Singer Göran Edman – Headless
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer at Rock’N’Growl Promotion for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Salem Rose Music & M-Theory Audio for the promo pictures of the band.
European metal/progressive band Headless is back with a new album which was released at the end of August 2021 in Europe. Called SQUARE ONE, it is Headless’ fourth album to date. Some of the members have been out on tour with Geoff Tate and since 2020, the band has a new bass player in Martin Helmantel (Elegy). I had a very short chat with legendary singer Göran Edman (Madison, Swedish Erotica, John Norum and Yngwie Malmsteen etc) about the status of the multi-national band, how they found their new bass player, and what they plan to do over the next year. Read on to see what he has to say.
Hi Göran, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. I hope you’re doing well and have stayed healthy during the pandemic.
Thank you for having me here. Yes, I got my two shots of vaccine early.
After having been on ice since 2000, Headless re-united in 2011. What made you join forces with this Italian act?
Walter and Dario contacted me on Messenger and sent some new material that got me interested. At the beginning it was just a studio job but then the thing upgraded into a real band with now a couple of European tours under our belts.
Last year the band got a new bass player in Martin Helmantel (Elegy). How did he end up in Headless, was he a long-time friend of the band?
As far as I know both Walter & Dario they are true fans of Elegy and their music and were in contact with Martin via Messenger. Domenico (our previous bass player) was too busy with other projects when they started writing material for SQUARE ONE, so one thing led to another.
New album SQUARE ONE
Why has it taken the band so long to follow up the previous album MELT THE ICE AWAY, from 2016?
Well, actually we had started writing the songs for the new album during the spring of 2018, but then we stopped because towards the end of April of that year the guys were contacted by the management of Geoff Tate. Geoff needed a backing band to perform the Mindcrime set on a couple of European runs so it was only during the pandemic that we had time to get the band back on its feet and dedicate ourselves body and soul to SQUARE ONE.
Woman In White (Official Lyric Video)
When did Headless start to work on material to SQUARE ONE; and who writes the music and the lyrics? How involved have you been in the songwriting process?
Walter & Dario started writing the instrumental parts earlier as I said, but the material was sent to me song by song as the work proceeded during 2020. No melody lines were presented, so I came up with my own ideas. Sometimes Walter and Dario changed parts or details, sometimes not. Then the lyrics had to be written; I wrote two and Walter and Dario completed the rest. With lyrics in my hand, I recorded the final vocals and made my own choir arrangements around basic ideas.
Three of the members are Italians, 1 lives in the Netherlands, and you in Sweden. Does the distance create any problems for the band when it comes to rehearsals or writing material etc.?
If there will be any rehearsals it will be one or two days in a studio in Avezzano, Italy before live gigs. I rehearse the songs in my studio to instrumental backgrounds to be prepared for the final repetitions.
With internet distance is not a problem.
Streetlight Buzz (Official Lyric Video)
The bio states that Headless plays hard rock influenced by heavier progressive elements. How would you like to describe the band’s music?
I would describe it like progressive metal / rock.
What would you like to say to the ones who haven’t heard the music of Headless before?
Shame on you !!!😂
With the pandemic it has been hard for bands to tour or even do a single performance in front of an audience. Does the band have any plans on heading out on tour next year when hopefully the situation will be a bit better?
At the moment we are working on the promotion of the new album. Next year we already have a tour in the pipeline; we will be opening for a big act (still secret). It’s gonna be a nice surprise!
Misdirection (Official Music Video)
The band has about 12,000 likes on Facebook so far. Do you think that number is going to increase with the release of SQUARE ONE?
Let’s hope so!
Well that was all I had for now, once again thanks for taking the time making this interview; it’s been an honor to interview a legend like you Göran! I wish you and the band all the best and really hope to see you live on stage in Scandinavia soon. Finally, do you have any words of wisdom to share with fans and readers…
Get the vaccine! 😂
Two’s Up (Official Music Video paying homage to AC/DC)