In November 2016, I went to see Pain gig in Helsinki. They played in Nosturi and needless to say, it was a sold out concert. I had a pretty decent spot to watch the concert, on the balcony. When the concert was about to end, a drunk guy (or so I thought) came next to me, climbed on the railing and wanted to jump down. „Damn, if you want to kill yourself, please do it without spilling my cider“ I thought. Yes, it took some time for me to figure out, that the guy on the railing was actually Pain’s new guitar played Greger Andersson. And yes, he performed a perfect, and really crazy, stage dive. It was awesome!
Greger, have you always been such a daredevil?
Haha.. I really can’t say that I have. That stunt was probably the craziest so far. The crowd and the atmosphere was freaking amazing, so I guess I just went with it without really thinking. The dive went surprisingly well for me, but I’m not quite as sure about the audience’s hands and heads though… I hope they’re still able to headbang and shredd back home. It was a memorable moment indeed.
You’re still a relatively new guy in Pain. When and how did you end up playing there?
Don’t forget the YOUNGEST! Ha ha. Yeah, back in early September I got a message on Facebook from an old friend who was also De Vans old manager, asking if maybe I would be interested in trying out for, and eventually joining, the band. Of course that was a pretty solid “ that sounds pretty cool”, while inside my head it was more like “HELL YEAH!“, but I tried to act like the cool dude, “You know?“. Don’t tell anyone though 😛
So, later I met the guys in Stockholm for some beers, where I got to know the plans that were ahead for the band. I guess I was a cool/social enough guy, and got the OK to start practicing the songs the day after. 2 weeks later I visited Peter’s studio in the deepest forests of Borlänge for a session over the weekend, and 3 weeks later we had the tour’s opening night in Berlin. Pretty freaking cool!
Was it easy to learn Pain’s guitar parts?
Nah, I wouldn’t say easy. In fact, not at all now that I’m thinking back. The songs aren’t super technical, but when you get like 26 song thrown at ya at once, the songs seemed to sound all the same, in like a big blur.
The tricky part was to separate them. I wanted to try all the songs at once since I was so excited, but realized I had to practice one song at a time to really let it “sink in” so to speak. I wanted to genuinely know the songs like the back of my hand to be able to really deliver on stage and have fun, instead of concentrating too much on the songs by looking down on the frets.
I must say, I really love the new energy you bring to the shows. From all the lineups I’ve seen, the current lineup seems the most perfect. How do you feel about the line-up, and how do you get along with others?
Oh that’s cool, thx for saying that!
Get along? Hell no! Especially not with Peter cause he`s really the pain in my arse, bitching about this and that like aaall the time..
No, jokes aside, we´re all getting along just fine! It’s an ABSOLUTE honor playing with these guys, and being a part of the whole PAIN-CREW. Everybody is chill and awesome. I’m enjoying every minute of it, whether it’s on stage, off stage, or on the crappy tour bus heading for next venue, drinking the holy water…fucking love it!
Did you have any “welcome to the band” rituals backstage as well?
Can’t remember if I’ve really had any. I think it was André who tried something once but I got eyes on the back of my head, so I managed to evade that one, haha. 😛 Maybe I haven’t been drunk enough yet. It’s only a matter of time I guess. :O
Pain has released 8 full length albums. Which one is your favorite, why?
Damn, that’s a tough one. I would have to say “Coming Home”, as I’ve been pretty into that one, the last few months, the most. Next in line I think would be “You Only Live Twice”, as ”Dirty Woman” is so freakin fun to rock to!
Greger, tell me a little about your other bands? I know you play in a band called De Van?
Aah, De Van… AWESOME band . Yeah, I’ve been in that band since 2009, and we´ve released 2 albums over the years, “PLANET BOTOX” (2010), and “CURRENT END OF DAYS” (2013)
The current status though is kind of “on hold”. Pretty deep down in the freezer actually, I’m sorry to say. But it’s normal, I guess, when kids are being born, work and life takes more and more time, and members spread throughout Sweden. None of it really makes it easier, but some plans are still in motion, and maybe some NEWS will be announced in the near future..
Thank you and good luck with the upcoming tour! It’s been over 10 years since the last time Pain played in Estonia, well it’s about time! 😉
THANK you! We will rock your socks off in Tallinn, I promise!!