Perro: Let's go straight to the origin of the band: how does it happen that, back in 1994, four metalheads decided to start a d-beat hardcore band?
Alex: Well, Tompa and Adrian played with At The Gates who did some gigs playing just hc songs. They liked it so much so they wanted to start a d-beat band. Wallenberg who was their friend joined them. Then they asked me, at that time I played in a punk band called Non Fortes Sed Crudeles so the step wasn't as big for me as for them. We all loved d-beat hardcore so hell, why not!
Perro: Your death metal background is pretty evident in Skitsystem music and has always given a distinct sound to your music. Was this something you planned or you just ended sounding in that way?
Alex: I don't think that was planned, it was Wallenberg and Tompa who did the song writing on our first 7" and 10" (I joined them later). They probably wrote what they liked, and since they were both into Death Metal they probably added some of that style into the music.
Perro: I've tried to play some 45 rpm eps of some modern swedish metallic d-beat bands at 33 rpm and they sounded exactly like early Entomebed or Dismember stuff. Do you think that there's a sort of connection between early 90s' death metal and modern crust going on Sweden?
Alex: I'm not sure. I think that modern crust in Sweden is more influenced by bands like Anti Cimex and stuff like that then being influenced by Death Metal.
Perro: You used to share two members of the mighty At The Gates. Have you ever been considered just an ATG side project? Do you think that your connection with that band helped in any way to increase your popularity?
Alex: Well, it was a side project from the beginning, I had my bands NFSC and Straight Edge My Ass and Tompa and Adrian had ATG. I don't know if the fame of ATG has helped us that much. In some way certainly, but just because your into Death Metal doesn't mean you like Crust. In most cases not.
Perro: In your early days you named it System Collapse. Is Skitsystem simply a Swedish translation of that name? Why have you decided to call it in that way?
Alex: Skitsystem means Shit System. It was to many bands whos name reminded of System Collapse. War Collapse as one example. It was then Bodenmalm at Distortion Records who came up with the name when we wanted to change the name.
Perro: Recently Tompa left the band. Why he has taken that decision? Which effects has his departure on the band? Who has replaced him? Is your sound changed after that?
Alex: Tompa had too many projects going on. Disfear, The Great Deciver to name a few. We replaced him on guitar with Micke from Martyr Död. I replaced Tompa on Vocals. Tompa just wrote one song on our last album, me and Wallenberg did the rest. So the sound hasn't changed very much just because Tompa left the band. My vocals will be different though.
Perro: I've heard rumors of a new full length that will be released at the end of the year. Could we have some anticipations?
Alex: Yes, we are going to record a new album in October this year.
Perro: All your last stuff has been recorded at the Soundlab studios with Miezsko Talarzyk (Nasum) behind the soundboard, that unfortunately passed away recently during the Tsunami disaster. Do you think that without him your sound won't be the same?
Alex: Miezsko had a big influence on a lot of good bands sound. So our sound will defently change. But we are going back to the same studio (Studio Fredman) where we recorded our first 7" and the 10".
Alex: No comments.
Perro: I've noticed that on your website there's almost all your discography on mp3 free to download. A totally cool and punk thing that only few bands decided to do 'till now…
Alex: We had all of our songs to download already in 1995/96. I think the world would be a little better place if all artists had their songs for free on the their website to download.
Perro: How much is important the message contained in your lyrics?
Alex: There is a lot of thought behind the lyrics. There is offcourse political stuff, but also alot of personal stuff like in Svarta Tankar (Black Thoughts) that is about the rage you feel when people laughs behind your back.
Perro: You toured North America for a couple of times. How's been these experiences? Any funny/ scary tour story? We want dectails!!!
Alex: The first tour wasn't that well organized. But we had realy fun. The last tour was realy nice. We toured all of America and met a lot of nice people. Stories? Well, one time in Philadelphia we were playing in the bad neighbourhood. Tompa was going to ask a car driver the way to the gas station. The answer he got was a gun to his head. The guy in the car thought that Tompa was in a local gang. And one time we played in a crack area. The police came, and one guy attacked them, so the police realy went hard on him. He had to go to the hospital. When the police had left, a big black guy comes out with a gun in his hand threating that if we make the police come one more time he would use that gune. I have more stories, but that I can tell over a beer or something.
Perro: I know you are planning a euro tour after the release of the new album. I hope to see you on stage down here soon…
Alex: Yes, that would be nice. I've been on tour in Italy with NFSC back in 95. It was a great experience and I realy miss that good wine they had in Foggia.
Perro: Generally talking, Sweden has the fame to be a really socially aware place. But I'm sure you have some fucked up things who don't work at all, too...
Alex: Yeah, there are homeless people even in Sweden. The psychiatric health care doesn't work that well. The booze is to expensive. etc.
Perro: What are, in your opinion, some crucial but underrated records that anyone should own?
Alex: Ancient Chinese Secrete - Caveat Emptor
Perro: Any other projects for the future?
Alex: Just the record, European and Asian tour. That's it.
Perro: It's time to put an end to this interview. Thanx for your time. Feel free to add whatever you want!!!
Alex: Thanx for the Interview and good luck with your local scene in Italy.