You're also well known for your personal artwork, where you like to blend horror and esoteric imagery, have you been working on new art ideas?
Oh, I wouldn't say that I'm well know for it... I pester friends with it and that's it. Working with graphics have been the only thing, outside the music, that I have been interested in for most of my adult life. So this is just me finding another way to use any small amount of creativity I might have in me. The thing that sucks is that I do this with certain programs in the computer (I wish I could do this for real by hand though) and after an upgrade to a new computer I haven't had those programs, so I haven't done a damn thing in quite a while... I need to start up again as we in the band have started talking about some ideas and I would love to start doing stuff for the band. Up until the old drummer left the band he was the graphics guy in the band and now it's open for all of us, so hopefully I'll work on more things that will be used by the band.
You are probably the first musician and artist to create the term "Peace, Love, and Satan" and refer to yourself as a satantic hippie. How did you spearhead this identity and how would you explain it to an outsider? I think one day, people will look back and see you as the first who came up with the images.
Well, the term "Peace, Love and Satan" comes from me being a damn hippie, but I'm very much in love with the whole darker side of the hippie movement. It's not so much the lovey dovey flower power thing, instead of the Charlie Manson thing... Not that I'm gonna go and become a cult leader and have people killed or anything ;-). One of my biggest inspirations for this comes from one of those fake scenes in the first "Faces of Death" movie, where a "reporter" is visiting a hippie cult that cuts up a dead person and eat body parts and smears blood all over themselves before having an orgy. I mean, it's so fake it's beyond stupid, but I loved that whole darker thing... "Peace, Love and Satan" is something I used to write instead of "take care" in mails and letters and that stayed with me.
The whole "Satanic Hippie" thing mainly comes from me having been a death metal dude for many years and when I got older turned into a damn hippie, still being a death metaller at heart... I've always been interested in satanism (not talking about silly devil worship now) and things like that just melted together for me. This is something the band has been heading more and more towards these last years when it comes to my lyrics (we even named a demo "Peace, Love and Satan", which had a song called "Mondo Satan" on it) and some ideas for imagery. We're not gonna turn into Venom though... hahaha!
I know you are a big lover of horror movies, books, comics and things like that, have you enjoyed any new ones lately you could recommend? How do you like the most recent Romero films, or films like 30 days of night? Do you like the more gore oriented films or mostly older films?
Yes, I am very much a horror fanatic... been a very big gorehound since my early teens and it seems to never want to go away (not that I would want it to). My taste is most types of horror films... for many years I have been a bit fanatic about the old Universal horror movies (and just anything with Bela Lugosi), but italian zombie movies from the 80s are also a HUGE favorite of mine. If it's horror I'm sure gonna watch it... Here in Sweden we don't celebrate Halloween so I do it my own way (of course inspired by many horror movies) and I watch a lot of great horror movies on that day, and the latest I watched were all 6 movies in the box "Hollywood's Legends of Horror" and I can recommend all of them...
I really enjoyed "Diary of the Dead", it was a step up from "Land of the Dead" (which I didn't like that much) and I just don't care if all the actors and actresses weren't the best in the world, the movie had great atmosphere and it was sweet to see Romero doing more lowbudget zombie stuff again... I really loved "30 Days Of Night" as well. I should probably also recommend a swedish movie here that seems to have gotten a lot of good reviews in the US these last months... "Let the Right One In", which isn't a straight horror film in any way, I would rather call it a drama, but with a much darker side than usual. And yeah, there's a vampire in it that just isn't like any vampires you usually see in vampire films... It's a great movie that you should check out."
What classics of horror film are your most favorites?
Well, as I said earlier I'm very much into the old Universal Horror films... Like "Dracula", "The Wolf Man", "Frankenstein" and all of those. My absolute favorite horror film is probably "Halloween" (the original one, not the crap fest that Rob Zombie made)... I grew up with that one and I can watch it every damn day of the year and still love it just as much. And yeah, then there's the italian movies by Argento, Fulci, Bava etc etc... hell, there's too many to mention here, but these are some at least.
What is in store for fans of SPT in the near future?
Hopefully a new release, don't know what that release would be (would love to do a 7"), but we really want something released with the new line-up. I mean, we want to show off how we have kept on evolving since we recorded the album and not having stayed in the same spot music-wise for the last 4 years. Other than that I hope we will start playing live for real again... and we should launch a real website in not too long again where anyone interested should be able to find just about anything anyone ever would want to know about our crappy little band.