Covered Call have just released thier second album, the impressive ‘Impact’ via AOR Heaven. Here we catch-up with guitarist Joel Carlsson to find out what has been happening since their debut album and the background behind new vocalist Goran Edman joining the band…
What are you currently up to?
“We’re planning upcoming gigs and also writing new material.”
Since your debut album ‘Money Never Sleeps’ the band arrived in a blaze of publicity and then seemingly disappeared until now. What did the band get up to and did you ever manage to get out and play live?
“We did get good responses on the first album, during 2009. And at that time we did some gigs, like Sweden Rock, etc. We were not completely satisfied with the first album though and shortly decided to make the second one, better. It took some time ‘cause sadly, we’re not fulltime musicians and we run our own businesses, but I think we did that, so hopefully, we’ll get a really good response this time.”
How did you hook-up with Goran Edman for the new album?
“We really felt that we wanted a little twist on the new sound this time, and Thomas Vikström was quite busy with Therion. So we got in contact with Göran through Andy Loos. Goran did a great job on the album and then, also joined the band.”
Could you take us through the new album ‘Impact’? (e.g. ideas behind the songs etc)
“Ronny (drums) and I make all the songs together and this time we wanted to make the songs and the sound much better….”
“The song writing process often starts with one of us coming up with a melody or a riff, recorded on a cell phone and we build it from there. The sound was very important during the recording and with a hand from Studio Fredman, together with our own experience we can now say that we are satisfied with the result.”
This album you have signed with AOR Heaven. What made you sign with them and will the band be touring at all?
“We were looking for a new label as Blistering Records no longer exist. AOR Heaven seemed to be serious and promote their bands well. We are very happy with the commitment from AOR Heaven and they’re doing a great job. We are planning the autumn right now and hope that we can make a European tour during the year.”
There is a heavy Lion’s Share interest in the album with that band’s bassist Andy Loos playing on the album and fellow band member Lars Chriss, who mixed the album. How did this come about….?
“Thomas Thulin was playing bass on the first album but decided to leave the band and through Lars Chriss we then got in contact with Andy Loos (Glory, Lionś Share). We know Lars from a long time ago, and he has started his own studio. We are very satisfied with his job mixing the album.”
You have a lot of musical styles on the album, not your standard AOR/melodic rock songs at times. How does the band tread that fine line between making music that you all believe in and also trying to please your target audience?
“When we started to write for “Impact”, it wasn’t meant to be a standard AOR album. We take influences from all styles yet the result was possibly more AOR then the first album at the end. We don’t want to compare ourselves with the traditional AOR bands because we think that they tend to be shaped in the same form…. We just go for what we like, and the results can be quite different.”
If given the chance who would you like to tour with ideally and why?
“Van Halen. Why? Because they a big part of how rock music sounds today.”
What do you all enjoy doing in your spare time away from music?
“Some of us run our own business and companies…. We are not full time musicians, (yet), so most of the time goes in to family and work.”
Anything else to add and a message for your fans…
“Covered Call is very thankful to all of the fans that support us and we hope to see you live soon!”
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