Ahead of PAIN’s very first performances in Australia, Metal Wani’s Jake Patton caught up with the one and only Peter Tägtgren to discuss the upcoming tour, the relief that the tour was able to overcome some initial hurdles to come to Australia, the status of PAIN following the current tour, and the status of Tägtren’s various other projects.
Beginning the conversation by talking about the relief of Tägtgren and the rest of the band that the tour was able to continue, Tägtgren comments “We are super stoked, I’ve been there once before and done some promotions with Lindemann, but never played, so we are really happy to finally get this stuff going”. The conversation then canvasses the issues that had befallen the original promoter and it’s subsequent saving and then reflects on how this situation was almost a case mirroring the ill-fated proposed Australian tour of Tägtgren’s other band Hypocrisy and it’s last minute cancellation.
The conversation then turned to how the band creates a set list when touring a new location for the first time and touches on what the Australian fans can expect when witnessing Pain for the first time at which Tägtgren comments “The more they feed us with energy the more we are going to get crazy, but we are definitely going to go out hard right away and we will see what kind of response we get from the Australian fans”.
Tägtgren then talks about 2016’s Coming Home and the experimental nature of the album and how it came about commenting “I wanted to experiment on soft stuff, but still keep it very dark”, before touching on what the future might hold for Pain and their next album.
They close out the conversation by talking about the progress of the new Hypocrisy album, that will be worked on following the finalization of Pain’s current tour, and also the status of the project that has been previously hinted on between Tägtgren and his son Sebastian.