2009.05.14 Project Hopeless Interview

(this interview is translated by google, and some editions by me so it might be strange or crazy at some parts)

Project Hopeless Interview

Since I've loved Ireland for so many years, and the fantastic swedish band Project Hopeless had a tour on the green island I felt that it was time for an interview. Project Hopeless have much to say and many opinions about everything. Tomorrow they will start their long US Tour. I hope you US-people will appreciate P.H, here's the interview. Maybe one of the best interview I've ever done.

1. What I wonder first of all, how was the tour in Ireland, it became much Guinness? What is the difference between the Irish punk scene and the Swedish? I think the Swedes have a great tendency to be lazy and really don't care about gigs etc. Always the same people behind it all. What is your opinion?

The tour, huh sick fun! Guinness was not too much of since we are vegans, and another that would be for all the consumption of the strange drink, it was the most affordable options. The differences between the Swedish and Irish scene are many, it's not so big there for the first and then in Belfast it was mixed with people that in Sweden should count like the come from different (punk)scenes. What you mention that the Swedish care that go to gigs may well have to do with it's much more gigs here, and also that there will be so much more bands on tour through our country than it is in Ireland . It was a really great feeling when it came to touring bands from outside the island of Ireland!

2. Did you by any answer to the conflicts in Ireland? Was there a difference for example in Belfast to Galway? You are a political band that says what you think, you have some thoughts regarding the conflict Northern Ireland-England / Ireland

What we noticed the conflict in Northern Ireland huh that very many more seemed to think it's just a destructive conflic. Many of those we met was born and raised with the conflict and think that it doesn't led somewhere and even in some cases could be expressed as a nationalist bull.

The difference between Belfast and Galway, I would say that the difference between Belfast from Galway was huge. One thing was that they didn't use irish words on the traffic signs in Belfast which in itself makes it a very clear difference in the feel of what really can last more than we can see that a band on tour in a country that is moderate shaking. Personally, I think it is sick that Northern Ireland still belongs to England and not for itself in the sense of occupation of the development time, which is directed like a lot more focus on what we should not be able to see, like on in the Middle East.

We got us a little short tourist view by Jonny, one of the organizers, who showed us the parts of Belfast where most of the clash usually took place, and to see the wall paintings with tributes to those who lost their life to his beliefs and fight for freedom was very difficult to accept. When we got down to the more affluent parts, with the great tribute to England and the freedom that England has given Northern Ireland was it difficult understand the situation.

Photos from Distro-Y

3. If you drove between the places by yourself, was it difficult with the left traffic? How did you felt about Ireland as a country with the nature, and the people outside the scene etc?

YES it's crazy the left traffic, but since we actually had a driver, which is a very nice person named Jon we didn't have to drive by ourself. But we have already been in England for a couple of times so we had no problems on the whole thing. But Ireland was actually the first time for us all so it felt crazy and fun. Nature in Ireland was really nice, at least what I could see from what we saw when we get between the cities. Had not much time to see the nature, due to the rain on each other day with sunshine and then a little rain. Unfortunately, we didn't have contact with too many people outside the "scene" but the people we met was really nice.

4. If we leave the emerald island Ireland, tell me what you have released so far? Sure, 7" is the best format? How can you be so brutal and angry, you live on the continent (Skåne), you are close to all that Europe offers, what are your views on the EU?

We was so focussed to been angry and tell the world about or thoughts so maybe we released too much and didn't really had control over everything. Any case, we have released a 7 "/ demo as the first, second release was 7" "Utsatt", third release a split 7 "with Offensive, the fourth was a part of the Antifa Benefit LP, the fifth release "Kalla jävla samhälle" an LP, the sixth was "Välkommen till vår sopfyllda fabrik" LP/CD, seventh release "Hit men inte längre utan skyddshjälm" is a discography CD 01-04, eighth release is a new 7" "Av hela mitt hjärta" which is out very soon, when it's sent from the printer on 11 th of may, it's free to download the songs from our website.

I can't really agree with your thoughts aboyt that 7" is the best format because it's so very expensive to release, add about 10 kr (1 euro) for each 7" to get a LP with a cover and the whole shit. About our angry and brutal sounds is probably that we have turned the anger against all things we hate, we have done, fortunately what we want, angry music and just have the human beeings in our mind. That we are close to the continent is actually really good! But we have no possibility to use it too often due to a variety of reasons, I would personally not go away too often from my daughter, then it must be of course also solve everything with school / job. To be on Punk tour is usually not the most profitable.

As current EU has been the fortress unfortunately put a hard hold on us all, what the current European Union according to a system that will guide so many countries on the basis of an elite who usually can not even govern their own countries are just so stupid. What European countries need is not a government from a central unit, it is rather an individual focus on their own problems and not on anything else that takes up their energy from what is really going to change at a more direct and concrete way.


5. There are rumors that Sika Äpärä are going to release their fifth issue. What do you think about Sika and all other fanzine that followed in their attitude? New Sika is obviously very neoliberal and celebrate global capitalism. In fact, I have not yet understand if Finnen are serious or just want to provoke. Do you think it's alright to joke about everything or are there limits?

As I understand, there already is a new number of Sika, think I read it on Sörlings blog (Yes a new Sika is on the way, I have talked to Finnen and he seems seriouse about the neoliberal thoughts / Schizo comment). People who want to assume that provoke others by write things in a fanzine to make groups of the punk scene upset, I usually do not understand. It is completely unbelievable that such creative people who manage to write zines and make other stuff, use their creativity to write things for a completely different purpose.

To these people interfere who other people behave in some ways is a different thing, then perhaps this would be lifted up in other ways. But this is just my opinion. To provoke a response to one or the other becomes a bit difficult to take for some who never been through it to be criticized, and then maybe even get to out of an attitude that is entered in this, makes it throughout the more controversial manner. (A google translation, I just want to put up this so I can't manage to translate everything by myself, I hope you understand / Schizo Comment) If Sika will be so neoliberal as you say is just sad, but it's so clear that many will be upset and say a lot of things. A choice that certainly considered safe and careful, I do not know.

As for jokes and limits I think you should act as you want to do and what you not want to do. There will always be people who will find that you do wrong, but if you not believe in what you do for your own part, so it will not be too much to fight for. Jokes can be different, but I do not believe that some things are a joke, then it can be interpreted as it wants. Racism? Sexism? Two brief points as an example to this.

Photo from from P.H Myspace

6. Thanks a lot for you taking your time for Schizo Distro Netzine, do you have any last words? You are going for a long tour in the US now, good luck there, show them motherfuckers how swedish anger sounds like! =) The word is free for you:

Thank you for taking the time for us. It will be crazy fun on the the U.S tour, it is with very mixed feelings we go there. We will remind that our new 7" is available on our website www.projecthopeless.tk texts and most of what you might want to know is there. Want to give an encouraging word and cheer to everybody thinking of doing things. Do just what you feel to do! As long as you believe in it, so is the strong will of creativity such an important part of creating changes. Do not be opressed, there will always be someone or something that wants us badly, take advantage of the last opportunities we have in this country. / Oskar - PH 09

Related Links:
Project Hopeless homepage
Project Hopeless on Myspace
Pictures from Distro-Y - Distro/Records

Postat av: Jocke

översättning av svaret till fråga nr 5 är helt osammanghängade konstigt. går inte att förstå alls... sorry.

2009-05-17 @ 03:38:07

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