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Spi­ders

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Eight-legged rock ma­chine from Swe­den

Gothen­burg quar­tet Spi­ders make heavy riff­ing rock fronted by the se­duc­tive vo­cals of Ann-Sofie Hoyles and backed by the pound­ing hard rock rhythms of drum­mer Ri­card Har­ryson. The band are now on their third al­bum af­ter 2012 de­but FlashPoint and 2014’s Shake

Elec­tric but af­ter earn­ing their tour­ing stripes sup­port­ing ev­ery­one from Kvel­er­tak and Un­cle Acid & The Dead­beats to Grave­yard and Me­tal­lica, their time is def­i­nitely now with the re­lease of fan­tas­tic new al­bum KillerMa­chine. ‘Shock And Awe’, ‘So Easy’ and the briliantly catchy ‘Dead Or Alive’ have a tasty ’70s hard rock vibe with a mod­ern rock sound that makes them vi­tal lis­ten­ing in 2018.

What was your in­tro­duc­tion to drum­ming?

“I’m from the coun­try­side and as a childI had one friend, and his big­ger sis­ter was the coolest per­son I’ve ever seen! This was in the mid-’80s and her room was full of posters with bands like The Ru­n­aways, Kiss, Blondie and Wasp. She also played the drums and had a nice Tama kit in their base­ment. It was like a nine piece kit, with very deep toms – I think it was an Art­star. I thought it looked awe­some and I used to dream about play­ing on them. She would kill any­one who came near it, but I couldn’t stop think­ing about that cool look­ing kit. One day, when she wasn’t around, I sneaked down to the base­ment and sat down be­hind the kit and just looked at it for like 10 min­utes. I de­cided to defy my fear of my friend’s sis­ter and be­gan to search for the drum­sticks. Then I felt a strong hand around my neck, drag­ging me off the drum stool. Luck­ily I got away, even though I peed my pants. But that didn’t mat­ter be­cause I was in love! Both with my friend’s sis­ter and her drum kit!”

Who are your drum­ming he­roes?

“When I first started I went to the pub­lic mu­sic school, a one-hour drive from where we lived. The les­son was 20 min­utes short and we mostly prac­tised drum notes on a prac­tice pad. It was SO BOR­ING! The last five min­utes I got to sit be­hind a kit and play a pat­tern, and that was it. I wanted to quit af­ter two weeks but my fa­ther pushed me to keep play­ing and prac­tise. He bought me a kit and was very en­cour­ag­ing. Both my par­ents were my he­roes – and still are! If it wasn’t for them I’d never be in a band to­day. I have a few other drum he­roes as well: Jonna Karls­son from Night Viper, Dave Lom­bardo and Iron Maiden’s Clive Burr.”

Which Spi­ders song per­fectly cap­tures your sound and style?

“‘Burn Away’ has a punky feel­ing to it, which I love play­ing. I steal a lot from other drum­mers (mostly Pe­ter Criss). KillerMa­chine is my own poor ver­sion of how Criss would’ve played it if he was in Spi­ders!”

What has been the proud­est mo­ment of your ca­reer to date?

“I’m very proud of KillerMa­chine! How we man­aged to put ev­ery­thing to­gether de­spite ev­ery­thing we went through dur­ing the record­ing pe­riod. It made us stronger, both in­di­vid­u­ally and as a group. Ain’t noth­ing can stop us now!”

What’s the best drum­ming ad­vice you have been given?

“Don’t sell those drums!”

What was the first kit you ever owned?

“My first kit was a five-piece Wes­per I got when I was like 12. The fin­ish was very psy­che­delic I re­mem­ber! Un­for­tu­nately I threw the drum kit over the bal­cony one day, be­cause I couldn’t nail ‘Red Red Wine’ by UB40… I ac­tu­ally still hav­ing trou­ble nail­ing it, haha!”

What gear are you us­ing now?

“Right be­fore we started record­ing KillerMa­chine I bought a six-piece Tama Im­pe­ri­al­star from the ’80s. It has four con­cert toms: 10", 12", 13", 14" and 16" floor tom. Kick is 24" and sounds amaz­ing! Whole kit sounds in­cred­i­bly good I think. I got a tip from the drum­mer in Weird Al Yankovic’s band to use Remo Em­peror Coat­eds on the con­cert toms and it sounds re­ally warm, fat and deep! The whole al­bum is recorded with those drums. My favourite snare is a 1981 Tama Master­craft Art­wood Su­per­star snare. I have a va­ri­ety of cym­bals from Paiste, Meinl and un­de­fined brands.”

How do you ap­proach play­ing live with Spi­ders?

“I ap­proach it by be­ing in­sanely ner­vous so I have to run to the bath­room all the time! When I’m on stage play­ing the first three songs the ner­vous­ness switches to panic be­cause my arms are al­ready dog tired and I don’t know how I’m gonna man­age a whole set! But af­ter five songs it’s all good and I can en­joy the party.”

Do you work off the gui­tar or bass in cre­at­ing parts and grooves?

“The gui­tar! I al­ways have and al­ways will build my drum­ming in Spi­ders from John’s gui­tar play­ing.”

What is the one piece of gear you couldn’t live with­out?

“Ear plugs and a toi­let back­stage!”

What have you got com­ing up that you’re most ex­cited about?

“I’m RE­ALLY look­ing for­ward to com­ing out and play­ing the songs from KillerMa­chine live in front of an au­di­ence! I be­came a fa­ther two years ago and there hasn’t been that much tour­ing dur­ing the last years – the band also took a bit of a break while writ­ing KillerMa­chine. But now it’s time to come out and play again!”

What’s the key to a great live per­for­mance?

“When the con­nec­tion within the band is click­ing, and when the con­nec­tion be­tween the band and the au­di­ence is mag­netic. If you man­age to sync those two phe­nom­ena at the same time you have made some­thing unique. When ev­ery­one on the stage and in front of the stage feels like one. That’s when the magic hap­pens! That’s the key right there.”

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