This week, Sweden’s Crucified Barbara wraps up its debut North American tour. Last weekend Metalholic caught up with bassist Ida Evileye to talk about the tour, her thoughts on the band’s 2012 breakout album, “The Midnight Chase“, as well as learning about how she came to play bass and the equipment she uses.
Evileye (born Ida Stenbacka) formed Crucified Barbara with guitarist Klara Force (Klara Rönnqvist Fors) in 1998 in Stockholm. Initially formed as a punk outfit, the band would ultimately adopt a punk influenced hard rock style. The duo would go through various personnel changes before the quartet was rounded out by drummer Nicki Wicked (Jannicke Lindström) and vocalist, lead guitarist Mia Coldheart (Mia Karlsson).
The band’s name came from a blow up doll (known as Barbaras) they witnessed crucified to a makeshift cross at an outdoor festival. In 2005, the band would release its debut album “In Distortion We Trust” to be followed in 2009 by “‘Till Death Do Us Party“. Last year the ladies signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records to release their third album, “The Midnight Chase“.
Evileye believes that “The Midnight Chase” is the band’s most complete and adventurous album to date. She feels they finally found their signature with this record. Mia and Klara agree with this assessment as they stated in their 2012 interviews with Metalholic.
Ida admits there wasn’t a lot of thought put into which instrument she would play. Her father had a bass so she grabbed it and never looked back. Listen to the full interview below to find out who influenced her, what she’s into outside of music, and her thoughts on having the band’s Chicago performance streamed worldwide.