Giant Wide

September 8, 2008 at 6:27 am

Giant WideI’m sitting here in the light of the night lamp, which right now is whiskey coloured. But gee I feel good…well not only from the sweet drops from Ardbeg, more, I would say, from the sweet tones from the Gothenburg-Borås band Giant Wide.

I’m looking for influences from the psychedelic blues of Roky Erickson and from Soundtrack of our lives, where Ebbot’s vocals are more of an instrument than just vocals. But I have to say that Giant Wide sounds like Giant Wide and not like anything else. I feels like this great band has found their own unique style.

THIS IS SO GOOD!!! (whoops, the whiskey voice came through)

This is grinding guitars and a drummer that really has to fight to be heard, but really succeeds in the end. The vocals are sometimes really distorted, but is mixed into the songs, not just like “normal” vocals, but like it’s an extra instrument and offers an incredible feeling to it.

Enjoy the songs of Giant Wide:
See the Road
Our Time Is Coming
Go and Get Done
I’ll Leave You Here

Visit the band:
Giant Wide on Myspace

Keep cool,
Jeppe

(translated by Pär/Blindmen)

Tobbe Möller

September 6, 2008 at 8:00 am

Tobbe MöllerAll artists presented in here are songwriters and composers also performing their products. Tobbe Möller is a songwriter and a composer who’s performing solely for practical reasons, as he puts it.

There’s something special about Tobbe Möller, something supernatural, maybe even godlike! He may for real be the best songwriter in the world, but I’m not sure he’s aware himself.

I see Tobbe like a fairy dressed in an armour you don`t easily penetrate. But just as Tinkerbell sprinkles river glitter (or whatever) over people in need, he does the same for his tunes.

His are lyrics that are incredibly strong, clever harmonies and changes of chords, and melodies a raging bull won’t shake off.

Offered here is an early work, “Too Hard to Chew”, aside two later ones where Tobbe worked with other musicians. In “Young Boy In the Far Back Row” he got together with Lasse Söhr and singer Isak Strand.
Other recent collaborations include names as Pär Edwardson, Aurgrunn and Pär Enqvist.

Early works by Tobbe Möller maintain a feel of old rock/punk music with pumping Rickenbackers and delightful choirs; do listen to Purple Foxglove on his Myspace-page. Then rapidly switch to Tonårsbarn (Teenage Kid) or “Skakar inte mer” (Shaking No More) and enjoy the breadth of the man!

If you’re interested in the music or want to work with the originator, visit his Myspace page.

Now do enjoy the songs presented:
Lose Your Head
Young Boy In the Far Back Row
Too Hard to Chew

Visit Tobbe Möller:
Tobbe Möller på Myspace

Keep cool,
Jeppe

(translated by Aurgrunn)

Dollface

September 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm

DollfaceJoshua Homme, from Queens of the Stoneage, has run a music collective called “Desert Session”, since 1997. Musicians, mostly rock musicians, gather in the desert for a few weeks at Joshua Tree, and make music together. The results are published on a record named “Desert Session”. Among the bands and artists that have participated you’ll find Monster Magnet, Kyuss, Soundgarden and many more! A band that Joshua should invite is Dollface!

The music that Dollface delivers is a well composed rock music, that attracts me using nice Les Paul carpets and guitar melodies that floats on top of it. The vocals are very professional and with a great presence.
Listen to “Bad Boy”, which presents some kind of arranged chaos, and the first time I heard it I thought that they wouldn’t be able to sort it out…but what a great song it is!

I don’t know if it’s the band that’s behind the arrangements or if it’s the producer Henryk Lipp.  Lipp, a producer that, among others, has worked with Thåström, Sator and Håkan Hellström.

Some songs to enjoy and download:
Bad Boy
Anything Goes
Life

Visit the band:

Dollface official site
Dollface on Myspace

Keep cool,
Jeppe

(translated by Pär/Blindmen)

The Headlines

August 31, 2008 at 2:23 pm

I really wish that I had experienced the classical concerts at CBGB in New York. Yes, I know that the club still exists, but I’m talking about the seventies with Ramones, Sex Pistols and Blondie. I also believe that The Headlines would have fit in perfectly there.

If you don’t know the Malmö band The Headlines, I can tell that it’s a band that tours frequently around Europe and that they recently have released their debut album “Plug ‘n’ Play”. They have toured with New York Dolls, The Levellers, Hanoi Rocks, to mention a few, and they started out in 2005!

The Headlines play a fascinating kind of rock, that sometimes can be compared with the early Green Day, and that’s brilliantly mixed with the sound of mandolins and saxophones.

The album is produced by Stry Terrarie (Ebba Grön, Kriminella Gitarrer), and is handled by the german label Radio Rebel Records!

Here you get a taste of the album “Plug ‘n’ Play”, with a few songs you can listen to and download:
All I Need
Let’s Get Together
With No One to Follow
You Gotta Go

Visit the band:
The official home page
On Myspace

(translated by Pär/Blindmen)

Are We Ape?

August 29, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Anyone who has listened to “Godzilla” with Blue Öyster Cult knows what a great song it is. When you hear it as the opening act, with downtuned guitars and a massive wall of sound, on a Fu Manchu concert, you just freak out! I was 30 years old when I saw them at KB in Malmö, but I acted like I was 17…

There is a good chance that Are We Ape also like Fu Manchu. Not that they are some kind of clones, but the sound with downtuned instruments and fuzzy guitar licks has similarities and is just as good.

It’s a kind of heavy rock that the band presents, but with cool riffs, good vocals and melodies, they do a really good job.

I don’t know why, but I have always thought that you have to be an American to make this kind of rock. Well then, now Are We Ape has proved me wrong about this,…unless they have migrated to Malmö from the States. :-)

Time to headbang to some of their tracks:
Magic Tongue
Are We Ape?
Monsieur Falk

Visit the band:
Are We Ape? on Myspace

Keep cool,
Jeppe

(translated by Pär/Blindmen)

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