Blitzkrieg Baby have been featured here before, as well as a more personal portrait that came through an intimate interview with your real persona. What’s going to happen now?
– First up is getting Kids’ World EP released. It has been a long time coming, but 2013 proved to be a year of great ordeals that postponed a few things musically. Despite being built from music spanning many years, Kids’ World EP is a snapshot of the Baby right here, right now, with all its children’s diseases on display, grinning at the camera.
So, this is the first time that Blitzkrieg Baby is featured on the best label around (in Sweden) right now. Why did you pick Beläten, or why did he pick you?
– It is the first proper Blitzkrieg Baby release on Beläten, yes. But Blitzkrieg Baby’s Your Happy Place opened the A Somatic Response compilation that came out about two years ago. Thomas Ekelund (of Beläten and Trepaneringsritualen) and me have stayed in touch since long before that compilation, so long that neither of us remember when and how we first got in touch. I am very glad to be doing a Blitzkrieg Baby release through Beläten as I, like you, hold the label in high regard.
I know that it’s about the same insane martial industrial pop that’s coming through. Have anything changed since your last release, or is this more of the same?
– Blitzkrieg Baby is gradually changing all the time, in many directions. There has never been very set parameters for what Blitzkrieg Baby is musically, and we are working on music in several directions as we speak. The core, however, is the same.
Could you tell me how it was to record this record? How long did it take, what did you have to do and did you ever hit upon a greater problem before finishing it up?
– Pretty much everything by Blitzkrieg Baby has been boiling beneath the surface for years already, since the project was initiated back in 2001. This means that everything we release has a trail going further back than the few most recent years. This EP has material that stretches back to the last half of the nineties, as well as music finished the last few months. Also, Anders B. of Mind & Flesh is a prominent presence through all these tracks, and his contributions is one of the unifying factors. Kids’ World EP is a 40 minute EP, while the debut album “Porcus Norvegicus” was a 30 minute full length. That makes sense doesn’t it?
Now, tell me whatever you’d want to tell me. What track is it I’m going to get and what is the inherent meaning with it?
– I am handing you Kids’ World, the title track. I feel this is the pinnacle of Blitzkrieg Baby is at this exact moment.
1. Kids’ World
– “It’s a kids’ world, we are your family now, we teach you how to kill.” The world is not a pretty sight, and here is a pop tune to accompany the images we don’t want to see. From all of us to all of you.
– This is a lyric Mr. B wrote about paranoia.
3. The Swine Supremacy
– Human nature.
4. Those They Could Not Fuck, They Killed
– An instrumental ballad.
5. Half Pig Half Man
– Aren’t we all?
6. Broken Child
– Our childhood never leaves us. Mr. B decided to sing my lyrics as if it was a lullaby, so now it is.
7. Incinerator Symphony No. I
– This track has stems going all the way back to the mid-nineties. Together with Anders B., I was deeply into Industrial music and we began doing sound experiments and industrial-sounding recordings besides playing in a band together. This is when he started the earliest incarnations of what is now Mind & Flesh, and the foundations for what would later become Blitzkrieg Baby were laid down. Incinerator Symphony No. II was featured on Porcus Norvegicus. The third symphony is in progress and can be expected to appear on a later release.
8. Children In Uniform MMXIII
– A reworked track from Porcus Norvegicus, thematically close to Kids’ World.
9. Your Happy Place
– This is the first lyric Mr. B wrote for Blitzkrieg Baby. This track originally appeared on Belätens A Somatic Response compilation. I found it reasonable to conclude the EP where the official collaboration with Beläten first started.