Caught in the Crossfire recently conducted an interview with THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Caught in the Crossfire: You seem to have attracted a lot of attention with regards to your personal blog lately — particularly via Blabbermouth. Why do you think people focus so intently on your views when there are so many other artists out there with a similar thought log?
Dolving: Maybe 'cause I'm so damned handsome? I'm fucked if I know. I should do a survey — I'm sure that would get the appreciation with the nose-pickers cruising Blabbermouth.
Caught in the Crossfire: Do you find it quite flattering or just plain amusing that people choose to single you out in such a way?
Dolving: I think it's mostly fodder for my weak ego. Otherwise I probably wouldn't keep doing it. As far as I know anyone so apt to talk and write about his emotions like myself have issues, big fucking slabs of the shit, and yes, this is part of me dealing with it. But again, I think I'd probably still do it if I was a fairly balanced dude. There's some greater sense of pathos that just enjoy starting shit with assholes who deserve being fucked with. I have to bite my lip not to get into shit sitting at a diner sometimes. Basically — sexists, homophobes, racist, and outright oppressive powertripper fascism pisses me off. What am I supposed to do? Shut up becuase it's the cool thing to do? Fuck that. I live now. I don't have another life to do things in.
Caught in the Crossfire: This ["The Dead Eye"] is your first back-to-back recording as a member of THE HAUNTED. Do you feel this continuation had any effect on how the material came out?
Dolving: I think all in all coming back in the band has been good for all of us. I'm a pretty demanding dude but I love the four other members of this band and I'm VERY vocal in how I feel about things. It's brought everyone a little bit out of their shells and made them speak out about what they feel strongly about, and it's made us even stronger as a unit.
Caught in the Crossfire: Did you find it difficult to adjust to life back in the band initially?
Dolving: Sure, people change over the years. We all do. I read somewhere that a person completely changes in perception and attitude towards reality and becomes a new person on a cycle of 5-10 years. Artists even more often. That means in order to have a good relationship to someone you have to do a lot of fucking talking and feeling and fighting and making amends. When it comes down to it, I love my band.
Read the entire interview at Caught in the Crossfire.