INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Crow Country Outlaw are a hard rock band from southern Sweden.
Since forming in 2013, the four-piece have become crowd favourites in their native country with a sound they have described as “a mash-up of rock n’ roll, punk, country and blues, giving it a raw vibe with both deep emotion and groove.”
In the last year, the quartet have been expanding their reach further afield, embarking on a successful tour of eastern Europe and getting recognition in the UK.
With a new album planned for release later in the year, I spoke to the band about all the things their fan base want to know.
How was Crow Country Outlaw formed?
We got together around the end of the summer of 2013. Sebastian had just moved back to Jönköping, where we are from, and rounded up Mattias, Adam and Poods shortly after that.
Can you tell me where the band name comes from at all?
Sebastian took a stroll through the woods and came back with the name.
Which bands/artists would you say were your influences?
A lot and a little more! But we try to narrow it to our foundational inspirations such as Kiss, Backyard Babies, Guns N Roses and Nirvana.
Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?
From a wide span of things. We have some lyrics covering political views, some personal experiences and some about the people who have caused a great impact on our lives, both good and bad.
What is the band’s approach to songwriting?
There are two approaches: 1. Sebastian writes a song and we rehearse it later on. 2. We jam together and find something that sounds interesting and start working with it until we have a finished song.
How, for you, is the experience of playing live?
We love playing live if that’s what you mean. We have had, just like most bands, both great and really bad shows, but we have always made the best of every situation. Our experiences have been that, even if a venue doesn’t get more than five people one night, you deliver those five fantastic fans a show to die for!
What has the band got planned for the near future?
A new record is currently in the making and with that some minor tours. We are dead set on making this year our most productive to date.
And finally, what is your long-term aim? What do you see yourselves doing in the next couple of years?
Major record deal, full-time (paid) musicianship and to keep on having the best time of our lives.
MORE INFO ON CROW COUNTRY OUTLAW CAN BE FOUND AT:
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: crowcountryoutlaw.com
YOU CAN ALSO HEAR THEIR MUSIC ON SPOTIFY AND iTunes.