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Meet the mayor of Parlby: Peter Tagtgren

Discussion in 'Bloodbath' started by SSJ2 Vegeta, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. SSJ2 Vegeta

    SSJ2 Vegeta Melonhead

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    Hypocrisy
    Story by Kevin Stewart-Panko

    Meet the "Mayor" of Parlby, Hypocrisy's Peter Tagtgren

    When the call came from Nuclear Blast proposing a story about Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren being both owner and mayor of a small village in Central Sweden, we checked our calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. While a story about a metal dude owning a fucking village should practically write itself, Decibel’s more cynical side wondered if the label’s nudge-n-hype was an elaborate ruse to exact embarrassing revenge for our tearing the last Dew-Scented album a new one. Things seemed a little too good (or surreal) to be true and, realistically, they were. While Tägtgren does in fact own the village of Pärlby, he decries the mayoral tag and views himself more as a glorified landlord. If anything, the musically prolific Swede’s side gig isn’t so much indicative of a future career in municipal politics as it is the eventual likelihood of seeing “Peter Tägtgren Housing Corp.” on a business card. Then again, with his not-so-veiled references to a heavy-handed rent collection style, don’t be surprised to see Peter heading up the Swedish mafia post-Hypocrisy, whose Virus album, I’d like to remind, was given a positive review by your truly in issue #12.

    DECIBEL: Okay, exactly what the hell is going on here?

    PETER TÄGTGREN: Well, I own a town, but it’s not a big town; it’s more like a small village with a population of 120-130. It’s called Pärlby and is about three hours northwest of Stockholm and close to nothing. It’s nice to have your own place to kind of control; I’m able to keep the freaks out. It’s harder to get into my town than it is to be a member of a golf club. I like living here and I like coming home from tour and not being surrounded by idiots that are going to freak me out. It’s not a dream location for most people because it’s so remote and there are no jobs anywhere.

    Start from the beginning. How did you end up in Pärlby?

    I grew up about three kilometers from here. After World War I, the main building here was made into an asylum for elderly mentally retarded people. It’s a huge six-story house in the middle of town. Then, there are the few houses where the hospital’s employees lived. Everything in town was centered around the hospital. At the end of the ‘80s, the government closed the hospital down and re-built it to make apartments for refugees; there are ten apartments on every floor. It was a refugee apartment for three years. In ’94, the government started selling and renting out the smaller houses to anyone. Me and my ex-ex-wife were renting a place and Abyss [studio] was in the place they used to have the patients’ woodshop. For the longest time people have said this place was haunted. There have been a few books written about this place and even the people who worked here in the ‘20s and ‘30s claim they saw ghosts and stuff. I’ve also had bands come to record say that they can’t sleep because the spirits or whatever won’t leave them alone. The guys from Dimmu Borgir and Marduk have told me stories and the singer from Dark Funeral refused to sleep in the building.

    How did you end up buying the entire village?

    First, I had the studio and I was renting an apartment in one of the houses. After a while, as we started to expand the studio, I found myself paying more studio rent. So, I took out a loan and bought the house that the studio was in. I eventually bought a house in town and, after that, there wasn’t too much left [laughs]. It was actually owned by a company who own huge condo complexes in Stockholm and shit, and this, for them, was a big hassle, so they were like, “If you want to buy it, buy it.” They got me a really great deal on it.

    So, how much are entire Swedish villages going for these days?

    Not as much as you might think [laughs].

    Is that how it works in Sweden: buy a village, become the mayor?

    Mayor?! I don’t know about that; I wouldn’t say that, but I do decide what’s going to happen, and if you don’t pay rent I’ll be knocking on your door with a baseball bat. It’s very simple. But, this is more like a hippie community; we’re always having barbecues, playing football and stuff. Everybody takes care of everyone else, but I take care of all the bills, taxes and all the electricity and water for the houses.

    What happens when you go on tour?

    People used to contact my ex-wife, but next time I go on tour, I’m going to give everyone a phone number of one of my friends and they’ll contact him, he’ll call me and we’ll solve the problem over the phone.

    You mentioned earlier that you control who can live there. Given the size and remoteness of the village, I’m assuming you don’t have a police force. Are you responsible for law enforcement?

    I mean, no criminals can find this place [laughs]. There isn’t a fence around this village with a sign reading “Arbeit Macht Frei” or anything; it’s just a small road that leads to a big clearing and a lake. My biggest problem is collecting rent; some people don’t understand that, so you take matters into your own hands and… solve the problem. One time, I had to throw out this guy and it took two trucks to empty his two-room apartment. It was fucking madness! He must have been on a permanent acid trip because there was paint and dismantled lawnmower engines everywhere. I have to deal with stuff like that sometimes, and spending $3000–4000 to clean the place after the guy hasn’t paid rent and is such a loser that even if you broke his arm, you wouldn’t get the money anyway.

    Are you enjoying this side of your life?

    To be honest, not really. But on the other hand, it’s nice to have your own place where you know what’s going on and the people. That’s the positive; the negatives are the bills and the shit you have to deal with, like people who just complain about everything no matter what the fuck you do. Sometimes you want to bash them in the head, but you can’t. There’s a lot of stress, plus I have a studio to run and two bands to maintain. The funny thing is when I say I’m going to slow down, it gets worse. But, this is my Florida for when I become a senior citizen, y’know? It’s funny, because I get daily papers and stuff wanting to talk to me because they hear that a rock musician owns a village and I get calls from the government sometimes, checking out what’s going on out here, but it’s usually no problem, because what they see is what they get and there’s nothing really going on here.




    ^^^That is pretty fucking awesome, and hilarious.
     
  2. steel102

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  3. Tumn

    Tumn baptized in blood

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    That owns, Tagtgren is the man! Would be cool to live there.
     
  4. Jinn

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    dude... level that fucking town and turn it into Heavy Metal Land!!!!!!
     
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    Could you imagine anyone other than Peter doing that? Lol =)
     
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    damn that's fucking kickass
     
  7. PhlegethonVeins

    PhlegethonVeins Autopsy Obsessed

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    I need more money...
     
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    nizzon f.k.a Qth

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    Hahahahaha thats awesome!
     
  9. WhiteBeastofWotan

    WhiteBeastofWotan Apostitutes!

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    My goal in life: Own a small swedish village
     
  10. m_sutin

    m_sutin rider of the plague!

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    what do i pay to live there?!
     
  11. Kenneth R.

    Kenneth R. Cináed

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    that's frikin awesome.
     
  12. transient

    transient Jeg bor i Trollskogen

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    hahaha thanks for that
     
  13. MECOSARIO

    MECOSARIO NARCOSATANICO

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    Peter Rocks !!!!!!!!


    ...And owns a Swedish village too !!!
     
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    Wow, this sounds great :headbang:



    Yeah, same here :) If I was a millionaire I`d buy a swedish village and live there with lots of cool people. And to avoid troubles with bills I`d let them all live there for free :) :) :)
     

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