EMMA NÄSLUND (GAUPA): “For Me It Was The First Time I Entered The Studio And Had All The Lyrics Done”


The Swedish Heavy Rock band GAUPA have recently released their second studio album entitled Myriad. The band’s singer Emma Näslund took the time to talk with Metal Express Radio about their new album, their upcoming tour with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, her favorite artists on Nuclear Blast Records, and more. Check out the chat below!

Metal Express Radio: GAUPA recently released their second album entitled Myriad on November 18th, what can you tell fans about the band’s new album?

Näslund: It’s a banger! A substantial dosage of the GAUPA universe. Lots of energy, swag and some softer tunes. All in all a good trip I would say.

MER: How was the writing and recording process having this being the band’s second album?

Näslund: It was good, thank you. We started writing new songs about the time we released our first full length album Feberdröm. All 5 of us are deeply involved in the writing process and this time we did a pre-production. We also produce the songs while writing. For me it was the first time I entered the studio and had all the lyrics done.

MER: What are some changes you’ve noticed within the band since the release of your first album?

Näslund: We have tried different ways to work with the administration of being a band and over time we’ve become more like a well oiled machine. When we started out all info regarding everything was mashed together in one chat. We have more meetings and more obligations now as well so you could say it’s a bit more serious than when we started out. But it’s still the five of us doing what we love – writing and playing music.

MER: The band has released four different singles from the album, what kind of feedback have you received?

Näslund: Due to our signing with Nuclear Blast we now reach more people, which we are beyond grateful for. It’s still strange to us to think that someone we’ve never met have heard our music. We have gotten some great reviews of the album now as well and of course it makes us happy campers when people enjoy what we do!

MER: What do you see for plans after the album release?

Näslund: We’ll play Fuzzfestival in Stockholm in December. We will also do a streamed show. In May 2023 we’ll go out on a tour with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Blood Ceremony. This is a dream come true and we are really stoked about it!

MER: Who do you hope to tour with that you haven’t yet and why?

Näslund: Elder. They’re amazing.

MER: Anywhere that you’re looking forward to playing live and why?

Näslund: Desertfest in London and Berlin. Also the Alcatraz Festival in Belgium. festivals are great overall because we get to see lots of other bands too.

MER: How is the Heavy Metal scene in Sweden?

Näslund: Heavy. Although we lack smaller venues and the concept of people spontaneously going out to see random bands in Sweden. I think the heavier bands have a harder time to break through the surface in Sweden, it’s more common to be better appreciated abroad.

MER: What are some of your favorite bands signed to Nuclear Blast?

Näslund: Hellacopters, Meshuggah and Opeth for example. But man, they’ve got a great roster at Nuclear!

MER: What are your hopes for the band’s future?

Näslund: I wish for us all to be happy people and keep having a great time creating and playing music together.


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