Interview with Cut Up

Cut Up - Forensic NightmaresThe towering compositions rage with an attention seeking attitude that suggests this band will not stop until they are where they want to be! And if that means pillage, and plunder then so be it! See our full review of Cut Up ‘Forensic Nightmares’ here.

There is no escaping the brutal antics of Cut Up their name says it all – Pagan Hel caught up with the awesome Andreas Björnson of Cut Up….? And this is what transpired…

How did you pick your band name?
We wanted something short and catchy, yet brutal. It was our drummer, Tobben, who came kind of found the name after listening to the album Assembled in Blasphemy by the American death metal band The Ravenous. There’s a song called ‘Dead, Cut Up and Ready To F*ck’. Cut Up suits us better than Ready to F*ck.

Why did you decide to play the genre you do?
There’s absolutely no other genre with as much adrenaline and aggression as in Death Metal. To get on stage and to completely mow down the audience with blast beats, chain sawing guitars and violent vocals is what music should be all about! Right?

How long have you all known each other?
Erik and Tobben has known each other since forever, they played together in Vomitory for about 20 years. Anders, our lead guitarist, has known the guys longer than me. Since 07 or so I believe. I met Anders for the first time at a Torture Division/The Haunted-gig in Örebro back in 2010. He reminded me of that encounter just recently, but I can’t remember it due to being drunk. We met each other officially (haha) for the first time last year when Cut Up was formed.

How did you meet?
The first time we met as a band was at the first rehearsal in April 2014. It clicked from the get-go.

Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets?
Never. What you hear on the album is what you get live, just as it should be.

Where do you usually gather song writing inspiration?
Musically, it just comes to me. I plug my guitar into an amp and tweek the sound until it’s as crushing as possible. Once I get that sound, the songs practically write themselves! It’s all about getting in the right mood.

What is your usual song writing process?
It starts with a great riff and that’s about it.

Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?
Yes, of course. Internet is the best/worst thing that has ever happened to music. People all over the world who would’ve never heard about your band can access your music and interact with you, which is awesome. Unfortunately, shitty bands and shitty journalists get their voices heard as well. Fuck em’.

What do you think about online music sharing?
All I can say is support the scene. Come to the shows, buy merch and have a good time.

Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Yes, play it from your fucking heart! If you are for real, and to me that means that you create and play exactly what you want to hear yourself, I truly believe that things will sort themselves out. You can tell instantly if a band plays for the love of the music or solely for success. Don’t look for a career, money or any of that crap. Play for fun!

Anything you would like share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?
More shows are being planned as we speak. Once they are official, we’ll let you know. New songs are being written as well, I have a ton of hard-hitting riffs ready that will eventually manifest into a new album. As for merch, check our Facebook page: will have all kinds of new items available within the near future.

Has anything embarrassing ever happened onstage?
Nope. I rule!

Which musicians do you admire most?
Lemmy, Jeff Hanneman/Kerry King, Pat O’ Brien, Zeb Nilsson, and John Gallagher.

Which musician would you most like to meet?
James Hetfield.

What is your favourite band track of all time that you like playing the most?
Remember the Flesh’

A big thanks to the formidable Andreas Björnson from Cut Up for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for RAMzine. Be sure to check them out they certainly do not disappoint.

About Pagan Hel

RAMzine Senior Writer - Although my fingers don't play frets they write with enthusiasm for metal!!!!!!

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