Twinmusix got to speak to Martin Sweet (guitars and vocals) and Peter London (bass and vocals) from Crashdiet.
TM – Hi, this is Amelia and Elizabeth we are here with Martin and Peter from Crash Dïet. Thank you for having this interview with us today I appreciate it.
CD – Hi, nice to meet you.
TM - Nice to meet you too. You dropped ‘Together Whatever’ today, how did your fans respond?
CD – Yes, we did. From what I can see there have been a lot of responses. They seem happy about the video and the song.
TM – What can fans expect from your new album?
CD – With this album, we wanted to make it better than the last. When we release our albums, we want them to not only sound good but be better than the ones before.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for the new album?
CD - It was a long and painful process. We had a lot of time to work on this album due to the pandemic, big surprise right.
TM - Yeah definitely, no one was expecting that.
CD - We went into the studio finally and we finished the album quite fast, it only took two weeks to record. It was lots of fun considering we have spent years writing songs and fighting about which songs are going to be on the album. We put our blood, sweat and tears into this album.
TM - How did you decide what songs were going to be put on the album?
CD - We rolled some dice, no just kidding, I don't know to be honest. We had to settle on ten or eleven songs, and we finally did.
TM - How many songs did you write for the album?
CD - It's normal for us to write twenty, thirty or even forty songs before we hit the studio. It was the same this time around. There were a lot of songs and we tried to choose the best ones. Every song has its own unique identity, if it's not an album that sounds boring or every song sounds the same that's how we roll, that’s how we know the album is complete.
TM - What do you do with the leftover songs, do you ever plan on releasing them?
CD - I hope so but they are piling up. This is our sixth album so imagine all the songs that we have laying around. Sometimes they make it onto a new album and sometimes they don't. We want to release them in some way on a demos collection but we are a bit behind with that release so there is a bit of catching up to do. The only demos out now are from 2003 and 2004, maybe our next collection will be out in 2052.
TM – Well, I can't wait to hear it in 2052.
CD - In some format.
TM - By that time we will have some formats that we have never even heard of. You'll have a chip in your hand that has some music uploaded to it or something. So, I saw you are coming to Sydney with Pretty Boy Floyd, are there any replacement dates yet and what can fans expect?
CD - No we are just waiting for the dates. We don't know what's happening yet, but we are looking forward to coming over. We are ready and we have been for a few years now.
TM - So you've been to Australia before, correct?
CD - People have always been very good to us, it's good to meet people like our fans that are so far away. It's like coming from another planet, it's been ten years, so we are ready to go back. Bring us the dates!
TM - Have you seen the koalas?
CD – The last time we went to the zoo, we saw the koalas. I haven't hugged one yet and I didn't want to because I felt kind of sorry for them. I know that they don't like people, so I didn't want to bother them. I love them though; they are so cute. I am a little against the forced holding of them anyway, at least if they are in a zoo. I think we shouldn't touch them.
TM - You have opened for Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe, how was that?
CD – It was cool, I still don't believe it. It's surreal that it happened I don't know if I have had enough time to process it yet, I think I will only be able to process it when we're on our deathbed, maybe in 2052 when our demos come out.
TM - I'll probably be thinking I remember when I interviewed them. It was cool that you got to do that, what was your favourite thing about those shows?
CD - We were just scared boys because they have a big audience and well at that time then we played with Ozzy Osbourne it was one of the biggest arenas in Stockholm. It was a dream come true to play the Stockholm Globe, it was so surreal, it goes by so fast that you barely realise that you even did it. You have half an hour to play as many songs as you can, and it goes by so quick you can't process it.
TM – It’s cool that you will always have that story, it's so awesome.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be and what song would it be? Would it be in your style or their style?
CD - I wouldn't want Mötley Crüe to play one of our songs, that would be weird. I think it would be cool if a band in a completely different genre played our songs, like a pop artist. Like if Taylor Swift played a Crash Dïet song, that would be cool.
TM - I love Taylor Swift, she's awesome
CD – Yeah, she is.
TM - I read an interview where you talked about ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ and ‘Babylon’. When you talk about your road experiences and use them as inspiration and put them in your songs are you ever inspired by other things? Where else do you get your inspiration from?
CD – It depends on what song we are talking about. I mean it's a lot of personal experience we talk about and real stuff sometimes. A song like ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ comes from our experience, but it’s mainly written about the real cocaine cowboys from back in the 70s who smuggled cocaine into the United States. We have seen a little of both, we try to make our lyrics real and not fiction, that's what we strive for.
TM - Mick Mars featured on your song ‘Alone’, that's so cool. How did that come about?
CD - Well we got the phone call because Mick Mars was in this creative stage of his life. He wanted to write outside of Mötley Crüe and write with other artists and other songwriters. I just happened to be on the wall and on the radar back then. I guess we happen to be on the same record label, Universal. They happened to ask me, do you want to write with Mick Mars, and I was like hell yeah. He ended up flying to Sweden and sitting down with me and two producers. There were two or three songs that ended up on the Crash Dïet album and I think two of the songs ended up on our second album so that was insane.
TM - What was your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live. Can you tell us a story?
CD - Well I have a few. I think when KISS put back on their makeup in 1996. I saw that show in Stockholm and it was electric in the room when they played. No one has topped that since. I remember that we shared the stage with Guns N Roses at Hellfest Festival in France, but we played earlier on the day like twelve hours earlier. Guns N Roses were late so later in the evening, I got to see Guns N Roses on the same stage that we had played on. That had a big impact on me, I was crying during that show, I think we both were. I was standing next to Martin just crying that evening.
TM - Hellfest is the best festival in the world, have you seen the line-up for this year?
CD – Nope.
TM - It's seven days and has over three hundred and fifty bands in it.
CD - Were not on there, that's sad.
TM - I guess it's three years of Hellfest they put together. Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
CD - We are looking forward to seeing all our fans again, we have been at home for almost 3 years, and we want to meet everyone and hug them.
TM - You can sing that free hug song. Thank you so much for this interview we appreciate it, I hope to see you somewhere on the road.
CD - Thank you for having us.