Goldenboy - Hangin' out with Norway's nr. 1 punkrockers!After reviewing their smashing 2nd album Healing Is A Team Effort, (http://www.metalrage.com/reviews/1793) I got a chance to interview Goldenboy during their Dutch tour. Below the result of an evening of beer, stories about Oklahomos and a taperecorder!
(Toke, Nils and BT)
For those who somehow never heard of Goldenboy, please introduce yourself to our readers.
'I am Nils, I play bass and do backing vocals. I’ve been a member since we started out. I’m Toke, I sing and play the guitar. And I’m BT. I play drums and percussions.'
Where does the name for the band come from?
T: It comes from an episode of “Seinfeld”, A friend of mine suggested it. It’s an episode where he calls his favorite shirt “Goldenboy”. He does not EVER want to throw it away. It becomes old…
N: I’d say it’s almost fallen apart.
T:…And worn out.
N: And in the end it becomes an issue that they discuss.
T: “What happened to Goldenboy?”
Were there any other options before this name?
T: No, there weren’t actually! Haha…
N: We went straight for that one, someone suggested it and we thought it fits our music.
Where does the name for the album come from?
T: On the road in the US.
N: On our last tour we went to the US and there were all these advertisements alongside the roads..
T: This was a family therapy kinda thing, haha…
N: Well we thought this band thing is sort of like that, and is a team effort. It’s a bit cheesy, but it’s sort of our slogan.
T : We had a lot of hours in the car during that tour, so we had like 20 to 25 different names for the album!
N: A really long list, one even stupider than the other haha…
What was the worst?
BT: Who’s your daddy…
T: What I want to do for a living is your daughter…
N: Or, Eating out all summer. With a parental advisory, haha…
That’s the thing if you get heaps of information like we did there, you get a lot of ideas and you can later filter out the best ones.
Do you consider this album a follow up in a straight line from the last album, or did you deliberately alter course?
N: I hope we evolved a little bit though, but we did nothing deliberately. We’ve just been working the formula…I think there’s a bit more variation in this record than the last one.
BT: We’re more mature now. We’re older!
T: One of the big differences is, that we’re better musicians since the last album and EPs, so there’s a bit more variation on this record.
What gear do you guys use? (Amps, drumkit, guitars)
BT: I use the Pearl master custom, the gold sparkle with ehh, what’s it called? Oh yeah, maple.
T: I used to play on a Fender Strat, but just recently I had my 30th birthday and I got the best gift ever! I got a Hagstrom guitar, Swedish design. It’s very nice.
N: Two different basses. The first good bass I ever got, is still the best bass. I bought it from BT’s uncle and it’s a Yamaha BB 3000, it’s built as a studio bass. The only famous band that ever used this, was actually the bass player from Mr. Mister, haha…(sings) Take, these broken wings…hahaha…But it’s built like a tank and it sounds great.
BT: And his bass has got a name. It’s Rut…
BT: haha…No like the girl’s name Rut. R-U-T.
N: The name came with the bass.
BT: Yeah, my uncle named it.
N: It’s so beautiful it should be a woman. But it doesn’t come down to the equipment though. Apart from BT maybe, we were never these equipment geeks. We just played with what we had. Only the last two years we’ve been looking at pedals and stuff. Before that we just used the amplifiers sound, so it’s pretty basic actually.
BT: I am a little snare addict myself. I have like ten snares at home. I only play one at a time though, but each snare has its own sound
There are four members named in the album booklet, there were three at the live show and here right now. Explain!
T: Well, he quit, haha. We’ve always been a four piece. Our first guitar player quit when he found a girl in San Diego during a tour in the US, so he went back to San Diego and got married and still lives there now. Then we got a new guy, a really good guitar player and after the recording of the album he just wasn’t so into it anymore. He just got married…
N: Got a kid and retired. He didn’t want to spend his time that way anymore. He moved out of the city into the countryside and got a job and a house there.
BT: He did a great job on producing the last album.
T: Yeah he was the producer of the last album.
N: Now we just had to rearrange a couple of things for the next tour. We got Toke’s new guitar which looks good, that’s something, haha…and I’ve been taking dance lessons…
BT: I think we all found out that we’re better as a trio. We’re more tight. There’s more room for lines on the guitar, not all those solos.
T: When Jolstein, our former guitar player, started out with the band he brought in some great guitar playing, some great solos from…
N: From hell actually, haha…
T: Which we were not used to, so now I guess we’re back to the way Goldenboy was supposed to be. We’re not a guitar solo band. We focus more on vocals and melodies.
Most of the bands we see outta Norway are melodic death metal bands drinking blood or Maria Mena! What’s up with the rock ‘n’ roll scene over there?
N: There are a lot of bands actually…
T: Turbonegro of course…
N: I guess that’s the big export from Norway, as far as Rock ‘n’ Roll goes.
BT: And of course Motorpsycho.
T: There’s not a lot of alternative bands, or rock, or indie rock coming out of Norway and making it Europe. I think the scene is quite crappy. There are a lot of bands, but not a lot of good ones. I’m not saying we're a good band, but yeah…whatever, hahaha.
Any idea whether the 6000 euro picture by Paul Bernard is sold yet?
T: Maybe we should correct the price a bit, hahaha
BT: It’s like 10,000 Norwegian kronen, that’s like 1,400 euros.
T: The highest bid is probably 6,000 euros by now…
N: We don’t know, but we can imagine that people are killing each other over that thing, haha…
T: I think the government should buy it and make an add campaign out of it, haha…
N: yeah, healing is a team effort…
BT: On the side of the road; welcome to Bergen!
Or stay in school, maybe?
BT: …or you’ll end up like this!
T: Hey, I’m a teacher!
Stones or Beatles?
BT and Toke: BEATLES!
N: I would say the Beach Boys.
T: That wasn’t the question! You have to choose.
N: I’ll say the Beatles then, or maybe the Beach Boys…They're the greatest thing with melodies I think. The Pet Sounds album is way up there. I can’t say that much bad about the Beatles as well. Apart maybe from the sort of folk ending…
T: Yeah they became hippies.
Ramones or Motörhead?
N: Most definitely. Although we did see Motörhead live a while back and that was impressive.
BT: Sepultura was their support.
Nirvana or Pearl Jam?
BT: Do we have to choose?
N: I would say Bon Jovi, hahaha…
BT: When I was young I really loved both those bands, so it’s really hard for me to choose. But if I had to choose, I would say Pearl Jam. I have everything they put out. Even the live CDs they put out, I bought like twenty of them.
What bands did you grow up with?
T: 80’s hair metal. Bon Jovi, Poison…
BT: Kiss, White Lion.
T: For me after that I had my grunge period…
N: I’d say Guns ‘n Roses came in heavy. And Metallica also was a big thing for me.
BT: Yeah, I love Metallica.
T: Then the blue album from Wheezer and Dookie from Green Day changed things around for me.
What bands are you really into now?
N: Good Riddance. They released an album called It’s My Republic, it's really impressive to me. Also harder stuff like Thrice.
T: I’m actually really noticing that I’m getting older, because I’ve been listening to softer music now. Singer songwriters etc.
N: Also the last album put out by Green Day I still think is really good.
What is your all-time favourite album?
BT: I would have to say Foo Fighters and The Color And The Shape.
T: I will have to say two albums. Good Riddance and A Comprehensive Guide To Modern Rebellion and Bad Religion with Recipe For Hate.
BT: And also Johnny Cash of course.
N: There’s also a new band called Head Automatica and they released an album called Propaganda. To me that’s a great album, melodically superstrong, almost too much. I’ve been buying all the remasters for the AC/DC albums as well. Sometimes you have to go back in time to go forward.
BT: I bought the whole Zeppelin box and it’s fuckin’ amazing.
T: I’ve got this teenage girl band I’ve been listening to for like 400 days now, they’re called Boys Like Girls. It’s just really catchy, sort of All American rejects kind of friendly punk. I don’t know, maybe I’m a girl.
BT: I really like the albums where Dave Grohl is drumming, he’s great aggressive. Like on his solo project, Probot, something’s happening there! I’m an aggressive drummer too, so…
T: No you’re not, hahaha…
BT: We actually had a sound guy on tour in the US. He said that he never saw anyone hit so hard. He had been working with Mudvayne and Deftones before that, haha…I don’t do it on purpose, but I learned it from a guy that said: You always have to hit a drum as hard as you can, so you can get the full sound. Else it will end up like some jazzy thing…
Which country or festival is special for you guys to play?
T: Netherlands of course, and the US as a good number two.
Anything you guys want to add?
N: Yes, Brann, our soccer team, just won the Norwegian league!!
(Me, BT, Toke and Nils)