Superflesh is a hard rocking motherfucking ensemble of lighthearted music lovers. We’ve all done a good career in music with a bunch of other bands and Superflesh is our idea of having fun and letting the creative juices flow free.
2.Recently you have released and ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Our last EP Fleshbox (2012) and the new EP LOVE (2014) are a good match musically. Our history is rather long, starting all the way back in 2001. The musical idea has always been to walk the line of metal, hard rock, punk and a pinch of glam and sleaze. In our current installation this has crystallized as retro-influenced rocking metal. We're oozing 80's from our pores and the smell of David Hasselhoff is quite strong around us. Still, we refuse to fit any molds. We infuse a lot of different flavors in our stew and that comes out like the craziness in 'Rock Out With Your Cock Out' and 'We're Gonna Superflesh All Over You'.
3.The band has been around since 2001 but so far have only released 3 recordings, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
In 2001 this band started as a therapy group for Tyrannosaurus Sex and Jonas, who was the drummer in the early days. After bouncing around the walls for the following five years eventually an EP called 'Too Stoopid to Live, Too Dumb to Die' saw light of day in 2006 with X-0 Wylde on guitars and Mike Vodka on vocals. Then life happened and musical interests were promoted with other bands. TS and X-0 made Flesh-music through the years though and after many twists and turns 'Fleshbox' started happening. At this point the name of the band changed to 'Superflesh' and along for the ride were Gulliver 5000 on drums and Penos Emporio on vocals. After the release of 'Fleshbox', X-0 moved to Dubai to play and coach hockey (true story). Turbo-Ragnar took up the duties on rhythm guitar and Nick the Dick was instated as the band's stuntman. Fleshbox was released in 2012 and LOVE in 2014. New material is in the making, so one could state that the band has found its true form in the last three years and is really picking up the pace.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Our hyper-masculine approach on everything we do takes up a sweaty, hairy and ballsy form. Whatever we sing about is so butch even Tom of Finland would be ashamed. With titles like 'Rock Out With Your Cock Out', 'We're Gonna Superflesh All Over You', 'Kings of the Street', 'Get Ready (to Fuck) and 'Mustachio' you don't have to ask what we're on about, but with other tracks we like to explore different angles of pop culture. 'Godzilla Jesus' and one of our older tracks 'Knight of the Night' are takes on known fictional figures and this is something we'll continue to do until the grave.
5. The band was originally known as 'Flesh', what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Superflesh'?
Times are a-changing and so are the men. After many line-up changes and even philosophich changes we wanted to cement the new beginning with a name change. We didn’t want to jump too far from our roots though, so we ended up keeping the original name in the new name as well. Very convenient.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new ep?
Touring is a bit of a pickle for us currently, as Turbo-Ragnar lives in Berlin and the rest of us in the Helsinki region in Finland. There are plans of course, but we'll have to see when we start realizing them. It might be first after the next EP that we'll run amok across Europe. We’ll see. When we hit the stages, we want to do it properly.
8.The ep was released on Elitbolaget, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
Elitbolaget is a group of musicians interested in promoting good music in releases and shows. Some of the the Superflesh guys are a part of the group, so it was a natural move to release the new EP through Elitbolaget.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of punk, metal and rock?
The interest is constantly growing and hardcore fans are popping up here and there. A Berlin-based musician decided to do a modern metal cover of our heavily 80's influenced song 'Get Ready (to Fuck)', which in itself already was a tribute/cover of oldschool tracker legend Lasse Öörni's tracker-tune. The reviews for LOVE have been mostly positive as well, so we look at the future with bright eyes.
10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A full-length album is in our thoughts. We already have the drums recorded for the next EP, scheduled for release in 2015, so perhaps after that? Musically it's going to be a nice mixture of 80's cliché rock and metal, 70's influences (especially on the guitars) and a wide variety of crazy; including blatant Turbonegro and Electric Six rip-offs and Mike Patton on mescaline kind of grooves. So basically you throw in these and a good dose of Judas Priest and there you have it.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
If you'd look at our record shelves you'd find us quite schizophrenic (which to be honest I think most of us are); there's metal, jazz, blues, rock, punk, ambient, disco, etc. Furthermore all of us have quite different tastes in the direction of rock and metal. However it boils down to the common denominators of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Roky Erickson, Turbonegro, Electric Six, The Skreppers, etc. These are our building blocks. If it sounds good and feels crazy, it’s an influence for us.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
It'd be fun to say something incredibly deep, profound and cultural, but I think it all boils down to sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. Well, those are the interests, but mostly I think we spend our times whacking off in the candlelight, sobbing and drinking our arses off. If it’s not whacking off, then it’s probably watching movies and drinking, or going for a good ole drink at the local pub. I’d say we drink a lot.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Even though we are ridiculous, don’t take us for a silly ploy. We always incorporate a deeper message in the things we do and it is up to you as a listener to decipher what we really are about.