Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Upcoming shows + shop/label closed!

17/7 - Trästocksfestivalen, w/ Totalt Jävla Mörker
31/7 - Hygget, w/ 偏執症者 (Paranoid)

The shop/label will be closed until first week of August. Let's call it vacation. I need it, I deserve it. But as always feel free to mail orders/questions but be prepared that it might take a while to get a response. All orders that are paid for up to this day will be sent before I leave, the rest will have to wait until I'm back. Vi ses på motorvägarna och på en sandstrand nära dig, upp sommar-punken!

Soundtrack: Second Sun - Hopp/Förtvivlan

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

偏執症者 (Paranoid) = New song/video


Taken from the upcoming album, which is delayed and expected in September. Like any other punk vinyl releases throughout the world right now. Arrghh! The result and the beauty of Record fucking Store Day and the "new" vinyl hype among all genres.
And
once again, the major labels have found a way to earn yet a few dollars more as the kids buy 'Back on black' 180g vinyl. They rip their vinyls into low resolution mp3's and
listen to their newly bought Iphone and call themselves "trve vinyl freak" on instagram. WTF!? I'm not bitter, I just think that the world is corrupt and lopsided.

Anyway
, we figured offer something extra to celebrate that we are hitting the roads again.
See you all in Norrland and Oulu, Finland this weekend.
Blow your speakers!

Cover of the month (pt. 7) - Day of reckoning


Summer knocking on the door and most of you have already started your holiday. Well, time to change the warm, happy and positive feeling with cover nr #7. This is probably the most unexpected one yet so far. Obviously though, Paranoid is named after the Black Sabbath's second album, so the connection to doom metal might not really be that remote, but still this mix of one of the fastest and one of the slowest genres might have not been exactly what some had foreseen from us. We once discussed doing a live cover version of the title track of Paranoid, but that idea was abandoned quite fast, because the song generally felt a bit watered down and there is no one in the world that can beat the original. No one! But also too much of a predictable and boring choice.

Still, the thought of doing a cover of an up tempo doom-tune lived on, and once the title track from Pentagram's second album came to mind, it felt right immediately, and in the countless suggestions of which songs to choose for this project, it stood out as an idea interesting enough to make it all the way to the studio. The way that the riffs in this song are arranged, it's almost like it originally was meant to be a raw punk song. When played in d-beat, it could just as well have been written by any hardcore-worshipping band from the early 80's and up to date.

The final result turned out very satisfying, and of the covers we've recorded, it's definitely the most unique interpretation of our covers we've made, compared to the original version. It also feels great to pay homage to this fantastic band, that along with bands like Saint Vitus, Trouble and Pagan Altar have delivered some of the finest works in the history of this genre. For the guitar-solo, August Låsgårdh (Henrik's twin brother) from the local doom-band King Malice gave us some help, when we couldn't really get it right ourselves. As the super untalented musicians we are. Hehe. Noise not music!

For all trve crust-punks out there who only heard about Discharge before but got a taste for some more doom, we can warmly recommend you to broaden your horizons with Pentagram 'S/t' (Relentless), Saint Vitus 'S/t', Trouble 'The Skull' and Pagan Altar 'Volume 1'. All classics.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Unholy raw punk spirit

Closed for the summerholidays!

Finally catching up with the present! No unanswered emails and all paid orders sent away. I will take the summer off from the 1st of July and until the middle of August. Until then, I really hope that we have received our new releases who's been at the pressing plant for a few months now.
I will certainly be checking my mail sometime now and then during the summer, so it's obviously okey to send your emails and orders, but be prepared that you may have to wait for a response. But it's nothing new. Haha.
But it's still a week left until we're closed, which means there's still time to make your holiday-orders.

Soundtrack: Sexface

Friday, June 12, 2015

Punk is love 'cover of the month', the shirt edition!

We printed an exclusive shirt (Pisschrist rip off) and sent to Yeap as a gift for the help with mixing the "Punk is love" cover song. To cover the screening + postage costs CrashThePoseUk / No Rules made a super short run which they sell via their web shop. Click the links. Other great looking shirts available. Have a look!

This design will definitely never be printed again and can only be bought through CTPUK. We don't have any for sale. Yellow/orange print on black Gildan heavy t-shirt.

Soundtrack: Koszmar

Monday, June 1, 2015

Cover of the month (pt.6) - Krossad dröm


Then we are halfway through this never ending project. It feels like we literally lived in the studio the past months, and if I'll be honest, I'm pretty tired of it. Not on the project as such, but the lack of time to do something else. Like rehearse our own stuff, or to play more live for that matter. But after all, I still think it is worthwhile to explore other band's songs and studying their methods and patterns. It definitely gives more than it costs.
We feel that we need a well-deserved vacation for the summer. Therefore, we've recorded the songs for July and August already. Now you don't need to wait longer than until August to get to know and hear what Totalitär song we picked. Well, enough about that now and let's get back to the topic, and the story behind the choice of this month cover.

Already in September 2014, I e-mailed Emil and Henrik and suggested that we should record "Krossad Dröm" by Acursed. I asked them also to take a closer look to Martyrdöd's first self titled album. Basically speaking, we could've recorded a song by Martyrdöd as well since both bands have been important for us. Although it may not be heard, I try to always have it with me somewhere in the background. It's mainly the darkness, a societal disdain and a reality that they write about that I can relate to that catch my interest. In fact, for both bands. They write about a dark, political, anguished reality that perhaps not all people can identify with. There are few bands that manage to capture that living and real atmosphere on a recording as both Acursed and Martyrdöd does.
Many punk bands have been influenced by their songs and albums, myself included, and made unsuccessful attempts to imitate and copy their style. Perhaps myself included again, I leave it to others to decide. But you can not write about a life they themselves never experienced in a credible way. It only becomes contrived and embarrassing for those who actually living it. The lyrics only becomes empty and superficial of fictional fates and if you can't stand up for what you are writing about. I mean, practice what you preach. That's usually what most of the bands they've bred have in common and falls on.

Acursed are a band that many people like, but very few talk about. In a way, one can almost say that they are invisible, but still not. It feels like they often end up in the shadows of other, more predictable (also yet more active) bands. They make themselves unavailable without actually themselves might have done it as a conscious choice. If you understand what I mean? I would not call Acursed an underrated band, but I don't think that they get, or have gotten, the attention and credit they really deserve. And that's one of many reasons why we chose Acursed in the end.

My first contact with Acursed was the Mcd "A Facist State… In Disguise". I really liked the "professional" sound (compared to many other things I was listening to at the time), the riffs and especially the raw vocals. Some years later the split LP with Fallout, where "Krossad Dröm" is on, was released. I lived in Umeå at that time and I remember I was listening to the opening track at least a dozen times before my roommate knocked on the door and asked if I had a jumping vinyl needle before I continued listened to the rest of the songs. Haha. I guess that all covers we have done and will do have that in common. That you can listen to them over and over again without getting tired of them.

One of Emil's greatest desires was that we would play a Nasum cover. We had actually decided that we would record "Corrosion" from "Human 2.0" as our cover in June. We debated back and forth for a while about potential Nasum songs, but eventually chose "Corrosion". Henrik did his very best to hear/learn all the riffs, but it was easier said than done. I emailed Jon (bass player in Nasum) and asked if he wanted to assist and help us with tablatures or something. He responded later the very same day: "Sure, I'll show you the riffs but only IRL. It's NOT like it "sounds" on the record".

There was only one problem with that, Jon lives in Stockholm while we live in the northern parts of Sweden. It's +6 hours drive (one way!). Luckily, I had a gig booked in Stockholm three weeks later, so me and Jon booked a date. Barely a week later I emailed cancellation.
We had started to rehearse the song but it was too complicated for us, and it felt frustrating and hopeless. We even watched live clips on the internet trying to figure out roughly how the hell they were playing. We knew almost immediately that there was no way that we would be able to make a fair version. Might as well realize and admit our musical/instrumental limits, which we also did. It felt really sad to have to deselect a song with a band that we really wanted to do a cover on. Total disappointment, but what could we do? To make a simpler and poorer cover version was just not an option.

I told Jon (who also happens to play guitar in Acursed) about our defeat, but also about our backup plan, and we decided to still meet when I was in Stockholm.
While the rest of my band started with the sound check, Jon and I were backstage with an electric guitar and a pen and paper. At the same time some idiot did burglaries in our tour bus and stole my backpack as you may have heard or read about. So I where robbed of all my belongings that I had with me on the tour while I learned how to play this song properly. True story.

It's the first time I'm nervous about what the band really think about, and like, our version. It's most probably that Acursed are good friends to us. I don't think I ever told any of them how much their songs really meant to me. For it has. The same goes for Martyrdöd. I hope they at least see this cover as a small proof of my and Paranoid's appreciation of their music.

The production came out not as raw and noisy than we normally have. But I think it fits considering that the song is very melodious. Kenko has done an incredibly great mixing/mastering job again, and we couldn't be more pleased.

Last but not least, we can proudly announce that Kristofer (vocalist of Acursed), joins us on the choruses. He does a brilliant effort, even though it's the first time he screams in several years. We are very grateful and glad that both Jon and Kristofer took the time and helped us and because they were so committed. End of story...and end of ass-licking! Play loud.

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.
UPDATE (25/5), IN STOCK NOW. Available 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: pndftw@gmail.com
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.

Soundtrack: Conny Nimmersjö - Regnet i Södertälje

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Exclusive 偏執症者 song at Punk-Radio.net

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!