Förfest till Pretty Shitty Kjell 4 at China Station, Handen, Stockholm, March 28 2013
The Black Marias (UK), Old Fashoined Ideas (Swe) and Project 9 (Swe)
There was a
lot to chose from last night like Tinner (D-Beat), Real Big Fish (US-Ska).
chose an event in a suburb far, far away. Handen at a Chinese restaurant.
Handen isn´t a punk nowheresland and Im not unfamiliar with the suburb because
both the Punk place “Gula Villan” is placed there as well as the legendary
Ultrahuset was there as well when it was a chaotic CBGBs of Sweden in the
The event is an unofficial start up concert to the Oi! Festival Pretty Shitty
Kjell 4 by the clubs Klubb Antisocial and Club Disorder. I had to travel an hour
with subway´s and commuters train to get there. And to get it even more
exciting you have to get yourself down a graffiti sprayed stairway made of
concrete and tiles, It reminds me of an era that is gone, when Swedish suburbs
looked like this, a bit like they look like in English crime stories. A perfect
mood setting for some serious Oi! Music, not least when someone bombed the walls
with Jamaica ska club posters. Am I in “This is England” the Swedish remake,
haha? Walking down the staircase I was entering a time warp, I was back in time,
I wish the extra kilos I carry around was removed by the time machine as well,
but it wasn´t buggering enough.
The restaurant was full with skins and some punks with studded leatherjackets.
The beer was by Swedish standards cheep. But the most obvious feeling that
night, is a certain tension that proceeds PRK4 tomorrow. People are here to wait for tomorrow. Except
me that fucked it up and lost opportunities to get tickets for PSK not once but
several times now (Am I the biggest cunt then? Possibly).
were mostly skins of various ages and styles, from different parts of Sweden and from other
countries as well. Some punks with GBH and Casualties on their patched jackets
and torn pants.
The skins stand quiet and watch the bands, the punks are in front and, from time to time, steering
up rather a violent moshpit that makes the organizers sweat a bit over their
equipment. And for a while I wondered if the light rig would be knocked over
and falling down. But that was worries in vain, nothing got trashed. But the
alcohol took its toll and in the end the crowd is as exhausted as drunk.
First out was P9, A Swedish Oi! Band that , It is the band that made me choose
this event before the others. And the first few bars made me wonder why, the
sound was terrible in the beginning, a crappy hung over rehearsal studio sound.
No other genres would got away with it than Oi! and Hard Core. I accept it as a
part of Oi!, Even the stars at Fridays and Saturdays PSK have sounded terrible
both on records and live. But the soundman got it better during the set, I
guess he have been happier. The PA system seemed to be the problem, which is
something all bands suffered from during the night. The vocals are so distorted
during the P9 gig that it´s hard to figure out what the singer was saying or
The band itself did deliver a pretty much standard constellation of Oi! Songs and
I didn´t see them having a huge hit in their set. The very charismatic singer lead his bunch of skins and mohawk punks into an enjoyable concert, where his way of
using his rhythmic singing, and chorus chants were the satisfaction. He was very charismatic
and that found its way out in the crowd and on me as well. It was no surprise
they sounds a bit like Lowlifes (They share many members) but are even better.
It is the same call and response in the songs that is Lowlifes strength. And last night P9
mastered it. This is Oi!. But I think, despite of the PA system shortcomings,
that they could vary the guitars a bit, to get an extra punch. They finished with a Swedish cover of 4 skins “Evil”,
“Elak” which was funny.
concert Jonas the singer from Gatans Lag claimed, infront of me and the by then
sweaty and exhausted singer, that the singer of P9 (I didn´t catch his name
right) was the most charismatic in the genre, which was wrong, Jonas himself
holds that title, but have in many ways to look out now, haha.
Old Fashioned Ideas
Fashioned Ideas will strike you down with it´s heavy sound, not least with that
enormous voice of the singer.That was almost the case last night. The Southern
Swedes are here to conquer the capital, at least our taste in bands, that you
can tell, and why not. With their distorted and a big sound they sounds like
Motörhead goes Oi! With all the limitations the Oi! genre brings to it in
speed, songs variation and musical skills, that is not said in a bad way. Sound
wise this is the highlight of the night. The songs were catchy, they got the
best sound all night and the voice of the singer Per is dominating the whole
There is a connection between the OFI and the
next band, the Black Marias, because the split 7inch record. And the next band
should be just fine…
The Black Marias
line is what should be the main, band the English band, The Black Marias. But
they didn´t really live up to that. The PA didn´t give them the mighty sound
they would have needed to sound like the main band. The singer really tried his
best and even if he is charismatic got a good voice and manners from a man of
the world, it didn´t gave them the boost they should have to knock the other
bands off stage. The alcohol exhausted crowd had not too much left to answer
with. The Alcohol Liberation Front, the bunch of Cunt´s, Black Marias didn´t
got any help from the Alcohol. And I don´t know if that affect the bands
performance, but a few songs into their set they starts to sound sloppy,
untight and unfocused. Possibly did they
suffer a bit from the sound equipment didn´t give them a break. The singer tries
real hard but the plane won´t fly, his voice manage to break the boundaries the
PA holds for a while, but in the end, it´s doomed. I don´t came here with the
intention of being a grumpy cunt, but I felt it coming along with the things
that didn´t click. It is entertaining when they lash out on everybody, themselves
and anyone as being Cunts, and so does the crowd feel as well from telling of
their reactions. At records it sounds fine, but not here. At their best they
are quite good but the unfocused parts are a letdown. Their new unpublished songs
was hard to relate to etc. On the other hand the Minority Report is a really
good song where they are good both in performance and the hit quality of the
what was wrong was that, I think, everybody had Cock Sparrer, Infa Riot, Gatans
Lag, Agent Bulldogg in their minds thas night. You can tell that everything is a
slow countdown to PSK . I left in a hurry to take the one hour trip home. To
the other part of Stockholm, while doing so I left “This is England, the
Swedish edition” behind to be back in the real world the “trista förorten”, where
“we live in the Suburbs 7 days a week”. On my way home I discovered that I probably
blown my visit to PSK4 to hell, bloody buggering Hell!
Worth the money?
180Skr is the double I pay for a concert like this in Stockholm and it wasn´t
twice as good as them, opposite I say. But with the cheep beer prices and the
general feeling of it all I would say yes. Did I regret going here in favor to Pussy a GoGo or Debaser? No! The clubs Klubb Antisocial and Club Disorder
are walking a different path then the most Stockholm punk clubs, but I think
they enriches the scene and that can´t be wrong. And I think it is good to get my lard ass
going outside my circles, like a China restaurant in a Swedish suburb that time
warped me to the 1980is this is England.
A week of visits from UK punk rock legends are starting this weekend. First out is the Oi! festival "Pretty Shitty Kjell 4" at fryshuset, with such legendary bands as Cock Sparrer, Infa Riot and Peter and the Test Tube Babies, backed up by bands like Argy Bargy, Agent Bulldog, Gatans Lag, Prins Carl and Contemptious all pretty good bands. But I think the legends have some extra spotlights on them.
Then home and rest for a while, then the next friday when Stiff Little Fingers comes to town and makes us singalong to tunes about the Northern Ireland conflict. The band for most of us original punks were the band that carried the punkbanner when Sex Pistols imploded, Sham 69 collapsed, the time just before Oi!
I know my expectations are high on them. Backed up by Swedish punk legendss such as Bitch Boys and Alonzo & Faz 3 (Alonzo from legandary KSMB).
If you wanna see something history then these bands are good choises. I don´t really know where they stand today. I still working on to get a ticket to the PSK4, Stiff ticket is safe in my grasp.
Köttgrottorna – Bolla med Zlatan/Online (Digital
I think the suburbian Stockholm band, Köttgrottorna spent their 30years of existence
as a band practicing for this single. Because their quirky, funny, clever Trallpunk
have never sounded better. The lyrics in the tune “Bolla med Zlatan” is pretty
much making fun of the absurd love to
Footballers straight guys and sport journalist shown proof of more than once.
It´s a bit rougher in the sound than the average Köttgrottorna songs and I
think this will be one that fit right in, in their funny and thoughtful repertoire.
The second song what on vinyl is called the B side, Online is a song about
internet obsession, a clever rock n roll tune that sticks for some times after
you stopped listen to it.
Buy or Cry!
Gatans Lag – Från fest
till arrest (Digital Single 2013)
in Gatans Lag rageful music is missing in their latest single, “Från fest till
arrest”, the single that precedes their full lenght record this spring 2013. No
doubt will this be a singalong all over the country this summer from one of
Swedens hottest live acts, the Band Gatans lag from the province Västergötland.
It´s catchy and clever and definitve a Gatans Lag tune. But there is something lacking in it,
the total rage, that I can trace in their other good tunes isn´t there. In my
ears it´s like their angry days are over and they look back on those days. The
lyrics in translation is something like, we walk with easy steps from the party
to the arrest, like the party is over. I hope not, I hope it´s just in my ears
it sounds like that. Because we want our Gatans Lag to be “angriest in the
municipality” (argast I Kommun).
Buy or Cry!
Vänsternäven - King of Störd/ Arbetslös(Digital Single 2013)
another part of the province Västergötland there is another bunch of angry
guys, “a bunch” is an accurate description of the band or a horde is even a
more suitable word. 17 or something guys onstage chanting their choruses. Some
accuse them of being peasant comedians more than being a serious punk band. I
grew up in that area and know their lingo, their local dialect is in Swedes
ears very much a white trash hillbilly dialect, and they made a thing of it. I
feel at home in my hometown in the lyrics about some dude that is so antisocial
that he can´t function with others, and can relate to it, very much so. Back in
my hometown those antisocial disturbed people seemed to be everywhere, Both to
once horrors as well as some freakshow amusement. Besides that, Vänsternäven
have sharpend their sound a bit. It is a bit harder and hard corish which makes
this single a most welcome single. Their “b side”, arbetslös is a good, catchy
political tune that makes their 17 man choir to its right. And this time almost
all of them in the same key.
Buy or Cry!
Over all 3 good singles from three of this
country´s better bands. Buy or cry!
ass booked Attentat the same night as Sweden played an important qualifying
match for the next Football (Soccer) World Championship. Or maybe did they know
what they were doing. The Club Debaser Slussen had to have open anyway and I
can´t think of many bands that could attract such crowd under the same
circumstances, than Attentat. Let´s say it was almost half full and it was decent from a Gothenburg band that tries to convince Stockholm about their greatness. On the good
side, there wasn´t any trendies or hipsters around because of the hype, this
was real to the bone punk fans, and even to the core Attentat fans. The
young with studded jackets, skins and mohawks, in front jumping around, in the back the beer
bellies chanting in every chorus of the old songs like they hasn´t done
anything else the last decades than practice on chanting that they don´t want a
new Opera house, that “you” should leave them fucking alone and they are birds
without legs. Surprising to see so many young and old skinheads find their way
to Attentat, I click on the “Like” button.
Slussen´s days seem numbered because of the rebuilding of the whole area, and I
won´t feel sorry about it. I don´t like the way they have lit up the stage or
the club in general. Tonight the bar service is great and that makes it OK.
It is a
horrible booking to let The Nature up on stage as a support act to Attentat. It
doesn´t give the band The Nature the chance they deserve and the crowd (me) the
right mood. The Natures trashy indie pop should be fine any other night, but
now I can´t relate to them as anything else that something that should end as
fast as it is possible. Too bad, another night I might liked them, but not last night.
Attentat was a most important *band in the Swedish punk flora, starting out as a
hard 77 type of band in 1978, they transformed to a mainstream rock punk band that
attracted attention from national broadcasted media in the early 1980ies, to be
back at small pub gigs at Tre Backar in the end of the decade. The ever young
teenager (at least in his lyrics) singer Mats Jönsson seems to know how to
speak to young and frustrated generations in his lyrics.
think of any other punk band that can play a ballad of fear and shortcomings
and get some stone faced skinheads, mohawk punks and beer bellied drunks to
sing along in it, all together. Attentat get such a thing going, very natural. Maybe
because they are very honest about NOT having any Macho issues shown in songs
like “Manskomplex”, a song from a never released demo* in 1981 but still a big
crowd pleaser. It is a lot of Woahhh waouhh aeaeaeahh in their chorus that makes
it easy to sing along with. But it doesn´t come for free to the band. As I
pointed out many times, the Stockholm crowd is a rather stiff crowd, Attentat
seems to take that as a challenge, and with their bond to the crowd and routine
they manage to get the crowd going and it looks like that most people have a
jolly good time. I know I got it.
But it isn´t all trouble free, there is one annoying thing with the band
onstage, too many new songs. The new songs isn´t played with the same obvious
Attentatness as the old tunes. The new
album “Fy fan” is a complex album and all of the songs doesn´t manage to compete
with their old classics at such a night as this. Not that they are bad songs
but there is better song from their old days that are better. On the other
hand, I fully understand them, they are here to convince us that they have a
future as a vital band full of new ideas and strength more than a punk revival
act to cash in on old glory. “Fattiga och
rika” and “Dö som en hund” make their way to my heart. “Gilla mig” doesn´t have
the same strength, but seems like it is very much an open gateway to Mats
Jönssons frustrated heart. He introduce it as song about a pathetic phenomena,
to spend our days going for the most “Like” clicks on Facebook. Mocking
himself, the bass player Crippa (I often “Like” click his posts, haha) and
us in the audience. It is funny and thoughtful but I rather seen them played
some of their old classics like “Hej Gamle man”, “Hårding” or else of their
Worth the money? 100SKr Yes! Just to see the Bass player “Crippa” do the
1,2,3,4 count, in Stockholm dialect (this time only, he claimed) was worth the
price of a beer.
travelled miles to see Attentat as one of my first live punk shows in the early
80ies, collected their early singles with a certain eager as many others did.
Derby STHLM, Topper and Psykbryt at ROQ Odenplan, Stockholm. March 16 2013
before I warned that you shouldn´t miss this, and still you did. A three bands
night like this should count in thousands of screaming, rampaging fans. But it didn´t.
night concert at the Pool hall ROQ was an odd break in the usual , Snövit,
Broder Tuck and Kafé 44 at the Södermalm punk scene in the Vasastan part of the
City. Once in a while ROQ have rock and punk concerts in the pool hall. It isn’t
as primitive as it sounds, because they both have a stage, light rig and mixer/DJ
booth. And the sound is quite good, but, the pool table landscape in next to
the concert area is huge and makes the narrow punk club feeling isn´t really
there. On the Other side, how often can you play pool while waiting for the
stage mayhem to happen. My former band Lap Dogs challenged Ligisterna in some
fine game of Billiards. With a humiliating defeat for Lap Dogs. I blame it on
the DJ that played so much fine punk of my favorite bands that I wasn´t too
focused on the pool.
It wasn’t optimal that such a fine band as
Ligisterna played pool this night and wasn´t on stage, then the night would
have been even greater.
I am upset!
If you have some of this citys best band on stage for free and there isn´t a
line of waiting people to March outside, then there is something wrong. It was
a decent crowd I think, but far from what this bands deserve. Hey you, stop sitting and feeling sorry for
yourself over beer and being misunderstood. Start watching all these good bands
that play all over the city right now! Visit Snövit, KGB, Kafé 44 and ROQ for
some quality time.
know by now that I say the Stockholm crowd is a bit stiff. Yes we are. Some,
however did some spontaneous dancing here and there, but this bands deserve a
total wreck less mayhem in front. Shame on me, as well. I blame it on the fact
I tried to film it, what is your excuse?
are in some parts similar, but in most parts not. Together they in their lyrics
pretty much cover the whole situation in this country right now, with
Ligisterna this picture would be perfect. And they are three main act bands. No
support acts here.
was the youngsters in Psykbryt, which I think scared the shit out of the
others. They are young, fast and furious and set the pace for the night. The
old men in Topper and Derby STHLM then had to keep up.
Psykbryt was razor sharp! At their finest, witty and sarcastic and full of the arrogance
of young bastards in a band as well as some humble doubt in it . They took no prisoners
last night, it was a clean cut operation, search and destroy. Their own songs
as well the KSMB covers . I think they are an important band, because of the
age of the members in the Stockholm punk scene isn´t very young. Psykbryt are
young and keep it very basic and simple just what I love with punk. The rhythm section
plays well, tha bass lines giving the rather simple music some depth. The drumers
talent doesn´t pass unnoticed. Tonight he is all over the drum set (not all
over the stage). As I just wrote, I think they are an important band, for other
young punks, because they show how easy it is to make good punk, even if it is
an illusion because there are plenty of skills, will power and practice to
master it like this. Best song? I am a
sucker for “Åk hem till Täby” but I couldn´t find any weak spots.
be shitting bricks backstage while Psykbryt shell shocked the crowd. You could
tell there was no way that the 4 man group Topper would be looking old and with
an “best before” date stamped into their foreheads. Their music, melodic
SLF/The Clash style of punk, isn´t as fast as Psykbryts. But there is no need
to it. But they really tried to be, I think. Haha. Where the Psykbryt drummer
is fast and furious, Topper is heavy and hard hitting, the whole rhythm section
(Bass and Drums) made the whole sound very professional, then add the intensity
of the singer and the beautiful lead Steve Jones type of guitar playing you got
a world class performance. Once again I was standing in a small club thinking “that
this should be on a much bigger stage, in front of much more people”. This
particular night they also did a Stiff Little Fingers cover, “Suspect Device”
with a guest singer, really brilliant. In the end it was “Suburbs”, “Once a
Punk” and “Off She goes” that was the highlights. Really well written songs,
performed with a lot of heart, sweat and a good rock n roll feeling.
Topper presented a two man act (I didn´t pay enough attention to hear what they
were presented as) Guitar and Drums. Not bad at all, in fact quite cool.
might be feeling sorry for Derby STHLM if I didn´t knew that they are not any
ordinary band. I guess they are in their own little world not disturbed by the
fact that the some of this years (to date) best concerts just been on the same
stage. Such detail seems like just a thing in the background, even if they just
as Topper cheered Psykbryt.
Derby STHLM seemed not to have any intention to let anyone down. The sound was
perfect as their timing. They hurried into the next song thru the set, that was
played fast so they won´t look old next to Psykbryt. The drums were both fast,
hard hitting and effective. The Bass
player is all over the stage in his typical Pete Townsend manner orchestrating the
crowds heartbeat. The vocals and chorus giving the band such a depth and professional
sound. The only negative about the set is that it is hard to hear the keyboards.
Both Ebba Grön, Köttgrottorna and Tredje könets “Godismannen” sung by the
original text writer. When the sound of
the vocals were as good as it was, then their own tunes stand out really well.
Best song? Hard to say but I pick the covers “Godismannen” and “Vildjdjuret”
mostly of nostalgic reasons. But all the songs are good.
Finally, it is a shame that this concert wasn´t attended by thousands. I could
easily pay a couple of hundred Swedish Kronor, to see this. Now it was free of
charge, Thank you ROQ!
Psykbryt - But we have no banas feat. Leffe from Derby STHLM (KSMB cover) (Swe)
Sorry called this Bohman which is another KSMB song. What we learn from this is that always check you old record covers
for the right info and don´t rely on your memories you lost in a bar somewhere ages ago.
One of the bigger promotors, Klubb Dislocated, with venues at three places in Stockholm have
booked one band (who´s name isn´t important) with members with roots in both white power movement and Nazi parties and another band, lets call them a Nazi light band.
This have made punks in the whole city blow their tops, and I doubt that the gig ever will be played. Because I guess there will be hordes of ANTIFAs getting there to greet them.
It is troublesome to Klubb Dislocated that in a Political Naive (PN) attempt to refer to freedom of speach, that they are not taking a political stance, try to pretend that they have not fucked up, when everyone can see they did. Many band´s this blog been in contact with will boycott Klubb Dislocated all events in the future.
And I don´t think it´s is the end of it.
i´ll guess their grab for some cash was a bite to sour.
Admit it guys, you fucked up, you fucked up big time! Updated 16/3 2013 The pub/restaurant Broder Tuck (Friar Tuck) canceled the gig with following statement.
"We at Broder Tuck has decided to cancel the gigs on 25 May in our premises, you have questions regarding these gigs, we refer you to the club Dislocated who booked these bands. We are a Pub / Restaurant who want to focus on serving good food, drink and good entertainment. We reject everything on racism, Nazism and xenophobia. Thank you for the comments here made us aware of the gig. "
Köttgrottorna you can call the first Trallpunk band, the inventors of it. I
don´t think the band was the first to be connected with that label. Actually I
don´t think they really care about what. Happy and Mongo came out of the ruins
of the broken up band Incest Brothers, one of Swedens first wave of 70ies punk
band that gained recognition, formed in the northern satellite town of
Stockholm, Järfälla. The Band started as
Trekant (transl. threesome / triangle) but changed some members to form what
saw the world as Köttgrottorna. It all started as a joke according to the band members. And the
Joke continued for 30 years. Humor have always been a part of their public image,
often a bit twisted, but they are also deadly serious about political issues, always in the oppositions of abuse of power.
I´ll guess most Swedes that been into punk seen them at least once. I´ve seen
them now and then from time to times through the years. Now it was time for them to sum
up the 30 years as a band.
Slussen is one of the only real rock clubs made for the reason of rock concerts
in Stockholm. It´s days are numbered because the will tear down and rebuild the
whole neighbourhood soon. Until then it is there. From a photographers point of
view its horrible, because most of the spotlights are from behind of the band.
If you been
around so long as Köttgrottorna been, then there will be a crowd of mixed ages.
Everything from teenagers to beer bellied veterans. Mohawks, die hard
Köttgrottorna fans, old skins and the ordinary rock fan all in a turmoil.
The feeling of a birthday party is there in the packed club. It´s crowded and
sweaty but not unfriendly.
is Derby STHLM that gives the night a perfect start, a very professionally
performed set with the characteristics of their way of doing it. In my world
they would fit perfect as a support act to Stiff Little Fingers. Then Roger
Karlsson and band followed, living out his Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan dreams
or something (sorry that wasn´t fair but …). It´s not my cup of tea, so I
didn´t pay too much attention. I bet he´ll not cry over that, the man is a
legend in this circles so he got his fair share of supporters to hail him. Then Johan Johansson with band followed. I´m not too impressed with his later years
works. But the man is a genius and his KSMB songs are Swedish history,
especially the "602" tune, he plays to close his set with.
Then the crowd is so worked up, I wondered for a brief moment how Köttgrottorna
would respond to it, would they, could they?
came to a shame. From the first step Stefan “Mongo” Enger put on the stage
floor he owned the place. The funny, ever mocking frontman of the 4 man band
just knew it was his night in the limelight. They played all their hits. New
songs such as Afrika,, Raj raj, Online, Bolla med Zlatan as well as old crowd
pleasers such as Hjälp till Hjälplöshet, The Ornitologs, Pendeltåg, Älska Mig, Sista
festen, Zuga and many more. Some with a little help from the two members no longer in the band and invited guests from other bands. The sound is
good and the crowd are there to tango (Slamdance and Pogo). Basically most their songs are offsprings from the sons Louie Louie/Wild Thing and their rythm. Which is perfect to jump up and down
to. In it they throw a medley based on "No Limit" mixed with songs like "That’s the
way, (aha aha) I like it" and A.P.A.´s “Mengele”, hillarious, brilliant and very
funny. The new songs were just as good as the older classics but all in the crowd havn´t been taken it to it´s heart yet as they have done with the older tunes. You could tell. Because tonight every song is a singalong, big time. From the second tune to the end, the chanting from the crowd are as loud as what the singer himself can produce.
Mongo went on through the whole set mocking the band members and guest artist in a very funny manner in his attempt to tell the truth about their career,
it could been roosting if it wasn´t all lies just to give Mongo a nice way to
present the next tune. I´ll guess, Guld Lars, Happy and Janne are quite used to
it, haha. Per from Charta 77 was blamed to be prejudice against Asians and on
it went. Quite funny.
It all went crazy for a while just as it
should. A dude hit the roof beams (it´s very low roof height at the club) with
his forehead while trying to stage dive, I hope he didn´t died. It´s like the scene
from their song “Sista Festen” but for real. People didn´t want the set to end
and when it all was over we all knew that the last 30 years wasn´t a completely
waste of time.
With guests from in itself classic bands like Coca Carola, Charta 77 and the
legendary Johan Johansson (of KSMB, Strindbergs, John Lenin) it showed the
position 30 years of struggle in the Swedish punk scene with its ups and downs,
the band holds.
personally appreciated most was the playing of the pre-Köttgrottorna song “Människor
Smakar gott” (Originally published by the band Trekant in 1982, that then was turned
into Köttgrottorna in 1983).
When I turn
30 I will have a party like this. Wait I did turn 30, 18 years ago. Darn! Well
this blog might do it, yeah right….Im babble crazy talk now…so I quit it here.
For some reason did I manage to deleat this post from this week by misstake. Here we go again.
(Reuters) - Moscow police interrupted a play featuring the trial of punk
rockers Pussy Riot on Sunday and warned its Swiss director for violating visa
rules, in what a government critic said was part of an anti-Western campaign.
Pussy Riot supporters from all over the world support Pussy Riots mission for a free and democratic Russia
Migration Service officers delayed the performance of "Moscow Trials"
at a theatre at Moscow's Sakharov center for an hour as they issued a verbal
warning to director Milo Rau, according to news agency Interfax and website
features three recent trials in Russia, including one which ended in August
with jail terms for ""hooliganism motivated by religious hatred"
for three members of the Pussy Riot band for staging a profanity-laced protest
in Moscow's main cathedral last February.
The band members,
one of whom was later released on appeal, said the protest was meant to draw
attention to close ties between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kremlin.
critic Boris Nemtsov, a deputy prime minister from 1997 to 1998, said the raid
on the theatre was part of an anti-Western drive fostered by President Vladimir
leadership is suffering a grave form of spymania ... and the fight against the
West has become a number one priority in its domestic and foreign
policies," he said.
relations with the West have cooled since Putin returned to the presidency last
1, Russia banned adoptions of children by U.S. parents in response to U.S.
legislation imposing visa and asset restrictions on Russians accused of violating
human rights. Russia has also forced non-governmental organizations receiving
overseas funding to register themselves as "foreign agents".
migration officials raiding "Moscow Trials" were accompanied by
Cossacks, a traditionalist group whose recent revival has been encouraged by
Putin, according to Publicpost.ru and twitter reports from the scene.
punishment was imposed on Rau for allegedly violating visa conditions, Interfax
quoted Sergei Kalyuzhny, the Federal Migration Service's deputy head as saying.
entered (Russia) on a business visa, which does not allow any working
activity," Kaluzhny said.
return to the presidency last year was soured by the biggest political protest
over the past decade, which analysts say led the Kremlin to ramp up nationalist
by Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Jason Webb)
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Legendary Swedish punkrockers Asta Kask anounce on their Facebook profile that they in the studio again for their first studio album in 7 years. Read mor in their own words taken from Facebook.
"New album! As some of you might have guessed we have had something up our sleeves. Since one week we have been been in Gothenburg at the infamous Studio Fredman with F. Nordström and Henke Udd recording a new album, our first in 7 years! The new LP / CD will be released on our new label Kloakens Alternativa Anti Produktion in a few months. More info about that and much more is coming soon! Cheers from Asta Kask"
March 24 2012 this blog started, I didn´t really got it going until April when it was skyrocketing in both posts and readers. Through the year it have grown, not least the readers becoming more and more. Last month, Februari was another record breaking month. It´s fun that it works.
But my time is limited and to run it takes it´s time. So be patient with me, actually I didn´t think I would last one year. Now, however, I will as a part of this next year invite more writers, guest DJs picking their favorites and try to do the interviews I so much like to do.
I did start this blog as a result of my filming Ligisterna, an excellent Swedish band. Going to concerts, hanging out and surfing the net gave me a lot material to post on the blog, So, why not?
It all started at a forum called Punkrockers.com which is pretty much a homebase for me. Cabbe, the bass player of Ligisterna, convinced me to get back on facebook, which is another source and reader base. As well as my dear girlfriends interessts in Asian punk, which came to me as well.
I started it partly so my American and international punk forum friends could see what was going on in Stockholm, that´s why it is in Swenglish (Swedish English, haha). And I don´t let my dyslexia stand in my way. If you think my written English is shitty then you would probably think the same about my Swedish or guitarplaying, haha. Im to old to care about being right, so Im not asking for any permission to do it, I´ll just do it. The Style police can go and F....well, you know.
The Americans are 1/3 of all viewers as well as Swedes are 1/3. The rest of the world then share the last 1/3 where Germans and Brits are the biggest group (no surprice). But all continents are following it so I guess Punk is really global today.
It is fun to be Swedish when Swedish Punk, Hard Core and Metal have such good reputation abroad. Which is why I got the feeling watching bands that Im priviledged.
It is my general impression that the Stockholm punk scene have recovered big time after been a bit in the shadows. I would say the punk in Sweden and Stockholm are blossoming, In stockholm there are up to 5 different Punk, Hard Core and punky Metal concerts to choose from every Friday and Saturday. With some planning you could have your own punk festival every weekend. And we got bigger events now, such as "Gatans Musik" and "Pretty Shitty Kjell", that brings both bands and people together, en masse. What we could need is a summer punk festival worth the name, such as West Coast Riot in Gothenburg.
And there is another thing I could wish for. Punk concerts for underaged punks. Most concerts are +18 due to the Swedish alcohol laws and therefor the average age is high. Swedish punk might be good, but it is far to beer bellies and thin haired to believe that there will be new generations of good bands. Psykbryt is a young band trying to make a difference but there should be much more like them. The bands which members could be fathers to the Psykbryt members are good, but there have to be some young that not will try to be trendy and right to make it right.
Enough of this, now on to the next year, the good year that will be a legendary punk record year that will be certain, that I can say without a crystal ball. 1,2, Fuck You! ..