In Flames - Breaking The Mold Page 5
By Martin Popoff

But again, Bjorn comes back to the educational qualities of the U.S. tour, the people In Flames met, the bands they saw, and quite pertinently, all the new CDs they got dropped in their laps, grist for the tour bus stereo and ensuing discussions. "Yes, I think that was a group decision," begins Gelotte on a remark about Anders' many vocal presentations on Clay Man. "The thing is, if you take it from the beginning, we did a lot of touring together with a lot of really talented musicians and you get input and influence and inspiration which you apply to your own style and your own abilities. And we all got better at our instruments, and the same thing happened with Anders, and he now uses his voice in many different ways than he used to. And I think it's totally because of all of this touring. Everybody gets better and everybody wants to try something new. So he tried different stuff and we all got together and told him what was good and what was not."

Any culture shocks take place in the U.S. of A.? "The hardest thing I found to understand was what happened in one place, Detroit I think. We were standing outside the venue and we thought, 'yeah, why don't we go the one hundred yards over to Taco Bell and get something to eat?' And people said, 'oh no no, you're not supposed to go there.' And we were going 'why?' And they said, 'because it's very dangerous.' So they drove us in the car a hundred yards to Taco Bell, and we bought our food from a girl sitting behind bulletproof glass. I've never seen that! We don't have that in Sweden. I could not understand that. It was definitely a culture shock, a big culture shock."