It’s About Frustration: Tad Morose on their new album, St. Dominius, and the state of the music industry.
It’s About Frustration:
Tad Morose on their new album, St. Dominius, and the state of the music industry.
By: Shauna Brock
“Today my favorite song [off St. Dominius] is Where Ignorance Reigns,” says Ronny Hemlin, the lead singer of Tad Morose. “Tomorrow that might change,” he says with a bit of a chuckle.
The Swedish band has been together since 1991, and have survived survived multiple lineup changes. When asked about how a band moves through that kind of a shift, Hemlin says “Since I am part of the last lineup change, it’s hard to say much other than that you don’t want to start over. You want to just keep going and people who walk away need to be replaced. But the hardest part about incorporating new members into the band is not so much the skills but that personality. It has to click. Because it isn’t starting over, it’s about patience. The new people have to learn everything.”
The band, which is gearing up to promote their new album St. Dominius tackles the issues in the world at large that have been weighing on them. “It’s about frustration,” Hemlin says. “About there being all of this shit and no one doing anything about it. Everyone comes up with ideas for songs and then I mostly do the lyrics.”
Although they have gelled as a band and feel that they haven’t really learned too much about themselves from the last album, although, Hemlin comments, “We’ve taken a step out of our comfort zone on this album,” he says. “We were asking ourselves, ‘Can we do that? Well fuck yes we can do that.”
Born of Black Sabbath and Yngwie Malmsteen influences, and a surprising King Diamond love, Hemlin has dreams of touring with Accept. But, don’t count out any of the bands that are out there. “It’s a good scene,” he says. “There are a lot of metal bands in Sweden. Maybe too many. Can’t compare Sweden to the States though. I toured there with my old band. It was cool.”
And, much like in the states, Europe is faced with a quickly crashing music economy. “Musicians need to play live shows and sell merch to make any money. I don’t like it,” he says. “I download and should be ashamed that I do. But I don’t know if there is a compromise and I’m skeptical that it will change. People are too cheap. It’s too easy to get stuff for free.”
The band has hopes that St. Dominus will be a success. The album which speaks to a generation still battling the demons of being raised within strict religious structures drops in late August.