First off lets get some information on the band. Fatal Smile is from
Stockholm Sweden. Could you tell us a little bit about the history of the
The band started by Y in a small town in Sweden called Katrineholm in
1994. In 1996, Y moved to Stockholm and hooked up with Karlshamn bass
player Marcus Johansson.
Since recording it's first two-track demo ("Hip M.F."/"Sad
& Gone") in 1999, the band has undergone a lineup change at
vocals and, more recently, drums. In 2000, the band welcomed vocalist H.B.
Anderson (ex-Scudiero & Token). In 2002, rock 'n' roll madman/drummer
Robin Lagerqvist (ex-Six Pack Solution) was recruited to join Johansson in
the rhythm section.
In the early summer of 2001, Fatal Smile headed into a Stockholm studio
with producer Jonas Östman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Mental Hippie Blood) where
they spent six weeks recording and mixing its 10-track debut album
"Beyond Reality". The band has now signed a deal with the
Swedish label Stars On The Rise / GMR Music Group who helped release
"Beyond Reality" in early 2002.
For the last seven years, Fatal Smile has rocked its home of Stockholm,
Sweden, and beyond. Now, they've reached the shores of the United States
having kicked off 2003 playing the New Jersey Metal Meltdown and there is
more to come…
You play what I would call a modernized version of 80s metal. Do you agree
with this statement? How would you describe the sound of the band?
Yeah, I agree. To be correct our music is a mixture between 70's, 80's
and 90's music with a modern day production. We deliver real simple and
heavy shit with a lot of attitude. We call it Heavy Fatal!!!!!
We'll, you're right about that...I mean all of us like music from the 80's
so we just mix it with the rest of the music that we like...And there you
got the Fatal Smile sound: coherent and polished...yet brimming with riffs
and attitude. I think that we manage to keep things fresh and interesting,
due to a tight rhythm section, a mindful singer and some tasty, soulful
lead guitar work. The album won't disappoint true hard rock fans, with
influences from legendary bands like Whitesnake, Metallica, Black Sabbath/Ozzy...
Where did the name Fatal Smile come from?
I think I got the name from a movie or a song, something like that. I
just thought it would be a great name for the band, it sounded good and
had some cool output...As simple as that!
You latest CD is called BEYOND REALITY. One of my favorite songs on
the CD is "The Saviour." Could you give us a little rundown of
some of your favorite songs on the CD and why they standout above the
The Saviour is the second song we wrote together, the first one we
wrote together was Beyond Reality and it has become our favorite because
of that. But I like Bad Kharma because of the attitude and the heaviness
in it. Circle Of Fire is another favorite because it has the right
ingredients, it begins quite softly to become real heavy and raw, I'm
pretty satisfied with the lyrics as well, it's a true story about an
always current and serious subject, child molestation.
I really like the whole album. If I should mention some of my favorite's
it would be tracks like the groovy Bad Kharma, melodic stuff like The
Saviour and the soft and heavy Circle Of Fire...It's really hard to pick
out a certain tracks....I think that we have 10 killer tracks on the
album. So, I'll say that all the tracks on the album are my favourites.
The production of the CD is top-notch sounding - strong, clear and
powerful. How did you get in contact with producer H.P. Camper? Did he
bring anything to the recording sessions that helped make Fatal Smile a
better band and BEYOND REALITY a better CD?
I totally agree about the production, it's a really killer production. H.P
Camper aka Jonas Ostman (Yngwie Malmsteen) was just great to work with. He
made a awesome job with the production!!! We wanted a clear sound but
still heavy & with an edge in it...and I think that we made a hell of
a job together with him. Fatal Smile was like this good even before the recording.
So, what he did was that he helped us get the sound that we wanted. And we
just did what we do best: played our fucking music!!!
He's very calm and professional; he knows what he wants and how to get
there. There's a lot of respect involved between us and we worked great
You guys did a video for "Bad Kharma". Tell us a little
bit about the making of the video and why that particular song as chosen?
We selected Bad Kharma by first of all asking ourselves which song we
wanted to see as a video. Then we asked some friends and fans what they
thought, finally the production company who made the video had the last
call. They came up with this weird idea and we were up for it. It took
about a day to shoot the video and we filmed it at a venue called GK in
Stockholm. The dancing girl is a professional as all the characters are of
Yeah, making this video was a real blast. The director, Poppe Linge,
is a really sick man....he had some really crazy ideas. But we had a great
time making the video. A lot of nude girls, booze and some more nude girls
and some rock 'n roll! What more can you ask for??? I think this video is
a real cool one, not exactly pretty. But who said that rock'n roll should
be "pretty"??? It's all about Bad Kharma coming your way. You
can download the video from: www.gmrmusic.se
Check it out!!!
Has the video gotten any airplay and has it given you any
opportunities that you might not have had if you had not made the video?
Yeah, the video got pretty much airplay here in Sweden on Z-TV...But,
it's a kind of "x-rated" video it have mainly been broadcasted
after midnight. It's really hard to get your video air-played today, but
people seem to like our video. I think that people are pretty tired of
seeing all the shit videos that's on MTV and so they want the real
thing!!! And hell yeah, the video gave us some major credit & respect
from all the fuckers that didn't believe in us. And we got even more girls
after this video...and that's not bad for a bunch of ugly motherfuckers
Have you gotten any complaints about the nudity and general
debauchery of the video?
We have got just some awesome feedback about the nudity. People really
seem to enjoy the song AND the video. But there was also some complaints
about the nudity. But who gives a fuck??? I mean if some stupid fuck's
don't like to see some tits and ass, then they shouldn't even look in the
mirror cause they might see some scary things. I think they should go back
to their caves & stay there...forever!
In the liner notes to the CD I have read that the bands influences
stretch from Frank Sinatra to John Sykes and Zakk Wylde. Can you tell us a
little about the bands influences and how they come together to make the
"Fatal Smile" sound?
I am responsible for the Sinatra influence. I grew up in a jazz family
and I think that Frankie Boy (R.I.P.) is the best entertainer ever. But,
I'm also a huge fan of Metallica, I've seen them live 7 times…
My "icons" (house-gods) are Glenn Hughes, James Hetfield,
OZZY, Frank Sinatra, & Tommy Körberg ;o)
The rest of the band have their influences like: Grand Funk Railroad,
Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Alice In Chains, The Nomads, Ramones etc. And
that's why we got that "Fatal Smile" we "take" the
best of everything and make our own Greatest Best with our Heavy Fatal
You played Metal Meltdown 5 in New Jersey in March. Was this your
first show in North America and how was it playing in front of North
Yes, it was our first appearance in USA. It was awesome; we did a 30min
show that kicked ass and the crowd loved it. And therefore we've been able
to come back in July - August for a 3 week long tour across America (see www.fatalsmile.nu
for dates and locations).
Yeah, it was fucking awesome!!! The people in the US seem to
understand what it's all about: Some Great Kick Ass Hard rock!!! As simple
as that!!! We had a great time performing & a great crowd...And we
just felt that we had to go back to the US for some more. We'll be kicking
off the tour on Milwaukee Metal Fest on July the 25th. And we're really
looking forward to this tour...
I am sure that you had the opportunity to check out many of the
bands who shred the bill with you at Meltdown. Were there any in
particular that caught your attention?
Yeah, we had our Swedish brothers Darkane there and they did a great
show, also a 80's cover band called Fozzy was cool. And there was a lot of
bands I can't remember the name of, but it was a cool fest…
Hell yeah, it was a really cool fest with a lot of great bands on the
bill. We checked out Sinner and some more band's. But as H.B said we don't
really remember all the bands cause we had a major party at the bar...with
some heavy drinking going on that fest. It was a real blast!!! The way it
You guys are also going to be a part of the Milwaukee Metalfest in
July. Is that gig a result of your participation in Meltdown?
Yes, as I said earlier our appearance in New Jersey did make some wind
beneath our wings…
Yeah, they wanted us back...and they got us back!!! The Meltdown gig
was just a teaser for "the real thing", and that's exactly what
we're gonna show on this tour this time. So don't you dare to miss a Fatal
Smile show coming to a town near you!!! We're gonna kick some ass, that's
Will there be a proper US tour to go along with the Metalfest gig?
Yeah, we'll be doing a tour with 14 shows. For all the dates &
locations, check out our website: www.fatalsmile.nu
And I said before, we're really looking forward to see you on the tour...
Marcus and Robin of Fatal Smile
Fatal Smile had the opportunity to open for Thin Lizzy on May 10th.
How did you get the gig and was it a thrill to open for such an
We played at the same festival the week before and the arrangers for
that festival had some connections with the Thin Lizzy manager. It was a
blast, they have been all our idols since we've been young and thou' Mr.
Lynott's not with us anymore his music certainly lives on through his band
mates John Sykes and Scott Gorham.
It was really cool to share the same stage together with the man that
was the reason why I started to play guitar: John Sykes!!! That man sure
knows how to play guitar & he's a cool person as well. It was an
awesome show & we had a great time.
What markets seem to give the best response for you in terms of live
Festivals no doubt, where there are much people with different kinds
of taste in music, we unite them with our music. And of course a small gig
in a small rock n' roll club can be the biggest gig ever, so any market is
a challenge for us, we just love to do live shows.
I agree! Just give us a stage to play on and we'll make people go
crazy...It doesn't really matter where we're playing, we always give the
crowd what they came for: A Kick Ass Hard rock Show!!! We we're born to
play live, the record's is just our "ticket" to get out and
This is a 2 part question. 1) If you had the opportunity to tour
with any band currently on the scene who would it be and why? 2) If could
jump in your time machine and could go to any period in the history of
music, what band would you choose to tour with and why?
I would say Metallica on both. Cause they've been a part of me since I
first begin to play music in my teens. But, of course to do a duet with
the best entertainer ever Mr. Sinatra would be end of my days, after that
I could go and lay beside him in his grave.
I would say Whitesnake on both questions!!! With the following line
up: John Sykes, Neil Murray, Cozy Powell (R.I.P.), John Lord David
Coverdale...Cause this band with this line up have always been & will
always be my favorite!!!
What do you think of the Swedish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal scene
nowadays compared to the ´80s era in Swedish metal when bands like
Europe, Heavy Load, Treat, Overload, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc. really started
to make an impact in Sweden and outside its border?
As we grew up in that era we think of course that the old times always is
the best times ;o)
But, I think that the scene begins to change a bit, again. It has been
awhile when Death, Speed, Goth, Dark Metal has ruled the scene, but the
melodic rock is beginning to gasp for new fresh air.
Yeah, the "old" good stuff is coming back more and more and
I think that it's just what we need. Some good bands with cool song's and
great live performances and not just some angry stupid fuck's trying
to tell the world how angry the are!
I mean, sure you can be angry, but it's not that fun listening to that
shit for a long time and when you go to a show you expect the band to give
the audience a good show, and not just stand there and look at their new
shoes. Rock 'n roll is all about entertaining, both in vision and in
sound! That's my opinion!!!
Is the scene in your local area (Stockholm and Sweden in general)
divided so that you never play gigs with bands who are not similar in
style to Fatal Smile AND have you ever opened for some of the big Swedish
No, we have played with other artists. We've done gigs with the king
of schlager Christer Björkman and the queen of pop Sussi Päivirintaa,
probably you don't recognize them but they are far from our genre ;o)
Yeah, we have played gigs with different kind of artist/bands like
Brolle Jr, Martin, Dromhus etc...And they are NOT even fucking close to
our style. But it's pretty fun to do gigs like this. The artist's/bands
walk up to us after seeing our show just to tell us how good it was and
that they like hard rock music & that they are rockers. But they have
to sell their asses by playing some really shitty music...just to make
money. I think that it suck's, big time!!!
We have played some festivals together with some big Swedish metal
bands. And we went in to replace Entombed at last years "Rock At
Sea", since they we're forced to cancel the show.
Many bands view the internet as an invaluable promotional tool and
way to get their music out to the fans. Fatal Smile has a website at www.Fatalsmile.nu.
How do you view the internet as a promotional tool for new and up and
coming bands and has the net helped Fatal Smile get your music out there?
Yeah, absolutely! The internet is a fantastic thing. Probably in a 10-20
year period (or less) there will be no schools, all kids sits at home with
a web cam and learn via internet. My son (1 ½ year old) will probably do
Through the internet you can find artists that you never thought
existed and thanks to that many people know about Fatal Smile, plus you
save a lot of stamps...
It's a VERY important thing for a band that wants some promotion world
wide!!! I mean it's so easy to reach all those people that like the same
kind of music in so many different country's! The world is just one
"click" away...And yeah, it sure has helped us to reach out to
the rockers all over the world. And you'll get so much great feedback from
people all over...
Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of
I hope you liked this interview and if you haven't heard us check us
out at www.fatalsmile.nu
and for you lucky ones whom heard about us check out the tour dates on our
website cause we're dying to meet you all. Heavy Fatal rules!!!
Keep kickin' some ass & thanks for supporting true hard rock music
& we hope to see you on tour. Until then, check out our album and:
STAY FUCKING HEAVY!!!
Fatal Smile - Beyond