Interview with Andreas “Adde” Sydow, the frontman of the Swedish Rock/Heavy band, Riot Horse.
By Carla Morton
Greetings Andreas, how things are going?
Hey! Everything is amazing here.
You left Darkane and you decided to create a new band, Riot Horse.
Well, actually I was pretty fed up with music when I left Darkane. During the years in Darkane my creative side got somewhat put in hiatus. I’m not bread on Death Metal and I felt kinda lost in that world, not able to contribute much to the making of Darkane’s music. I became more of an instrument in the hands of Peter and Christofer. That took it’s toll both on me and on them and that was the reason for me leaving in the end.
I spent a few years trying to get my creative side going again. Out of the blue I got a call from a friend asking if I would consider manning the microphone in a band called Riot Horse. The band had been struggeling with keeping members in the band since Neil started it and my friend, who was playing the bass at the time, thought I might be a good fit for the band. His instinct turned out to be exactly spot on! This was precisely what I wanted to do and Riot Horse instantly took of in a way I would’ve never imagined.
Let’s talk about releases, which is the debut one?
Riot Horse has only one album released to this date. “This Is Who We Are” was released in May 2014.
Are you preparing new materials?
We’re working on new material right now.
What are Riot Horse’s influences and also what are the lyrical themes do you focus on?
Riot Horse is all about classic bluesy Hard Rock, influenced by bands like Led Zeppelin, Free, Mountain and early Whitesnake. The list could probably go on for quite a while…
When it comes to lyrics I’m not the only one writing. Everyone in the band try to contribute. I personally like to write lyrics with double meanings. I love it if I can get some humour into it and I often stick to the most common subjects in rock’n’roll: Life and women! 🙂
What about shows?
We love playing live and I think Riot Horse is much better experienced live than on record. Meeting the audience is the reason I’m doing this in the first place.
What else can you tell me about Riot Horse?
Ever since we started, some three years ago, everything just kept falling into place. I guess everyone can see and hear that we truly enjoy doing what we’re doing and that we’re not faking it. We are the real deal and we’re not holding back. Our music comes from the heart and gut and is easy to like.
What message do you have for the fans?
We want to send out a big Thank You! for all the support so far. We hope to be able to get on the road more during next year and come and play for you all!
Thank you Andreas for your answers, cheers and rock on!
Thank you too!