Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fear of scarcity by Price of Silence

Price of Silence sharing side B of their debut 7", which is still available for 40sek + postage. P.O.S is currently working on new material. Exciting!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cover of the month (pt. 9) - Natsit ja kommunistit

I love Finland! Always have, always will. Even as a little kid Finland made a deep impression on me. My memory is failing with age, but still I do remember how my family and I took the ferry over to Vaasa for the very first time in the 80s. And there have been many trips to our neighbors across the sea over the years. On holiday(s) with my family and touring with various bands.

I only have great memories from my trips and tours in Finland. Like this time when I met a couple outside Vastavirta-klubi who claimed that they knew a guy who had killed a bear with only his two hands. Or like when it was so cold that the heating system in the car gave up and we had to scrape ice on the car windows from the inside. We sat in our sleeping bags on newspaper and cartons not to freeze to death.
Or like this time when I was called a teetotaler an early morning after a long after party, even though I drank non-stop for one day, only because I had to go to not miss a train. Or this crazy night in Oulu when the audience pogo danced only in their towels, even naked, because they had a sauna between bands. Haha.

We had three songs and suggestions to choose from; "Riistetyt - Mieletöntä väkivaltaa", "Tampere SS - Mitä..." and "Kaaos - Natsit ja kommunistit". All are fucking brutal songs, but in the end Kaaos is what I associate most with Finnish punk and the band that meant the most to me among the others mentioned above. Besides the aggressive language, it's something special about that primitive, yet raw sound. For all classic Finnish bands. Its chaotic, intense and totally out of control. They manage to capture that youthful anger and fuck-off-attitude in the best possible way. If I may say so myself, I think Henrik makes one of his strongest vocal efforts ever despite it being the first time he speaks and sings in Finnish.
Another record that I also have to mention is "Mellakka ‎- Ei..." which even today inspires me as much as when I bought it years ago. And of course, last but not least we have Terveet Kädet which I learned to appreciate more the older I get. Although I mainly influenced by records from the 80s, I must say that there are endless great active bands as well.

I was asked once, what I like best about Finland. My answer was short and came immediately with a question in return; "What isn't there to like?". With some more consideration I would say that the key, and what I like best, is the language, the Finnish vocabulary. But also the cold and hard social climate, which I believe is one of the cornerstones and reason to their strong history of great hardcore raw punk noise bands/records. The combination of their own native language, a bitter reality and a passion for hardcore punk are the best ingredients for a really good Finnish song. I don't only enjoy punk, but also mournful tango music sung in finnish and movies produced in Finland. Want to know more? Start with 'Olavi Virta' and 'Aki Kaurismäki'.

In the summer of 2014 we came in contact with a guy from Finland named Ville. He saw us play at K-town and wanted to do an interview with us for Pikakelauksellamaailmanloppuun-zine. Ever since we've been talking and joked about a possible 'Suomi Saatana' tour with Paranoid. We met him again when we played at Hässäkkä-Päivät earlier this year, a few weeks later we he mailed us "I would like to make that mini-tour for you seriously. Lets do it!".
Therefore it feels extra fun that the 'cover of the month' for September is a Finnish song given that we just got it confirmed that we will tour in Finland by the end of this year. See tour schedule below. Melu ei musiikki!!!

1.12 Turku, Kirjakahvila
2.12 Tampere, Vastavirta-klubi
3.12 Helsinki, Oranssi
4.12 Lappeenranta, Lucky Monkeys-bar  
5.12 Kouvola, Bar Downtown
6.12 Oulu, Tukikohta

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

偏執症者 Eur. press MLP + T-shirt + Satyagraha cassette version.

From left to right:
* Destroy Future Less System - 12", European press (100x oxblood, 400x black) = 100sek
* Unholy... T-shirts available in S, M, L = 100sek
* Satyagraha - Cassette, released by Lockyard = 40sek

The LP version of 'Satyagraha' will be out in September. Place all your orders on the stuff above at:

Cover of the month (pt. 8) - Skallra för döden

The story behind will have to wait. I've been on vacation for the past two weeks and just got back today after +11h drive from Hygget. Next up, my own bed.

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.
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.

, 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.