The end the beginning
of the career
The sound check is over.
Anders Herrlin laughs at Victor, 6.6 years old who
proudly came to dad with an insect in the hand.
-That interest he has got
from me. I was ten years old when we moved from Easter to
Harplinge and then I used to go to grandpas house in
Haverdal and explore. It is all about letting the nature
come to you. A pretty cool feeling, actually.
-Therefore I really would
like to move back out to the country again. So Victor
gets a childhood like I had where it's just open the door
and have the nature right outside.
-But it is hard with my
job as a freelance musician so therefore it will be the
inner city of Stockholm for a while longer. Especially
now when we recently we have tenant-ownership there.
Maybe it was a sports
injury which gave Anders his small happiness.
-Yes, I remember that I
started to listen to music when I couldnt practice
sports anymore. And I got a tape recorder as consolation
from mum's aunt which I exchanged for a Philips which
where even bigger and better. Then I bought Nazareth's
"Razamanaz" on cassette and was hooked.
Anders in pair with Håkan
Andersson and two girls with the athletic club Harplinge
IK reached the final in Karlstad. With Herrlin in the
But when the cartilage
came away from his knee it was all over with sports for
Anders part. Both on the athletic side and in Harplinge
IK's football team.
Instead it was a drum
course from Bert Möller with friend Micke.
-We drew to see who should
play the drums and I won.
But when Micke almost at
once got blisters on the fingers from the Hof-bass we
-But when I played for the
first time I thought you should play after accord. And I
promise, it is not easy.
-Altogether is the bass a
pretty hard instrument. What I mean, if you take the
wrong tune then the whole orchestra fails.
Victor comes with another
new insect and Anders makes use of his knowledge as a
-Yes, I was with them for
a while and even started a association in Steninge. But
it failed. And unfortunately many field biologists and
ornithologists have an ability to forget everything
around them and only to have an interest for put their
signs on what they had seen or not.
-I mean, it is so much
more. Both here and out there, he says and points to the
-I have always hardly
believed in that we cant be alone in space. And I
hope that it isnt over when you die. There are many
who think about such questions nowadays. In all ages.
Maybe because we get
closer to a new century. Have you for example think of
religion in modern time as really the science, Anders
Popstar, dad and a
-I think I am a good
father since I meet Victor in a way no other parents do,
during longer periods.
Besides I had to help and
feed him almost at once because there was a problem with
-At home it is Sara who
takes care of Victor. She washes too but the kitchen is
my part. I do all the food and make up for that instead.
Anders himself was a
lively as a child and did some dirty tricks such as
burglary at a construction, "but we never broke
anything" and shop-lifting, "it was the thing
to do in 7th grade", it was. But in spite
of musical parents where dad Alf even now sings jazz he
doesnt have any clear memory to have grown up with
-Victor? He is pretty
musical. But more rhythmic and goes to Lasse Kühlers
dance school. That he likes.
-At home he has started to
choose records when I cant decide what is good
music or not because of my profession. I cant have
music in the background without analysing it. Therefore
it is good that Victor stands for the choice. Even though
he directly turned off when he heard Rage Against the
Machine. And wondered why the singer in Soundgarden
sounded so furious, Anders laughs.
Music has always been
self-evident for Anders since the sports -career ended.
From the first band Dad´s Army to Yggdrasil where two
out of the trees three roots was painted to the left
because Anders and Modde (Martin Ovik) was more
progressive than Micke. And at last Tellus Anima who
-It was because no
ambitions were set and we seldom practiced. So Per got
irritated that I took care of the light(!) on Gyllene's
repetitions sometimes, he wanted to be alone.
But at last Anders took
the step over from light-repetitions to bass and on that
way it is.
-Sure, but there is life
after Gyllene Tider and Roxette too. Therefore I, Greg
Fitzpatrick and Alar Suurna have built Short Lists-studio
which opens in the autumn with five studios and one
-But I want to work with
music too. Therefore I think it is a pity that Marie
(Fredriksson) and I not work together anymore. We had
something special together when we created.
Anders has however found
-Her name is Jenny
Lövgren, an amazing talent. We have already done several
songs together so it works fine.
He can be tired of himself
sometimes when Återtåget and Gyllene Tider is too much
-But that is nothing
compared to Per. I have actually never bothered on the
focus around him. It is inevitable. But also is it
sad and such a cheap way of the journalists to go since
we actually are a band with five members.
And now it is over.
-I know I am extremely
privileged since I got many jobs. But at the same time
it's like a freelance musician unsure and therefore I can
sometimes awaken all sweaty and ask myself: what shall I
Family: Wife Sara, Victor, 6,5 years.
Previous Jobs: Seller at Soundside. "And in
the way at Sprinter".
Car: Golf GTI -89. "Per's old one but we will
probably buy a Sharan instead".
Hobbies: Tennis, nature, food.
Latest Film: Smoke.
Latest Book: Myrorna (The ants) by George Weller.
Listens to now: Soundgarden, Lucky People
Centre, Weezer, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins.
Sport (to practice): Tennis, squash,
badminton. And golf (hcp 37, member of
Sport (to watch): Tennis.
Favourite Team: None.
and white wine. The most in flowing form.
Favourite Food: Italian.
Good Side: Good patience.
Bad Side: Easily irritated.
How I manage the tour life: To talk a lot with the
others. And with a happy mood.
Anders on Per: A hit oracle who spits out song
after song. A genius, nice in most cases. But
sometimes I think he has too much going on. And
he has a hard time just keeping up. So if I
should have reached that position I would have
© Photos &
Layout: 1996 Hallandsposten
© Translation to
English: 1997 Fredrik Sundqvist & Paul Rands