HIT CHANNEL INTERVIEW: March 2012. We talked to Micke, the guitarist of Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus.


Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus’ latest album, “Bloom” is one of best albums we listened to so far. Their music contains a lot of different influences and it’s very difficult to pigeon hole this band. Micke helped us to learn more. Read below the very interesting things he told us:


Are you satisfied with the feedback you have already received from fans and press for ‘Bloom’ album?
The feedback has been unbelievable, I don’t think we got one mediocre review, every review was great. Funny because we all feel like we have so much more to give, and many reviewers seem to think this is the ultimate album, which we don’t think. The third album is going to be so much better. Although I really dig “Bloom”.


Was it an easy effort to achieve the production quality of ‘Bloom’ album?
Yes, we got this great friend which I have played with before, a long time ago. He got a studio back in our home town of Eskilstuna. We booked one week and were done before we knew it. And the clean sound is all thanks to him. Mastered in Gothenburg by Henryk Lipp who have mastered The Hellacopters among other great bands.


jeremy1Will you play gigs in other countries except Sweeden and Germany during 2012?

Yeah we’re going on a little fall tour between September 27th – October 7th. Through Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain.


It’s very hard to find your influences. I can hear Bowie, 70s Rolling Stones, even Joy Division. I am right? Could you help me more?

I don’t know what the other members of the band listen to really, and I also think that it’s a good thing that we don’t have so much in common musically.  I think this could open up for very interesting musical ways of playing. I think Henke, our drummer, is more in to the metal genre, I think our bass player Viktor listens to country and our singer, Karl listens to glam rock(?). Myself, I only listen to late 60’s psychedelic rock music and the new psychedelic wave.


How difficult is to perform the album’s music on stage? Do you need special equipment to do this?

The only thing is that we don’t have any organ player in the band, but other than that the live experience add up to the sound on the record and in the rehearsal room. I don’t really know, haven’t been listening to us live.


Do you have a vague idea how your next album will sound like?
We recently recorded 2 new songs for a 7″ that will be released by Transubstans Records in April. The feedback of those songs we’re somewhat like «you have really found your sound, mature rock music».I don’t know, me and Karl have some idea that our next album will be a little more punkier, but with a touch of psych. If I know our band correctly, it’s not going to sound anything like we predicted…it will sound better.


Do you think Stockholm is today what San Francisco was in the 60s, the rock’n’roll world capital?

No, not at all. We don’t know any bands from around here really. There’s more competing than love over here. You should go to Gothenburg (west of Sweden), lots of amazing rock bands over there!


jeremy2How is being in Transubstans Records’ roster? For many Transubstans is modern-day Harvest.
It’s great to be on the same roster as so many great bands! Hills for example, one of Gothenburg’s best band! But no, you can’t make any money with this kind of music and we’re not in it for the money so we still have to go to work on Monday…


Tell us an artist or band would you’ d like to open for?

For Jefferson Airplane in 1969. Other than that, it would be great to travel around with those Graveyard guys :)


What kind of music are you listening right now?

The Black Angels, Jefferson Airplane, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Tame Impala, Chocolate Watchband, The Electric Prunes, Wooden Shjips. And of course, the Greek psych kings, Aphrodite’s Child’s “The Four Horsemen”!


How possible is to play soon in Greece? Send a message to your Greek fans.
We have had contact with Vasilis at Metal Hammer, but he said it can be difficult to arrange… One thing is for sure, we would be stoked if we got the chance to play in your beautiful country!


A huge “THANK YOU” to Micke!

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