SJÖBLOM SWOOPS IN ON GUNGFLY!
Former Beardfish frontman and Big Big Train musician revisits childhood memories on his fourth album with Gungfly.
Rikard Sjöblom returns with Gungfly’s new album Friendship, released via InsideOut on November 9.
Inspired by real-life moments from his childhood, the lyrics explore the nature of human relationships and how they change with time.
“It’s very reflective,” says Sjöblom. “I started thinking about childhood and a lot of these events that happened. Some of the stuff was mixed together – something that happened to me with one friend ends up mixed in with a story that happened at another time in my life.”
The album also includes the second part of If You Fall – the first appeared on last year’s On Her Journey To The Sun. “It was supposed to end up on that album but I’m glad it didn’t because it fits better with the songs on this album,” he says. “It’s like creating a cliffhanger, like they do on television – they throw in the kitchen sink in the hope the network is going to continue. That’s what I did!”
He cites the title track as one which features “quite a lot of the musical elements” found elsewhere on Friendship, adding, “there are shorter songs which wander into rock territory and flirt with heavier stuff, but most of the time it’s prog rock, you know?”
Having previously played opening track Ghost Of Vanity live, Sjöblom predicts the new music will mix well with his older material. “We’re venturing further and further into Prog Rock Land,” he says happily.
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JOURNEY TO FRIENDSHIP: RIKARD SJÖBLOM.