Saturday, May 9, 2015

Got some new 偏執症者 merch poppin'

Might as well take the opportunity to update the blog with some other new stuff when I have access to a computer with internet, and have the time. I feel sorry that you have to wait weeks for a response to your emails. I'm on to it but last week(s) I have just given up everything.

The longsleeves that we printed last time ran out in a day or two so we decided to make a new edition with the "Satyagraha" LP front cover made by Andy/Viral Age. Ready to be sent out in two weeks. Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL. Price: 225sek + postage. Send all orders to the email below.

We have received a couple of questions about the upcoming Paranoid records. First, Yes (if you read the flyer), there will be a regular and a limited version of both vinyls. Both records are 'band releases' but by D&R, that's why it's important that you make all (pre)orders at:
Our great friend at Konton Crasher will release th US version of "Satyagraha". Get in touch with either us or K.C. for w/s.

"What's the deal with that Destroy future... re-issue?"
.  It's very simple, the 7" on Konton Crasher was released over a year ago and was sold out in no time. There are many who still ask for it when we're out playing and now we make it available again. When we recorded that 7" we also recorded three other tracks that ended up on the "Distortion Faith #1" compilation cassette. Which is sold out too, so we decided to put the entire 7" in full on Side A and the three comp tracks on Side B. Voila, Mini LP (european press) completed.

Upcoming shows:
26/6 - Oslo (NO), TBA (we're working on it)
27/6 - Stockholm, Cyklopen
4/7 - Oulu (FIN), Hässäkkä-Päivät festival

Soundtrack: Conny Nimmersjö - Regnet i Södertälje

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Exclusive 偏執症者 song at

Here, at PUNK-RADIO, you have an exclusive pre-listening to a track by 偏執症者 taken from the upcoming split w/ ABSOLUT. For further info get in touch with the labels; Beach Impediment / Brain Solvent Propaganda (US press), Phobia / Crucificados (Eur. press). Release date: Summer 2015.

Great mixing/mastering by Kenko at Communichaos, and brilliant art by Sugi!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Cover of the month (pt.5) - Bloodthirsty system

"Bloodthirsty System" was the very first song I ever heard with State of Fear, it must have been around 97-98. Like any other teenager at the age of 17 I spent every weekend with my best friends and a couple of six-packs. Listening to punk and out raising hell. My youth is kind of blurred. Haha. But as far as I can remember I was at a party that the guitarist in one of my old bands had. The song struck me like a lightning and we listened to it on repeat the entire night. Directly on the Monday after I called Dolores (Distortion Records) and ordered myself a copy of "Wallow In Squalor EP " and I added the "The tables will turn..." LP on the advice of the one who received my order. Which is also a damn great album, but that's another story.
And read that right, called, as in dialing a number and place an order to a real person on the other side of the line.

I can still today get that feeling of my first love for the band, and although I've heard "Bloodthirsty System" thousands of times the genuine and the simplicity of the song never fade. The song itself has a pretty thin but very honest and raw production. What I think that I like the most is the wild drum style, and of course the intense dual vocals which usually is the common denominator between most crust bands. Jay is a chapter for itself, and then we have Jon, and voila, we have the perfect combination of pure frustration, integrity and sensible political views.

Even though the lyric of this song was written 20 years ago it's even more relevant today. It's embarrassing. The consumer society of today will become mankind's grave. It's no longer a question of "Buy or die", but instead buy And die.

I have always wanted to play cover on this song with my other/old bands, but it was only now that I really got the chance to fulfill my wishes. I would say that State of Fear is punk at its best! There is something special with their riffs, same thing goes for Consume and Deathraid. I can't put my finger on what it is, they just have IT.
In 2010 Deathraid played at LÓrient in Linköping, Sweden, and I took the courage to me and asked Jay about the secret behind the riffs.
"I have stolen everything from the Mob 47", was the only answer I got. End of conversation.

While we're talking about Consume, I could also mention that I suggested that we should record "2nd Class Citizen" as a cover of the month. But it was either State of Fear or Consume, a hard but really not that difficult choice. Brilliant band/song though. If you haven't heard or listened to Consume earlier I can highly recommend the split they did with Born/Dead. Trve quality from beginning to end.

A song that, however, we tried to rehearse was "Just think about it" by Extreme Noise Terror. And E.N.T was really high on our list of bands doing cover on. I mean, who hasn't ripped it up to "Phonophobia"?! Unfortunately we have only 12 bands and 12 songs to do and the list of songs we want to do is a hundred times longer than months that we have left on this project. At least we gave it a try, but it didn't really sound like we wanted.

Again, both State of Fear and Extreme Noise Terror were great inspirations for me when I started my own first käng-bands in the nineties. But they were not the only ones, I think it's important to also mention Doom and Disrupt if we are talking about käng/crust bands. That's why it feels especially exciting that it is Bri Doom who has mixed this cover song. He knows the drill when it comes to this sub-genre of punk and it's always fun and rewarding with new cooperation.

After a very short discussion suggested Bri that we would donate money to the "CHILE DONATION" instead of paying him for the mixing. A really good suggestion that we think more people should do! Read all about the background story and how you can help and contribute on DOOM's website (click the link).

Worth mentioning, redundant information but still, is that Emil (drummer) make his vocal debut in Paranoid on the choruses. He barely made it through all three choruses before his voice was completely fucked. Well, it's tough getting old. I'll tell you that much.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

5x Test pressings approved

DTAKT068 - Korsfäst, 12" - Check!
DTAKT069 - Totalt Jävla Mörker, 7" - Check!
DTAKT071 - Anatomi -71, 12" - Check!
DTAKT072 - Damaged Head, 7" - Check!
DTAKT073 - Absolut, 12" - Check!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Yet more bad news...

Someone smashed a window on our tour bus in broad daylight and stole some stuff while we were doing the soundcheck in Stockholm. They stole my bag that besides my clothes for the weekend, contained a laptop and a digital camera. I had some important word-documents on that computer, such as all order details and pre-orders from the past weeks. So that means that I will fall behind.....again. This is getting ridiculous.
Please hear me out, I don't ask for sympathy or support, only your patience and understanding that it might take a while before I'm back on track. Of what they stole I mourn my Frigöra and Nightmare City t-shirts, notebook (w/ lyrics, plans and ideas), my favourite Fjällräven backpack and the lost photos on my camera the most. Fucking assholes! Steal from the rich and give to the poor, not vice versa.

Well I guess
I should take this opportunity to say thank you to the organizers and all who came to our shows in Stockholm, Göteborg and Sundsvall. We truly had a great weekend and I really hope to see you all again soon. Even Stockholm. Hahaha.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Totalt Jävla Mörker, NEW song/video + weekend tour dates

Taken from the upcoming 4 track E.P. "Helvetespunk" on D&R later this spring. We will also have new Korsfäst 12", Anatomi-71 12" and Damaged Head 7" released. Busy, tight and brutal schedule!

See you in the moshpit:
16/4 - Stockholm
17/4 - Göteborg
18/4 - Sundsvall, Nordfest

...Och bor ni i Gbg med omnejd så finns det inga som helst ursäkter till att missa denna brakfest den 18 april.

Soundtrack: Quaaludes - I’m for them (MRR Radio #1446).

Sunday, April 12, 2015

偏執症者 (Paranoid) - Kaihou

We can finally announce that our debut album "Satyagraha" is at the pressing plant! Its been a long time coming but now we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have put our whole heart, soul and grief into the creation of this album and that's why it feels extra exciting to finally get to share what we have been up to lately'Kaihou' should most definitely be played at maximum volume!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cover of the month (pt.4) - 2 Skott

April 1, "Ubåten" (see below) was only an April Fool. Yes, I'm guilty of having a dry old man's humor, sorry! Haha. Now, let's talk seriously...

I would probably say that Strebers (next to Asta Kask and KSMB) is one of the 10 most important bands from the early years when I found out about punk for the very first time. Since our drummer literally can't stand Asta Kask (Kasta Bajs) and it feels impossible to capture or recreate KSMB's genuine feeling we decided to record a cover of Strebers. But choosing the song was harder. Our first choice was not "2 Skott" but "Sanningen", the opening track on their debut LP. Even if the song actually might suit us better and has a rawer sound, it lacks what I associate most with Strebers, namely the melodies and the elements of old Swedish folk music. 2 Skott covering all the ingredients of a really good song by Strebers. "Levande död", "39 Steg" and "Gud hör bön" were three other really strong candidates.

Again, we wanted to choose an unexpeted band but also pay tribute and show respect to a band that most people who are listening to Paranoid otherwise might not listen to that much. We started, as always, with all the instruments, we then had a break for a few weeks before we entered the studio again for the vocal parts. When I opened the studio project and listen to what we have so far recorded I felt immediately that I was not completely happy with the guitar sound so I forced Henrik, to his delight, to re-record all the guitars. It gives you perhaps an indication of how seriously we take this cover project. When it was done, it was finally time for vocals and somehow Henrik got the feeling and sang like Ulke. Haha. It sounded like shit, I mean, there is only one original and I was really worried about how it all would end. We called it a day.  The week after we made a new attempt and then everything went like clockwork. But there was still something missing. I heard clearly a melancholy violin playing in the background in my head. Now that I barely can master a four string bass we had to call a friend who backed us up in the studio.

Little did we know that Strebers would be highly relevant with the scheduled tour dates later this year when we rehearsed this song. Fate? I had the pleasure of seeing them live at Gamla Tingshuset in Östersund during their reunion in 2001, fun times and great memories.

In the mid-90s, about a year after I first heard Strebers, I found Ulke's home address, so I wrote him a letter. I know it sounds ridiculous today (in 2015) but in my defense, I was only 14 years old and I was blissfully unaware of the technological future that awaited. Imagine my surprise when, a few weeks later actually got a response. There are not many people know that we actually were pen pals for some years in the 90's. Well, "pen pals" might be an exaggerating, I wrote him and he always replied politely and friendly. I had previously had Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Metallica as idols, and there I was 15 years old and had direct contact with the vocalist/guitarist in one of my absolute favorite bands at the moment. It was huge and it meant a lot to me. I had the honor to follow the entire development of Dia Psalma through Ulke's letters and he sent me the first Mcd "Hon får..." as a gift when it was released. Although I would choose Strebers before Dia Psalma any time and any day, no question about that.

Having that said, I just wanted to draw attention to all who believed and said that Ulke/Dia Psalma was a sellout (punk-rockstar) due Dia Psalma's successes. Even in their busy periods he took the time to sit down and write a handwritten letter to some random guy from the northern parts of Sweden that he had never met. For that he got my respect. Therefore, we thought it would be extremely funny if Ulke wanted to join us on this cover song. We got in touch by email, but sadly lost the signal. We are very pleased with the end result anyway and who knows, our paths may hopefully cross some other day. Up the trallpunx!

Once again, great mixing/mastring by Kenko at Communichaos Media Clay Station.