Formed in 1991, Sweden's No Fun At All quickly carved out their own brand of fast, melodic hardcore-punk with their debut EP Vision (1993) and the subsequent album No Straight Angles (1994). Establishing a sound of their own and, alongside contemporaries Millencolin and Satanic Surfers, themselves as one of the biggest Swedish acts of the 90's skatepunk scene. The new album, recorded and produced by Millencolin's Mathias Farm in November, along with a bunch of well-received European shows this past summer, shows there are no signs of slowing down for No Fun At All.
Since Lowrider (2008) they've done festivals and club shows in Europe, South America 3 times, Australia 2 times, Japan and Canada. In the fall of 2016, Christer Mähl (ex. Johansson) and Stefan Neuman announced to the rest of the band that they intended to quit the band. They did a tour of Chile and Brazil in the spring of 2017 as a goodbye tour with them. Now solidified, new members Stefan Bratt (Atlas Losing Grip) & Fredrik Eriksson bring a new level of ripping to the punk veterans.
J.B: So a few years back I was sitting around with some friends having a few beers in a heated discussion about Swedish Punk Rock and how amazingly fast it was and then the discussion of remember No Fun At All those guys ripped hard? Well that was shortly after the Lowrider release and then the hiatus on releases you mostly did festivals?
INGEMAR: No, the last ten years we've done tours in Europe, South America, Australia and Japan as well as festivals and one off club gigs.
Pretty much the stuff that a band does. Only not so much.
J.B: There was also the talk of disbandment is the lineup the same or is there some new take on direction?
INGEMAR: Since last year there are two new members in the band. Stefan Bratt and Fredrik Eriksson. Stefan used to be in a band called Atlas Loosing Grip and Fredrik in bands like Twopoineight, Fas 3 and Knivderby. He also has a solo career, and a damn good one.
J.B: Of course when you first started out you had demo's that you handed out to the zines and that was how the scene was back then it has come a long way to wait we are doing here. Do you do exclusive releases on the zines websites still?
INGEMAR: No, not really. We're not a band who produces a lot of songs. The ones we have we save for the albums.
J.B: In an interview with Ingemar he describes how you guys went from D.Y.I to the seriousness of the industry and everything that transpired along the way. Do you find it easier today to release stuff through the D.Y.I approach with all the social media possibilities and streaming services?
INGEMAR:It is definitely easier now to get your stuff available to a lot of people.
But the competition is harder now.
I think we have a good level of DIY now. We're in control of what happens with our stuff.
J.B: I thought for sure we would see a new collection of amazing years gone by like Master Celebrations? But instead we have a full length release "Grit"
INGEMAR: New stuff, new members, new energy, new start. We're "all in" again. I do hope it will be a good time.
J.B: You've released "Spirit" as the first release off the new release but it was originally titled "Feel your spirit" played at Grona Lund what made you decide to change the title?
INGEMAR: The song had a life of its own. Nothing we could control.
J.B: You guys have always done cover songs from Dead Kennedys (Insight) and you've done that amazing acoustic cover of the Misfits (Ain't no son of a bitch) and Gangreens (Alcohol).Are there any covers on this release or perhaps a future split or E.P with a cover?
INGEMAR: Nothing planned at the moment. We're running out of good covers.
J.B: You guys have always had some heavy influences from earlier works influenced by Bad religion and then (Should Have Known) and Straight angles had that Pennywise influence to Second best with Millencolin influences. Then you guys carved out your own sound and direction over the years was there any influences on "Dirt" that inspired you?
("Grit not Dirt") sic.
INGEMAR: You mean "Grit" I hope. No, just the usual Bad Religion influences.
J.B: Talking about Millencolin this release was produced by Mathias Farm what was the recording process like?
INGEMAR: It was easy peasy. A lot of fun in the studio. Working with Mathias is a blast.
The songs were pretty much finished when we went into the studio, so he had an easy ride.
J.B: What was the creative writing process like being hugely influenced politically and having real jobs like a Foresnic Pyscologitsts do you find yourself writing new material all the time?
INGEMAR: Mikeal writes pretty much all the music, and I write most of the lyrics.
Usually there is not so many songs writen in between albums.
I really have to be pressed to write the lyrics, have to suffer. Haha.
J.B: You've toured here in Canada at Rockfest and previous to that was 99 any chance of another North America tour perhaps with Satanic Surfers who you're touring with now?
INGEMAR:There will absolutely be a tour of North America!!!
When, I don't know. Canada is a good spot for us so we will come to you, I promise.
J.B: It seems lately a lot of bands are coming over to the Bird Attack family what's it like over there at Bird Attack Records?
INGEMAR:We're the new guys, but we've been taken in extremely well.
Garrett is such a good guy and we're SO looking forward to this ride.
J.B: Of course North America isn't fully behind the carbon footprint but we are starting to get a lot more bike friendly lanes especially here in Hamilton and Toronto I've noticed you guys have some pretty sweet rides what kind of rides are they?
INGEMAR: Well, that is a thing that I cannot talk about. It is too secret.
J.B: We always end with a famous book or quote that inspired your life anything come to mind?
INGEMAR: Then I will push for a book written by Neal Stephenson in 1999 called Cryptonomicon.
Upcoming Tour Dates For 2018: Date Day Country City Venue April 25 Wed Germany Berlin SO36 April 26 Thu Germany Hamburg Monkeys Music Club April 27 Fri The Nederlands Erica Pitfest 2018 April 28 Sat Germany NeunkirchenAntattack Festival April 30 Mon SwitzerlandAarauKIFF May 1 Tue Germany Weinheim CafÈ Central May 2 Wed Germany Schweinfurt Stattbanhof May 3 Thu Germany Munich Backstage May 4 Fri Germany Leipzig Conne Island May 5 Sat Austria Wels SBƒM fest June 8 Fri Finland Helsingfors Sideways Festival June 10 Sun Austria Vienna w/ Offspring June 16 Sat Germany Nordenham Fonstock Festival June 27 Wed Sweden Gothenburg Liseberg w/ Offspring June 30 Sat The Nederlands Ysselsteyn Jera On Air July 6-8 Belgium Gierle Sjock Festival July 6-8 Germany H¸nxe Ruhrpott Rodeo July 28 Sat Germany Lindau Free Open Air Vaudeville August 7 Tue Slovenia Tolmin Punk Rock Holiday November 8 Thu Sweden Malmˆ KB w/ Satanic Surfers November 9 Fri Sweden Stockholm K‰gelbanan w/ Satanic Surfers November 10 Sat Sweden Gˆteborg Pustervik w/ Satanic Surfers