"We all come from a punk background, and I believe great musicians often do."

Swedish rock/punk band Terrible Feelings has just released a brand new album filled with energy and power.

We talked to Terrible Feelings' drummer, Andy Instigate about the band, the influence of punk, his favourite drummers and disposable music.

... Andy is also the proud owner of a pair of DALI loudspeakers.

We asked Andy how he would describe the Terrible Feelings sound:

"We basically play electric rock," says Andy, continuing "If you wanna be more specific, it's gloomy, dark, spiritual, garagey and energetic. Contradictory at times. The new album has a pop sense to it, while still resting on our foundation. My two fave tracks are Even Mothers and Vulture's Lament."

Great musicians often come from punk!
The new album, Tremors, is indeed highly energetic and punk-like with tracks such as Cold Eyes and Black Water. Andy has a surprising view on the impact of punk on music history:

"In Terrible Feelings, we all come from a punk background, and I believe great musicians often do. Listen to Stewart Copeland's drums in The Police – that's all punk.

Punk is about energy and freedom, and if you can channel that through your music, you're home. We have a calm and quiet side too, you just gotta dig deep to find it," Andy reflects.

Hit hard and sincere
Also somewhat surprisingly, the three all-time favourite songs he would have liked to have written himself are Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles, Last Christmas by Wham and Dmitrij Sjostakovitj's Jazz Suite No. 2.

Being a drummer, Andy also gets inspired by drummers who hit hard and sincere, such as Dave Grohl and Ringo Starr. He also mentions two Danish drummers from defunct punk bands that he admires, namely Tommas from Gorilla Angreb, and Peter Bonneman of Young Wasteners.

The highs and the lows
Andy has been the proud owner of a pair of DALI loudspeakers for 16 years. Yet, he finds it difficult to define good sound:

"I have a hard time defining sounds. But I like it when there's a good balance between the highs and lows. When speakers are small. Those big ones scare me," he jokes. Though when it comes to the new era of music with streaming services, self-made releases and social media, he's not phased:

Pushing the limit
"I like it. I remember when MySpace started and I stopped reading reviews because, finally, I could make up my own mind about music instead of reading someone else's.

"The access to music is great. The only backside of it is that the music becomes more disposable," adding that he finds the musical scene very vivid today:

"There are lots of new bands that push the limit. More women. I think the 1990s are coming back. I saw a band called Swim last weekend that sounded exactly like that trip-hop Massive Attack/Portishead-like scene back then. Very nice!"

Terrible Feelings will be touring to support their new record this Autumn, before writing new songs and rehearsing with their Roland Juno 60 synth.

Tremors by Terrible Feelings was released on April 1, 2015.

Discover more at www.terriblefeelings.com


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