interview with Sarcasm

Have any of you played in other bands? Well, yeah, I'm in Skitsystem also and Heval in Third Storm. Oscar has played in Raised Fist, Defleshed etc, Henrik in some non-metal bands.

How is it that you started playing music? Back in 1986 Heval wanted to start a band and play some fast shit, so he formed Third Storm, two years after Third Storm split up, in 1990 we formed Sarcasm. We wanted to do some sick and brutal death metal. 

What are your names? Fred (guitar), Heval (vocals), Henke (guitars) and Oscar (drums). We are all around 40 years today. We had Dave on bass but the passed aways a few years ago. We started out back in 1990, when we were like 15-19 years old, we started in our hometown Uppsala, and we wanted to play brutal death metal, inspired mostly by that times swedish and americans bands, like Unleashed, Autopsy, Sadus, Immolation and Dismember. We quickly developed our own style which we took further along the years and the last demo we did in 1994 marks the new era and style which we wanted to accomplish. We rehearsed like 3 days a week back then, at least. Nowdays we are not active so we dont rehearse at all. 

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Heval is into movies, the others just dont do anything. 

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? No, as we´re not active I can't say we do…

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Nope, DDR will put out this old stuff for now and then we´ll see what happens in the future. Labels ar not of any concern right now. 

What made you decide to make this music? We were all into extreme music and wanted to make it ourselves as Uppsala back then was a shitty place. Our songs dealt with all main things in death metal: Gore, violence, horror etc. The songs deleloped more towards the end and where more philosophical etc. Back in the days I wrote all the music and then Heval came up with lyrics. He also used to write lyrics alongside my writing. I always made my music at home, I don't think I ever made any tunes in the rehearsalspace oyur during reh.sessions. Back in the days we used to play some covers, at least I remember us playing Ridden with disease by Autopsy and Necropobic by Slayer, but I can remember it wrong . We always made our songs in english. 

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Wow, that I can't answer. But there were never thousands of people at our gigs haha. I guess most of the gigs there was around a 100 youngsters attendning. Our first gig was nervous but all the gigs we made were intense. Right now we don't play live and the last show Sarcasm did was 1997. 

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Right now the album will be available for sale and also some new shirts possibly. It will most likely be available througout our Facebook page. 

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records nowadays? We think it's great. Music has never been more available than today around the globe. I think it also has changed to industry to its better because the bands gain more attention and actually also gets signed (if good). 

What do you think of my work? Alot of questions, still impressive that you´re into the business and all these interviews together helps our band and the music to reach even further out! 

Do you have any role models or idols? No.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Yes. The older bands are better and they were grounbreaking back in the days!

What have been your biggest obstacles? To come to a conclusion if we should try to record some new stuff….

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never give up your own way to try to sound like something else. Let your inspiration guide you. And stay friends/rehearse and dont be a bunch of posers!

How do you get psyched for a gig? Have a few beers and then let the situation guide you.

Do you have any new material? Not yet.

What are your web sites? Facebook.

How can people reach you? By mail, through the facebook page.

What are your plans for the future? The future will tell….

Do you have something to add? Thanks for the interview! Good luck with your work further on!

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