The end of2015, just under 2h left, is approaching andI was goingto end thisyear writingsomething clever. Well, Idon't knowwhat to writeso I letit be. I'm still alive, trying tomake up for losttime and just enjoying myfree time doing absolutely nothing. I have donea deep diveanda large inventory ofmy stocks.I foundsome thingsthat I thought wereout of stockand someother fun stuff. More about that when I'm back in 2-3 month. Meanwhile youare alwayswelcome toemail your questionsand orders. But be prepared thatit might takea fewdays, even weeks,before you receivea response.
I guess Ijustwanted to saythanks and cheers to all the bands that I worked with (old and new), my own band mates, all of you whosupportD&Rby buyingourreleases, labels and distros, other partners in crime, people who helped me and my bands with mixesand layouts, organizers + everyone who fed and given meshelterwhen we've beenon tour and the rest whoenriched my2015 in one way or another.
Out on D-takt & Råpunk Records sometime in 2016: Exploatör, Misiliski, Honnör SS, Bombanfall + more... Stayed tuned!
Oh...I forgot. We posted this new song a few days ago taken from the upcoming flexi "Punkdemonium Hell", that we will release just in time for the Suomi Saatana tour.
We'll start sell what's left via our band mail as soon as we're back. Wedid themmainlyas a fun tour-thing. 250 made so you better act fast. Band release (PND03), mail orders here: firstname.lastname@example.org
This past yearI have been the worst atcheckandanswer myemails. Not tospeak ofthe past twomonths asI've beenterriblybad! I'm well aware. My timeis extremelylimitedwhich I truly felt thelast few weeks. Which you all might have noticed as well. I do getall of youremails and trust me, I don't ignore youon purpose, I havesimplyno time to reply. Mydeepest apologies! I have no idea how many times I wrote "I'll have a look tomorrow or latest the day after" and "Please have patience, mail you back asap!" the past weeks. Fuck, just shoot me already for repeating myself over and over again! I try my very best catching up, but its never enough. Always one stepforwardand two hundred back. These are the facts; I still dont own a cell-phone so I have to turn on my old computer and wait for about 5min before it wakes up everytime time I'll check my mail. I don't getan emailstraightinto myinside jacket pocket ona mobileas most othertoday. Latley I've also had "Computer free days/weekends". Which means that I turn it off thursday night and logging in again monday morning. A few days out of reach, so to speak. In the past I had ALL D-takt & Råpunk stuff at home (in my apartment), which I dont have today. I have it all at "The D-beat Dungeon", andthere I'monly 1-2times/week. When I'mat the warehouse I try my very best at answering and packing as many packages as possible. But try answer +150mails, weightons of ordersand pack +35 packages in 2-3hours. Good luck with that! ;o) I have a day time job, play in no less then four...five...six(?) active
(touring/recording/rehearsing) bands/projects, make layout stuff for all the
bands (plus others), work as a sound engineer, run a label that just released six new releases +
try keep up with some kind of family life on top of that. Yes, I need to cut back ona few things.
I really hate people whowhine and complain about their situation,and Idon't seek or ask foryourpity,I onlytry to getyou to understandwhat my lifelooks like. And I must becompletelyhonest with you, Ihave questionedmyself andmy lifestylelast month. I love it all, but do I really have the time? Is it worth it? Inone way or another, all are suffering.Peoplehave to waitseveral weeksfor a response, Iget anxiousbecause Ialwaysbehind witheverything, andmy familygetsan absentandveryconfused person that is barelyhome. My head is a total mess, more thanusually, and I'mconstantlytired. And I still owe the bank 80.000sek ($8700/8200€) for a loanI tookafterthe flood.
It'sbarelythatI seethe fun init anymore.It'smostly justbunch ofmusthaves, demands and complaints. It kind of turned into a shitty job with badworking hours and no pay. The combination ofthat I'm very tired, current mainstream vinyl hype and people always misunderstand meandthink Idon't care aboutthemjust because Idon't answerin a weekmakes mequestion thewhole thing. Maybe it's just betterto end it all?
People getannoyed ifthey do not getan answerwithin two hours, and in some casesI cant blame them. Buthow much Itry,I don'thave timewith everything thatshould be done.I think it's a damn shame that I dont havetime formy friends and to not be able answer ona more personal levelthan simplyanswering"yes/no", or a total ofarecordorderinmyemails. Fucking sucks!
Another large andvery important factorin thewhole situation is the current vinyl hype as I just mentioned. Record store day, major labels making money on vinyl re-issues blah blah bullshit. That plusconstantly having toargue with pressing plants like Xvinylx (mail email@example.com for further info), delayed releases and yet more...complains. It makes you just wanna closingfor good andnever toopen again. I mean the last D&R releases I waited over EIGHT month and spent countless hours/days mailing and calling the pressing plant and various courier firms. What the fuck?! The prices for pressing a vinyl have gone upand the pressing plants give you much worse qualityand service. Pay more for less. Badequation if you ask me. Its like the pressing plants dont give a fuck about the DIY labels that kept them alive since the CD revolution in th 90's. Sadly, money talks. Then we have Postnord (swedish post service). They turned totally out of control. Dont even get me started... I'mat war witheveryone and everything.In any case,people whodon't behaveanddowhat theyget (over) paid for.
Ioften point outinmy emailsthat Ihave little timeand thatthey shouldbe patient iftheir packagemaytake an extraday or two.I haveto thankyou allthat really takeitin a good wayand are actuallycool with it andpatiently justwaiting for your turn. It may take some time but I ALWAYS answer ALL mails that I get, sooner or later. It's only SPAM-mails from bands asking for a "record deal" that may takeseveral years beforeI answer. Don't holdyour breath whileyou wait, just saying.
Since I have very much todo and think aboutright now, and ifyou have not receiveda responsewithin 2-3 weeks, thenmail me again please. In somecases it is goodwitha little reminder. I dont mind at all =) But sending me 2-3 mails in a day wont help at all. Dont get me wrong, I love getting mails and I'm really greatful for all your orders. Keep em coming.
To sum upand finish this post; after these four dates (see above), I'll be home just for ONE day to repack before I leave again. Another week on the desolateroadsin Finland with 偏執症者 awaits. See tour dates here. Which means Iwill haveverylimited andpoor accessto internetand answering mails/orders coming weeks. Distro/shop will be closed until Dec. 10. Help me spread the message and word. Please have patience, I'll mail you back asap! Haha.
As always, mail me as much as you want but be preparedthat it might takea little while beforeyouget an answer. Iaim to havean emptyinboxin late December, forIwill take awell-deservedbreak from everything for at leasttwo months starting 2016-01-01. Ain't music fun? Soundtrack: De Lyckliga Kompisarna - Bara tiden är ny
I've been really busy and scatter-brained lately, so I totally forgot and missed to post the
flyers for this great looking and sounding piece of split with Absolut. Cover art by Sugi. Mail the labels (see links above) for prices, order and further info. D&R don't have any copies in stock. Both versions comes with gatefold cover + reg/ltd editions.
Darkthrone are a band that probably most people know about from their early years as the unchallenged primitive (unholy) black metal masters. At that very moment when you heard "In the shadow of the horns" for the first time, just being one of the rawest song to ever come out of your speakers, is an experience that most of us won't easily forget, or perhaps ever will experience again.
That combined with the cold and dark feeling that lies within both the music and lyrics as well as the album covers is something that has captivated countless of people and spawned thousands of clones trying to recreate the same feeling and atmosphere. But, as we all know, none of them have ever been able to create something that comes even close to the original, which is a subject that the lyrics of this song that we've chosen supposedly deals with.
Constantly being copied and imitated over and over again must be quite frustrating, which probably could be one of the reasons for them to abandon their past and going into new directions and new paths with "The Cult is Alive", and the four albums that have followed. The total respectlessness for what other people might think and want them to do is something that isn't very common these days. And the fuck-off-we-do-what-we-want punk attitude gives them a respect that few other bands deserve.
I wasn't really convinced the first time I heard "The Cult is Alive". I felt it lacked everything that I listened to during this period. Everyone was talking about this 'punk album of the year' while I only wanted to have another "A Blaze In The Northern Sky"-kind of new album, and where quite disappointed on what I heard. Like almost everyone else. Someof theirdiehardfanseven declaredthe banddead. At the same time, what's the point and the fun of recording the same record again?
Little did I know that I would rank this album as one of my absolute favorites only a year later, and maybe even one of the most influential albums in my songwriting today. Big words, I know, but it has been extremely important in my own musical development in how I write songs which lies between the genres of punk and (black/speed/thrash) metal.
The turning point came a few month later when I was on tour together with the very same guy who played the record for me the first time. We have this rule in our tour van, the driver choose the music to be played. He was driving and "The Cult of Goliath" was blasting from the speakers. I don't know what it was due, if I was more easily accessible or just in a different state of mind, but this time I heard its true greatness. There and then I started to build up the relationship with the band that I have today. I really can't blame them because they broadened their horizons and tried something new. Instead I would say I am grateful.
I totally lost interest in metal and its subgenre when I found punk in the 90s. I listened only at a handful records with elements of hard rock and metal. I even sold parts of my old record collection, which I regret today, and gave all my dedication to everything that had to do with punk. "The Cult is Alive" kind of opened the gates again, so it meant a lot in many different ways.
I have also as long as I can remember been inspired by headstrong honest people with strong opinions and great integrity. I don't know Fenriz in person, but I would still say that he possesses all these qualities. Making Darkthrone even more credible and genuine in my opinion.
For me it was quite impossible to choose only one song to record since I could've recorded each and every song from that album. That's why it took us months, and countless times of listening to the record, before we agreed to record either "Atomic coming" or "Too old too cold". Even "Graveyard slut" was a potential song. We gave "Too old..." a few attempts but as late as in the studio I suggest that we would replace it against "Shut up". You could see Henrik's patience and hope that this project would soon be over just vanished. He looked so sick and tired that I thought he would just leave the band and go home to never come back again. And so came the next setback, shall we play it like the original or in d-beat? Fuck. It ended upthat werecorded twoversions. Hehe.
Another band, also hailing from Norway, that we talked alot about recording a cover of was Aura Noir. Three songs worth mentioning are "Conqueror", "Iron night/Torment storm" and "Unleash the demon". Damn, why didn't we? What I love most about both bands, besides the killer riffage and intensity, is that Nocturno Culto and Apollyon sounds totally fucking unsympathetic. A great quality in these kinds of contexts.
"Too old too cold" was not the only suggestion by Darkthrone but also "Unholy black metal", "Hiking metal punks", "I am the graves of the 80s", "Over fjell og gjennom torner", "Raised on rock" (again), "Canadian metal", "A blaze in the northern sky" and "I am the working class". To name drop a few.
Punk, metal or punk-metal, who gives a fuck? When it comes down to it, we're just three hellish rock'n roll freaks. Come on you fuckers!
I'm pleased tosay thatourdebut 6 track E.P.isnowofficiallyreleased. I'm evenhappier thatmy goodold friend, and partner in crime, at Luftslott Records wanted to release it. Mixed and mastered by Tommy Tift at Studio Motion. Only 350copies made. But there is also a 'Staten Brinner edition' of 100copies with alternate inlay cover (4x 25). I have a few copies in stock, or mail your order at: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Staten Brinner - Punk på svenska 7" =50sek + postage.
Get in touch with Luftslott Records for w/s and further info.
It is already October 1 and time for cover nr #10?
How time flies! For this month we decided to turn our headbanging heads
towards South America and pay some damn homage to the genre we all know
as thrash metal. There are hordes of amazing insane and violent bands
from this continent, and time era for that matter, but there's one that
probably comes to mind first of all to most people.
Sepultura is a
band with a lot of different musical periods, but on 'Beneath The
Remains' and 'Arise' we can all agree that it was thrash they were
playing. And they were definitely playing it much better than most other
bands during those years. Their music also contained that somewhat
dystopic nerve, which was a bit more present compared to other
contemporary bands. Maybe it had to do with the conditions in their
homecountry. Only speculations. But we definitely think growing up in
Belo Horizonte and Brazil have shaped their music, language and
'Arise' is a record that, at least I, often fall back
on when I get tired of all the boring new bands trying to mimic the
sound of 90's, as if it were something to strive for? Triggered drums
revolution exploded, I found punk and my interest in thrash/metal/hard
rock waned and disappeared for a few years. Thrash, as you know, is an
subgenre of heavy metal characterized by its furious tempo and overall
aggression, closely related to hardcore punk. And it's no secret that
punk and hardcore music has been a great influence on Max Cavalera and
Sepultura. You can often see him wearing shirts and patches with
Discharge, G.B.H, Bad Brains, Doom...and so on. If you look really
carefully you can also see that he's wearing a t-shirt with the band
that we did a cover of last month in the official music video for Arise.
For the October cover we also talked about recording a
song of Venom, Slayer, Onslaught and even Metallica (Kill 'em all). But all
suggestions was rejected immediately, mainly because they have already
been recorded, abused and used by millions of other bands before.
admit that it was not all that easy for us learning Arise. However, it
was no problem for Henke, since it's in his backyard that we play. But
one thing is for sure, I do know now why I'm playing in punk bands and
not thrash and (technical) metal. It sounds raw and intense, but damn
that fucking hassle!
It's obvious that this project is reaching
its end. It was apparent in the rehearsal room and the studio. Even as
we sit here and write this story behind. A lack of commitment and that
burning passion that we had on our very first cover. Quite honestly, it
felt more like a necessary evil. Get us right, we've all had a hard and
stressful month, and the fatigue takes its toll. But It's not noticeable
to the end result. We gave everything, as we always do because once it
comes, we are like programmed unstoppable robots. Haha.
we also want to extend a special thanks to the Kenko at Communichaos Media Clay Station for on a very few days short notice nailing the
mixing/mastering. If it were not for him had this cover never come up in
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.
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!!!
From left to right:
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* 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: email@example.com
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 arepaidfor up to this day will be sentbefore 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!
Taken from the upcoming album, whichis delayed and expected in September. Like any otherpunk vinyl releases throughout the worldright now. Arrghh! The result and the beautyof Record fucking Store Day and the "new" vinyl hype amongallgenres. Andonce again, the major labelshave found a wayto earn yet a few dollarsmore as the kids buy 'Back on black' 180g vinyl. They rip their vinyls into low resolution mp3's and listen to theirnewly bought Iphone andcall themselves "trve vinyl freak" on instagram. WTF!? I'm not bitter, Ijust think thatthe world iscorrupt andlopsided.
Anyway, wefiguredoffer something extrato celebratethat weare hitting the roadsagain. See you all in Norrland and Oulu, Finland this weekend. Blow your speakers!
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our great friend at Konton Crasherwill 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 whostill ask for itwhen we're out playing and nowwe makeit availableagain. 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.
"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 yes...you 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.
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 meansthat I willfall behind.....again. This is gettingridiculous.
Please hear me out, Idon't ask forsympathy orsupport, only your patience and understanding thatitmighttake a whilebefore I'mback on track. Of what they stole I mournmy 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 tosay 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.
Wecan finallyannounce that ourdebut album "Satyagraha" is at the pressing plant! Its been a long time coming but nowwe seethe light at theend of the tunnel. We have put our whole heart, soul and grief into the creation of this album andthat's whyit feels extra excitingto finally getto sharewhatwe havebeen up to lately. 'Kaihou' shouldmost definitely be playedat maximum volume!
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!
We wanted to choose a very unexpected song with an unexpected band. Now that we're from Sweden and since Strebers is one of our absolute favorite Swedish bands of all time there was no doubt that we would do a cover on them. We assume that people expect that we at least would record a few Swedish songs during this project, but probably not this one.
At first we gave "Betongbarn" (of course) a few tries, but we felt that it was too obvious. The reasoning in Paranoid was that we always complicate everything so damn much that we just wanted to take on a short, but most important, simple cover for once.
"Ubåten" is according to us a forgotten, hidden and underrated song among all the other brilliant trallpunk/folk music classics in their back catalog. Strebers needs no further introduction and since it's a short song, short story behind. No krångel. Play it fucking loud and singalong; I left my ubåt in Kvicksund!
Det sägs ju att de kom ju allti en morronda, hur djupt man än sov, hur bra man än har nä. Just den Morrondan är i morron. Det är fredag, klockan är 05:47, en lång och hård arbetsdag väntar. För att vakna till liv värmer jag upp med lite gammalt hederligt mangel och en köpp svart. Ma ses i måra punkjävlarrrrr!