With members from various local hardcore ad metal bands including The Hope & The Failure, Vivre Sa Vie, Eldstad, Domarringen, BLEACHDRINKER came to be from seeking heavy and fast powerviolence that would literally blast your face off. The vicious horde just release their debut EP “Icon”, and today we’re pleased to give you its full stream, with the band’s first-hand commentary and backstory, as well as their thoughts on the local scene in Stockholm.
“We’ve all been playing in bands for a good part of our lives (The Hope & The Failure, Vivre Sa Vie, Domarringen, Eldstad, Femtekolonnare, etc etc), but last year during the pandemic, we wanted to play really hard-hitting fast powerviolence, since we’ve mostly played emo and stuff before.” – says the band’s Simón Rah.
“Some of the bands we’re listening to are Full Of Hell, Cursed, The Locust and Weekend Nachos. And we wanted to boil those influences down to a hysteric fast EP.”
“We’ve all been in the Swedish scene and met eachother at shows, but we formed the band through a hardcore group on facebook, and later on, Jonas asked me on twitter if he could try out for playing guitar.”
“We recorded the EP in early 2021. Jon (Nasum, Victims, Acursed) was co-producing the EP and told us that we should tune down. So we did, haha. That made the EP even heavier, which of course always is a good thing.”
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑦𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑟, 𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑦 𝑑𝑦𝑠𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑝ℎ𝑖𝑎, 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑑𝑦𝑠𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑎, 𝑔𝑜𝑑 (𝑜𝑟 𝑟𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑔𝑜𝑑) 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑚.
“Some of the lyrics are about growing up as a boy and later realize that it’s maybe not at all what you want to grow up as, and all the questions that comes with that realization.”
Asked abou their local heavy music community, BLEACHDRINKER admit that the scene in Sweden has dozed off a bit in the recent years.
“However, we still have some really solid golden bands like Prescriptiondeath, Xiao and Speedway, and we’ve always looked at Sweden as one of the most prominent countries in the EU for heavy music. Just look at our history with bands like Nasum, Entombed, Refused Anti Cimex, etc etc.”
“Hopefully this pandemic and not being able to tour will result in a huge wave of new bands and energy whenever the world goes back to normal. I can barely remember the last show I saw. All I want right now is to stagedive.” – concludes Simón.