adam / hampus bullet
Interview by: Lynn Wyeth
Date: 24 January 2010
Venue: Academy, Newcastle, UK
Photos by: Bullet
A - Adam Hector – bass
A year ago you won ‘best hardrock’ in the Swedish metal awards 2009 but you’re not really that well known in the UK yet. Why do you think that is?
A – We played a lot in Germany, waiting for that market. It just happened that way, you know? With this tour we really hope it will be ok here now too.
H – We’ve only played one gig before here, with HammerFall. I guess because we haven’t played much people don’t know who we are so much.
A – It’s not that we said we’d not play in the UK or anything, it just happened like this. It feels good to be here now.
Introduce yourselves to the British public then, tell us about Bullet and the band members.
A – The heaviest heavy metal band on earth. And we’re five very different personalities.
H – We’ve all got long hair…
A – I guess we’re a bit retarded from time to time.
You’ve had extensive touring all over Europe with the likes of HammerFall, Backyard Babies etc for the last two years, but this is your first real tour in the UK, How’s it going so far?
A – The tour feels great, there’s a bunch of awfully nice people. Last night in Glasgow was really great. I didn’t expect people to be so open. I really like sitting in the pubs looking at people.
H – Everything is great, and it’s cheaper than Sweden!
What have you found about the UK that you hate?
A – Nothing, I don’t think we hate that much…
What about the Glasgow Police?!
H – Hahahaha no, we love them as well!
(Note to Glasgow Police, those drunken Swedes you tried to arrest the other night...they may not have quite given you their real names!)
So what do you love most about being on the road?
H – Meeting people. And free beer!
A – Just getting to do what we want to do everyday. To quote, touring has the biggest highs and the deepest valleys as well…
H – But lots of things always happen!
Hell’s vocals are pretty distinct, but do you get tired of the AC/DC comparisons?
H – No, it doesn’t happen so much. We don’t care anyway! We got to play with them…
Yeah, I was going to say, how was it supporting them?
A – Really great!
H - It was totally over the top. 40,000 people.
A – Being compared to them is great as they’re one of our favourite bands.
So will we be seeing Bullet dressed as schoolboys then?
A – No!! Hahaha!
H – Who knows?! Hahah. Er, no!
You’ve played with some other big names at festivals. You got to do Sonisphere with Metallica last year, did you get to meet those guys?
H – Nooo, we just sat in our bus!
A – We only hang out with each other. I hang out with him, he hangs out with me. Oh, but we got to hang out with Biff from Saxon this summer, that was great!
H – He’ll do some guest appearance on the album.
A – Getting to meet him was great, he’s a great inspiration to us.
We saw you at Sauna in Finland last summer…
H – With Thor?!
Yes, with Thor.
H – He’s great! I have my own festival in Sweden and he headlined it.
A – He’s the funniest, nicest, friendliest guy.
H – He’s the King. Not Elvis. Thor is King!
You looked like you were leaving the festival with a lot of yogurt…?
H – Hahahaha! We always take everything! It’s traditional.
A – There was a band Wilmer X in Sweden, a pop rock band that did it…
H – You have to Wilmer X the dressing room…
A – Yeah, like, “Did you Wilmer X the room?” yeah, when you’re carrying it all out.
We saw you opened for a NHL hockey game and also that you took part in the football tournament Metallsvenskan with bands like In Flames, Sabaton, Tiamat etc. So are Bullet sporty?
A – Haha, we’re the most unsporty band in the whole universe! Somebody put something in our drinks I think. We lost every game.
So who won? Is that going to be an annual event?
A – Yeah we’ll do it next year. I don’t know who won. We got kicked out. I got kicked out for smoking and he got kicked out for drinking.
H – They really wanted to call the Police for real!
Who’s your English football team to support then?
A – We haven’t really got one.
You have to pick one then.
A - Er…. Um…. Celtic?
A – Oh, er…
H – Birmingham?
Er, ok! If you must.
A – Liverpool perhaps?
Yes, you can have them, they need all the support they can get at the moment. So what’s next on the to do list for Bullet in 2010?
A – This tour is a break for us, to go on tour, a break from writing new material. The plan is to enter the studio sometime in March. We’ll record fifteen to twenty songs and put the best ten on the album out in September. Or maybe we’ll wait until January next year.
Ok, and finally the question for our Swedish bands, the ultimate choice. Who’s the best Abba or Roxette?
A & H (immediately at same time) – Roxette!
A – Of course Roxette.
H – Of course!