Lechery

Lechery returned with their third full-length album after 7 years of silence. The new album titled “We Are All Born Evil” was chosen to be the “Best Album of January” on Grande Rock. Hence, guitarist, keyboardist and founding member Fredrik Nordstrandh talked to us about the new album and the band’s future plans, among other interesting things…
Lechery band pic

Thank you for joining us here at Grande-Rock, Fredrik – suffice to say, “We Are All Born Evil”, with its nine infernally hard-driving tracks, has created quite a commotion, to the point of us festively reeling beyond the tabernacle!
 
F: Well, thanks I guess!? The album has for sure left its mark among the ones that have listened to it. It’s honestly been quite surprising for us with this good feedback on the album, especially considering that it’s been a while since in fire came out. We knew that we had something going while we were recording, but it’s really great to see all the great reactions and reviews, quite a good recognition of that we are on the right track and that people around the world enjoy some good heavy metal.
 
 
The band’s first demo and full-length date back to 2005 and 2008, respectively. Which conditions were particularly favourable to its formation?
 
F: I think that this was not something that “just happened”; the first recordings was really the fruit of hard and determined work. This started out years before when I and Martin Bengtsson started our thoughts of creating a metal band that played just the music that we loved. Then of course a couple of co-incidents happened and we ran into Martin Karlsson, who really did put his mark to the music. The fact that we already knew Rickard Bengtsson, who worked with Arch Enemy and other big bands, made it natural for us to work with him, and his contribution really did help us with the demos and of course the two first albums.
 
 
From the taut, stadium sized anthemic guitar riffs and adrenaline charged, mellifluous solos to its thunderous battery and loud and proud vocals/lyrics, it’s obvious Lechery is built around the classic, heavy metal sound of metal pioneers such as Accept, Judas Priest and Anvil... we’re curious to know if there are other 80s (90s?) bands which have had a such a formidable impact on your overall sound and energy?
 
F: Of course bands as the mentioned Judas Priest and Accept has been great inspiration sources for all of us in the band, and it would be strange if you couldn’t hear that in our music since you tend to be formed by the music you’ve listened to since being a really small kid. But apart from that we find inspiration among a lot of bands from all eras and we don’t limit our listening to just pure metal, our point has always been that a good song is a good song no matter in what genre it is presented. If we should drop more names, I now that for example Iron Maiden is a big inspiration for our rhythm section. For me and Martin Bengtsson you have to look at the likes of Whitesnake and Deep Purple for example.
 
 
How do the guitarists manage to attain such a rich, meaty tone? It really captivates the first time out!
 
F: Thank you, we are so glad to hear that! Actually this is the result of not overworking or destroy the natural sound. We use very little effects and instead let the guitars, fingers and amps work together. Then of course Martin has magic fingers and a great feeling when he put down his solos!
 
 
Can we expect more intensely atmospheric and poignant keys (keyboard) such as on the bridge of “Spineless” in the future i.e. upcoming albums?
 
F: Hard to say it depends on the songs that will be written I would say. If you should use keyboards, then it has to be something that really contributes to the sound and the song, not just being there for the sake of it. In “Spineless” we really felt that an organ would lift the particular part of the song and make it a bit more groovy, but on most of the songs there are no keyboards at all.
 
 
In my mind, both the band and album’s titles allude to one of the seven deadly sins, namely, Lust (ah, that lust!)... what are some of “We Are All Born Evil”’s other running themes, if any?
 
F: Ha ha, yes the seven deadly sins lay close to our metalhearts, and lust… how can that be a sin?! Jokes aside, we can’t run away from our name, but apart from that it´s not so that we actually strive for including the sins in our lyrics. I don’t think that Martin has a red line through his lyrics, they are mainly an expression of many things that you could reflect upon in the word today. Martin has always written lyrics that are a bit mysterious and not always 100% clear on the topic. That is an active choice since we all think that a good lyric should have the ability to grasp the listener from different directions, and what you feel when you hear it could be the opposite of what another person think or feel. It will be more interesting that way and to paint the whole picture directly to the listener.
 
 
I readily dig the menacing and potent whips cracks on “Even A Hero Must Die”. Firstly, were they achieved with a real whip? Also, I’ve the impression they were meant for “Tip of the Whip”, but the band just couldn’t wait to indulgence themselves. Would you care to comment on this snazzy feature?
 
F: Yeah, they are mean! They were recorded with a red bullwhip, completely Indiana Jones-style. But the of course the sound was a bit processed in the studio. Anyway, they do their job. No, they were not meant for “Tip of the Whip”, even though the name might say so. Maybe, if you listen carefully and use your imagination, you can find a connection between the songs?
 
 
The main, opening guitar riff to “Spineless” sounds so much like a sophisticated rendition of Anvil’s cheesy classic, “Oh, Jane!”. Was that a conscious effort or simply one of those magical occurrences which come about in metal from time to time?
 
F: Haven’t thought about that one…! This is simply just a co-incidence; we have never listened that much to Anvil at all actually. In music today it’s impossible not to create riffs, melodies and songs that are completely new and have no touchpoints with songs, then you have to be so extreme that it probably had been totally unlistenable. And it’s nothing wrong with a little bit of “stealing with pride” here and there.
 
 
Which members sing backing vocals (such as on the kick-ass anthem “Heavy Metal Invasion” and knavish resignation “We Are All Born Evil” proper)? Is the whole band in on it?! It sounds awesome, and truly enhances the Lechery experience, as well as greatly enthuses/engages the listener!
 
F: Good! It has been our intention to make the backing vocals sound like it’s actually sung by metal people and not being too much of a choir-thing. In these cases all the band sings backing vocals along with some people from other bands that dropped by the studio during the recordings. All backing vocals apart from the choir-things is made by me in our own studio, and live me and Martin Karlsson does all of the backing vocals.
 
 
Do you mind revealing what kind of equipment was used in the recording and production of the album? The overall sound is tremendous; in my opinion, it behoves any aspiring traditional heavy metal act!
 
F: Oh, thank you for saying that, it really makes us glad since the sound on the album is pretty much the sound as it sounds when we plug our gear and play! Of course you add effects and stuff in the studio, but the amps, instruments and so on is just the things that we also use live. We also did a choice to not dub too many guitars to keep the tone and the nuance in the sound. The equipment used is mainly Gibson guitars and Marshall/Peavey amps, of course played on ten! Fender and Warwick bass guitars along with TAMA-drums and Soultone cymbals, just as simple as that. But as it sounds simple, it also a fact that the sound is created by feeling and energy.
 
 
There have been minute line-up changes in the past, and leading up this release. Is it safe to assume it will remain unchanged for the time being?
 
F: There have been some smaller line-up changes during the years. Actually the only change is when Kristian replaced the original drummer Robert Persson back in 2011. You should never say never, but I really feel that this line-up is here to stay for a very long time. We’re not only playing together, but is also good friends that hang out with each other outside the music as well.
 
 
How is the local metal scene in Hamlstad? Does it compare with Gothenburg at all – or does it rock harder, for that matter?!
 
F: It would be unfair to compare Halmstad to Gothenburg since it’s a much smaller town. The scene today is quite limited and there’s not a certain style that grows here; it’s a bit of everything, but we are for sure the only traditional and real heavy metal band. Of course the most famous band from Halmstad is Arch Enemy, even though they now have members from around Sweden and also from abroad.
 
 
Do you envisage a live tour soon, and if so, whereabouts?
 
F: Yes, we will dedicate the rest of the year to do as many live performances as possible. We are kicking off in the next weeks with release party and gig here in Halmstad, and then going for a tour in Sweden. Later during spring we are leaving for Baltics and Eastern Europe, and during summer hopefully we will do a lot of festivals. Autumn is not planned and we are really open for opportunities to visit new countries and meet some more crazy metalheads that we know would appreciate Lechery.
 
 
Thanks for keeping the flame alive and burning thus far; it’s now time for the weird questions!!! How did you come up with the band’s name Lechery initially?
 
F: Wow, that was a long time ago…. Martin Bengtsson is a big fan of movies, and especially Sci-Fi and war, and I think he got the name from one of those in somehow. Anyway, we just thought that, yes that name is really right for us since it’s also a word with a bit of unclear meaning…
 
 
What is the very first metal album you purchased, or were given, and when was that?
 
F: Yes, I remember perfectly well. It was “Denim and Leather” by Saxon, and it was my grandparents who gave it to me at my birthday in early eighties. They actually told me that we should go together and by my present, and of course I immediately picked the album when I saw that it contained both denim and leather!
 
 
What would be your top pick/recommendation for 2017 metal album of the year?
 
F: Still early in the year, but I really looking forward to the new Priest-album. From what I´ve heard it sounds promising, and with Andy Sneap producing the sound will probably be a metallion!
 
 
What is the craziest, zaniest, most insane amusement park you’ve ever ridden? Would you go for another spin if given the chance? Or is there one you’d most like to try once the opportunity presents itself?
 
F: Ha ha… what a question! Probably at one of the themeparks in Florida, but that was long ago. I don’t feel well when I’m not in total control, so handing myself over to a machine is way outside my comfort zone.
 
 
Do you ever embark on leisurely camping/fishing/hunting/hiking trips way the frig up North i.e. beyond the Arctic Circle?! If so, for which purpose? If not, do you plan on doing so?
 
F: I’m a bit of a fanatic alpine skier, so if I go somewhere it’s definitely to ski. There is nothing as peaceful but at the same time thrilling, as going down a mountain where no one has been before you and feel the powder surround you… that is true pleasure.
 
 
What would you rather? Assist at an exorcism, or spend a night in a haunted castle?
 
F: Since, as you know, we are all born evil, I would really like to assist at an exorcism to see if I could meet some true evil spirits. A night in a haunted castle just sounds cold…
 
 
Which bands would you most dig tour/play live shows with?
 
F: Ooh, hard question. I mean, we probably would dig touring with most of the bands in the world, as long as we can play our music. But of course we would be so excited to play alongside with the likes of Judas Priest, Accept, Saxon or any other of the big heavy metal icons.
 
 
Are there any particular Metal Festivals/Event you dearly covet (Hellfest, Wacken, etc.)?
 
F: Well, there are so many great festivals, especially in Europe. I mean, Wacken, Rock am Ring and Graspop for example are huge and impressive festivals. But I really dig those smaller festival a lot. Sweden rock festival is one great festival and also Devilstone in Lithuania and Metal warfest in Hungary.
 
 
What is your stance/take on death? Is life just boot camp and when we die, we go home, or something even freaking mind-bending than that? Essentially, what are your views on the afterlife?
 
F: First of all I unfortunately don’t believe in that anything will happen when you die. I really wish that I end up in some sort of place where I can meet people again, and maybe connect with great metal people that have passed away, but I don’t think that will happen. Probably, I will just end up 6 feet under like everybody else. Apart from what’s to be after this life, death has really occurred a lot of times to me and the rest of the band lately. The awful face of cancer has wiped away members of families and friends the last years, and due to the injustice of people who is taken away too early, it’s hard to believe at all.
 
 
Do you believe in such a lecherous entity as a succubus?! (haha!)
 
F: If I choose to believe, it should definitely been in Succubus! Who knows, she might visit us all from time to time…
 
 
Fill in the phrase… “Heavy Metal wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
 
F: Yeah, what a delicate question! Maybe Birmingham… with Black Sabbath and Judas Priest creating the first real heavy metal? But probably the one thing is when Jimi Hendrix put nails in his amps to create distortion, without distortion no metal at all. But it’s hard to point out one thing, I mean there are so many crucial moments. As mentioned Sabbath, Purple and Zeppelin started off and the Priest developed the music into “leather-metal”, Motorhead brought in the punk to metal. Later, I think when Metallica released “Kill ‘em All”, it was something that changed the scene and make it go towards the more extreme, and on the other hand, Helloween created the whole power metal-thing when “Keeper of the Seven Keys” came out and we all know what Motley Crue started in the eighties…
 
 
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
 
F: I wouldn’t go that far, probably just a couple of years. Life is good right now, and I think that it’s been way too hard to live in the past, and the future is highly un-certain with all the bad things that we do to our planet. I would go to Dallas 1986 to see Judas Priest, that concert is awesome!!
 
 
Imagine that your girlfriend/wife/life partner is selling your whole album-collection just to buy an expensive ring for herself. How would you react?
 
F: Would never happen. First of all, she’s not that much in to jewelry, and second, she doesn’t know where it is!
 
 
Well, that wraps up our interview. Thank you so much for your time and contributions, Fredrik! Keep the metal spirit alive and kicking! (“Let it out”!)
 
F: Thanks to you, it’s been an honour answering your sometimes “interesting” questions. Thanks for supporting Lechery, hope to see you all out there when the heavy metal invasion starts!

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