A few months back, we made the bold statement “the most relevant thing to happen to happen to music since The Shape Of Punk To Come“, in regards to Norway’s premier hard-rockin’ and smooth-talkin’ 22 when they partied ridiculously hard at the Camden Barfly. We’ve since come under some scrutiny since making said statement, ranging from the all-time classic “you are gay” to some more-recent-but-nevertheless-commonly-cited “you are mental”. Well, maybe we are kids (we have been called a lot worse things in the past), but that does not make the above any less true of the aforementioned band. Since then the band have been hitting the road in a big way alongside finding the time to drop the Best Before-labelled EP entitled Plastik, which we assume to be the Norwegian for something hard and not-likely-to-decompose-anytime-soon, which freakishly might be an excellent way of describing the band’s music and how we feel toward it. 22‘s Magnus Børmark chatted away to our KM-random question generator, which as a strange co-inky dink came up with the same questions that we always seem to ask every time we get our interview on…
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Hi. I’m Magnus Børmark. I play guitar, sing, produce, record and blablablabla with my band 22.
KM: You blablablabla too?? MARRY US!
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
It has to be Signs Of Fervent Devotion by the band Rumble In Rhodos. A thoroughly-produced symphonic post-hardcore record with some astounding melodies, and sassy guitar sound. Made me go snap crackle pop!
KM: Can you stop being a more-articulate writer please? Showing us up a bit, especially with the usage of “sassy”.
Cheers Magnus, you’re the best.
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
I saw Walk The Moon at The Great Escape. I didn’t really like the music that much, but the energy and authenticity of the performance was stunning. I think everyone who attended that gig, left afterwards with a big grin from ear to ear.
KM: Good lad. Other than sharing a similar namesake with the aforementioned, we also happened to be in attendance at this very same show – a personal and career highlight it was, due to the fact we burped right in a music lawyer’s face and lived to tell the tale (sorry Nicky).
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
I would definitely moon the moon. It would create a mooning feedback loop of sorts, that would have severe implications on the ass-moon relationship on a human-planet generic level.
KM: That’s very deep, Magnus. Here’s your ass-moon. We hope it was everything you wanted.
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
Survival by Grandmaster Melle Mel. And I would request for the killer at hand to shoot me while I’m performing a death-defying headspin. This would make me die spinning. And that rhymes with winning.
KM: Is there literally anything you can’t do, or say? Unfortunately we could not locate a clip for your chosen tune. However, we hope you’ll enjoy this little snippet of just how great spinning on one’s head makes one.
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Geeez. You know, there’s a time for killing, and there’s a time for mooning. I would probably listen to them simultaneously, one on each ear. I reckon that would be fruitful for my hemisphere synchonisation process.
Plastik EP is out now on Best Before Records
Thanks: Mark James @ Devil PR