Well described as Sweden’s worst kept secret, Viagra Boys, (also known as V**gra Boys to avoid those pesky spam filters), are just a couple stops away from concluding their UK tour. Fully booked and fully fuelled, frontman Sebastian Murphy had a quick chat with our writer Alicia Hannah, to discuss their upcoming All Points East show, small pub performances and the legendary Butthole SurfersWe expected nothing less really.

Alicia: Firstly, Viagra Boys – a provocative name. If you had to name your sound though, and in just a few words, what would it be?

Sebastian: Lets see… experimental rock, or experimental punk. No, no weird rock’n’roll!

Your fans are devoted, and you’re definitely a band that engages with them. How has their response been to you?

It’s been good, I mean of course there’s always those fans that have listened since the first EP which was raw while Streetworms took more of an experimental path. We did more slow songs on that album that are different from some of the weirder songs we’ve got.

Have there been many negative responses?

There’s always those people that show up to shows that say ‘the first EP is better’ and its like ‘but I don’t give a fuck what you think’ you know? There are so many people that like the new album, and we can all stand for it, we’re all proud of it. It’s the type of music I’ve always wanted to make.

So how’s touring going? I know you guys have been pretty much back to back.

It’s been so cool doing what we love. I mean when I first started touring at the beginning it was hard. I was nervous and not used to playing live, and thinking about getting the lyrics wrong and all that kind of shit. Now we’re pretty retained.

Sounds like you’ve got it sorted.

Yeah, its just so fun, it gets more and more fun too. We don’t come across a lot of problems either; playing live has just been a blast really. Of course it’s stressful having to play every day, don’t get me wrong it’d be nicer with a few more days off.

How are you feeling about playing All Points East this weekend?

I’m really excited about playing with some of the bands that we are doing, and I think its gonna be one of our biggest shows of the summer. I’m really looking forward to it.

Looking at your tour schedule you’ve got hella’ festivals to play, do you feel like your music works better in smaller venues, will this be a challenge?

That’s a hard one. For one it’s really fun playing all of these small venues but it depends ‘cause festivals can be amazing also. I’m kinda looking forward to the whole festival thing just cause its like a vacation-y type of vibe.

You might get that break you want.

God yeah, it gets a bit tiring playing at small pubs, eating shit food and sitting in a closet backstage.

Talking festivals, if you could open for a headliner dead or alive, who would it be and when?

Butthole Surfers! I have this legendary festival gig in my mind that they did, its on Youtube, when they played Lollapalooza in 1991. I wish we could’ve opened for that show, it’s amazing, he takes his shoe off, throws it up into the air and shoots it with a shotgun. They have this guitar battle, and they’re all so high on acid wearing cowboy hats. It looks like a lot of fun in front of 30,000 people.

One final thing, how are you feeling for the sold out London show tonight?

I think it’s going to be amazing tonight, the last time we played in London was really wild. I think its gonna be even crazier tonight. I’ve been looking forward to this show for most of the tour. Its gonna be fun!


Viagra Boys play All Points East on 25 May when The Strokes Headline. The band get a hard earned (but brief) break from the road after completing Dot to Dot Festival in Nottingham on 26 May before doing the European festival circuit. Be sure to catch them while you can – in the meantime keep listening to last year’s debut Streetworms and this athletic tune. Although to be fair the lyrics consist largely of beach activities and other non-sport related fun.

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