Thursday, March 31, 2011

seven churches festival

With a poster like that, the bands could even suck that I'd go anyway.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

30 day song challenge / day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event

Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Sentenced - No One There

This song was one of the highest points of an evening I will never forget - the very last Sentenced concert, on their hometown of Oulu in Finland, which I was fortunate enough to attend. Standing there right upfront, some 5000km away from home and even 600km away from Helsinki where I was staying at the time, those words and music washing over me, looking at the faces of those five musicians and those around me, some crying, some just quiet, wet with the fake snow that fell during that song, knowing it was the very last time I was hearing those people play it, struck me in a very lasting manner. The passing of Miika Tenkula a few years later just made it all the more poignant to remember. So here's the video from that very evening.

band of the week: black haven

Furious Belgians with their debut album, will tear your brain out. Go check out.

Out of curiosity, anyone want to guess how many bands beginning with the word "black" I have on my personal music archive?

Monday, March 28, 2011

road therapy - blut aus nord / 40 watt sun

Blut Aus Nord
777 - Sect(s)
2011 / Debemur Morti

40 Watt Sun
The Inside Room
2011 / Cyclone Empire

As the new records demanding to be listened to pile up on my desk, they tend to overflow onto my car, so apart from a recent re-obsession with Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' 'Henry's Dream', it's been mostly new releases guiding me through traffic lately. These two have been the most permanent ones, mainly because they're awesome but also because of the way they complement each other so well. Blut Aus Nord's new work is instantly terrifying, I actually first heard it in the car when my good friend and boss brought me the promo on our way to cover a local festival and it's still there, haunting every ride with its strained fury and cryptic, chaotically dark atmosphere. I hadn't been this excited about Blut Aus Nord since 'The Work Which Transforms God', and that's saying something. While keeping the abstract into-the-void feel of the latest couple of albums, it recovers an element of black metal power that had been sorely missing.

Of course, it's a tense motherfucker of an album. Which is why 40 Watt Sun feels even better afterwards. It's not a party album, but it's the best way to unwind while still being remembered, smoothly this time, that our existence is a barren, meaningless hell. As you should know by now, 40 Watt Sun is Patrick Walker's new band, following the path of Warning but taking it one step further still. 'The Inside Room' is soaring, epic and yet intimate and moving, Patrick's unique and instantly recognizable wail gains previously unheard dynamics and diversity with these new songs, and halfway through the album, especially on the painfully beautiful 'Carry Me Home', it's already clear that this is a new band and not just Warning by another name. Melancholically soothing, it'll be one of the best albums of this year and it calms the demonical fury of Blut Aus Nord on those long stretches of highway.

Pressure. Release. Repeat.

Friday, March 25, 2011

30 day song challenge / day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere

Day 06 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
Samiam - She Found You

I went to Madrid for a few days just to hang out there sometime in the summer of 1997, and of course my first stop was the sorely missed Madrid Rock record shop at the Gran Via (a small aside to the 12 people from Madrid that have visited this blog this year - ¿coño, que ha pasado con la mejor tienda de discos de España?). It wasn't the first time and it sure wasn't the last time I shopped there, but one album in particular that I purchased in that occasion stayed with me in a very special way. I already knew Samiam, I had 'Soar' which is great, but I had read cool reviews of 'You Are Freaking Me Out' (on Terrorizer, of all places!) and I was curious.

As a result, my Discman (man, there's something I don't miss, unlike my Walkman) didn't play anything else to me during the whole trip. Samiam's melodic yet subtle punk rock, the morose lyrics, the unique voice of Jason Beebout, everything about that album resonated deeply within me. It's still one of my all-time favourites. As always with these things, I don't automatically think of Madrid if I listen to the album, but it does often bring up images of walking around town while listening to it over and over and over. I could have chosen any song, but 'She Found You' has a proper video and it's one of my favourites, so there.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

It was hard to summarize everything R.Loren does into one neat sentence for this banner up here. R. is the driving force behind three of the most unorthodox, innovative and downright amazing bands I've heard in the last decade, Pyramids, Sailors With Wax Wings and White Moth, he recently founded a record label, the catalogue of which already reads like a wet dream for any adventurous music fan, called Handmade Birds Records, he's one of the greatest music recommenders I know (and books, and movies, just go and follow his tumblr for proof). So I just went with genius, which seems perfectly appropriate. You'd think that a guy like this would be an unavailable, pretentious snob, right? No way someone who creates art as deep and as diffuse as this can't be a gentle, down-to-earth, funny and awesome dude. Well, he is. To the point of enduring my 10 rounds, so you can see how far he's willing to go to be nice. During which he admits he's Rich and all. Seriously. Read on for a very, very special interview.

1. So, we’ll never know your first name?
[told ya.]

2. I guess you weren’t busy enough with three bands (that we know of), so now you have a record label. The initial roster of Handmade Birds is, as I mentioned up there, a wet dream for anyone with half a good music taste. Why did you decide to throw yourself into this venture?
I turned 33 last year, and soon after got word that we are expecting a second child. Some might think taking on a label in this situation would be overly daunting and not conducive to my growing family. I think it is quite the opposite: the recording process has become almost emotionally destructive at this point. Music is in my blood, so not creating it is out of the question, but slowing down that output is a must. A label allows me a way to channel my obsessive musical energy in a way that is still special in terms of emotion, but nothing that will wear on my sanity. We can pack orders as a family, and be a part of something larger than ourselves. It is romantic actually.

3. What’s your universe of artists to consider for the label? Is there any established criteria? Or do they just have to be awesome?
Awesome yes, innovative definitely. The big aim here is to establish a balance that presents people with both light and dark music that spans geography, aesthetic, and philosophy. There are most definitely strains of texture that run through many of the artists’ works, no matter how disparate they are in any other degree.

4. One of the finest recommendations of bands I didn’t know that I’ve gotten in the last few months was your tip of Celestiial. Do you see yourself as a good recommender of music?
I have never consciously thought of myself in terms of any labels like a good anything. With that said, I try to be self aware, and one thing I think I am good at is recognizing sincerity in music, fresh ideas, and knowing which artists fit well together, regardless of their respective genres.

5. There hasn’t been a new Pyramids release in quite a while. R., there are junkies out here needing the stuff. What’s up?
We have completed a nearly three year long collaboration with Wraiths, which is going to be available this year on limited vinyl from an awesome label who will remain nameless for now. I hope an official announcement will come soon. Our split 7” + CD with Horseback is in its final stages, and Hydra Head will be releasing that this year, though it is taking us a lot longer to complete than we had originally planned. I think we were supposed to submit it to the label in October of last year, and here we are in March. It will be well worth the wait. Faith Coloccia is adding her layer right now.
[a Pyramids/Horseback split. Drool floods my desk.]

6. As for the other two bands, SWWW and White Moth, first of all, how did you manage to get that army of cool people to participate? I’m wondering how you approach Marissa Nadler and Aaron Stainthorpe for the context of the same project, for example.
Many of the collaborators are friends, some acquaintances, and others I just plain wrote as a fan. 99% of those I reached out to were up for it. When it came to someone like Aaron, I wrote him on a whim, not at all expecting a response. He is a kind soul and a kindred spirit, was open immediately to contributing, despite it being one of the busiest years for the MDB stuff- their anniversary and all.

7. I remember you weren’t all too hopeful about the reception to White Moth. It is, in technical terms, a fucking weird record, so I understand you. Did the reception it get surpass your expectations?
Immediately upon its release, I was still sceptical. The WM record definitely took far longer to catch on in comparison with SWWW. As the months have passed, however, WM has gained significant traction, and words from many have been more along the lines of appreciating it as one of those gems that fly under the radar. More and more seem to be discovering it organically as time progresses, and that is exactly what I had hoped would happen.

8. What sort of blackmail do we have to use to get you to play live shows, with any of your bands?
Pyramids is definitely the most likely candidate of any of them, though I cannot say if and when it would ever happen. I suspect we would do something here in Denton if we ever did anything live. SWWW and WM would simply be inaccurate without all of the participating members represented on stage, which would be insanely complicated and expensive to orchestrate. Each of those musicians were hand picked for specific sonic qualities and talents, and if even one was missing, the project would not be properly represented.

9. I assume there are freaks out there who don’t enjoy your music. It’s not exactly elevator easy-listening, after all. Have you ever gotten a totally oddball review like this one for Aidan, for example?
Ha! People either slam us or embrace us. I haven’t seen (yet) anything out of the ordinary or insulting.

10. Final list-question – the five bands you think are most responsible for shaping your musical personality, as a performer.
Miles Davis
Blut Aus Nord

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

the chillin' doorway

So I'm at home, just chillin', with a warm cup o'joe, wearing my new t-shirt and listening to a few new records. Dunno why Luana felt like taking this totally random photo of me.

Jaime, you fucking rule.

30 day song challenge / day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone

Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone
ManOwaR - Courage

All songs remind me of someone, be it Satan, George W. Bush, Stagger Lee or my mom, but I'll try to not be an arrogant prick about this. Actually, I'll run with that mom thought.

I never had many parent conflicts. It might be character building go through that and whatnot, but my parents never gave a shit if I was listening to records with butchered babies or inverted crosses and severed hands on their covers when I was a kid. So, over a quarter of a decade, they've listened to a lot of music I like, mostly blaring from my room when I lived at home still, often in a state of blissful indifference and a few times even enjoying what's playing. My dad has picked up a few cool things from me along the way, but my mom, even if she's into some of the non-metal stuff (she loves Nick Cave and Antony And The Johnsons, bless her) I've shown her, when it comes to metal, there's only been one single song that she actually loves to bits. She happily rides along in my car whether I have Prostitute Disfigurement or Merzbow playing, but when 'Courage' comes on, she takes notice. She knows the lyrics.

So, day 05 - this song reminds me of my mom.

Monday, March 21, 2011

live shots - jesu at roadburn 2008

A barebones Jesu (ie, JKB, a laptop and a guitar) playing a nevertheless enrapturing set in Tilburg three years ago. According to Justin, this set-up is the purest manifestation of Jesu. Shame the volcano screwed up his return last year, but Godflesh will make up for everything next month.

Friday, March 18, 2011

30 day song challenge / day 04 - a song that makes you sad

Day 04 - a song that makes you sad
Ray LaMontagne - Gone Away From Me

Same I said for day 03 about music not working that directly with me, but there's still a huge amount of songs that could have fit here. I've gone for simple, though. Ray's uncluttered and painfully sincere little ode to loss and resignation (ain't no use hangin' on to a memory that only causes you pain) reflects the sort of heartbreak that most of us know all too well. This live version of the song is amazing, too.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

i have a plan!

...for Roadburn. A month in advance. Yup.

Green = I'll watch it.
Yellow = I'll try to watch most of it.
No colour = It'll be hard, but if I can clone myself a couple of times I'll do it.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

30 day song challenge / day 03 - a song that makes you happy

Day 03 - A song that makes you happy
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Breathless

Music affects my mood, yeah, but not that directly. It's not like I slap a happy song on and all my troubles go away, but this one is as close to that as it gets. At least a smile it'll bring up, sure fire. Nick Cave has written some of the gloomiest songs I know and he's one of the few people that have moved me to tears during a live show, but this little ditty from 'The Lyre Of Orpheus' is just irresistibly cute. It sounds a bit too sugary at first, but there's enough depth in the song to elevate it above empty ear-candy status (this is Nick we're talking about, after all), and maintain it as one of those that get played a lot throughout the years, even without a listen to the whole album. Go on, be happy.

top 10 bands with god in the title. It's all Malte's fault.
01. Godflesh
01 and a half: Eyehategod. (I FORGOT, OKAY?)
02. God Macabre
03. The Young Gods
04. God's Iron Tooth
05. God Is An Astronaut
06. Godstomper
07. God Dethroned
08. God Ox
09. God Among Insects
10. Godstopper

I actually had to leave out a fair number of bands I also like. And no, I'm not a fan of GY!BE.

josé's band of the week: godstopper

Yay, it's a creepy bug and it's going to stop god! And it's my band of the week too, so go and read about them, because they're great.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

30 day song challenge / day 02 - your least favourite song

Day 02 - Your Least Favourite Song
Tim - Voar
Believe it or not, this is probably the hardest one to pick of all the 30. I might breathe music 24/7 and have a musical taste range that most people would qualify as schizo, but there is a gigantic amount of music out there that has zero appeal to me, and several genres that, out of disinterest, I know zilch about. Also within the genres that I do like, there are bands I couldn't possibly care less about. Nevertheless, when I don't like something, I just move on. I don't dwell on shit, and I have no real hatred or disgust for any band,or particular musician,  despite the number of times I might poke fun at them. For a song to be my least favourite, I'd have to, first of all, know it well, and furthermore, it had to be one that either really irks me or one that I'm sick of on account of overplaying. But when my radio listening is reduced to football commentaries when in the car, it's hard to have something I don't like getting overplayed to me. I have no childhood or teenage traumas of listening to something I really hated for any reason, so it's hard to pick one of those "I've hated this for 20 years!" sort of things too.

It did cross my mind to pick something that simply revolts me at gut level by non-musical values, like benfica's hymn or some other hideous deformity like that, but it's a bit of cheating, isn't it? Despising a sorry excuse for a football club doesn't really count as a reason to have a least favourite song. My pal JGD has a valid point when he says 'My Humps' is the worst song in history, but I've stolen enough inspiration from him in building this blog without starting to pick on his opinions as well.

So.... my least favourite song. One name did keep creeping up on the back of my mind while I was thinking about it, and when I asked my girl, out of sheer desperation, what my least favourite song was, she just hummed a Xutos & Pontapés tune. And that's it. I could feel the anger coming up, the urge for her to shut up. It's perfect.

Xutos are a "legendary" Portuguese rock band, the fascination for which I could never remotely understand - for the non-Portuguese among you (blessed are you for not knowing this, friends), it's basic, childish mainstream pop rock, with utterly, painfully stupid lyrics often disguised as "intervention", an unbelievably horrid singer and uncomprehensibly devoted fans, and they've been going on for 150 years or whatever it is. As if that wasn't enough, aforementioned singer, Tim, has a solo album, and one of his "songs" plays seventeen million times per episode on a soap opera my girl watches. In one swoop, this monstrosity of a song covers all bases -  a band I've disliked for decades, the overplaying effect because of the damn TV show that's on my sonic background daily, a song that urges me to smash things just so the sound is muffled out and as a bonus these people are even benfica fans! So, with deep apologies...

Monday, March 14, 2011

30 day song challenge / day 01 - your favourite song

I've seen a few people doing this on facebook, and as far as silly time-wasting memes go, this is just about the only one I'm willing to indulge in, and since I have a blog I might as well do it here. Some of the choices will be difficult because the whole thing seems to be oriented at people who have twelve CDs on their shelf and listen to a specific song because it reminds them when they were in Ibiza for a week in 1979 or because they're feeling all droopy and a jolly tune will cheer them right up. I don't exactly have that sort of relationship with music, but I'll try, and it'll be a fun experiment.

Some of the shit I'll choose might not exist on YouTube or whatever so I might just tell you what song it is and you'll go and check it out if you have nothing better to do. Also, I won't be all funny about it - while the temptation is there to post a Gnaw Their Tongues or a Graves At Sea song on the "a song that makes you happy" day, I'll keep this vaguely sarcasm-free.


Day 01 - Your Favourite Song
Tom Waits - Long Way Home
See, this is what I mean. Who the hell has a specific favourite song? People with twelve CDs who listen to 'Hotel California' every day because their spouses liked it when they were still attractive. I can't even decide on a favourite band or favourite genre, let alone a song. Hell, I have trouble with top 100 lists. So, here's one of my many hundreds of favourite songs, chosen because it's the one that named this blog. It's special and related to who I am and all that stuff.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

As if it wasn't enough that I subjected Heinali and Matt Finney to the band of the week treatment the other day, I still have to inflict further public misery on the poor duo and rope Matt in for the 10 rounds. It's his own damn fault for being such a cool dude and saying yes. Besides being funny, he also reveals some interesting stuff about the way of working of this kickass project, and is a shining example for the youth of our nations interested in music, as you will see if you can be bothered to actually read something on this blog instead of just landing here looking for mediafire links or horny milfs in your area (seriously, one day I'll have to post some of the google searches that land people here). You might have noticed I haven't posted this on Thursday, or whatever the hell the proper day was. I think the blog was getting a bit too crowded with these interviews, so they might be a bit sparser from now on, but always frequent. Not only there's a sizeable backlog, but I still know way too many people who are willing to go on the retard ride with me.

1. So you met your bandmate through MySpace. How geeky is that, eh?
Yeah, it's really fucking geeky. But we make up for it by being raging alcoholics and drug addicts. That's still cool, right?
[listen up, kids.]

2. How is it making music with someone you’ve never met? Do you think the music would turn out different if Heinali lived next door?
Not as difficult as you would imagine. We've worked it out pretty well. It probably wouldn't be that different than it is now. We know exactly what kind of music we want to create and we communicate that to the best of our abilities. We're like brothers already so the only difference would be us being able to brood together instead of doing it across the world from each other.

3. I know the first band you remember listening is Tears For Fears. You can improve that image a bit by revealing other less embarrassing bits of your musical upbringing.
You can thank my older sister for that but I'll always have a soft spot for them. Everybody has embarrassing shit that they listen to and don't want anyone to find out about. Nirvana is another early influence. I remember watching the "Heart-Shaped Box" video when I was a kid and thinking "holy shit!" Kurt's writing is and will always be a huge influence. The Cure are another and after I found about them I got into Joy Division. Heinali's turned me onto The Angelic Process and Nadja and a million other heavy bands. It's been a slow descent into moody/depressing music since.

4. Are you entirely sober when you write and/or record your vocal parts? Just wonderin’.
God, no!
[another valuable lesson, children!]

5. Not that the cover itself isn’t amazing, but could you not have chosen any other Radiohead song to cover besides Creep?
We were gonna do "Exit Music" but it got lost in the shuffle. All of Radiohead's songs have been covered to death so it's unavoidable but hopefully we put a fresh spin on it that everyone can appreciate.
[seriously people, go listen to it.]

6. I assume you and Heinali don’t live off your artsy drone ambient albums, especially since they’re all free. What are your jobs/occupations?
We make a pretty decent amount (thanks to everyone that pitches in when we release albums). This is our full time job. Some days are better than others but we're having a blast.
[lesson #3, little ones: when your parents order you to get proper jobs and wear a tie, tell them to go fuck themselves. People do live off artsy drone ambient albums in this world, see?]

7. Speaking of your free music, do you ever imagine yourselves ever actually selling the records?
We actually have to take that on in April. Paradigms Recordings is putting out the Conjoined re-release and then following that up with the new album Ain't No Night. It's scary as hell but a lot of people seem eager to hear the new songs and we're super proud of it. We're aiming for album of the year but I don't think that's gonna happen. Either way, it's gonna be an awesome time.

8. I take it you’ve received quite a lot of feedback for the stuff you do and some of it must surely be passionate. Have you felt that your music might have changed someone’s life? What’s that feeling like? And do you have groupies?
The people that do enjoy our music are extremely passionate about it and that's incredible. I love hearing that people are into what we're doing and that it strikes a nerve in them. That's the whole point, right? I remember talking with a listener for weeks about how our songs helped him deal with some of his own problems and situations that he had went through and I was overwhelmed by it. When we first started I never expected to have a situation like that with anyone but I'm humbled and grateful for it. Thanks to everyone that likes our music and has shared an experience. And, unfortunately, no groupies as of yet. We're in deseperate need of them. Maybe we'll lighten up after they arrive.

9. What’s up with Finneyerkes? Does it still actually exist?
Finneyerkes isn't active. We haven't recorded anything new in almost a year but never count us out. We might record another album down the road. Randy and me are still the best of friends. This band with Heinali is where my heart is and where I'm focusing.

10. For list-question, since you have paid homage to The Angelic Process before, give us your top five The Angelic Process songs.

Everyone needs to go buy/download all of their records. The Angelic Process are the greatest band ever and you need their music in your life. Here are my 5:
1. The Promise of Snakes
2. Burning in the Undertow of God
3. Crippled Healing
4. The Resonance of Goodbye
5. Rid The Past By Dying

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

live shots - emperor at tuska 2007

In 2007, I finally got to see one of my all-time favourite bands, Emperor, on a stage. Just in time, too - their headlining show at Tuska, in Helsinki, was the last Emperor concert ever, as Ihsahn himself confirmed me a few months later. It was a proper bow out, though. Grandiose, powerful and fire-spittingly captivating, its fury shook the very bowels of Kaisaniemi Park. Man, I miss Emperor.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Scott Kelly + Orthodox at Santiago Alquimista, Lisboa / March 7th 2011

Listen, even if a lot of you reading this don't even know me, you all know Neurosis are more important to me than any band or artist should ever be to anyone. I have very nearly every bit of plastic/vinyl they've ever released (and of their assorted alter-egos and spiritual brothers and sisters as well), I own shirts and hoodies, I've flown to two different countries to see them play, they're obviously my number one artist on my, I've interviewed them and written about them for several magazines. Hell, I even discovered recently that I'm quoted on their wikipedia page, and I swear it wasn't me who edited that shit, I only do that on pages of football players I hate to add the list of horrendous diseases I wish they'd catch. I like to think that I'm not biased whenever I voice an opinion on any Neurosis-related matter, but I probably am just a bit. It's a bad thing to admit for someone who needs to voice independent opinions for a living, but what the hell. They've earned that right through more than 25 years of relentlessly essential work. 

So, in spite of all that, I'd really really really like to state that the sappy text I'm about to write regarding what happened last night in one of Lisboa's prettier gig spots isn't just the product of a deranged fanboy mind. It was that special.

Please don't take this the wrong way, I'm not bragging about anything, because I don't really do anything. I'm not a musician and I'm not talented in any way whatsoever. But I am a lucky fuck. I've been around. I've seen literally hundreds of gigs from wildly different artists in wildly different settings. I've been to the opera in St. Petersburg and I've seen crust bands whose name I can't pronounce tear up basements in Munich, I've seen Elvis Costello at a concert hall, Leonard Cohen on a giant riverside open stage, singer/songwriters from the Faeroe Isles on tiny pubs in Helsinki, and I've been smashed against fences by huge Slayer moshpits when I was young enough to not know any better. Most bodily functions have been activated by live music at some point in my life - I've been moved to very real tears by Nick Cave or Michael Gira, I've puked in the rain while Tool played louder than seventeen ManOwaR gigs at once and I've bled all over my Dark Tranquillity t-shirt after an airborne foot belonging to a stage diver pushed my camera into my forehead at a Sacred Reich gig at Wacken. I've seen the most passionate reactions on and off stage to music - from people crying along to Vinnie Cavanagh during a particularly intense rendition of 'One Last Goodbye', to Watain and Impaled Nazarene fighting punks, to people kneeling in prayer at one of Celtic Frost's last gigs (I kid you not). I'd even seen Scott Kelly himself play his acoustic show twice already before last night. Of course, it's not that much when compared to some of you wonderful people out there in this business whom I admire, look up to, read and listen to every day. But it's more than I ever thought I'd be able to when I was a kid, and apart from my very few but very treasured loved ones and a selected highlight reel of football moments, this is the stuff that'll go through my head right before I die, and I hope that in the next few decades I'm healthy enough to add to those experiences a whole bunch more. Yet... I've very seldomly witnessed a bond between one performer and his audience like I did last night with Scott Kelly and the couple dozen people who showed up.

It's the absence of anything really flashy or obvious that really nails it from an emotional standpoint. The room wasn't packed, very far from it. Scott didn't say or do anything spectacularly different from his usual persona. After Orthodox played their wonderful gig (I'll talk about them in another post in the next few days, if y'all don't mind), he sat down, he played his raw, emotionally affecting, simple and yet unfathomably deep songs, some new, some old, some from other people (Townes Van Zandt and Hawkwind), he told us a couple of stories like the one where he wrote one of those songs in a dream, he thanked us all from the heart and we replied with a few appreciative comments and jokey replies to what he said and did and roaring, equally from the heart applause. He was polite and available to everyone who approached him before and after the show. 

...and that was it. Still, I believe I speak for most of those present when I say that something strangely magical happened in there. Some unbreakable bond was formed during that hour and a bit, something that no wide-eyed hack like me will ever be able to describe properly. That's the most apt and to-the-point description of the concert, and I'm glad I was just the photographer and I'm not the one reviewing it for any magazine, because I would never be able to. Besides providing me and all the others there - a salute to your respectful and devoted behaviour, audience people - this unforgettable evening, Scott also played my favourite song, 'Catholic Blood', that you can see in the video up there, and took a photo with mr. fanboy journalist here. I believe the technical term for my expression on it is 'happier than a pig in shit'. Both were taken by Luana Magalhães, the most appropriate company I could ever require for the occasion.

Thank you, Scott.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

top 10 Anal Cunt songtitles. I'm very, very sorry.
01. No, We Don't Want To Do A Split Seven Inch With Your Stupid Fucking Band
02. I Thought Hitler Was Cool Until I Found Out He Didn't Drink
03. I Liked Earache Better When Dig Answered the Phone
04. I Lit Your Baby On Fire
05. I Snuck A Retard Into A Sperm Bank
06. I Became A Counselor So I Could Tell Rape Victims They Asked For It
07. Everyone In The Underground Music Scene Is Stupid
08. Living Colour Is My Favorite Black Metal Band
09. Kyle From Incantation Has A Moustache
10. Song Titles Are Fucking Stupid

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Let's keep up with the drummers and Sweden themes. This time a native Swede instead of that cocky Scottish invader of last week. Niklas is a great dude I met through lovely female acquaintances, and I'm looking forward to hanging out at the forthcoming Roadburn festival. He's also, of course, a kickass drummer, beating the skins for young stoner rockers Alonzo, whom I can't encourage you enough to go check out, they simply ooze talent and potential.

1. Explain to everyone why Alonzo rocks so much.
Since we live in Uppsala, a really boring city at the time, someone has to rock. So Alonzo and some other local bands keeps the torch alive by making good music.

2. What has your coolest gig been so far?
On of the coolest gigs was when we opened for Abramis Brama, the only problem was that we didn't get to hear what we played since our sound-check was 30 seconds long, so we all had to look at each other to know what the hell we were doing. It must have looked pretty funny but I think we pulled it off pretty good.

3. According to this, there’s people around using your name for horrid purposes like hip hop and shit. Want me to bring you their heads, or just shooting their kneecaps would do?
Shoot their kneecaps and bring me their heads and we shall feast upon them!
[that's my boy. Hey, have you noticed the the "let's shoot people" theme also half-forming of late in these interviews? We all need to chillax, I think.]

4. What part of your body would you give to play at Roadburn?
They can get one of my toes, it's kinda fucked up since my boss chruched it with a forklift and now I don't like it as much as I used to. Hell! They can get the whole foot! But it would be really nice to get the opportunity to play here!
[Walter, take note if you ever need a spare foot. Or a kickass band.]

5. What’s the Uppsala scene like? Do you know any of the Watain members who are from there, for example?
The scene looks good! We got some great bands, everything from greasy Mississippi blues to old-shool death metal, so there's a lot to listen to. We have some mutual friends with Watain.

6. How did you become a drummer? Did you try out any other instruments before that?
When I was a kid I was a huge Kiss fan and the first record I bought of them was "Alive" (it's still an awesome record!), and when I heard Peter Criss do the drumsolo on the track "100 000 Years" I got mesmerized! It's not a great drumsolo, it's actually kinda bad, but I thought it was fucking amazing! I was seven and didn't know better... but I couldn't afford a drum set then, so it wasn't until I was eighteen that I bought my first kit.

7. Krusus was cool too, is that band officially inactive?
Yeah it is, I'm afraid. It's amazing that we were able to write songs since most of the rehearsing time was dedicated to drinking beer. When our singer was supposed to record the song tracks we couldn't find him! We looked all over the place and then we found him laying on the bathroom floor, too drunk to sing, and I was busy (by accident) knocking one of the guitarist's amps over, so the songs we wrote were kinda like a bonus! I like to think that it was for the best that we split up, at least for our health.

8. We share a common feat we can male-bond over – we both managed to catch a classy member of the Brazilian female species. Isn’t that awesome?
Damn right! It is awesome. I can safely say we have an exquisite taste in women!

9. Did you get Moomin when you were a kid? I was first aware of the Moomins while I lived in Finland and I felt cheated for only discovering them at an adult age.
Moomin is awesome! They are like stoned rhinos without horns, who wouldn't like that!?
[man has a point.]

10. Infamous list question: name your top 5 brands of beer.
1. Guinness.
2. Bombardier.
3. Devassa
4. Quilmes
5. Whatever beer that "gets the job done"