FKU "The Dead Shall Mosh!"

By Dr. Abner Mality

Zombies are everywhere these days. They're on commercials, in comic books, prime time TV, everywhere you look. The dead are hip. So hip that I am sick and tired of them.

However, there are certain exceptions.

Hailing from metal-rich Sweden, FKU are zombies I can get behind, because they thrash hard and mosh like maniacs. I didn't think bodies with rigor mortis could headbang, but these ghouls prove me wrong. What does FKU stand for? Get your minds out of the actually stands for "Freddy Kruger's Underwear".  That's a clue that these undead fiends aren't exactly 100% serious. But don't think they treat their music like a joke.

FKU has been kind of under the radar for many years, but their latest excursion into flesh-ripping thrash "4: Rise of the Mosh Mongers" has just been released on fast rising Napalm Records and is sure to be their most high profile release ever! It was an ideal time for me to put my gas mask on and head into the stinking foul lair of Pat Splat, founding member of FKU and bass playing zombie overlord.

Read on and keep your underwear dry...

WORMWOOD CHRONICLES: Greetings, fiend! It seems very appropriate that the members of FKU are portrayed as zombies because the band is very hard to kill! I hear your history goes back to there anybody left in the band from that prehistoric time?

PAT SPLAT:  Greetings! Well, it’s a known fact that time stands still in the unholy boiler room of daddy Freddy  The idea of the F.K.Ü.-concept as a band came together in 1987, followed by a couple of rather chaotic rehearsals/parties and it really wasn’t until 1996 that we really got the horror metal machine rolling. I and Pete have been around since day one. Larry joined us in 1996 before the recording of our debut-demo “Beware of The Evil Ünderwear” and Dr. Ted got onboard right after the release of our first album, “Metal Moshing Mad”. 

WC: When did FKU become a "serious" band....if any band named "Freddy Krueger's Underwear" can ever be said to be serious?

PS: Well, that depends what you consider a serious band? We’ve always been 104 % serious when it comes to the music. The main goal when we originally started this band was to have fun and I think that shines through in the lyrics and our presence on stage 

WC: What is the force that keeps you undead ghouls moving ahead year after year? I have to imagine there have been many setbacks over the years.

PS:  When you create a band that has a main goal to have fun, watch shit loads of 80’s horror movies and indulge in the 80’s metal scene, that’s enough fuel to keep you going and it never gets boring.

WC: The new album "4: Rise of the Mosh Mongers" looks to be your most high profile ever, because of the deal with Napalm Records. How did this relationship come about?

PS: We decided at an early stage that for this release we wanted to concentrate on the music and let someone else take care of the business. Earlier we’ve been very much a D.I.Y.-band and we felt that this was taking away too much of the focus that we wanted to concentrate on the actual performance. So we took a decision to start looking for a bigger label to release album number four. But before we actually started to look seriously we got approached by Napalm who gave us an offer we just couldn’t refuse.

WC: Was there anything different in the way you wrote and recorded "Rise of the Mosh Mongers" compared to earlier records?

PS: The biggest difference was that we got the chance to really spend enough time for us to feel really comfortable with the final result, not having to rush anything. This has to do with both me and Larry working at the studio where the recording took place.

WC: You are very true to the thrash genre. Have you felt any pressure to do a rawer death metal style over the years or do the more guttural vocals? I'm sure there are some people who take a look at you and expect something along those lines.

PS: When we really got going in 1996 thrash was totally untrendy. As I said earlier our main goal was to have fun and the most natural way for us to do that was to play the music we all grew up with and loved, namely thrash. That will never change, trust me

WC: You are no doubt influenced heavily by 80's horror movies. Are there any special favorites that inspire you more than others?

PS: Yes, next to 80’s thrash 80’s horror movies is our biggest influence and interest. I could go on forever name dropping directors and titles but the most influential director had to be John Carpenter. When it comes to movies there’s Halloween, TCM, Evil Dead, Night, Dawn and Day of The Dead, Hellraiser, Friday the 13th as well as Terror Train, Black Christmas, C.H.U.D. etc. etc. etc.

WC: Do you look to other influences than movies, like comics, books, or even things that are not related to horror?

PS: We are really into documentaries of all kinds and sometimes we use that as a source of inspiration. Like the real life, female necrophile Karen Greenlee that inspired us to write the song "Grave Robbing Mania".

WC: What do you think of modern horror films? I would imagine you are pretty disappointed with them.

PS: As long as they stay away from the remakes I think they are doing just fine. There’s some really cool shit coming out, like Inside, High Tension, Martyrs and Rare Exports.

WC: Do you guys have much live experience? Do you like to get out and slaughter the living during a show?

PS:  We’ve had our share of good, friendly, violent fun on stage but we are always looking out for new opportunities to get up on stage and slay. Live on stage is really how you should experience F.K.Ü.

WC: You've been around long enough to see many changes in the scene. Does today's underground compare to the underground of the 90' newer bands measure up?

PS: You can always trust the metal scene to have new and upcoming bands that deliver so yes, I would most certainly say that the newer bands measure up.

WC: Is there any one tune off "Rise of the Mosh Mongers" that is a special favorite for you guys? I have to say "Black Hole Hell" has such an amazing chorus to it!

PS: That changes from day to day. Right now I would say,"At the Mountains of Madness", "They Feed in The Dark" and "Black Hole Hell" but if you ask me tomorrow it would most certainly look different

WC: How do you come up with your songs? Is it collaboration between all members or do one or two guys take the lead in writing?

PS: The basic structure for us working is that Ted, Pete and Larry come up with ideas for the actual music and I usually deliver the lyrical content. Then we work it out all together until we’re all satisfied.

WC: Have you ever thought of doing an FKU zombie comic book? I would think it would be a natural.

PS:  We actually had something like that in the booklet for our previous album “Where Moshers Dwell”. Created by our house hold artist Jeff Zornow. We will most certainly do something more like that in the future. A comic book would be a fucking blast!

WC: Any ideas for the next FKU album beyond "Rise of the Mosh Mongers"?

PS: Absolutely, but that’s a well-kept secret .

WC: Most of the time, I ask bands what 3 characters from history they would invite to dinner if they could. But in your case, let me ask, what 3 people from history would you like to EAT??

PS: Easy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Alfred Packer and Albert Fish.

WC: What was the last CD or release you got just because you wanted to check it out?

PS: The latest releases from Ghost and RAM. Both on vinyl, both fantastic albums.

WC: What was the last live show you caught just because you wanted to see the band?

PS: This weekend we played at the same festival as King Diamond so we got the pleasure to see his show. Brilliant as always!

WC: Has FKU ever had a "Spinal Tap" moment where things went crazy that you could share with our fans?

PS: Constantly.  If I have to pick one ,I chose an episode during our 2007 USA West Coast tour with Ghoul and Engorged. Swedes such as we ,are we weren’t really prepared for the relentless force of the sun over there. So when it was time for our fifth gig, after spending the afternoon at the beach, two of us had gotten sun fever with faces whiter than white and the other two looked like freshly caught lobsters. Needless to say, we didn’t need to use our usual face paint for that gig  

WC: Any last word to the living out there?

PS:  If you haven’t got the new album, ”4: Rise of The Mosh Mongers” yet, what are you waiting for? Get it now, you will not regret it. Cause the time has come to suit up in proper battle attire and get ready for war