Furbowl... what a name huh? Actually, the name came from one of the Fawlty Towers episodes (the one with the health inspector - superb!), you know, when the cat is throwing up because of ratpoison on the meat and so on. However, Polly assures them all that it's only a matter of "fur balls".
Very well, the band was supposed to be the ultimate counter attack on all of what I’ve tried to do and ever wanted musically. The time had come to “experiment”. I recall on the flyers sent out to people with the first demo being released, it was described as “experimental gothic industrial metal” or something, hehe.. well, it was later on to develop into something quite ordinary – yet still OUT of the ordinary!?! Joining forces with my dear old friend Max Thornell, we immediately got to work and made 5-6 songs. 3 of those ended up on a demo, “The nightfall of your heart” (which sounded great but shit, depends on who you ask, haha). After this we were contacted by EMI, no sorry – Step One Records (Jörgen Sigfridsson) (aka S:t Sigfrid) who wanted to release an album with freshly hot and steamy recorded stuff. Said and done, we made an appointment with Lach’n in his studio in the outskirts of nowhere (Östergötland) to record the songs. Drums, Peavy-amp and in a jolly good mood we packed ourselves in to Max's dads' car.. surprisingly Mike Amott joined up as co-producer (we had loadsa fun.. haha.. for example, while driving for 3 hours and fifty-eleven minutes to the studio we stopped to have a pee in the dark and he just came up with this “what would you do if you turned around after peeing and saw a midget on the roof of the car?” hahaha) and after a few days we could happily drive back home with a very, very heavy piece of recording: “Those shredded dreams”. The disc was out and we got a pretty superb response.
|After a while we felt the urge to play live with the band and not long after we had 2 new members in the band: Anders Gyllensten (also in Devourment, furthermore to be found in Violent Work Of Art)-guitar and Arild Karlsson-bass. A bunch of shows later we recorded some kind of demo in a "hyper modern" 16-track studio in Staffanstorp (where we’ve also done a show earlier on, at some town festival, families with kids and all that stuff - they just looooved it!) that was intended to be released as an official demo. This never happened though. Max and I (the furry dictators) were never pleased with the result. It didn’t sound like Furbowl anymore. This lead to changes in the line-up as well. The guys had to go and we decided to go back to be a 2-piece band again, to kinda “cool things down”. After this we felt like at least having a guitarist in the band (I’ve never been a guitar hero really, just a crusty shredder without a cause *lol*) and went to a local gig, saw and heard a band on stage with the most incredible young guitar virtuoso. Afterwards we asked the guy in question (Niclas Stenemo) if he’d be into joining the band and he said “yeah sure”.. oh shit, the more I write about this band, the more I remember!! (and I am not even half way through! *gulp*). With this constallation a new demo was recorded, tours and shows all over Sweden, Germany and also in Belgium until we signed a new deal with Black Mark Productions. Recorded “The autumn years” at the same studio as the debut and the 3rd demo and had it released a while later.|
The "big break" was closing in and after a show at the Hultsfred Festival in 1994, I decided to leave the band. Don’t ask me why, ‘cause I don’t know why, how or what really... worth mentioning is that the band managed to produce 2 videos (“Desertion” and “WeakEnd”) + were awarded with Veckans Stroboskop on swedish TV...
Furbowl later turned into Wonderflow, with new vocalist and bassist.
dead & gone