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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Screaming Fastcore Interviews Geir Pedersen (Adhesive / The Indecision Alarm)

Ok dudes, the main band of this legend is so respected and loved by all of the skatepunk community, that no introduction is needed. Recently, the one and only Geir Pedersen (Adhesive bassist and vocalist), sat down with us, and talked about band's reunion experience, side projects, tour anecdotes, and many more... So, let's begin!

馃憠 Introduction:

Name: Geir Pedersen
Birthdate: August 26, 1973
Bands: Adhesive / The Indecision Alarm
Instrument: Bass and Vocals

馃憠 Music influencies:

Which are your main music influences?Obviously, a lot of Californian punk bands, giving the style of music I played, but I also enjoy some good old classic punk like The Clash and such.

Which are your fav bands and music genders nowadays?
I still listen a lot to the old melodic punk, but I also enjoy the old country song now and then, and a lot of other stuff too. I would say that punk is the main course, though. There are too many bands to mention – you would need a book for that!

Do you know any punk bands from Latin America?
Sadly, not that many. I know that there are a lot of bands doing their thing, but I am really not educated at all. Sorry.

馃憠 Knowing the artist:

What can you tell us about Geir Pedersen that people wouldn't know?
Oh, good question – I think there are many things, but I'm pretty uninteresting, I would say. I am a regular guy with a family, doing family things besides working full time.

What do you do apart from playing bass?
I work, I spend time with the family, and I guess I am some kind of soccer dad, with my two sons playing.

What's your favorite food?
Beer.

What are your most treasured memories from all these years of punk rock?
Oh, too many things to list. I have had the opportunity to travel around the world, I've met a lot of awesome people that I try to keep in touch with. Being in a touring punk band is a really good way to meet people and get to see things that a normal tourist won't. The people and the general feeling of being a part of this awesome scene is what I will remember.

What was the difference between Adhesive reunion tour with the first years of the band?
The reunion was a little more organized and comfortable, ha ha! Our early years of playing were more of a struggle to build some kind of reputation and “name” for ourselves. We didn't have to care about that stuff with the reunion. Just play and have fun.

馃憠 Knowing the band:

Do you consider Adhesive a band that should be playing still?
On one hand, I wouldn't mind being in a band, if you just think about playing nice shows and meeting interesting people. It's the other stuff with a band that I don't really enjoy that much. It's very time consuming, whether it might be practicing, doing promotion, travelling or things like that. Having a family and a full time job doesn't go to well with playing in a touring band. If practice wasn't necessary, and if you could teleport to shows, then it might have been different.

How do you see Adhesive in the punk scene after all these years?
I knew there was some interest in us – we have had some nice offers over the years to do stuff, but it never felt right. When we eventually did the reunion, I was happy to see that we had a strong fanbase with both old and new fans. That was very inspiring to me.

How is the relationship with bigger bands from Sweden and the rest of the world?
We have been away for too long, so I wouldn't say we know that many bands that you might say are big. We have good relations to the bands we have met over the years, I think. I am happy that there still are Swedish punks kicking ass out there, to mention a few, like Satanic Surfers, Venerea, No Fun At All or Millencolin.

馃憠 Curiosities:

Why did Adhesive stop playing shows and recording music?
Our record deal was for three records, and if we were to get a new deal, we had to step it up a notch with promoting ourselves, do more touring and stuff. We always had jobs and things going on besides the band, and we were fortunate enough to have a label that accepted that. But we felt that we couldn't commit to taking it to a bigger level – it wouldn't have been fair to us or a label signing us. We didn't want to have music as a job.

Have you seen the price of Adhesive CDs on the internet? What do you think about it?
Yes, I have. I think it's really horrible, but there isn’t much we can do about it.

What was The Indecision Alarm project about? How did it happen?
Three of the Adhesive guys (me, Micke, and Mathias) wanted to dust off the old bones and try to create some nice music just for the fun of it. We brought in a friend, Niklas to play second guitar, and wrote some nice tunes. I guess you could say it's not too far away from the Adhesive landscape, but it also has a little more mature touch to it.

Did you guys tour outside Sweden with The Indecision Alarm?
Yes, we did some shows across Europe. Two tours and some weekenders.

馃憠 Band plans:

How did the idea of playing back again happen?
While being drunk around Christmas, I think. We talked about trying to do something with the band, to give it a proper goodbye, and ended in doing a year or so with touring, and donating all profits to charity. We collected about 15000 Euros to Doctors Without Borders/M茅decins Sans Fronti猫res.

Have you guys considered doing it again? Will you?
No, we said we would do this reunion, and then it's over.

Any new music soon? Do you guys still rehearse together and do new music?
Not as Adhesive.

Have you thought about starting a new band maybe?
You never know in the future, it's not that we started hating music when we quit, it's just that it's too hard to find the time when you have jobs and families.

馃憠 Touring:

How was the experience of coming back to shows and traveling around Europe and eastern Canada once again?
It was fantastic! We got to play a lot of our favourite places, and also played places we never thought would happen. Japan, for example. I am also very happy that we could come back to Quebec once again. I really enjoyed doing a proper European tour, and also got to return to Spain for a full tour.

Did you expect such a feedback from fans?
Not really. I didn't expect that we would be ignored, but I never thought we would have such a good response and so many people at some shows.

What do you prefer, big festival or small venues?
Small venues are the best, but I can enjoy a festival show, too. Generally the smaller venues are more energetic and crazy, but I can also appreciate a festival, with the organization and the logistics. That's me being old!

Did you know Adhesive has all those fans from Latin America?
I get a lot of messages from South and Latin America, and our Spotify stats say that we have a lot of listeners there. I'm really happy that you like our little band from the other side of the world!

Were you ever contacted to tour South America? Would you do it?
I tried to talk to, I think, two different agencies there. The problem for us was that we could only play there if we paid for it ourselves. We might have had the chance to get a support slot for some bigger band, but since we did the reunion for charity, we couldn't do it. If we would have had guarantees that covered the trip, it might have been a different situation, but we didn’t want to use charity money for plane tickets. I would have loved to come over, but unfortunately, the money just wasn't there.

馃憠 Message to the fans:

Do you know the site Screaming Fastcore?
Yes, I follow it on Facebook.

What's your opinion about sharing music online?
Hard to stop, right? It's good for the exposure, I guess, but not too good for smaller bands that don't do arena tours? I don't really bother that much with the sharing subject.

Do you think the music industry hasn't adapted to the changes?
Hard to say, since I am mostly a consumer of music. I guess streaming services have gotten some hold of the changing consumer patterns, but considering the amounts paid to the artists, I guess the industry at least adapted to the economy part.

What message would you like to send to the Latin American and rest of the world fans?
Thanks for your support! It means a lot on cold winter nights! Sorry we couldn't make it to all of you – we tried our best! Take care, and support your local punk scene!

Follow and listen to Adhesive on all their social networks:
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