2015 as a punk rock year???
Let me remind you how I ended last years review.
"A irritating issue however is that the punk nostalgia is taking over the scene. New bands, young bands are not given a chance. The "it was better back in the Days" mentallity is the new trend. And I fear it will increase next year. "
Did it happened? Hell yes!
I stayed out of most of it.
Stayed out of a lot of other stuff because of personal reasons. To me it was a tuff year, it was hell. But I hanged in there and I'm still standing. A bit shaken, a bit stired, but still standing. The good part was to find out who my real friends are. Cheers brohers and sisters!
But the year was a shithole for many people in my suroundings, many who suffered from bad living or their loved ones turning into idiots. To bad.
On the Rock n Roll scene the the biggest loss was the physical death by mr Motörhead, Lemmy. In the end he was killed by death. His body died, not his spirit or legacy.
A tremendous loss for all punks, metalheads and rockers everywhere. And to make the loss even worse, Motörheads last album (2015) was as good as their classics 70 - early 80ies albums.
I choosed to cut down on the number of gigs to attend to, and concentrating on follow two bands. Topper and Fuck Frankie. Topper i followed parts of their German tour as well as gigs around Sweden.
And did direct their first and second video.
In the Fuck Frankie video I was in front of the camera for once. It was as fun.
Both the band made brilliant performances at the new and amazing punk festival Tyrolen Punk at Tyrolen in the middle of nowhere in the rural part of southern Sweden. Alvesta, find that on the map if you can.
The line up of great bands was amazing. Possible the best of Swedish punk ever.
What a weekend!
Unfortionately it will not occure next year, possible 2017, hopefully.
I followed the making of Toppers new album and the release of it, the third album, Get in the line. Well I was a bit involved with the non musical part of it. So brilliant produced by Ulf Rockis Ivarsson. In between he also produced Punk icon Joakim Thåström's new album, or was it the opposit? :-). A great album as well, but not punk. Thåström still oppose the nostalgia of the punk business and the reforming of Ebba Grön. Hail to that!
Whats in it for 2016, I don't really care about. Still trying to lick the wounds of a pretty shitty year.
All bands are from Sweden exept where noted
A lot of bands at Tyrolen punk. Hard to pick one better than the rest.
Topper - Get in the line
Smash It - Westcoast Democazy
NOTABLE, both records are from AMTY records as well as they hold Headons and The Liptones as well. So I guess that makes them the RECORD COMPANY of the year.
Saturdays Heroes, Skandalites,
Headons - Vi skall aldrig....
Troublemakers - Kungen håller tal
Troublemakers, Headons och The Adicts (UK)
BEST NOT PURE PUNKRECORDS
BEST BANDS (Different reasons and in no particular rankingorder)
The Liptones, Topper, Fuck Frankie, the Exploited, Bishops Green, Headons, Smash it up, Troublemakers, Midnite Stalkers
POSITIVE NEW DISCOVERIES
ULTIMATE PUNK HEROES
Rebel Riot (Bur)
The revivals of KSMB and The Leather Nun
Billy Idols pathetic excuse of whatever he tried to do at Gröna Lund.
WORST LET DOqyWN
Someone I loved.
WORST FUCK UP
The collapse of the Swedish decency in the refugee situation and the rise of swedish far right.