PASSENGER - Sweden's Stone Sour? Page 4
By Martin Popoff

"I'm trying to be more... I mean, I know the recording situation because I have my own studio; I'm not lost in a recording situation. As me and Daniel were mixing the album, that's something else that's good for the band and good for me because that way the band keeps control of the album right through the mix. That's something we will do in the future. But we are more open to an outside opinion. That's the first time we worked with the real producer, for the latest one. Before, Fredrik was more like a guide to help, but we were dictating the whole time (laughs); we wanted it this way and that way. If he came with an opinion, there was always this big discussion. And that's something that will be easier for the next album. And with the lyrics, as I've become older, I don't have to use all the strange different words that you have to look up in the dictionary to prove that I know English or something like that. Some lyrics I wrote, they are such strange words that they don't mean shit because people don't understand them. There's no need for that; I'm going to be more direct and reach out to more people."

Finally, I asked Anders about calling the band Passenger. "Well, there are several, but one is that we wanted to have the listener... let's say they put the music into the CD player and put their Walkman on, put their headphones on, hopefully it will take them going from one place to another place, have them as passengers with the music. They can just close their eyes and shut off everything around them for awhile. Because there are a lot of things going wrong in the world; there's need for a little bit of an escape sometimes..."

Next up, In Flames lock themselves in a rented Danish house for two weeks and try put together the skeleton of an album from all the bits and pieces floating through the minds of the individual Flames. Taking a break, they hit the road with Chimaira and Soilwork, a tour that, given the latter, showcases the two biggest buzz bands of the now long in the tooth Swedish thrash movement. Debatably, In Flames' buzz has been realized, the band joining the ranks of Meshuggah and Opeth as "those who have arrived." But with Soilwork on the bill, you've got the makings of a classic shoot-out (see the video: long story). Stay tuned for the results...