Dark and depressive? Yes, but not more than ordinary Scandinavians, does the once again Sweden-current Manic Street Preachers think about themselves.
The trio from Wales don't go as far as using practical jokes, but they tease.
Behind the scenes, when they think nobody sees them, Manic Street Preachers throw off the very solemn mask.
I tease James for his sexual need that he never gets to vent. And because he decides to quit the smoking every day, but buys three packets of cigarettes anyway, grin drummer Sean Moore when we ask if Manic Street Preachers really are that serious and resolute all the time.
It's James who seems to have it worst.
"Today me and Nicky teased James for what happened last night, when he just were going to take one more drink in the room with all the air hostess. He didn't return until five this morning... Ha hah! He's hungover today, but used to be picked on."
Sean Moore doesn't get away either.
"They tease me because I'm so obsessed by buying things, he explains. I live for the day, so I don't care about money. Already got three DVD-players. One American, one European and one portable."