Asta Kask anounce that their new album "Handen på Hjärtat" is delayed on Spotify. For iTunes users it is avalible as scheduled. CG and Vinyl avalible is Sweden next week. For the ones at the release party Sat 1st of June At Debaser Slussen in Stockholm there will be opportunities to buy it there.
American Distrobution from Prank Record will start next week. Check Prank records homepage next week.
Så gick ytterligare en Svensk rockfestival under. I går försvann
Peace and Love från rockkartan. Och jag kan inte säga att jag kommer att sakna
det. Även om just den festivalen var en av de bättre, så anser ja att de flesta
stora festivaler är ganska fisljumma tillställningar. Lite av varje, likt en
buffé, men med ett exklusivt pris. Så exklusivt att man får en semester för
priset av en week end i musikens tecken.
Kan inte säga att jag
direkt känt mig lockad, att ta mig dit. Mest beroende på att festivalerna
saknat ett konstnärligt spår.
Festivaler som Sweden rock festival har ett spår, ett
gigantiskt spektakel med tydlig Hårdrock/Metal profil. Likaså Metal town och punkens
stora spektakel West Coast Riot. De har både själ och hjärta. Men att se Green
Day, Rammstein dela scen med Avicii lockar inte mig.
För liksom fotboll har blivit mer business än en idrott, har de stora musikfestivalerna
mer än prägel av krämarmarknad ala Kivik än kärlek till musik och en Rock n
För att tala klarspråk, de festivaler som har råkat i problem är främst de som
är en slags festivalernas Absolute Music. En slags utslätad charter turism i musik.
Så ju fortare de försvinner desto bättre är det. Sedan kanske mer nischade
festivaler kan uppstå, som jag och mina likar känner mig lockad av.
Men framför allt borde folk i de stora städerna ta sig ut och lyssna på det
utbudet av musik som finns där på en krog nära dig.
I helgen finns en nischad festival på Kafé 44 med punk. Om ni inte har
prioriterat Asta Kask och Alonzo Fas 3 på Debaser dvs. Nästan som en festival
have Klubb Antisocial gone from being an obscure Oi! club, to become the best
punk club in town. It is relaxed and just a cool place to be. The place Skål is
located at the wrong side of Södermalm island far away from most of the punk
clubs. “Knivsöder” (Knife Söder) the area is called in the local folklore due
to its history of drug related stabbings. That is history now as the hipsters
and the nouveau rich moving into the area. But that shouldn´t stop you from
attend their gigs.
It is very social there. Last night it was a meltingpoint of three different part
of the punk scene, The Antisocial regulars, Ligisterna and DERBY STHLMs
entourage. It might sound weird but Ligisterna and DERBY STHLM have never seen
each other play or even shared a stage, but now it happened. These two top
bands on the same bill was a dream scenario and you just pay 60SEK to see them.
cellar club isn´t without its problems. The stage must be one of the Worlds
smallest. The roof height I very low, especially on stage and the stage sound
is pretty much the sound you as a crowd will hear as well. On the other side
there will be an intimately atmosphere even if there are few in the audience.
Last night it was packed, not entirely full but pretty close to it.
basement of Skål, Ligisterna was meeting a new audience that never heard them
before, never heard of them before as well as people familiar with their stuff
and I doubt they let anyone down. They were ready to rock even if the sound
wasn´t optimal. The mini stage didn´t
alowe bass player Cabbe to jump along and move as much he is used to but otherwise
nothing was different. the same energy as always. Despite some unbalance in the
sound they did a convincing set but to my annoyence they did left out some of
their better songs as “SAAB”, “Skitliv”, “Slav” etc. And many in the audience
wanted to hear “Soptipp” as well. On the other side we got some new songs, just
as good as the old. One a bit accurate today in the shadows of the Husby riots,”
you just wanna dance I just wanna
destroy” was the chorus, but sung in Swedish of course. The singer Bojan aka Niklas
wasn´t as funny in his comments between the songs as he used to be, but very
focused to deliver a good set. And so were the whole gang onstage. But they
have a way to communicate with the audience that is breaking down the borders
between the rock band onstage and the crowd.
As an encore they did play a little trick on the audience. “En gång till” (One
more time) did the crowd shout. And the band deliberately interpret that as the
last song was the one to be played once again. So they did play the last played
song as the encore. Haha, very funny.
DERBY STHLM manage always to create chaos onstage during their sets. Often
their instruments is broken in a way or two. Last night Uffe did go hard on the strings on multiple guitars
and had to ask Ligisterna of support to lend him a guitar. Unfortionately
Ligisterna just went upstairs to prepare their CD and Vinyl sales so he had to
the last number with missing strings. Who cared? It was as good as it was
Before that the football crazy mad men delivered an entertaining set as always.
They are a band that are growing in popularity and despite the chaos on stage,
they always deliver a great set. Last night was no exception. No sweat was spared. Before the gig on
Facebook, DERBY STHLM, more or less told the crowd to become a big choir that
would help them out. So when they opened up the stage during the Ebba Grön
cover “Radion” not only Psykbryt did take the stage in possession as usual, some
of the Ligisterna and others as well as I did grab the mics to shout along
Lalalalala in the Ebba Gröns 1979 classic, “Radion”. Before that, the French singer
Nico of Sans Sursis did his French version of Tredje könets* “Spindlar”, “Cyntia”.
Unexpected and very punk good. During the set the microphones was handed out at
the audience to use, like to break the borders between the band and the crowd,
to blur the dividing line, just in the tradition of DERBY STHLM ideology. And
they did create that old school punk feeling of belonging and be a part of
something bigger. Both Ligisterna and
DERBY STHLM are always a sight to see, last night was no exception.
was a night when the angry working class ethos got heard onstage. With
frustration delivered with a message in punk songs not as thrown bricks. Even
if both bands made joke about they rather be out throwing bricks.
60SEK was cheap for such an entertaining night as it was.
(Spotify, CD, Vinyl)
This review is made from listening to the CD.
Alonzo was one of the singers in one of the original Swedish 1978 punk band
KSMB, a band that reached a whole generation of Swedish youngsters and gained
some mainstream success as well. At the height of their success Micke Alonzo
annoused that he would quit to become a “Pizzabagare” (work in a pizza restauran.) I never got the nerve to ask him about the truth in it. A few years
later he was back in Stockholms Negrer and got the neo nazi movments enemy #1.
And when they quit he been into politics, advertising, doing Tv and been writing
books as well as he owns a law firm. But I could tell he was really tempted to
be back on stage singing. After a failed attempt to reform KSMB he got together
with a bunch of guys from bands like Hellacopters, Refused and Nomads etc. A
Swedish punk supergroup you might say. Fas 3 as they named them self. It has a
double meaning, both it´s is Alonzos third phase (fas) in music as well it is a
very unpopular unemployment program launched by the Fredrik Reinfeldts right
I followed the band during a series of live concerts during last year. And the
crowd was really there for the old KSMB and Stockholms Negrer tunes. In between
the band sneaked in some new Fas 3 tunes. I can admit that sometimes I hit the
bar or went to the bathroom during some of them. As well I wasn´t too impressed
with the singles during 2012.
I have gotten some inside info on the record in advance during the process and it all claimed this was going to be a great record. And so...Now it´s here!
In the first track “Det bästa som har hänt” (The best ever happened) they speed
up the Sympathy for the Devil verse chords in double speed and go for a knock
out. The song is about all of us punks that in the seventies did our thing
against all odds. And it grasps my heart and my spine in a way a record do when
it is something extra. Wow, they got their low-fi sound right on the record
that never really worked in the shadows of the KSMB song live.
after the up tempo opening they go on with “Ett meningsfullt liv” (A
meaningsful life) and it is from my POW the perfect song as the second song.
3rd track” Matilda”, a mainstream down tempo pop song that could been on a
recent Bruce Springsteen album or something. The single left me stone cold. On
the album after the two faster tracks it fits perfect. Here it is in its right element
and I find myself humming it ever now and then.
And now I listen on the lyrics and it´s dark undertones.
Ismer is a track where Alonzo is giving
the boot at all –isms that he is really fed up with. Feminism, Liberalism, Communism,
Nazism and whatever ism there is. Here his son Ali* helps out in the chorus.
OMG, it´s not a long time ago my kids did play with toy pirates with him.
Well times fly.
Then the record moves on in a perfected balanced way to be a record that is
close to a masterpiece. Alonzo Fas 3 has nothing to be ashamed off and with
this record the band takes a step out of the KSMB shadows to shine on their own.
Infact it is a candidate to be crowned the best record this year by 1,2 FYPR.
The slow “Varför skulle jag bry mig” (Why
should I care) is one of the real highlight on this as well as the ballad “Inte
ett ord till” (not another word). “När du inte är med” (when you´re not around)
reminds me of a punkish the Doors etc. The closing cocktail jazz number “lyxbegravning”
(Luxury burial) performed as a drunken after party jam closes a perfect circle
of songs that shows that the album format is still working like it used to do,
even in a time of clicks and internet restlessness. In fact this album is
important to define the greatness with Alonzo Fas 3 and confirm their existence.
Overall, this record have all the balls,
bollocks and mojo as well as honesty and strong melodies played by the super group
Fas 3 to become one of the soundtracks this summer. And I´m not shure that I
have discovered everything there is to discover on this record???
Worth buying? Hurry it´s already a classic record, not least because Petrus
Vavami / Micke Alonzos stylish and clean
* Michael Alonzo have written about the struggle to have the right to be the
father of his son Ali in the book “Ge aldrig upp”.
Stockholms suburbs, especially the Husby suburb been the center for nightly riots the last week.
And just like it was a planned publicity stunt masterminded by the guys in Asta Kask (or did they have a crystal ball?),
they will have a song about something similar on their new album released next week.
Vredens Barrikad (transl. The Barricade of Wrath).
Dregen, guitarist in Backyard Babies and an ex Hellacopters will publish a autobiography in september.
Sorry the rest will be in Swedish....
Dregen - självbiografin
berättad för Tore S. Börjesson
Sveriges mest utpräglade rockartist – Dregen – kommer efter sommaren med sin självbiografi,
berättad för journalisten Tore S. Börjesson. Med The Hellacopters och Backyard
Babies blev Dregen en av Sveriges största rockartister och vann flera
grammisar. Sedan har han turnerat över hela världen med storheter som Kiss och
Dregens liv har allt det man vill ha av en biografi, de tre
mytologiska benen sex, droger och rock'n'roll. Men även ett livslångt
personligt drama som började när han vid 11 års ålder blev ögonvittne till att
hans pappa hängde sig. 2004 hamnade han och hans fru, artisten Pernilla
Andersson Dregen, mitt i tsunamin.
Dregen är en rockstjärna i ordets rätta bemärkelse: en
stilikon och en self-made-man som gav upp alla tankar på ett vanligt liv redan
i mellanstadiet. Dregen har aldrig haft en Plan B. Nu berättar han om sitt
intensiva och kompromisslösa liv i självbiografin som kommer i september. I
samband med boken släpper Dregen också sitt första soloalbum.
Tore S Börjesson, mångårig profil på Aftonbladet, är en
journalist med musik som huvudsyssla och rock'n'roll som livsluft.
Omslagsbild: Niclas Brunzell. Artwork by Björn Rallare.
Since the Michael
Alonzo comeback to punk, a year ago, I´ve heard the rants about the fact that
Alonzo didn´t wrote all the classic KSMB songs, Johan Johansson did. Johansson this
nag nag, Johansson that nag nag. And Alonzo & Fas 3 is just a KSMB cover band
which is untrue. Let me put this straight! Michael Alonzo was one of two voices
of KSMB in the early eighties. They were brilliant then. The songs of KSMB is
still brilliant and as it showed this last year an important part of the
Swedish punk song treasure. The legacy
of the band is un-mistakenly huge. Psykbryt for instance plays KSMB song
regularly without someone accused them for being a KSMB cover band, so why
can´t one of the original singers do it? Like Wilco Johnson wouldn´t play Dr
Feelgood tunes. In fact I would be
pretty pissed off if he didn´t. Backing up his performance is something like a
super group with both a core of members as well as a stream of guest
performers. I wonder for instance how much core member Nicke Andersson (ex
Hellacopters, Entombed) is? Alonzo & Fas 3 then changed their name to
Alonzo Fas 3 which makes the band name more graphic. Not least on the record
Besides KSMB tunes Alonzo Fas 3 plays some classic tunes from his second band
Stockholms Negrer and new written Fas 3 material. And because of the new
written material we were gathered at Debaser Medis for the release of the new
The Venue/Place /Crowd
It was a
release party but the vinyls didn´t arrived in time from France so there was
only CD avaliable. Not that I really cared about the vinyls, I prefer CD. But
this France failure did annoy Alonzo who let us know about his frustration onstage.
In one of the songs he really did a rant about it and I guess we all got shiver
down our spines. OMG he is for real! He is not a man that passed his 50ies
killing time with old tunes. He is pissed off for real, he is the real deal!
The crowd was rather big a Wednesday night like this. Besides the punk scene
regulars I guess the rest was KSMB fans back in the days as well as there were some
younger fans there, not even born when the songs performed was around.
Being a dull Wednesday when everyone seemed grumpy it wasn´t optimal to set the
crowd on fire but in the end he did, I wasn´t in my best mood for instance
after I was a biiiig smile. And The crowd didn´t tear the place down like the
month before when band almost blew Stiff Little Finger off stage. But if you
play KSMB and Stockholm Negrer tunes there will be sing a longs.
Warming up the crowd was a gathering of different old times punk playing punk
covers like God Save The Queen etc it seems. I missed most of it so I can´t say
anything about it.
Then Alonzo Fas 3 entered the stage in a
Pink Floyd the Wall style and turned the dull Wednessday into Punk Rock n Roll
poetry. The Backdrop more looking like a totalitarian banner than a punk band
backdrop. The band as usual dressed in black pants and shirts with red armbands.
Micke Alonzo in front in a red shirt, it made an impressive and beautiful impact
on me. For a while then Alonzo was back in his Black T shirt.
I moved around in the room during the first tunes (sorry if I stepped on some
toes) to find the place where the
perfect sound was and found it. By then the band had worked their way up to a
frenzy that is needed for this kind of music. Then they added another guitarist. First the
guitar player from Baboon Show to be succeded by Nicke “Hellacopter” Andersson. With three
guitarist the sound was perfect. The core base player was for the day replaced
with a substitute bass player skilled enough to not make any difference. With
the three guitarists they then delivered the new songs with precision. Some have
been around for the whole year. Some been added on later and one new song I
never heard before. But it isn´t really punk tunes, more of rock tunes played
by the Swedish punk elite. The songs isn´t trying to restore Alonzos former
punk glory but it is exactly where he stands today, 53 years old, into
politics, being a father and in love with his woman.
And I can
say that “now” the new songs clicked for me. Now the coin was accepted by the
soda machine. Some tunes been around for a year so the crowed have learned the
lyrics and they could sing along. And in the middle of it, there was Micke Alonzo
owning the place. He had proved to us that this was not a KSMB karaoke night.
This was Fas 3 (transl. Phase 3).
He didn´t top his Stiff Little Fingers gig but he was on his way. Fas 3 have
never sounded better and I doubt KSMB had done it better in 1981. I find it
offensive that Alonzo Fas 3 isn´t booked at every rock festival this summer. I
guess they would shake some life into the rather dull line ups. So please let
me not hear any “Johan Johansson is better” references for a long time because
that will just makes you sound stupid.
Worth the time spent there?
Yes, in fact it took away my rather damp mood. This is Spa for my mind.
Entrance was free.
rather wonderful to see grown men lose it all to just freak out in a classic
KSMB/Stockholms Negrer tune like it is done in a Negro Spiritual Church.
Swedish metal and hard rock festival, Sweden Rock that is held in June in
Ronneby, southern Sweden, and sometime have some punk bands in the line up as
well. Will now be a recrute base for PRO, Pensionärernas riksorganisation, in
translation, National Pensioners' Organisation.
that many of the headbanging visitors are over 55 of age which makes them
suitable for recruitment. A bit hurt Sweden Rock defend them self by claiming
that the average age of the visitors are 37.
serving free coffe, Gene Simmons of Kiss might sign up, or?
Some month ago I stumbled upon a punk rock novel. Posted a chapter every day, the young Scottish punk lady Raven Taylor presented a romantic, dramatic and a bit sad novel about a punk band singer and a young women. It was taken from her own life, her friends life as well as it was inspired by the lyrics of Rancid. The novel name was borrowed from one of the Rancids best songs "Fall Back Down".
I felt instantly that I would like to post it as summer reading for my blog followers. And that was supposed to be happening this summer. But then something good happened, She got a publishing contract with a publisher that would print the book old school, you know on a bunch of paper like people used do. No, it is not the kind of book you got in your iPhone, but that you find in the book store.
As a blogger I could been a bit grumpy about it, but Im not. The book nerd in me is all full of joy for her. Wow, she got a publishing contract! And that in the speed of light. However, Im got the permission to post the first three chapters...then you have to buy the book.
And, nothing can take away from me that here is where you heard of her in the first place. :-)
Soon on your bookshelf? Raven Taylor - If I fall back down
One of the more bisarre Dead Kennedys covers where made by Kramer in
1992 on the Dead Kennedys tribute record "Virus 100".
The record was to celebrate Jellos record company Alternative Tentacles 100th release.