Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cover of the month (pt.3) - Don't really care

Most people who listen or listened to punk has a relationship with The Exploited, whether you love them or hate them. It wasn't the first band we talked about or had in mind when we started this cover-project. Although it was actually a pretty obvious choice when you think about it, given that both me (Jocke) and Emil grew up listening to The Exploited. They were one of the first punk bands that we both got in touch with. Probably just because it's an easily accessible band for the inexperienced in the punkrock jungle. I still think it's a great band and even though I don't listen to them every day, I do listen to them occasionally. Especially the first three albums. The choice of song was very spontaneous. We had a dinner break during a recording session and while we ate, we listened to a few select songs. After culling among our favorites there were two songs left; "Attack" and "Don't really care".

We brought both songs back to the studio and started jamming. We felt quite soon that it would be difficult for us to make "Attack" sound good/raw. It was simply too "happy" chord progressions. Then we tested "Don't really care" and we all agreed that it suited us much better. The verse even reminds very much of one of our songs. Maybe the song remained somewhere in our subconscious when we wrote it, unconsciously inspired by The Exploited.

Not everyone wants to admit that they like or have been listening to The Exploited. I can sometimes even get the feeling that it's not as cool to listen to them. It might as well have to do with all the bad rumors about the band. Or due to the fact that many didn't like their new crossover metal-punk style they developed in conjunction with the release of "Death Before ...". It's only speculations.
They are still a big part of my youth and Wattie was the reason why I shaved my first mohawk. If you ask me, they have undoubtedly a bunch of classics in their back catalog. But the first thing that caught my attention was not the music but their covers/artwork. Not to mention the immortal skull-logo made by Pushead that most people usually associate the band with.

Anyway, now I'll take you back in time. The year is 1993, a friend and I took the bus downtown to visit the local record store called 'Guntans' (R.I.P), to buy a punk record for our monthly allowance. We both wanted to buy "The Massacre" (only cause the front cover looked rawer) so we drew lots. He won and instead I bought "Death Before Dishonour". I guess there was a greater purpose than that I would just listen to this record when I lost that draw 22 years ago...

As always, great mixing/mastring by Kenko at Communichaos Media Clay Station.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Staten Brinner - Mello

This year, Östersund (my hometown) got the honor to be hosting one of the races in this year's Swedish Eurovision Song Contest. And we shall of course be very grateful and happy for that something fun and culturally finally happening in town. Staten Brinner didn’t wanna be ungrateful so we made a contribution to participate in the festivities. Enjoy!

BUT now that I'm an ungrateful, bitter and grumpy old fart that rather listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival and Ac/Dc I just want this miserable hullabaloo soon to be over. The whole city is paralyzed and our local newspapers report as if there were no tomorrow. What if people could spend a fraction of interest and coverage when it actually happens something of a real culturally or locally musical value in town...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Full and busy schedule!

I have received all of your email/orders but I've been really really busy from early morning to late night with various other stuff in the past week and I have not had the time or opportunity to respond to your emails. Bad timing for releasing two new releases, I know. I'll do my utmost to answer you all during this upcoming week. Hang tight!

Soundtrack: Hospitalet - Den svarta hyddan

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cover of the month (pt.2) - Punk is love

I remember it like yesterday the first time I heard Pisschrist. We were on tour with one of my old bands in 2004(?) and we would play in Berlin that night. During the day we took the opportunity to visit Yellow dog's record store. Iffi worked and served us coffee while we talked about punk, music and how the tour been so far. Then he showed me this new demo cassette "Have you heard this band before?", he asked. "They are called Pisschrist and they are from Australia. Yellow Dog will hopefully release something with them in the future". I bought it immediately and I fell in love instantly. After that I bought everything that Pisschrist ever released until they end the band in 2010. Just to pick one song from their complete discography was more or less mission impossible. But there is one song that I often listen to at maximum volume when I need to get inspired, encouraged or just have to get a quick raw punk injection. If you read between the lines you can probably already guess what song we're talking about. Pisschrist has not only influenced Paranoid but was a large and important part of the punk scene during their active years as a band and they are still a great source of inspiration for many new, and old, bands worldwide.

Even if we knew right from the start that it would be really hard to capture the intensity of the original we just had to do it. We mailed Yeap and asked if he would be willing to mix this cover of his old band, and fortunately for us he accepted to do it. We actually asked Yeap if he wanted to do some back-up vocals on one of the songs on "Destroy Future Less System" 5 track ep, but it fizzled out. Therefore, we are particularly pleased that he not only helped us mixing the song, but also brightened it with his lovely voice too.

Everyone who play or have played in a punk band can relate to the lyric. Its our passion and how we live our lives. Some book shows, some release records, some cook, some draw and make layouts, some open their homes so that touring bands have somewhere to sleep. We play loud hardcore punk, that's what we do, and we do not compromise our thoughts and ideals. All possess unique knowledge/skills and we all have different opinions. But there is one thing all of us have in common, we all do it for the love of punk. DIY punx under one flag, music and idea empowers our life. Good friends playing hardcore around the world. This is our life. Punk is love!

Recorded by Jocke D-takt at Empire Studio, December 2014. Mixed by Yeap, January 2015. Mastered by Kenko at Communichaos Media Clay Station, January 2015.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kafka 12" and Price Of Silence 7" - OUT NOW!

 KAFKA - 8 track LP, 12" = 90sek (reg), 100sek (blue/turquoise ltd).

PRICE OF SILENCE - They aim..., 7" = 40sek (reg), 50sek (red ltd).

D-Takt & Råpunk, Tote bag, lightblue w/ white print = 40sek.
D-takt & Råpunk, Benefit t-shirts (S, M, L, XL, XXL) = 100sek.

Stuart at No Rules Printing (U.K.) was one of the first to contact me after the flood. He himself had been through the same thing in 2006 so he could relate to my situation. He offered on the spot to print 50 shirts at his expense. At the same time a good friend in Australia (read Yeap) asked me what he could do to help. So I killed two birds with one stone! Here's the result. Exclusive art by Yeap the Human Warhead. All the profits will go to rebuild the label.

These are also my
two first release since the flood. I have used some of the money that people have contributed to afford it. These two vinyls is as much your release as it's D&R.
Thank you! I have more vinyls in the pipeline, but I have to sell some of these two and save more money first. My "savings" is completely all gone and I have to start from zero and nothing again. It will probably take at least a year before I'm completely restored and 100% on track again. But with your help and support the past 6 month this is no longer an impossibility. It's thanks to you that this label will survive. 

* Shipping will be added to all prices.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New 偏執症者 (Paranoid) merch!

We printed some new radical merch for upcoming gigs. If you are going to either of our shows in Borlänge or Göteborg (click links for further info) this upcoming weekend you can buy it directly from us. No need to pay expensive postage costs. For the rest of you:

* T-shirt (front + backprint), black w/ white print = 100sek
* Longsleeve, black w/ grey print = SOLD OUT!
* Backpatch, black w/ white print = 30sek

Plus postage. The t-shirts (same design as the L.S., but obviously without the printed arms) are available in S, M, L, XL, XXL. Click on the photo above to see all angles larger/better.

We also have the brand new metal/punk compilation LP "Critical Mass Vol. 2" for sale. 120sek + postage. One new/exclusive Paranoid song! All tracks by all bands is previously unrelased.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

TJM coffee cups

Limited edition Totalt Jävla Mörker coffe cups. Get one while they last, 100sek + postage, click link to buy. D&R dont have any in stock for sale!

Tyrant - Reclaim the flame

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Cover of the month (pt.1) - Into the crypts of Rays

Paranoid have this new project called "Cover of the month" for 2015 which we believe will be both inspiring and rewarding for us as a band and may force us to dare to think outside the box. It's easy to fall into the same rut when doing new riffs/songs after a few years. The project is to record 12 covers of bands that have inspired us in one way or another. Not only in our song writing today, but who influenced and made a great impression on us before we even started with Paranoid. That probably lies in our subconscious anyway.
We'll upload a new cover the first of each month on our YT channel. We also hope to have a few guests from the bands that we're doing covers of to join us in this insane project and that we may make collaborations with people we otherwise would never work with.

Our intention with the first cover was to choose something a bit unexpected. At first we talked about doing 'Outbreak of Evil' by Sodom, then we talked about 'Crucifixion' by Hellhammer. Eventuelly, we settled for Celtic Frost's 'Into the crypts of Rays'. A classic and brutal song from their debut album that derives to a time when it wasn't necessarily as divided into different genres as it is these days. Although some people deny that punks were influenced by the black/thrash metal scene in the very beginning and vice versa, it's a fact that still persists up to this day. Even though we consider ourselves to be a punk band that has the Japanese raw punk and hardcore scene as the greatest source, we're also inspired by other genres and subcultures. As long as it's noisy, raw and intense and feels honest and genuine. Few bands are able to match the early works of Celtic Frost, particularly when it comes to the primitive and raw sound.

The whole "Cover of the month" concept and idea is stolen from the Swedish punk band Sub Alert who did the exact same thing in 2010.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Total Fucking Black Xmas!

When the rest of world celebrates Christian traditions (read: Christmas Eve) and worships Mammon in this bloody capitalist feast.
Totalt Jävla Mörker
work like any other day, any time. Black Xmas!