RockMeeting.com conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Mia Coldheart and guitarist Klara Force of Swedish female rockers CRUCIFIED BARBARA on October 17 at Ampli/La Route du son in Billère, France. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if they prefer playing small clubs or big festivals, Klara said: "It's a hard question, because both are great. But I think I feel a little bit more at home playing the smaller clubs, close to the audience, and you have your amp close to you. And you get a soundcheck. When you play the festivals, you're always in a rush and you're a little bit nervous about technical issues and stuff like that. But it's also great fun, of course. But if I had to choose, I think maybe the smaller clubs; it's sweaty, it's rock and roll for me."
CRUCIFIED BARBARA's fourth studio album, "In The Red", was released on September 15 via Despotz Records. The CD was recorded at Music A Matic studio in Gothenburg with producer Chips Kiesby and engineer Henryk Lip, and is the follow-up to 2012's "The Midnight Chase".
In a recent interview with Metal Underground, Mia stated about the new CD: "We have taken our songwriting to a higher level. We have worked harder on the grooves and vocal melodies this time.
"We never had any rules when writing our songs to force them in any directions or genres, and this time when we wrote during this concentrated period of time, we were a bit afraid that all songs would sound the same. But we worked really hard on each song and didn't leave it until we were really satisfied with it, and the result, I think, is our best album so far and full of songs with life of their own that don't sound the same at all."
Regarding the title and lyrics for CRUCIFIED BARBARA's new song "To Kill A Man", Mia told Metal Underground: "The song was mainly written in frustration over the Swedish police chief who dedicated his career to fighting sexism, standing up for equal rights and against abuse and rape of women. Then he went in prison for aggravated rape, purchasing sex, assault and more, which, of course, put the whole country in shock when it was revealed.
"Rape, sexual abuse, and violence is everyday news. You find the real cases in the papers every day, and you find the never-ending fiction cases about rape, murder, violence in movies and in TV series every day. We're constantly fed this and it feels like it's becoming normalized. Until the day it's your mother, sister, friend or girlfriend who gets attacked. Or your dad or son or brother… Then (that I wish no one) the thought will probably hit you too sometime: how does it feel to kill a man.
"This song, and our intention with the song is not that we want to kill men, to clarify to the ones that can't think further than a songtitle and there for get personally offended. The song is about the constant fear, anger, and sadness that we — from a woman's perspective — feel about rape, rapists, and for the constantly growing number of victims of all kind of sexism. The song could even have been called 'To Kill A Woman' and still be about the same subject, 'cause raping someone is hurting someone on the inside for the rest of her/his life; a life can be totally destroyed. But for the song, I really don't think that it had made any difference for the guys who get blinded [with] rage every time a woman or man speaks up for women's — or as I prefer — human rights."