-Interview- LukeWarm Swab (6/3/13)

LukeWarm Swab
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sounds like: Melodic Metalcore


1. How did you guys come together and form? Who thought of the name “LukeWarm Swab” and is there any meaning behind it?

Well, the band originally started as a 3-man-band in 2010 with the purpose of playing cover songs from bands like; Three Days Grace, Nickelback and originally Linkin Park. At that time, the band consisted of The Bob (rhythm guitarist), The Dohan (lead guitarist) and The Tobi (lead vocals and drums), but we soon discovered that we needed a bass player, so a few months later The Countryman joined in on the bass. At this time, we started writing our own tracks alongside our cover-project, and then played our first show (WARNING: if you attempt to find footage of this on youtube, you’re gonna’ have a bad time!) After another six months, we decided to go look for a new lead singer so that The Tobi could focus on drumming. We had a few laughs with a couple of auditions, when The Tobi came to think of his classmate, The Kaae, who he remembered had struck him with awe playing drums in 4th grade. The Kaae accepted the challenge, even though he had never really played drums for more than that concert in 4th grade, and The Kaae passed his audition with an A++, and the drumsticks immediately grew onto his hands. And there we have it: LukeWarm Swab.
Oh, speaking of the name LukeWarm Swab, it’s a funny story.
Emerging from the halo of the universe, deep into the core of creation, a spirit arose from clusters of dark matter. The dominator of dimensions, the blissful creator of music. It was the spirit of The Swab. The Swab habited several planets, but only briefly. He then found Saturn, from where he would transmit his passion. The Lunatics invaded Saturn, and The Swab was forced to flee to the earth. He then split into 5, for better hiding, but found himself lost for a long time with no people suitable for possession. During the years of 2008 and 2009, evidence of habitable hosts appeared in the kingdom of Denmark. Five particularly handsome guys unknowing of their destiny showed up and the spirit of The Swab had finally found his crib. The spirit of The Swab granted a subliminal urge to explore the beauty of music to the five apprentices. On an ordinarily sunny Tuesday, The Dohan and The Tobi, who’s friendship went years back, finally decided to sit down and figure out a name for a band. At that time, the two aspiring musicians were fascinated by the arts of Linkin Park, and decided to have a band-name similar to that. They came across the name Lunken Pik, which in English is translated to Lukewarm Schlong. The name wasn’t right, and they both randomly and simultaneously came across the name LukeWarm Swab. The spirit of The Swab was satisfied.

2. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

Our music is very different, which is reflected in our different tastes of music. We combine oldschool rock and metal with modern metalcore, with hints of funky and jazzy features. We appreciate diversity and we like to think we project that in our music.

3. What can people expect from the upcoming EP? When are you hitting the studio again?

People can expect a very new and exciting side of LukeWarm Swab. We are finally beginning to set the course of our ship and we are extremely satisfied with how our music is advancing. We have some very cool and unique tracks in store for you all to enjoy. We hope to record the first single of our EP in August, and hopefully finish it all during the end of the year or the beginning of next year, but the sooner the better.

4. How would you describe your live show?

We would first and foremost describe our live shows as being spontaneous. We are relaxed and chilled out on stage, and we let us embrace by the music and the people around us. We really love to have fun and go nutts, and we strive to let it all come naturally rather than faking an image on stage. We believe that the more you let the music lead you on stage, the better the sound and the more enjoyable the overall experience for the fans.

5. What’s your favorite track to play live? Favorite crowd track?

Actually, our favourite crowd track must be All Night. It is not one of our most advanced or performed tracks, but it is catchy as hell and people tend to down their drinks a lot more during this particular bad boy.

6. What’s your take on the current state of metalcore?

We really like a lot of the modern metalcore bands that are around, but we feel that people forget their roots, and forget to stay metal. We think a lot of bands hide too much behind mixes and samples and end up sounding too much the same. Uniqueness is rare these days, and we hope to see more bands experimenting with their own sound.

7. What’s the music scene like there in Denmark both locally and country wide?

In Denmark, you have to play either hardcore or death metal to get booked a lot. Small bands are having a bit of a hard time playing on festivals and concerts, unless you book entirely on your own. It is flourishing quite a lot for some of the scenes in Denmark with booking big international bands, which is awesome and we hope it stays like that.

8. What’s your take on illegal/legal music downloading?

We believe the only kinds of pirates that should exist are the ones with schimitars, eye-patches and parrots. We support the music we like, but also respect the musicians that hand out their music for free.

9. Who are three bands you’d love to tour with?

We are all big fans of Avenged Sevenfold, and it is a dream of ours to get the honor of sharing stage with them. Tenacious D is another band we would love to tour with, because we can recognize their insanity in ourselves. And of course Linkin Park. You always pick Linkin Park.

10. What’s next for LukeWarm Swab?

Other than a few shows, we are all finished studying for now, and we can really focus on evolving as a band. We will dust up some old songs and fix them up, as well as write new material. We have countless ideas and we can’t wait to share them with everyone. As mentioned, we will hit the studio later this year, and we might have some special things in store for the autumn and winter of this year. Might.

11. Any shoutouts?

We would like to give a shotuout to some of our friends from Denmark whom we have played with. A shoutout to E’nemia, who are all wonderfully crazy people, to Cold Black, who never seems to run out of bodypaint, and Out of Autumn, for being the second best party-band in Denmark. And last but not least, a shoutout to our man Michael for encouraging us to keep getting better, stronger and to slap the bass. Where’s the mouse at Michael??? Stay fresh.