Finallycatching upwith the present! No unansweredemails andall paid orderssent away. I will take the summerofffrom the 1st ofJuly anduntilthe middle of August. Until then, I really hopethat we havereceived ournew releases who's been atthe pressing plantfor a few monthsnow. I will certainly becheckingmymailsometimenow and then during the summer,so it'sobviouslyokey to send your emails andorders, but be preparedthat youmay have to waitfor a response.But it'snothing new.Haha. But it's stilla week left until we're closed, which means there's still timeto makeyour holiday-orders.
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 designwill definitelyneverbe printedagainand can onlybe bought through CTPUK. We don't have any for sale. Yellow/orange print on black Gildan heavy t-shirt.
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.
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
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".
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.
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
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.