Levi of Sticks For Stones recently conducted an interview with SOILWORK singer Björn “Speed” Strid. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Asked if the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe have affected SOILWORK’s current European headlining tour, Strid said: “Not really. I mean, obviously, I would lie if I said that I’m not worried. But we came to the conclusion… I mean, the security so high right now in Europe… And, I mean, obviously, it’s still scary, but… We feel like if we just cancel this tour, what’s gonna happen next year? It might as well happen two years from now. You never know. So there’s no way you can really defend yourself from it except just to keep the show running, I guess. That being said, I definitely respect people canceling as well — I do understand. I don’t know… I mean, we’re also on a different level. We can’t really afford just canceling tours. We just came off a direct-support tour in North America to SOULFLY, and when you’re the direct support, you normally don’t end up with that much money to live with, so that’s another factor. We need to keep going. This is our job, and we’re not gonna let that affect us. As much as it scares us, we need to keep the show going.”
SOILWORK’s tenth studio album, “The Ride Majestic”, was released worldwide on August 28 via Nuclear Blast.
Joining SOILWORK on tour in support of the effort is new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore group HEARTS ALIVE. Wibom replaces longtime bandmember Ola Flink, who amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom has been a personal friend of the band for many years and has previously toured with SOILWORK as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut with SOILWORK in Stockholm on April 30.