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INTERVIEW: Factory Brains

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello, we’ve been great, just in the beginning of our Scandinavian tour with Graveyard and it’s been some really good shows so far. Watching Graveyard every night has also been very inspiring, they’re a great band.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Down The River”?

Down The River is Factory Brains first confessional ballad and I feel personally that it may be our most accomplished song so far. We’re also very glad it got released as a single since it’s really the emotional centerpiece of the new album Hard Labor.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I wrote the song during a period of time when I was living alone in the city. Being brought up out on the countryside of Stockholm it was a huge transition for me and I guess that I wasn’t treating myself very well at that time. The song just came about as some sort of reaction to the way I was living and gave me some advice for what to do in order to get better.

How was the experience of filming the video?

Oh we were so thrilled. NYC has been a huge inspiration for us musically (Lou Reed, Ramones, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals etc) so when the director Adam Holmkvist presented us the idea to shoot it in Brooklyn we dropped everything else. Filming the video was a tough challenge since I’d never done any kind of acting previous to that, even if I’m basically just walking down the street being rude to people, it still took some time to get it right.

How was the recording and writing process?

Most of the material was finished and rehearsed when we entered the Atlantis Studio so we basically just got in there and put down the tracks. One thing that was really magical about the recording process was when Martin Hederos (The Soundtrack Of Our Lives) came in and put down piano on Down The River, Coffee Break and Do It Again.

How has Sweden have influenced your music?

A lot I think. We have so many good rock n roll bands starting out here that it’s hard not to be influenced. Bands like The Hives, Hellacopters, Graveyard and The Soundtrack Of Our Lives to name a few.

This is the 2nd single from your new album “Hard Labor” – How have the album been received?

Hard Labor has gotten a pretty good welcoming from the critics, I believe – and the people that attend our shows seem to like the new material as well, so we’re happy about that. We’ve also noticed that some of the critics has mentioned our first album (Love Like Hours) which hardly got any reviews when it was first released, so that’s an extra treat as well.

Any new album in mind?

Yes, in fact we have several new albums in mind.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re on it right now, doing Scandinavia with Graveyard as I mentioned earlier. But we’re working on getting out again as soon as this tour is finished.

What else is happening next in Factory Brains world?

Well, there’s a lot of good work going on in the rehearsal space right now, so that’s where our minds are at when we’re not on the road. Otherwise we are trying to get out as often as we can to see other bands and artists in Stockholm, there’s plenty of good music circling around right now and it’d be a shame to miss it while it’s going down. Also we’re making sure that we’re getting our healthy dose of coffee each day – Very important.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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