Remember the days of the old schoolyard? Remember when Myspace was a thing? Remember those time-wasting, laborious quizzes that everyone used to love so much? Birthday Cake For Breakfast is bringing them back!
Every couple of weeks, an unsuspecting band will be subject to the same old questions about dead bodies, Hitler, crying and crushes.
This week: Ahead of the release of their debut album ‘Street Worms’, we pitched these Q’s to gnarly Swedish outfit Viagra Boys – Guitarist Benjamin was kind enough to answer.
Have you ever seen a dead body?
Yes, I saw the cops fishing up a blue blob from the waters here In Stockholm a couple of years ago. Far enough to avoid any smell though. Wasn’t pretty. he had been involuntary scuba diving for a long time.
Who is your favourite Simpsons character?
Nelson. HAHA. He might be a pain in the ass, but deliver hard truths sometimes. And sometimes he’s just a douche. Really dig Ralph Wiggum too. He is the personality we all have but try our hardest to press down.
What T-Shirt are you wearing?
Discharge, ”Hear nothing…”
What did your last text message say?
It only says ”Thanks” and it’s from Mattias from Tiger Lou. I just fixed his computer.
What’s the last song you listened to?
Isotope Soap – ‘Fragile Dream‘ (check em out on Soundcloud)
How did you meet the people in your band?
Me (Benjamin, guitar) have known Benke (bass, conductor of the band) since around 14 years. He asked me if I wanted to start a hardcore band and so we did. Countless 7” and a couple of LPs. Toured mostly Europe but even Brazil and the US. Then later we started up Pig Eyes, a post punk band. And Sebastian is working as a tattooer where Benke was a shop assistant, and they went out for karaoke one evening and there and then Benke decided that VB should start. Think I got the text left, which came the day after. We rehearsed like a week later and the rest is history 🙂
What’s the first record you bought?
SWEET – ‘Golden Greats’. I was 4 years old and spend my candy money on an LP instead. They looked like Deep Purple with their long hair and all, and I really loved (still love) the ‘Machine Head’ album. The Sweet album was a bit of let down, but they have some pretty decent tunes.
What was your favourite VHS growing up?
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Rambo 2.
When was the last time you cried?
The other day, It was close to the remembrance day of my brother dying a couple of years ago.
Have you ever kissed someone & regretted it?
Nah, not really. It’s only mouth and tongue and saliva. A kiss is just a kiss, haven’t to be sexual. Luckily never against my will, like girls/women live under the threat with every day. Most memorable make out it probably with Jello Biafra.
Best Physical Feature?
My hands and brain?
Worst physical feature?
A bit to fat, 20kgs or so, but I’m getting there. Stranded beach whale 2019 – here we come.
Reasonably ok/not bad feature that you’re not fussed about?
(A true man of mystery – Ed)
Do you have any pets?
Nah, to much of a hustle cleaning out your own shit.
Ever picked up any injuries on tour?
I got a seizure once, but that was only the aftermath of too much substance abuse.
What did you do for your last birthday?
Wow, can’t remember. Think I stayed all day in bed haha.
Name something you CANNOT wait for?
The total disclosure of the UFO program. It will come, it will come 😉
Do you have a crush on someone?
What’s the shittest experience you’ve had as a musician?
My old band Nine (which our manager Oskar also played in) had a gig in Holland, and we played together with the US band Daughters. They were kicking back with some weed, and asked me if I wanted some. I asked if it was strong, since I was supposed to hit the stage in like 30 minutes. Well, time to get on stage, and I’m fucking spaghetti you know haha. It was horrible and after the show they laughed at me, apparently it was one of the strongest strains at the time. But the gave me a lot of beer afterwards so I forgave them.
If you could go back in time, how far would you go?
10 min forward so this interview is over haha. Nah, just kidding. I probably go back somewhere to make a life decision for my mother. I truly miss her, she was the back bone of my life.
How do you want to die?
Peacefully, maybe calming drugs that just make me fall asleep. The funeral though is gonna be spectacular. Party on! Or if the doctor says ”Well ol sport, you’re gonna die tomorrow” then I might put my self in a snow racer, high on LCD (!), and try ride a 90m ski jumping hill haha.
What’s your favourite thing about pizza?
To wake up on Sunday and realize the local pizza place have opened early. When it comes to pizza I truly think that Swedish pizza along with NY pizza is the best. Even better that Italian, and believe me, I’ve seriously had AT LEAST 30 pizzas in Italy.
What are you craving right now?
Really sour lemonade and some crumpets.
Have you ever been on a horse?
When I was 15, i was dating a girl who was all in to horses, and she lied to the instructor that I was well accustomed with horses and all that, so there was no problem to go the stable and rig the beast up, and sat up on it. Then it fucking freaked, straight away, running around 60kmh and I had fallen off, hanging from its neck. This thing wasn’t gonna stop! So hanging there, I started punching the poor thing on the nose, and finally it stopped. I blame my ex and myself for this ride of terror even to have taken place. Poor beast, it was just scared. I thought I’d be trampled to death.
What did you dream about last night?
I dreamed that I was like a tree and all living things were to, and all connected to each other with roots. To much Sci-Fi lately for me I guess.
If you could go back in time and kill the baby Hitler, would you?
Well, my instinct says yes, just sit on his face and fart him to death, but what if that would lead to an ever greater psychopath taking over the world. But, my answer have to be yes. Skip all possible scenarios. Sit on his face. Fart a little.
Do you like Chinese food?
Depends which restaurant who makes it, so sometimes yes, sometimes heeeeell no.
Have you ever been on TV?
Yes, several times.
Ever meet someone famous?
Not like Sir Attenborough – famous, but made out with Jello Biafra, Smoked weed with Phil Anselmo, the list goes on and on. Tompa from At the Gates actually made me work out with Shane from Napalm Death. He was all ”Give us a kiss”. He tasted like an automobile shop.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Be part time musician and part time marine biologist. Had a real fascination for sharks since as far as I can remember.
Viagra Boys debut album Street Worms is out Sept 28th via YEAR0001! Head here to pre-order that boy boy!
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