Trashfest Number Fife is on today. You have already played yesterday. How did
was fun playing here. Itís been a long time since we have played here last
time. I guess it has been about three years since we have been playing here in
Helsinki. We have been concentrating on writing our new album. This was also
the first gig with our new drummer. We have been a bit nervous before entering
the stage but it felt right and it was great to play here at the Trashfest.
You seemed a bit nervous during the gig.
Chris: Oh I
think I wasnít that nervous but I would say that I was over tired. You know we
left Norway in the middle of the night or better very early in the morning to
catch our flight to Helsinki. I have also been to Japan couple of days ago so
maybe I was still kind of jet lagged or something. I was nervous but not more
than usual. Iím still shaking from being tired and that jet leg.
Your break began in 2010. You said that you have been working on a new album.
So that band was only on a touring break but never on a total break than?
felt it was necessary to take that break because we simply wanted to get back
to the scratch so to say. We went to the recording studio and therefore we
decided to take a break form touring. It is a lot of work to concentrate on an
new album. However we havenít been on a complete break when it comes to
playing. We did some gigs in Norway here and there but we just didnít go on a
Did you miss being on the road?
missed being on stage. But as I said we felt as it was really needed. Now we
are able to release our album that has just been mixed by John Fryer. The album
should be out next year and than we can go out touring again and people will
get the chance to see us playing live again as well.
Your new album is going to be called ďThe Royal BrigadeĒ. What else can you
tell us about it?
album will be more guitar driven than our last one. It is a very good mix
between slower songs and tempo tracks. I think the album presents what Malice
in Wonderland is all about. We have played a lot of the new songs yesterday and
the audience seemed to like them pretty much. Iím proud of the album. It is a
very good album that represents our band as it is. .
You said that you had to go through a hard time. What did you mean by that? Was
it about the musical side or about something that happened for you
it was more about the music business itself. I donít want to go into any
details now but just so much that the music business has changed in some not so
nice way. Than of course our line up changes have been quite hard for the band.
Loosing a member is always hard for a band. There are always ups and downs. The
last time contained more downs for us as a band I have to say. We struggled a
lot. Our bassist quit the band and our drummer as well. It was not only about
the music aspect but also about the personal aspect. If you know somebody so
well and than he leaves the bandÖ Thatís not the best that could happen to you.
How is the new drummer getting along?
nicely. He is a really good drummer. Itís great to have him in the band. You
can compare a band to a relationship. Letís say our relationship is sweet
Would you say that part of that experiences can be found in the new songs as
would say so yes. The songs are about those kind of things and they surely have
something to do with the stuff we have been going through.
What about your band name? I heard that you simply put an M for Malice instead
of Alice in Wonderland. Please tell me that it was not that simple when you
invented the name?
can calm you down. It is not that simple. It is more like a word play. The word
Malice means something like ďviciousĒ. So I put Malice instead of Alice and that
was quite cool when I came up with the name. That was ages ago. Sometimes you
meet people who are not so pleased with the band name they have chosen years
ago but they are simply stuck with it. Iím pretty fine with Malice in
Wonderland. I wouldnít change it.
Suiciderock: Which bands to see tonight?
Chris: I saw Dope Stars Inc yesterday. They were great. We will make sure that
we see some of the bands today as well. We will also play a couple of songs
with the All-star Band later on tonight. We had the rehearsals today already
and it was fun.