Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
It's a bit of a story but here goes:
Chugger is originally an idea by Robert Bjärmyr, once it had matured for a few years, Chugger had its first rehearsal in 2012, the members came and went for a while but early in 2013 I started playing the bass and shortly thereafter Fredrik Joined on lead guitars. We together all formed the quintet that recorded the first album 'Scars' in 2013. After this recording Fredrik realized he had to focus on his studies and left the band. Me and Robert discussed having Gunnar come and play in his stead, we all discussed and Gunnar ended up playing with Chugger for most part of 2014, he joined us on our Scars over Europe tour. Due to us having different interests, Gunnar left Chugger at the end of the summer 2014. The first suggestion that popped up with all of us after Gunnar’s departure from the band was Fredrik, we asked him to reconsider and he was there to play the lead guitars on Human plague and will be joining us for the European tour 'Spreading the disease' in April 2015, and that's where we are now. Except for a really early demo recording of the song Bleed, all recordings have been performed by the members from Scars, which I guess has to be considered the original members by now.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Our style is Gothenburg typical melodic death metal with influences from the American south, what is now called groove metal (formerly Post-Thrash metal). We're most easily compared with At the Gates, Lamb of god and the older In flames records.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
That's very simple: He or she appreciates heavy, organic and no nonsense metal. Our album is just that, with the heavy grooves from the American south neatly packaged in Melodic death metal typical for Gothenburg.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We released Scars in 2013 and it's content was loved by many and the album sold out during the Scars over europe tour. Human plague is to be released in April 2015, so far we've only released a music video for 'Virus' from the album, and so far people say it's our best work so we're extremely excited to release our next album!
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Since we've been recording up until quite recently we haven't been playing live at all the last few months. But we're kicking off the the new European tour in Gothenburg, Sweden with a release party for Human plague. The European tour consists of 27 gigs in total all over Europe, we're visiting both old friends and had requests to come to a lot of new places also, and we’re visiting 11 countries. We're super excited of it all!
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
I guess for the same reasons that metalheads buy our albums. I personally think that some modern metal music is starting to suffer a bit from the shallowness of radio pop-culture, it wouldn't surprise me if there is coming, or maybe there already is, some kind of metal equivalent to American idol. Chugger puts the music and the fans first and we work extremely hard to do so in the best way possible.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Well first it's the release party, and then our tour starts.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
They will also eventually be released on Spotify and some music videos will be released on our youtube page. We're taking pre-orders via our webpage at the moment, any one will be able to buy merchandise from us on our gigs and the album is sold throughout most record stores in Sweden. Don't worry though, if you don't live in Sweden and still would like to buy our stuff then just send us an e-mail and we'll try to help you!