Here and now

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - MES­FIN FEKADU

NICK­EL­BACK have had sev­eral Top 40 hits over the years, and although to­day’s pop scene is dom­i­nated by dance mu­sic, the band doesn’t plan to shift gears to at­tain ra­dio suc­cess.

‘‘ We don’t look at what all the pop­u­lar artists are do­ing,’’ lead singer Chad Kroeger says. ‘‘ We’re not chas­ing Lady Gaga or Katy Perry or any of those guys.

‘‘ They’re do­ing fab­u­lous do­ing what they’re do­ing, and we’re just do­ing what we do, and that’s it.

‘‘ Ob­vi­ously, there isn’t a per­son in the world that would say, ‘ You know Nick­el­back is so trendy’.

‘‘ And we’re not. We don’t care. We re­ally just don’t care.’’

The Canada- based act, which in­cludes Kroeger’s brother, Mike, on bass, gui­tarist Ryan Peake and drum­mer Daniel Adair ( all pic­tured) were named group of the decade by Bill­board mag­a­zine and their 2001 break­through hit How You Re­mind Me was the decade’s top rock song.

Their best- sell­ing al­bum is 2005’ s All the Right Rea­sons, which has sold eight mil­lion copies in the US.

Peake pokes fun at the state of con­tem­po­rary pop mu­sic these days: ‘‘ Un­less some fa­mous DJ wants to make a huge, Euro- pop smash remix of our song! Call our la­bel.’’

Nick­el­back’s sev­enth re­lease, Here and Now, re­cently de­buted at num­ber two on the Bill­board Top 200 al­bums chart.

Chad Kroeger says the key to their suc­cess or any band’s suc­cess is the love among the group’s mem­bers.

‘‘ Look around at your band mem­bers and make sure that you re­ally like those peo­ple,’’ he says.

‘‘ We can all name a thou­sand bands, amaz­ing bands, that haven’t stood the test of time be­cause they couldn’t get along.’’

Though happy with his band’s ca­reer, Kroeger has one re­gret.

‘‘ When I see the video for How You Re­mind Me, I just want to go back and beat my­self up,’’ the 37- yearold says.

‘‘ My hair was like su­per long and I had this big goa­tee and I shot that video when I was su­per young, but I looked like I was like 40 years old in the video . . .

‘‘ I re­ally wish I could go back and snip it – give it a lit­tle trim.’’

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