that perception that you were just doing 80s rock without bringing anything new to it.
A: Both yes and no. I mean, with our band we just play the music that we like and the music that comes out of us. If you take me for instance, I’m a big fan of Mötley Crüe, but I’m also a big fan of Cannibal Corpse and Lady Ga Ga and stuff like that. Obviously the music that comes out of our creation is a steady mix. So we kind of interpret what we all are influenced by and I would say if you put on our first album you’re going to hear the Mötley Crüe and stuff like that, but it’s also going to have elements of the new stuff. Nobody can honestly say that we sound like the 80s music bands and sleep good at night. Because they obviously haven’t listened to the album or they wouldn’t throw shit at us.

Q: What are you listening to at the moment? What is inspiring you right now?
A: What inspires me is different things. Sometimes I feel like going for the mellow music and I listen to a lot of different styles, but mostly I would say to get me going sometimes I need a Slayer album. Sometimes to keep me going I need a good old 80s album of course, any KISS album will do. Or easily I can put the new Katy Perry album on. I really like that one. Of course Hardcore Superstar is one of my favourite bands. They kinda mix the 80s with thrash metal, which I’m a big fan of. So that’s something… every time they do a new album I listen to that day in and day out.

Q: How would you describe Crashdïet to someone who had never seen you play or heard your music before?
A: Oh that’s a hard one! I would describe Crashdïet as a big fucking tasty cake with lots of cream on top and loads of flavours inside. It’s hard for anyone to say they wouldn’t like it because there’s something in that cake that anybody would like. I would just say a big tasty cake!

Q: So we will be getting a big classic rock from Crashdïet here in Australia?
A: Oh yeah. Classic in the sense of what we can provide for you guys. I mean, flying overseas we can’t bring our big stage set and all the pyro  and all that shit. But we’ll make the best of situation and just bring our energy and play all the songs people wanna hear.

Q: So for now it’s just the quick visit, and we can hopefully get you guys to come back again some time soon?
A: Yeah that’s the point of this. Just to give people a like taste of what we are and then come back and do the whole full blown tour later.

Interview in Sludge factory


Vicki Grozdanovski had the privilege to catch up with the lovely Eric Young to chat about the new CRASHDÏET albumGeneration Wild and their upcoming Australian Tour in October 2011.

We started off chatting about CRASHDÏET’s new album and the inspiration behind Generation Wild.  Aside from their normal influences musically, such as SKID ROW and KISS to just name a few, spiritually, their inspiration had a lot to do with front-man Simon Cruz. “We are super excited to have him on board and I like to call it the birth of Simon.  Simon contributed and added something that was lacking before,” boasts Young. 

Although it didn’t take too long to come up with the songs for Generation Wild, to finish the recording of the songs and the arrangements took around three months.   A lot of the bands time was spent in pre production and to be in the studio as much as only needed.  “Money is a factor and to sit and write songs in the studio would be just a waste of time.  We concentrated on sitting and writing with our producers, recording the demos how we wanted them to be and nailing them”!

When asked if CRASHDÏET is looking forward to touring down under, Young stated that they are super excited to perform in Australia. CRASHDÏET tried to get here years ago, however after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing the tour never came to fruition.  Young is really thrilled and well aware that they will be battling it out with DEF LEPPARD who is touring in Sydney at the same time.  “I hope that the fans recognise that DEF LEPPARD have done their thing and we are here to do our bit now”.

I asked Young what fans can expect at their shows and he said that the “CRASHDÏET show is based on pure energy. We can’t fly with too much stuff like pyros and a massive stage because we are playing the club scene, so we have limits. We make sure we put on a great set list and have fun with the audience”. He assures that the Australian fans will not be disappointed.

I brought up Generation Wild, a track on the album and stated that it has the feel of, and sounds like an anthem. “We wanted to have that anthem feeling and you never know when it comes and this song came around late in the recording process.  We worked hard to get that anthem feel and made sure we got it right to sound as good as it can be and usually when playing live, this is the song where everyone is standing on their toes”!

I decided to crank things up a notch and asked Young what the craziest thing was that has happened on tour. “The craziest things usually happen when you are all liquored up and can’t remember”. However, he did spill the beans on an adventure they had whilst touring with Swedish band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR a few years ago. “We were like small children during the nights and this one time while we were in Italy, the tour bus stopped by a pizza place and we noticed these concrete letters in the grass outside spelling the name of the town we were in. These letters were huge, they were one and a half metres if you stood them up and weighed about 150kg.

We had this brilliant idea to steal the letter “O” and put it in the bunk of the person who was to pass out first. As we tried to get it on the bus, unfortunately our tour manager basically said there was no way that thing was coming on the bus so we had to carry it back. The funny thing though, was throughout the whole ordeal, try to imagine four guys carrying a block of concrete and yelling out, be careful, make sure you don’t drop it and watch your toes!! So not rock and roll!”  There is video footage of this as well. Someone needs to find it!  Young couldn’t remember too many crazy fan stories although wants to tell all of you Australian fans to show up to the concerts, have a drink with them and create some crazy stuff together.

I asked Young if he knew anything about the local acts supporting them on their Australian tour and he did say that he had heard about some of them through their promoter. CRASHDÏET has also checked out some of the Aussie supporting acts and believes they all look and sound pretty cool and trust they will have a great night.

I mentioned how CRASHDÏET has a massive following Down Under and that one of their supporting acts, VIRGINIA KILLSTYXX has a front-man named Chrisdiet.  Now, this is where our conversation gets funny.  Young thought he knew Chrisdiet and said, “Yeah, I think I know that guy, he’s travelled to Sweden before, unless I’m talking about the wrong person”. I respond with “yeah, no – I don’t think you know him”. Young whispers, “Are you sure?” This is when I assure him and say, “I doubt it”. Young, then realises and say’s “Oh, not the same person then.  I’m thinking of some other Australian guy who came to check us out, anyway, he was a really nice guy”.  Picture a Seinfeld episode here and you will catch my drift!

For those of you who are not die-hard CRASHDÏET fans but after reading this you will be, here is some trivia for you.  CRASH-DIET is an old sickness that sailors used to get when they sailed the seven seas! Yes, news to me too. Apparently when they ran out of everyday food to stay alive, they lived off rum, which as such means going on a crash diet! “Did I just hear a baby crying? I should really start to wrap this up,” I asked. “No that was my cat,” says Young. Laughter!

I know some of you are dying to know how long it takes CRASHDÏET to get ready before a show. Young was proud to say that everyone in the band does their own hair and make up and if pressured, it takes them an hour.  Ideally they would like to have two hours to get ready so they can take their time for the first hour and then the next hour to go through the show. Young is the tamest out of all and though he did try the big hair and make up in the early days of the band, he said that he is sparing the fans and does not want to scare them.

Finally, to all of you crazy fans out there, you would be pleased to know that CRASHDÏET is in the process of writing their next album and hope to have it released in April 2012.

Tour dates

20 October – The Gaelic Hotel, Sydney with L.U.S.T, Sunset Riot and Antoinette La’Noir

22 October – The Espy, Melbourne with Diamond Sins, Heaven The Axe, Virginia Killstyxx and Antoinette La’Noir


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Eric interviewed by the rock pit




Mark: Hi Eric, thanks so much for taking the time to speak to! So what brings you down under? Is it the weather, the women or the cricket?

Eric: (Laughs) That’s a good question, well actually it’s the promoter that brings us down. I’ve always wanted to come to Australia, I’ve met a lot of people from Australia, and you are such nice and open people and like such good music. We hear that we have a good following down there and we always tend to steer the ship where maybe we can have some fun! And of course if we have people who love our songs we want to go and play our songs for them. It’s a mix of everything, while we are there we want to have some nice days off and do some surfing and barbequing, and all that sort of stuff!

Mark: That’s great; it sounds like you’ll be hitting all of our traditional activities that we like our guests to get involved in when they come over!

It’s interesting that you’ve come over for such a short tour, is it just a testing of the waters, to maybe come back later with something bigger, if all goes well?

Eric: Yeah, basically that’s it, we’ll come down and see what happens, and we’re in the middle of doing the next album, so we wanted to keep it short, to leave more time to complete the album. We are going to try and have the new album out by April/ May, next year, and release around that time in Australia, and then maybe come back and do some more shows, maybe a longer tour next summer or fall.

Mark: That’s good to hear, and as we’re based on the west coast, and we’d love to get you over here too!  We understand that with the mini tour we’ve interrupted you from finalizing the DVD as well. How’s that coming along?

Eric: The DVD is coming along well, the thing is we were in the process of finalizing it now, but then we thought to ourselves we’ll wait and put in some stuff from the new tour, with Michael Monroe, etc.

Mark: That sounds great, and we’ll talk about those dates in a while. We actually reviewed a couple of your live shows earlier in the year, one of our reviewers caught you on the Hardcore Superstar tour in the UK, and then on to Holland. He said you guys were absolutely amazing live!

Eric: We had a great time caught Crashdiet earlier in the year in the UK

Mark: So now to you Eric, what made you pick up the drumsticks in the first place?

Eric: It was an old friend of mine when I was about nine or ten years old, who was taking saxophone class and they needed someone to keep the beat for them, while they were doing these awful saxophone tunes! So, it was like grab these sticks, and sit here and do this, and it was fun and keeping the beat wasn’t a problem for me, so it took off from there! My inspirations from there were Nirvana, Pantera and Metallica. The music that definitely opened my eyes was Nirvana.

Mark: So, what sort of things are you listening to now? Are your musical tastes different these days?

Eric: Actually it just became more extreme; I tend to broaden my music spectra every year, by looking at soft music and more extreme music. I really hope I continue doing that, because I don’t want to get old and stop listening to Cannibal Corpse and stuff like that, and that’s what keeps me going!

Mark: That’s interesting because I did find that on Generation Wild there was a lot more variety on that release than there was on the first two CD’s. Is that something that you think comes from those varied influences that the other members of the band and you may have?

Eric: Yeah. There were more songs on there that I wrote, I became more involved in the song writing, and so definitely, that’s probably what you are hearing. And also Generation Wild is an album that we, all four of us, worked really hard on in completing. Everyone had something to do with everything, so I think that’s also what you are hearing; all four of us were working as a band.

Mark: It sounds like Simon was quite involved as well, being the new person, I expect it made the transition easier for him, getting right in and writing the material.

Eric: Yeah, definitely, that’s what I was so pleased about, to see that he wouldn’t have done it any other way. He wanted to be part of it and have an input on everything, and that’s how every member should be, ultimately that’s you up on the stage expressing yourself, and if you can’t do that you should be in a cover band or just be a musician!

Mark: I think there are a lot of us out there, especially those of us that love our Sleaze, who see Generation Wild as a really important album and if it had been put out back in the day it would rank up there with the best of them. What sound are you going for on the next release?

Eric: It will be similar. The fans already know the Crashdiet sound but you always get worried when you start writing material and you wonder how much you struggle to stay true to your regular sound. But this will be similar, and it will come out sounding like Crashdiet whether you like it or not!

Mark: We would love to come and see you on tour, and a lot of us will be heading east. Did you realise you are up against Def Leppard on those dates?

Eric: Yeah, I know. I’m not too concerned about that. I talked to our promoter about that, and basically the tickets are about three times as high to go to Def Leppard, and they’ve been before. This is the first time we’ve been and we are a young band, and so I’m not concerned about that.

Mark: Yes, I think there’s a good scene, both in Melbourne and Sydney, and I think you’ll get plenty of people coming. Just by looking at some of the forums on the internet, you should get a great crowd.  We hope so anyway because we want more bands like Crashdiet to visit us!

Mark: You are now signed with Gain, which is an independent record label, distributed through Frontiers, which have now got that global coverage. How does it compare being on a smaller label, because you were on universal for a few years? Did you feel lost on a bigger label?

Eric: Well the thing was, the bigger label gave us what we needed, i.e. the knowledge, and the money to get started, and that’s the great stuff with a big record company, with the big fat wallet they can spend money on promotion, videos  and all that stuff. The guy that signed us and brought us to life was a Swedish guy Anders Johansson, a top A&R man here in Sweden, and he found us outside a liquor store, handing out demos to passers by, and he thought we looked interesting and he brought us to Universal. That started the whole circus of ours. Nowadays, we are on a small label called Gain, and we get more attention because they have less bands, obviously, on the bill for them. We also get more focused work, here in Sweden the distribution is through Sony, so basically it’s the same set up, and now we have that base from which to work from so we don’t need the big bucks and all that stuff!

Mark: It’s great to hear from a band that has had a positive experience like that when you hear so many disappointing stories about labels. You also have one of the best websites out there, plenty of downloads for the fans and plenty of content, and it also seems to be updated frequently as well.

Eric: Oh, yes, we are on it all the time!

Mark:  You also have some more exciting tours coming up, the UK with Mike Monroe and also just a few US dates so far co-headlining with Pretty Boy Floyd. How big will that US tour be at this stage, do you know?

Eric: At the moment we are looking at two weeks over there, and booking as many dates as we can. It’s like a showcase/ press trip to the States, just to stir up some water and see what happens over there.

Mark: Are you looking at the East coast as well?

Eric: No, I think it’s just going to be the West Coast, but anything is possible, we’ll see what the guys come up with!

Mark: Tell us a little bit about the show you did with Ozzy in Stockholm?  Was that the biggest and best show so far?

Eric: Yes, that was a great show at the Globe Arena; it’s like a big golf ball! It’s a great building, they have ice hockey there. It was a great night opening up for one of our idols, of course, it was a good moment for us, and we needed that. Hopefully people liked our show, even though it was only 25 minutes, but we came out quite intense and it was a good energy show.

Mark: It must be great on nights like that to work with people you particularly admire. Just a few quick questions before we go. How would you sum up the whole Ollie saga with the band? Was it something you’d rather forget?

Eric: Let’s put it this way, Ollie was not right for the band, and lets face it you go for something sometimes that turns out not to be the correct thing, it’s as simple as that, and that’s why it ended.

Mark: I think now you have the perfect front man, he looks really at home with the band, and seems to be going down well with the fans as well.

Eric: We sure think so

Mark: I could chat all day, and it feels like we’ve only just scratched the surface; very quickly then, if you could have been involved in the creation of any album or piece of music, in the history of rock, what would it have been?

Eric: I would have wanted to be part of Reign in Blood by Slayer, because that was really a cool album, and I would have loved to be part of that and see how minds work when you create an album like that! That would give me a lot of inspiration and insight in to how these fucking serial killers think!!

Mark: Finally, an easy one, what is the meaning of life?

Eric: Wow, the meaning of life is to never look back, and just have fun, you never get younger, you only get older, so live every day to the maximum, and that’s my motto!

Mark: Any final words for Australia?

Eric: Well, basically, I’m so much looking forward to coming down there, and hopefully see you guys at a show, bring lots of energy and we’ll bring ours, and have lots of beers!

Mark: That sounds great! Thanks very much for your time, Eric, and I hope you enjoy your stay down under!


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Eric young in MTRBWY

A leading force in the Swedish “sleaze rock” scene of the 2000’s and now slowly conquering the world, Crashdiet in October will be heading to Australia for the first time.  Their last albumGeneration Wild delivered a collection of songs that in my opinion if released in 1989 would be spoken about today in the same breath as Skid Row’s debut album or the likes of Motley Crue’s Dr Feelgood.  It’s just that damn good…and how about that video clip for the title track itself!

Having just played some of the biggest rock and metal festivals in Europe such as Sweden Rock Festival and Wacken in Germany, you can be sure Crashdiet will be delivering one hell of a show when they hit Australia.  Trust me, I saw them personally at Sweden Rock this year.

I chatted with Crashdiet drummer Eric Young yesterday about the bands upcoming tour and progress on the follow up album to Generation Wild.

Hey Eric thanks for taking the time to do this interview.  So you are finally headed out to Australia, it  must be pretty exciting to be travelling so far from home and playing some shows on the other side of the world?

Yes it is definitely.  We have hit South America a couple of times now so we are starting to get used to flying long distances to go and play some shows.  We’re really looking forward to coming to Australia.

So what have you heard about the rock scene down here in Australia?

I haven’t heard a lot at all actually.  Of course I know of bands like AC/DC and Airborne, but thats pretty much all I know about the Australian rock scene.  I have a friend that is from Melbourne and he said there is a good rock scene going on, but it’s a long time since I spoke to him.

And how about the level of interest in Australia for Crashdiet, what are your expectations of your fan base down under?

Well I’ve only heard ‘rumours’ and I guess it’s the same thing as South America for example we had heard about people really liking us there and the only thing you can really use as a guide are things like Facebook and people chatting on our sites and stuff like that and so far we have had a lot of people commenting and chatting about our upcoming Australian shows.  It sounds like we have a good following down there so hopefully it should be 2 good shows!  It looks like there are people down there who have heard of us at least.

Well thats definitely true!  Some fans are even so keen that  I know for a fact there were about 6 or 7 of us who travelled to see you at Sweden Rock Festival this year and then found out a few weeks later that you were coming to Australia for some shows, so I guess the bonus is we will see you 3 times in 2011 haha!

Well, that’s very cool!

What are you looking forward to most about being in Australia?

Well you have some beautiful beaches down there in Australia and I am trying to get to see if I can get some surfing done whilst I am there.  Our promoter has put together a list of things to do and we will decide what to do, based on what we have time to do of course!  I’m going to try to do as much as I can down there and will also try and have a traditional Australian BBQ, which has to be done!

You have had a very busy year of touring….how do you guys handle life on the road as a band, anything you do to keep yourselves sane if boredom strikes haha?

It usually never gets too boring actually, that’s the life we always look forward to.  When we do an album we usually can’t wait to get back out on the road.  If by chance there is ever a dull moment in the tour bus, which there hardly ever is, as we always have a great time together, we will just watch some movies or whatever.  Mostly when we travel between shows its during the night when we sleep and then the next day we roll into a new town and do it all again.  So there’s ever really any dull moments, it’s either sleep or have fun!

I personally had the opportunity to see you guys at Sweden Rock festival this year, a show with pyro and chainsaws and motorbikes, obviously you can’t bring that out here and do it at a club type show, but what can we expect from your set?

We will probably do some research and find out what Crashdiet stuff you guys like best down under and go from there.  When we usually

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do shows like this and flying long distances to special places where people like us a bit more, we do a longer set and as many songs as we can, but not too many so people don’t get bored haha!  We will try and do as much as we can at those shows, obviously we can’t do pyro or anything like that, so we will do as much as we can, but I am promising the Australian fans they won’t be disappointed!

I know you have been collecting a lot of footage from your recent festival experiences for a DVD release, how is that coming along?

I will say it come out in the beginning of next year.  We have a lot of footage and it’s supposed to be based on the first tour with Simon and obviously we have shows coming up in Australia and USA in November and there’s a tour with Wednesday 13 and Michael Monroe, so it would be a shame to finish off the DVD before any of that happens.  So I think we will collect more footage from those tours and work to get it out in the beginning of next year I would say.

Given you have been so busy touring this year, I was surprised to read the other day that you guys have started on your follow up to Generation Wild.  Being your 2nd album now with Simon, it must be a good feeling going into an album with a settled lineup?

Yes definitely.  Martin and I have started writing material a couple of months to go.  The other day we had a session where we wrote a song and recorded a demo and it feels good as you said.  The first time around with Simon during Generation Wild we were a bit unsure at the beginning how this all works, but that’s like any relations in the beginning.  But this time around it’s going to be a lot easier, the arrows are pointing towards the same goal and we have an interesting and fun time in the studio ahead.  I think it’s going to be a great album.

In my opinion if it was released in 1989, Generation Wild would have had the same impact as the likes of albums from Skid Row and Motley Crue.  What are you guys planning musically as far as the 4th record goes?

Well it’s going to be similar.  The Crashdiet fans are going to recognise the Crashdiet sound, definitely.  You always get worried when you start writing material for a new album and wonder how much do you struggle to stay true to your regular sound.  You have your guidelines to work with, so it always comes out sounding like a Crashdiet song, even if we try not to you know haha!

I know you wrote around 50 tracks for Generation Wild, are any of those ideas and songs ones you might head back to?

We might head back, but the main goal is to write new tracks.  We’ve written around 20 new songs already and it’s always fun to work on writing new material.  Those other songs we didn’t put onGeneration Wild for a reason, for instance we had ballads back then and we couldn’t use them as there was no more room for ballads.  In that sense we might bring out some of the older songs, but in general we are concentrating on writing new songs and taking it from there.

For the single Generation Wild, you made a video so awesome, that MTV even banned the edited version, but who watches MTV these days anyway!  Did you ever consider releasing a 2nd video from the album?

We had some plans and unfortunately our record label wasn’t too interested in doing that.  We came to a decision whether we should do one ourselves and invest in it, or whatever.  We were supposed to do one, but it just didn’t happen.  Next time we are going to try and do that side of things a bit more structured.  If you ask me, I would like to do at least 2 or 3 videos per album.

Touring the world as you have been doing a bit of recently…have you got a picture of the types of people that seem to dig the music of Crashdiet?  For example here in Australia there seems to be a definite element of young rock fans getting into the band and the whole sleaze rock movement…

Definitely, our main audience I would say is between 15 and 20.  It’s always been like that for us, I think we have music that is perfect for the teenage kids that want to rebel against their parents  who control them.  I guess Crashdiet music gives them the fuel to do that.  I remember when I was that age it’s a really cool period and really uncertain and you need something and I guess for Crashdiet fans, we provide that.

Sitting over here in Australia, it seems that there is just an endless supply of awesome metal and rock bands that come from Sweden and that these bands must rule the radio etc over there.  However having been over to Sweden myself, I know this isn’t the case….how would you describe the level of popularity and recognition Crashdiet gets in your home country?

I would say musicians definitely know who we are.  Its often Hardcore Superstar who are carrying the flag for sleaze music over here. I guess we tend to have one foot in the underground, which is what we wanted to do all along.  Not to go too mainstream and I think we have succeeded with that and still people know who we are here.  When we do shows over here, lots of people do turn up and it’s moving steadily upwards.  The Swedes are a tougher crowd to please I would say as they don’t take lightly on stuff like changing singers 3 times and stuff like that. So it’s tough over here in that sense, but we are definitely a well recognised band here.

So any last messages for the Aussie fans in the lead up to your shows in October?

It’s going to be awesome coming down there and seeing how many of you guys turn up and we will have 2 great nights and see you at the bar after the show!

Well definitely, I personally will be at both Melbourne and Sydney shows, so at the bar it shall be!  Thanks for your time and see you here in October!

Definitely, definitely, thanks for having me!

* Be sure to catch Crashdiet at either of their Australian shows in October in Sydney on Thursday October 20th and in Melbourne on October 22nd.

Check out below when May The Rock Be With You’s very own photographer, Lens Of Rock captured Crashdiet at Sweden Rock Festival, 2011.

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by Tommy Hash

Scandinavia has produced it’s fair share of melodic rock, AOR, hair metal and sleaze metal artists, keeping the good time arena ready rock and roll in full form – the latter, sleaze metal or what some of you might call hair metal or glam metal has experienced a big rebirth over the years with newer bands coming out of the woodwork, offering up original material filled with massive hooks and huge melodies that prove the party never ended.

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, CrashDiet are among many bands such as Wig Wam, Crazy Lixx, H.E.A.T., Houston, & Gotthard among others that fly the flag on their own term, bringing a familiar vibe to the table, but with a modern edge. at the end of a decade that not only shunned this type of music, but also glamorized depressing realities tailor made for ‘Generation X,’ CrashDiet was born, and with a deal from Universal music in the beginning, it seemed like this band would go on to conquer the world. But then horrible tragedy struck the band.

In early 2006, vocalist Dave Lepard committed suicide, an extreme shock to the band as Lepard was hiding depression from both friends and family – something like this, you never really get over, but you can move forward, andCrashDiet did just that, hiring H. Olliver Twisted, but his ensure would not last, as he would go on to front Reckless Love, another modern sleaze metal band. In 2009, Simon Cruz would replace Twisted and finally, the long awaited release of Generation Wild is hitting the racks. Out of tragedy, the band has seen many great fortunes, including opening for Ozzy, playing large festivals to tens of thousands of people, and have even had a music video banned from MTV, which has more of positive impact seeing how it heightens curiosity. Both vocalist Simon Cruz & guitarist Martin Sweet give insight to the new record and what keeps this band going.

Tommy Hash: How do you feel ‘Generation Wild’ turned out seeing how it’s the first album ou have done since Dave’s passing?
Martin Sweet: I think that with the new record, we went back to the original sound of CrashDiet, as the guys found their roots again, we all came in and made our contribution, it came out good.

TH: You guys had a video banned from MTV, usually something like that is actually good for a band.
Simon Cruz: it doesn’t matter if they play it on MTV because MTV sucks – (the thoughts about what might happen) all of that came about when had the ideas of making the video and when we filmed the video, we just went for it, we didn’t suspect that it was going to be banned.
MS: it’s sort of a good thing in a way because we got a lot of nice press in the papers, so it turned out to be good promotion. Maybe we should do a fucked up song so radio will play it.

TH: The lyrics are reflective of a more down to earth feel, what is it that inspires them?
MS: We took most of the lyrics just experiences we had in Stockholm, just doing different things in our lives and some characters in the songs were fictional, but based upon people that we have met.

TH: Martin, how is it that you personally approach a guitar solo
MS: I always like short and melodic solos, I have always been into memorable solos by Slash and Mick Mars, not a lot of show off, I used the same approach n this album.

TH: And then you have the new renaissance and rebirth of the sleaze metal scene, what is your experience with the audience reception?
MS: With great success, especially in places like Italy and Germany, the audience has been amazing as well.
SC: it’s starting happen The UK as well, we have been there quite a few times now, so things are happening there now, South America.

TH: Tell me about the SWU Festival in Brazil and opening up for Ozzy.
MS: I think I had the biggest adrenaline kick in my life when I went on stage in Brazil, with fifty thousand people there and you raise your hands and everybody claps along with you. – a big fucking crazy party
SC: I have always been a huge fan of Ozzy, so hat is something to put in my book

TH: Are there any tour plans at the moment?
MS: We have had some plans, we have spoken to various managers, Simon: we have to really plan it carefully if we are going to come over it we have to do it the right way. And we want to come to the states, so it’s going to be a big bang when we finally come over. We will be making the

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most of it.

Before Frontiers Records, you had a major label deal with Universal Music, what was it like being signed to a big label doing this type of music?
SC: When we were singed to Universal, It just fell into place for us at the time. We are currently signed to an independent label in Sweden called Gain Records who are owned by Sony, and we are distributed through Frontiers worldwide. We have nothing to compare it to, we loved it – but after a few setbacks, change of singers, we didn’t feel the same vibe as in the beginning, they faired a lot of people there were some and there were hardly anybody left at the label hat cared about us.

TH: You guys also have a DVD in the works.
MS: we were going to start to edit it this summer, but now all these tours that have come up, we are going to Australia, maybe back to the UK and a lot of other stuff, so we might wait until those tours are over so that we can collect everything from the generation wild area. We filmed quite a lot.
SC: Oh it’s a lot of stuff, it’s going to be fun and it’s going to be a great DVD, so it’s going to take some time to complete.
MS: We began filming the day Simon stepped into the studio with us for the first time, when he tried out for the band, so we have everything form then until now, so it’s going to be massive.

TH: Simon, The band had their eyes on choosing you to step up as the new frontman, what as it like for you to step into the band?
SC: We talked a little bit after Dave passed away, there really wasn’t anything happening then because I had another band. But later on I was in a different situation and heard that they kicked out Ollie. So we had met up, started hanging out and writing music together and it ended up astonishingly well, so it came together.

TH: What Else do you guys have planned?
MS: We had planned for another video but we are waiting on funding for it, the basic idea is there. We are going to be working on a new album soon, war Simon: we are starting writing songs, in writing mode.

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Crashdiet hope it’s third time lucky with Cruz in control

Reported by Eric MacKinnon

Published: May 3, 2011. © Rock AAA.

Crashdiet: Good chemistry


Crashdiet guitarist Martin Sweet is enjoying every second of his band’s UK headline tour – especially after going through hell in the not so distant past when the band teetered on the edge of the abyss.

Relations between the three original members of the Swedish sleaze band and then-singer Oliver Twisted had become so strained they could barely stand to be on the same tour bus together and Sweet reveals they dealt with the problem simply by knocking back as much booze as they could find.

Twisted was the band’s second singer after original frontman Dave Leppard killed himself in 2006 and Sweet admits there were times when he feared for the future of the band.

But now after the rockers, Sweet, bassist Peter London and drummer Eric Young, were joined by new man on the mic Simon Cruz it has proved to be third time lucky with Sweet admitting it feels right.

He told RockAAA: “We wanted to do music together but if we didn’t find the right singer then I guess it would have come to a point where we maybe couldn’t have continued with Crashdiet if a singer didn’t suit our style.

“We were kind of destructive at that time (final tour with Oliver Twisted) but we had to finish the tour. The only thing that worked to get us through the tour was drinking a lot. Hardcore Superstar were sponsored by Jagermeister at the time and we were drinking so much of that. In the end we had to drink to get through it.

“We weren’t really talking to Oliver by then which wasn’t easy when you are on the road together in the same bus. On the bus we slept and stayed in a separate part from him.

“The chemistry is really good now and we’ve been through a lot but the bad times make the good times even better. It is great to be a part of a fully functioning band where it doesn’t really matter how tough the tours are as long as the four of us are in it together – it’s perfect.

“Even when things were at their worst I never seriously thought about giving up music. I was born to do music and I’ll always find a way to stay in music and to make a living from it.”

The band are currently touring the UK for the second time inside a month and they are also planning on returning to the studio before the end of the year with the aim of releasing a new album early in the New Year. Sweet added:

“We’ve had some problems over the years and we didn’t always work with the right people. Some people seemed to be avoiding the UK for some reason but we’ve realised we have a lot of fans over here which is why we have come back so quickly again.

“When we go home later this year we’re going to seriously start writing but we just haven’t had time so far. Hopefully we will get into the studio in the fall and have a new album out early next year.”

Crashdiet: Generation Wild

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Interview with Simon Cruz



Interviewed by Brian Rademacher
Date: October 2010

Brian Rademacher: Hey Simon, how’s everything going today?

Simon Cruz: Good. I just came home from Moscow and am a bit trashed from a month of mayhem.

Brian Rademacher: Was joining CRASHDÏET everything that you thought it would be like?

Simon Cruz: Yes, everything and more!

Brian Rademacher: So who came up with the theme for the “Generation Wild” Video?

Simon Cruz: We sat down with the director and worked it out together.

Brian Rademacher: When that hot chick stuck her tongue in your face what was your true thought?

Simon Cruz: Is this torture?

Brian Rademacher: What do you feel you brought to CRASHDÏET that was missing from the previous release?

Simon Cruz: Beer, booze and liquor 😉

Brian Rademacher: I truly mean it when I say you brought the spark back to the band. You have charisma, stage presence and a total glow. How are the fans treating you?

Simon Cruz: Awesome! I am pampered and very thankful. It’s quite funny though cuz I thought the way I look and dress would send some kind of message across something like “do what you want, look like you want to, don’t be molded into a frame” but there are more and more people turning up looking like versions of me. Of course I’m honored but I’d rather see people express themselves in new ways. I´d like to lead a colorful pack of wolves! I’d like to be challenged by looking down at the crowd from stage. But I still get very happy when I see the Simon hair somewhere in the crowd!

Brian Rademacher: Does it disappoint you that the American fans are being denied in getting to see you live? (BECAUSE I THINK IT FUCKING SUCKS!!!)

Simon Cruz: All I want is just to go! But I don’t know how the fuck to go about it, it seems so difficult to accomplish.

Brian Rademacher: Will there be another video coming off Generation Wild?

Simon Cruz: We are deciding on the next single now and are planning to record the video in November.

Brian Rademacher: Being in CRASHDÏET is there any restriction the band puts on you?

Simon Cruz: Not really, but I would never live in Sweden if I didn’t have my band here.

Brian Rademacher: Do you feel you achieved what you set out to do with Generation Wild?

Simon Cruz: I am very pleased in fact. It was a fucking struggle and there are some things I’d wish we had more time to work on but overall (I’m) very pleased.

Brian Rademacher: You guys played “Rest In Sleaze” this year. What was that like and what was the feeling like paying homage to Dave?

Simon Cruz: I like Dave, I never knew him personally except through his work, and I am proud of CRASHDÏET’s in heritage so I thought It was great and I think it’s important to show respect towards the bands history.

Brian Rademacher: Are you guys

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Simon Cruz: No, we have some ideas bubbling but haven’t started working together.

Brian Rademacher: Any thoughts of a DVD like in the past?

Simon Cruz: Absolutely, but the world tour is long from finished. But yeah we already have loads of material and backstage footage that I think you’re gonna like!

Brian Rademacher: What is your favorite part of being in CRASHDÏET?

Simon Cruz: On stage or drinking and writing songs with the boys.

Brian Rademacher: I’m sure the women are all over you. So what would your sexual dream come true be?

Simon Cruz: Being Dionysus, the god of wine, surrounded by generous sharing nymphs in my temple 😉

Brian Rademacher: On your days off what do you do?

Simon Cruz: Been long since I had a day like that. Maybe just hang out with friends

Brian Rademacher: What is your feeling towards each member of the band now knowing them for awhile?

Simon Cruz: I’ve become good friends with all of them and I like to hang around them. Martin, me and our tour manager live in the same flat so after touring we still go back together to our place so we kind of see each other a lot but I like that. We are like family.

Brian Rademacher: Since you guys are on tour a lot what are some of the things that CRASHDÏET asks for on their tour rider?

Simon Cruz: Well there we have quite a funny story… We had to mildly change the rider a little bit after Olli was in the band, for example swap 40 bottles of mixed sodas to 40 cans of beer. Jagermeister and Smirnoff ice are also on the list.

Brian Rademacher: What was it like opening for Prince of Darkness, Ozzy?

Simon Cruz: Great crowd, great venue! Sad I didn’t have a chance to meet the guy and say hey whassup shaggy!

Brian Rademacher: When you guys shop for stage clothes is there any particular place you go?

Simon Cruz: Usually secondhand shops to find stuff that no one else wears, but sometimes H&M and other female based stores. Depends what you are out for. I can’t remember last time I shopped in the men’s department, those clothes are so fucking boring It’s a fucking insult!

Brian Rademacher: What is touring really like for CRASHDÏET? In the states many bands rent a van, eat anywhere they have a dollar menu and sometimes sleep in the van. How is it with CRASHDÏET?

Simon Cruz: Usually we fly abroad and then the promoter arranges the transportation to the different gigs and it’s usually a van, and usually we stay up drinking all night so we try to sleep in the van during transport to next venue. Comfortable seats are very much appreciated and not those ones we had in Italy, the seats were angled forward (ha ha). We where fucking trashed after that tour! In Sweden we rent a van that has 8 seats and room for our backline and we drink so we have to stop all the time to take a piss. It usually takes the piss out of our driver.

Brian Rademacher: What makes Simon Cruz happy?

Simon Cruz: Good friends and good drinks

Brian Rademacher: And what pisses you off?

Simon Cruz: Winter, bad weather, journalists that don’t write what you say but what they wanted you to say. That can really piss me off!

Brian Rademacher: Tell the fans 5 things that they might not know aboutSimon Cruz?

Simon Cruz: I suck at paying bills. I’m good at pool. I am ace on electricity. I started my stage career by playing air-guitar in front of the class in 6th grade. I’ve played guitar since 13 (years old) and still suck at it.

Brian Rademacher: Do you collect anything?

Simon Cruz: Boots, whiskey and hippie shirts

Brian Rademacher: What was the wildest thing that happened on this recent tour?

Simon Cruz: I almost died in a car crash in Sao Paulo.

Brian Rademacher: What is a typical day for you?

Simon Cruz: I try to get up early. I try to do things but mostly I forward it to the next day. I can be really productive but usually it happens when I’m in a hurry.

Brian Rademacher: If you had a dream come true what would that be?

Simon Cruz: Going to America and playing for big, wild crowds.

Brian Rademacher: Simon I really congratulate you for bringingCRASHDÏET back in the mainstream. I hope Martin don’t get pissed I’m giving you too much praise because you deserve it. You KICK ASS. Would you like to say anything in closing? Hope I’ll see you soon In America, hold yer horses! Cheers.

New interview from Greece


Beers, coffee, a radio show, us and a bunch of Swedish musicians at the backyard of our chief editor’s house, talking about the weather in Greece, how turtles make sex, how a lead singer finds himself alone on the dance floor of a ship’s bar and many other relevant (or
irrelevant)subjects…oh yeah, I forgot to mention that we also talked about Crashdiet’s superb new album “Generation Wild”!

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Interview with Eric Young by May the rock be with you


*Interviewed by: Scott Smith

In what is turning out to be a massive month or two for lovers of all things glam and sleaze, Swedish natives Crashdiet, against the odds, return with arguably their most complete album yet, ‘Generation Wild’.  Following the loss of original singer Dave Lepard in 2005 to suicide, the band returned in 2007 with newly appointed singer Oliver Twisted and delivered the more experimental and darker ‘The Unattractive Revolution’.  The union with Oliver didn’t last and he headed back to the ranks of ‘Reckless Love’.  Faced with the prospect of finding another singer, in a twist of fate, the band ended up with former ‘Jailbait‘ singer Simon Cruz who was originally in the band’s sights after the passing of Lepard.



Lead single ‘Generation Wild’ is a killer bombastic anthem with a video clip that is so killer it has even been banned by MTV Sweden!  In a time when sleaze/glam/hard rock is as popular as it ever has been in recent years and with an image and attitude to match the quality of their new release, ‘Generation Wild’ well and truly propels Crashdiet back as the leaders of not only the sleaze rock genre, but as one of the more exciting hard rock bands on the planet.


Virtually straight off the bus after a tour of Italy, Greece and a couple of shows in Sweden, the bands drummer Eric Young brings us up to speed with all things Crashdiet in 2010.


Firstly, congratulations on a killer release with ‘Generation Wild’, you must be pretty damn happy with the response the album has been getting so far?…..even currently as I write these questions, you are #3 in Sweden ahead of Slash’s new album!

THANKS! It’s been going great actually, we are touring quite frequently now and the response has been awesome! I guess the rumour is spreading about the glitter and glam we bring with a punch to the cities we visit so the crowd is growing for every time we play.  Yeah 3rd place is just mindblowing ya know? We knew we had a good interest and demand for the new album but I never imagined we would end up that high!


You just got back from playing some shows over in Italy and Greece.  How did the tour go?  What are a few of the new songs that you thought tore the roof off? and how has your new singer Simon Cruz connected with the Crashdiet fans so far?

Well the tour was both a bit messy and of course as touring often is, freakin’ awesome! Like it should be I guess haha! Touring in new countries (like Greece) you never know, partially about how the attendance will turn out and what the people you work with are capable of… But hey, we had fun, we did the shows and people seemed to like it!  A lot!


Well we tried out some new tunes but not too many since the album wasn’t really released yet.  But songs like REBEL, BOUND TO FALL, ARMAGEDDON and NATIVE NATURE really kicked ass and got the asses wiggling… SIMON just is amazing, i gotta tell you, its like he´s always been in the band, not only for us but the fans as well.  They seemed to love him and he loved them back so we all just fell in love and had lots of sex! Haha!  But seriously, he connected really well and it was a great turnout if you ask me!


Whilst speaking of Simon, given the way things turned out with Oliver Twisted after your last album, did you go about things differently this time around before you finally settled on the decision to appoint Simon as your new singer?  Were there lengthy periods of rehearsals, songwriting and beer drinking!!??

We really focused on trying each other out on every level…and by that i mean EVERY level! Drinking, hanging, writing together, working out together, sleeping together, jogging on the beach together, cooking together… Well u get the point.  We didn’t want to discover later on that we didn’t click since we are basically going to spend more time together than i will with my own future wife.


One of the definite strong points of this album is the diversity when it comes to the actual songs themselves, with every song virtually introducing something extra to the Crashdiet arsenal in one way or another.  Do you feel there is a specific song on this album that best typifies where the band is at in 2010?

Good one.. I would say, the diversity itself really typifies where the band is today.  We are thinking a lot more mature and understanding that the best albums contain something for everyone.


Can you give a bit of an insight to the songwriting process for this album?  How much did it differ from past releases and what do you think Simon brought into the mix as far as contribution to songwriting goes?

Simon has been VERY much a part of the songwriting and composing lyrics.  This is the absolute best way to go about it if u ask me, let everyone bring something to the table and hear out everyones ideas!  We ALL were much part of the whole process of the album and I think thats why it turned out so good.  Every inch of every song is worked out to the MAX!


Having written over 50 songs for this album, was it a struggle to select the final 10 songs?  How much influence did the record company have in the selection of the final 10?

They had their influence by simply voting on which songs they liked the most! Then of course the labels always wanna toss in some mathematical reasons and calculations on which song will bring in the most money and all that.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t haha!


The album was produced by the combination of the Swedish duo of Rampac and also Tobias Lindell mixed the album.  Compared to your previous two releases, ‘Generation Wild’ certainly has a much bigger “sonic” sound.  Was this the type of sound you were aiming for at the commencement of recording the album, or did it evolve as the songs evolved during the recording?

We wanted, as i said earlier, to have every part of this album just explode in your face and of course the sound is a HUGE part of how u find an album, at least in our genre.  So we just aimed from the start to make it a real ear-bleeder!


Aside from being a kickass anthem, the title track and first single ‘Generation Wild’, has a killer videoclip to match….so killer even MTV has banned it in Sweden haha!  Was the concept for the video something that the band came up with or did your director/producer Marcus Tinnerholm heavily contribute to the concept?  The video sure looked like a lot of fun to make, at least for Simon anyway…

Well, we just noticed as we went along with our ideas, that probably it would be censored anyhow so why not go all in? By the way it was even the censored version that got banned.  This was a collaboration between us and Marcus but he had the most “realistic” ideas haha… We had the typical artist ideas with exploding pigs and airplanes flying around and crashing in the background. This is of course, a bit hard to make happen if u are not Lady Gaga.


For the release of ‘Generation Wild’, you have now struck up an association with the Italian based label Frontiers Records who are fast expanding beyond their traditional melodic rock roots and branching out into bands such as Crashdiet, Crazy Lixx, Vince Neil etc.  How did this association with Frontiers comes about?

I have no idea actually. That was our Swedish labels trick. All I can say i’m very happy about it and looking forward to a great collaboration!


With the quality of this album and it’s obvious appeal to hard rock loving fans worldwide, what are the plans at this stage for worldwide domination outside of Sweden/Europe?  By this I refer to both releasing the album and touring in places like the USA, Japan, maybe even Australia haha?

We currently have Europe, South America, Japan in our sniperscope and we are basically touring these parts the year out.  Of course we are working for an Australian tour debut, as fast as we get a serious offer!


For a relatively small country, in Sweden there is certainly a big supply of high quality “rock” bands at the moment, do you find that there is a lot of competition amongst the bands?

I don’t see it as competition, just do what you do and let the fans decide what they like best. We have a lot of great bands active here in Sweden like HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, MUSTASCH, AVATAR and so on… It’s just all about keeping the rock-nerve alive and it really doesn’t matter how many tickets or albums you sell… we all contribute to keeping the rock-spirit going! Including the fans!


Speaking generally, what are your thoughts on where the worldwide sleaze rock scene is at in 2010, compared to when you first blazed onto the scene about 6 or 7 years ago?

Well over here in Sweden it kind of looks the same, around the world I don’t really have too much of a clue. Europe has it’s strong believers like Italy and Greece, dudes look like ladies down there i can tell ya and I mean the sleazy 80‘s looking kind of ladies… just like us!


Lastly, by the end of 2010, Crashdiet will have…..

1.Toured the world

2. Gained sum weight

3. Lost sum weight


Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions and maybe we will see you down here in Australia one day!!  May the rock be with you!!

No, THANK YOU! Cum to our shows, have a beer with us and party till u puke uncontrollably!


Check out our review of Generation Wild by clicking here!


Interview with Eric Young by Rock n roll radio


ELENA: Hi Eric!

ERIC: Hello!

ELENA: How does it feel to be back in Italy?

ERIC: It’s fucking great actually! The crowd has been awesome and the people of Italy are giving us a big hug and we’re giving them a big hug back ‘cause they’re awesome.

ELENA: How’s the tour been up to now?

ERIC: It’s been very good, we’ve had some great guys to work with and the venues have been really nice and there’s been a really nice, good crowd being showing up at the gigs and well, it’s getting better and better and tonight I think it’s gonna be the best night so far!

ELENA: I hope so for you! I’ve seen there are a lot of people already so it’s gonna be awesome. Tell us something about the recording of the new album.

ERIC: Well, wow, it was a hard process ‘cause we really gave it all, we worked a lot with the pre-production which is the part where you sit down and really go through all the songs and check so everything is, you know, as it should be and comin’ up with the ultimate ideas for every song and not leaving that to the stress of the studio time. We kinda wanted to keep the studio time to minimal and try to leave the studio time for choosing the good mix and getting the right sound which we had a lot of time to do this time, the sound and everything was really good and it turned out really fantastic, I must say that, I’m really really really proud of this album.

ELENA: I’ve listened to it and I’ve had the impression that it’s a bit harder than usual and I know that you have recorded a lot of songs so why did you choose just these 10 songs among all the others?

ERIC: Well I mean we had about 44-50 songs written, we chose about 20-25 to kinda work with for the recording to see, you know, which ones got best and which ones felt the most strongest and we narrowed them down to 10. It was the original idea to maybe have 11 songs but we wanted to have 10 strong songs and leave the audience wanting more.

ELENA: That’s good. But what does “442” mean?

ERIC: Oh (laughs) that is…

ELENA: It’s a hard question? I’m just curious!

ERIC: There is a big story behind that and… I don’t know maybe somebody can figure that out, we can set that as a contest, the guy figuring that out or the girl…

ELENA: That would be cool!

ERIC: It would be really really impressive if they understood what that meant.

ELENA: Okay so do that!

ERIC: Yeah!

ELENA: What do you think of the classic stereotype “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll”?

ERIC: Well I mean “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” could easily be “sex, drugs and hip hop” or “sex, drugs and business men” (laughs) ‘cause I mean they do drugs and fuck girls as much as we do! If not more you know! Especially the hip hop scene today, in videos people are always saying “ah rock videos have to be naked girls and bla bla bla” but have you seen Doctor Grey and all those, not Doctor Grey maybe, I’m just naming, I don’t really know if he has naked women in his videos but all the hip hop videos they’re all showing their boobies and shaking their asses, it has been like a calling name for us, for the people who work with rock and stuff like that and I think it’s just, you know, if they like to call us “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” well, sure, whatever.

ELENA: What’s the best thing about Italy?

ERIC: The best thing about Italy is the toilets. They’re hilarious!

ELENA: (laughs) I read somewhere, I don’t know if it was Peter’s Myspace or something that when you have to come to Italy you have to bring your own toilet…

ERIC: Yeah, if you go on tour in Europe you bring your own toilet seat, if you come to Italy to tour you bring your own toilet! (laughs)

ELENA: That’s fun! I know that toilets suck… But okay, what do you think about Italian girls?

ERIC: Ah Italian girls are “bella ragazza”! Very very nice girls and you know sometimes it’s very hard to tell out the girls from the guys because the guys are also very good-looking (laughs).

ELENA: Okay watch out then! (laughs)

ERIC: You kinda have to feel your way through before you go all the way (laughs).

ELENA: Tell us something about life on the road.

ERIC: Life on the road can be very luxurious and very glamorous and so forth and it can be the total opposite, you know, you can have a right time on the road, if you have problems in your life touring could be a very demanding thing but as long as you respect people and just have fun you’re gonna have the time of your life, it’s a bit like a vacation especially if you play rock and music, for that matter, it’s almost demand that you’re junk on your job (laughs) so I mean it’s kind of a vacation and after that you come home and don’t really remember much of the touring (laughs).

ELENA: Because you’re too drunk?

ERIC: Yeah probably, you know, something like that. But it’s fun.

ELENA: How does success with Crashdïet affect your life?

ERIC: Well success affected my life in the way that I’m a lot poorer than I used to be! (laughs)

ELENA: That shouldn’t be!

ERIC: No, I know, but the music industry today is quite twisted. Music today is free, nobody buys albums anymore, they just download which I think is a good thing because, well good thing, I mean, of course I don’t like all the work in sweat and blood and tears you put into an album and then somebody just goes and download it but the business is really changing you know and you have to kind of turn the stag around and try to put a lot of energy on other places. I don’t know, it’s meant more touring and more time from home and stuff like that.

ELENA: And how would your life be without Crashdïet?

ERIC: Oh I don’t know, I probably would be in some other country opening a restaurant or something.

ELENA: You’re a good cook…

ERIC: Yeah I like to cook a lot and I’ve always dreamt of opening a restaurant somewhere and I probably would do that somewhere warm and where it’s sun all day and not snow up to your knees…

ELENA: Maybe in Italy?

ERIC: Maybe in Italy, who knows!

ELENA: Yeah, Milano!

ERIC: Yeah, I don’t know!

ELENA: Okay Eric I wanna thank you so much for this brief interview on, do you want to say something for your fans?

ERIC: Well Italy is a great country and I love the people and thank you for appreciating us so much that you do and see you on the shows! Grazie!