In the current and never ending scene of revival thrash, so collapsed by bands with a more than generic sound, it is always welcome to find projects like F.K.Ü., whose four albums demonstrate the strength and dedication that they possess to the style of beer and violence. 1981, their last work, is where they bring up their lyrical themes closer to the horror films that define them. We talked to Pat, bassist of the band to see what is going on under the terrifying entrails of the new album of the Swedes.
Subterráneo Webzine: As we can clearly see according to your lyrics and track titles, you are all fans of horror movies. In addition, your band’s name is linked to the character of Freddy Krueger, who has brought us so many nightmares from Elm Street. Your last work, 1981, compiles a tribute to movies that are already key to the history of horror movies, more or less underground. What other movies inspired you to build the sound of F.K.Ü?
Pat: Yes, horror is a big part of our lives. We chose 1981 since it was the peak year of the whole slasher movie genre, one of our favorites and main influences. We’ve been paying tribute to horror movies on all our earlier releases but this time we wanted to take it one step further and let the whole album cover those films.
Subterráneo Webzine: After speaking about the songwriting base, which is deeply connected to the cinema, we have a series of questions about your sound. What are the musical influences for the F.K.Ü sound?
Pat: When we started back in 1987 our main influences were mainly crossover bands like D.R.I., LUDICHRIST, CARNIVORE, MUCKY PUP and CRUMBSUCKERS and of course S.O.D. to name a few. But another really big influence is horror movie soundtracks for obvious reasons.
Subterráneo Webzine: Do you read music?
Pat: When I started to play the bass in my youth, half a decade ago, I actually started to read notes, but that’s a long time ago and now it’s mainly only by ear.
Subterráneo Webzine: What do you think about the current scene of the thrash revival?
Pat: I think there are some really good ones out there, both newcomers and older ones releasing new albums. Bands like POWER TRIP, GHOUL, WITCHERY, DR. LIVING DEAD, LICH KING, GAMA BOMB, etc.
Subterráneo Webzine: How do you conceive this genre in your life?
Pat: In my humble opinion thrash metal is without doubt the absolutely best sub genre ever ermerging from the belly of metal.
Subterráneo Webzine: What music genres do you listen to in your spare time besides extreme metal, including thrash in that broad denomation?
Pat: Personally I’m really into bands emerging from the early 80’s german synthwave known as “Die Neue Deutche Welle” with bands like D.A.F. and DER PLAN. And of course all in the band are heavilly into horror movie soundtracks, for obvious reasons.
Subterráneo Webzine: What part of the process required more effort while recording 1981?
Pat: It was a fun experience, both writing the songs and recording it. We had a great time doing it and I think that it reflects in the outcome.
Subterráneo Webzine: After recording 1981, and having in mind that you love horror movies, would you like to take part in the making of one?
Pat: It would be really fun to collaborate with someone making a horror movie and record the soundtrack simultaneously with the filming.
Subterráneo Webzine: How do you see your evolution as a band from your first album to the latest?
Pat: When we first started out our sound was very influenced by what we were listening to at that time. I really think that it was on our third album, Where moshers dwell (2009) that F.K.Ü. became an entity of itself and a specific F.K.Ü.-sound was born.
Subterráneo Webzine: Did you leave out any tracks of the final result of 1981?
Pat: We have two tracks that are included only as bonus tracks, “Evil Dead” on the digi-CD and “Evil Dead” plus “My Bloody Valentine” on the Japanese release.
Subterráneo Webzine: Are you of the opinion that extreme metal is inseparable to horror movies?
Pat: I definitely think that horror and metal is a marriage made in hell. It’s for people who like the more extreme stuff in both film and music. And very often they are the nicest people.
Subterráneo Webzine: Which are your favorite horror movies, regardless of the ones collected in the titles of your latest album?
Pat: Well, my all time favorites when it comes to horror are the first two original Halloween movies. Both when it comes to the movies and the soundtracks. Then I have a soft spot for Day of The Dead (1978), Psycho (1960), House on Haunted Hill (1959), Happy Birthday to Me (1981), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), to name a few.
Subterráneo Webzine: We would like to know what your opinion on the current horror cinema is.
Pat: I actually think that there are some directors that manage to create that same feeling, creepiness if you like, of the old masters. Very often when that happens it almost has its success. They are actually trying to create something new without looking too much in the rare view mirror. Movies like The Void (2016) or Cabin in the Woods (2011) definitely pay tribute to the old style but there’s a new approach that makes it interesting and funny to watch. When it comes to remakes I think it’s just a waste 99% of the time.
Subterráneo Webzine: What can you tell us about your future aspirations as a band?
Pat: Right now our main goal is to get out to play live as much as possible, spreading the horror and the metal vibe from our new album.
Subterráneo Webzine: Do you have any idea of where the musical and thematic direction of your next album will lead to?
Pat: No idea what so ever. And that’s what’s so exciting and what makes it fun to continue making new records. We have an open mind to what we should to in the future, you never now, maybe we record a horror musical.
Subterráneo Webzine: Do you have any cultural interests other than musical and cinematographic?
Pat: I would say that besides music and movies books are my main interest. You can’t reed to many.
Subterráneo Webzine: After many years of being active on the scene, do you think that you have the position and recognition that you deserve?
Pat: Right now we are negotiating with a couple of booking agencies to handle our tour planning and hopefully that will lead to us being able to pay visit to a lot of more moshoholics that we know are out there waiting for a good show.
Subterráneo Webzine: How are the sales of your last album currently going? Are they meeting your initial spectations?
Pat: The latest report from our record company tells us that it is going very well.
Subterráneo Webzine: Is there any festival you would like to play at?
Pat: Festivals are always a lot of fun so any festival that wants us I would say.
Subterráneo Webzine: Which is the band you are most proud of having shared the stage with?
Pat: There are many, GHOUL, ENGORGED, HYADES, ENTOMBED, MESHUGGAH, THE UGLY, DR. LIVING DEAD to name a few.