ABRAMIS BRAMA - Ask 6


HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE? The original bass-player and founder of the band, Dennis Berg, was working at a youth center at the time, where some kids had formed a death or black metal band and were asking for advice for a cool band name. Dennis was always into fishing and suggested Abramis Brama, which sounds all mystical and grim but is in fact the latin name for the bream fish. We used the name ourselves for our very first show and here we are, 21 years later. - WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE? It was at a private party at ”Farsta Gård”, in the suburb of Farsta, south of Stockholm back in November 1997. I guess about 50 people attended. We mainly played covers: “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath, ”She” by Kiss, ”White Room” by Cream, as well as songs by November– a Swedish band that pioneered playing hard rock and singing in Swedish way back in the late 60’s. - WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT? I recently spent a few days in Prague with my family. Checked out the sights, the Charles Bridge, Powder Tower and the Old Town but missed the St. Vitus Cathedral (sorry Jansson!). Excellent food and beer! - WHAT IS SOMETHING - APART FROM YOUR PHONE OR WALLET - THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES? Nothing special really but, yes, a guitar can always come in handy. I like to fiddle around with guitars if I have time for it. - WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU'D WRITTEN? Oh, there are hundreds but if I must name one then I choose the one we covered on ”Tusen År”, our latest album. The song is ”Vengeance” by Ashbury, but in our version in Swedish it’s called ”Vägen ut”. - WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT? We have a group of loyal fans that travel around to see us, sometimes even abroad on the occasions that we’ve played in Germany or Norway, rather than seeing us in Stockholm, where they live. They think that is too easy… I’ve also seen tattoos of our logo or album cover on fans, which is also a bit surreal.

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