Backyard Babies: ‘We’ll Be Back Within A Year’
Sweden’s Backyard Babies are on an ‘indefinite hiatus’. Or are they? Come inside to find out more…
Words: Dave Ling
The Swedish word for ‘indefinite’ must obviously mean something different to its British counterpart.
Last November, Backyard Babies frontman Nicke Borg set the cat among the pigeons with fans by announcing that the band were going on an indefinite hiatus after a tour to mark its 20th anniversary.
“For me, it’s time to pursue another way of life, with a bit more security,” the 36-year-old told the Aftonbladet newspaper.
Well, BB bandmate Dregen obviously didn’t get the memo.
When Classic Rock recently asked the guitarist whether, with said hiatus in mind, it was possible that the band’s next batch of touring could be its last, he replied:
“Not at all. We’ve been touring, recording and writing for 20 years, the last 10 at a very intense level. It’s time for a well-deserved break before we begin writing the next album.”
The term ‘indefinite’ sounds pretty final, we reminded him. Are the band thinking of a break that might last three, four or five years?
“Oh wow, nothing like that,” he responded. “We’re talking months. For the Backyard Babies two weeks is a long time. If the hiatus lasted for a year, that would be an absolute maximum. During that time we won’t be booking any shows, just trying to find a new spark.”
The band’s gig sheet includes a sole UK appearance in London on February 9. Meanwhile, a lavish package called Them XX – which combines two CDs of rare material, a DVD documentary called Jetlag The Movie and even a coffee table book – is set to commemorate the band’s 20th anniversary.
“It was our idea,” reveals Dregen. “We told the label, ‘C’mon guys… we’ve been together for fucking 20 years, we’ve gotta do something.’
“I’ve always loved the idea of what I guess you’d call a coffee table book. Of course, you can download all of the songs for free from the internet, but there’s something classy about great photos.
“The Backyard Babies get arty-farty, who’d have thought it?”
The Backyard Babies can be seen at London’s Islington O2 Academy on February 9.