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Date: June 20th, 2016
Cate: new releases

Interview with The Alloy Six

I interviewed Sweden’s Alloy Six for Hymn a few months ago about their upcoming release on Copasetic. Now it’s finally here, and it’s called Turn Out the Lights. Here’s a new interview in English, originally meant for Noisey. So it’s my pleasure to present it right here, on Record Turnover.

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Forget The Hives, forget The Movements – The Alloy Six is the best garage group outta Sweden these days. They proved that when they levelled the Fred Perry store for Gothenburg’s Sinful Mod Weekender a couple of years ago, and when they played mine and Lauren Miller’s night Phasing Out in Malmö. They’ll soon be unleashing their first LP, so Noisey sat down with Jonas Lindholm (vocals) and Mathias Westerlund (lead guitar) to talk about the Swedish mod scene.

The Swedes seemed more into it back when you guys were doing The Fortune Tellers and The Moving Sounds. Strange, because internationally artists like Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, King Gizzard and Temples quite popular today. Is the Swedish 60s scene still there?

M: I think we’re in a transitional period here in Sweden, as far as 60s-inspired bands go. A few years ago, when Graveyard hit big, that brought on a heap of 70s-sounding bands instead. Hold on a few years and the 60s will be back again.

What do you do if you want to have a good time but don’t have any money – you start a band of course. And if there are no venues around – you do it yourself, just find a garage. This might sound like a like probable scenario if you lived in the countryside, but even in Sweden’s capital this could happen – and you have experienced it for years. How do you put up with it?

J: Unfortunately, many artists lead anonymous lives in Sweden today. I would love to play more here, but unless you are an established name with good contacts and management, it’s hard to shake anything loose. People are still interested in music, of course. But I think there’s a great difference between people who just ”like” music and are happy with the radio or what their friends recommend, and people who genuinely put an effort into finding and listening to bands they’ve never heard before. That’s the stuff you can only find in obscure media or during ungodly broadcasting hours. It’s two vastly different things to me – liking music and being interested in music.

Yeah, and that’s the inspiration too, finding records. I know that releasing music on vinyl has always been important for bands into 60s music. You cut your first 45 last year, with the savage “Eye to Eye” on the a-side. You did that yourselves in only 200 copies. It’s still not sold out, which I think is astounding considering the quality of the song. If it had been 50 years older it would be collectors’ gold. Is that a compliment in your ears?

J: Yeah, me and Staffan and Per all played in The Moving Sounds before, a band Per started 15 years back. Back then it was all about doing covers of the records that were big on the scene.

One of those was Swedish schlager artist Tommy Körberg’s monster tune “Igor the Dog”, right? One promoter of the Sinful Weekender that you played a while back used to run a clothing store with that very name. So the “gear” has always been naturally integral to the mod scene. You even played in a Fred Perry store – how do you feel about that?

J: It was awesome with the whole scooter caravan thundering onto the narrow pedestrian street in Gothenburg where the store was located. A lot of people turned up and it felt quite continental. It’s not every day an event like this takes place in Sweden, especially not when it comes out of a specific subculture like the 60s scene. I loved it! Besides, Fred Perry and Ben Sherman are the brands I buy the most. In the Moving Sounds we had matching mod cut suits for a while. You know – short, taken-in trousers, tightfitting jackets with three buttons and the top one high up on the chest. You grow tired of that eventually, which might be because of the amounts of sweat. But I do think the outfits should reflect the kind of music you are playing. It should never come to Mick Jagger spandex or Pete Townsend dungarees. Some people really fucked up. No one in The Alloy Six has gotten that sloppy yet…

M: Yeah a couple of members are a bit sloppy with stage clothes haha! If it was up to me we’d be even more meticulous. I think the band’s style is important, because thoroughly thought through concepts are cool. People are going to stand staring at us anyhow, so we can make sure to at least look smart. If we all wore our everyday clothes it would be so damn boring. No motley crews here. But we are pretty well matched, at least you can tell we are inspired by fashion from 60s subcultures.

You’ve picked a song from your upcoming album that you want share with Noisey. Tell us about it!

J: “Each Night” is the opening track of our debut LP that should be out this spring. It’s about the usual stuff, complicated love and all that shit that’s so wonderfully hard.

M: I wanted the lead guitar to sound like the 45 version of “Looking At You” by MC5.

Date: May 30th, 2016
Cate: graphic design, new releases

HYMN summer mix tape

Here’s a new tape I made for HYMN, spread over two sides. New sounds only!

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SIDE A

Quilt – Hissing My Plea
Purson – The Way It IsLevitation Room – Reason Why
Holy Wave – You Should Lie
Bleached – Sleepwalking
Thee Oh Sees – Man In a Suitcase
Night Beats – Bad Love
The Missing Souls – Got to Have Your Lovin’
Curlee Wurlee! – Tu aimes les filles
Tacocat – Men Explain Things to Me
Feels – Bird’s Eye
The Creation Factory – Today’s Satisfaction
The Higher State – Break the News
The Hanging Stars – Ruby Red
Honey Radar – Coughing Cop
Easy Love – No One Like You

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SIDE B

Eerie Wanda – There Aren’t Many Things
The Shivas – Whatever
The Turns – Window
Patience – The Church
Unloved – Guilty of Love
Woods – Can’t See At All
Naked Lights – Mechanical Eye
VHS – Addicted to the Clock
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Big Fig Wasp
Heavy Times – Choked Up
Slick! – I’m In Like With You
Puberty – Teenage Death
Boys Forever – Poisonous
Doug Tuttle – Falling to Believe
The Smoking Trees – Summer Sun

 

The photos are from  South Mission Rd and Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles respectively.

Date: May 2nd, 2016
Cate: new releases

Nightmen & Sheer Mag

Two great bands who played together in Malmö last year. Sweden’s Nightmen just released their first album and it’s killer – even better than that first Terrible Feelings EP. Check out the video for “Beach Party” below and make sure to pick up a copy of Fifteen Minutes of Pain afterwards.

You haven’t missed the fact that Sheer Mag unleashed their third EP, have you? I preordered my copy from Monorail ages ago and now it’s turned up. As expected, all four tracks are brilliant. I’ll definitely be giving both this and the Nightmen LP a spin at the end of May when HYMN are DJing at the Quilt gig in Lund. Quilt’s Plaza is easily one of the best albums of the year so far, at least in my book.

Date: May 2nd, 2016
Cate: new releases

Happenings Ten Years Ago

Here’s an old recording I made of Scottish group California Snow Story (ex-Camera Obscura). It’s from a lovely live set at Tchai Ovna back in 2006. David from the group recently asked me for the full recording, and pretty soon afterwards this one turned up on Soundcloud. David also tells me there’s a new album in the works so stay tuned!

Date: March 9th, 2016
Cate: new releases, rediscovered

Pop Singles in retrospect

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Ashleigh Wyatt of Little Desert and Red Red Krovvy is one of my favourite drummers. Several years ago she was in a group called Pop Singles, who sounded like many of the best pop groups from Australia in the 80s. While Wyatt has been buys in other bands, it’s been fairly quiet from their singer Tam Matlakowski. But now he has made their entire discography available for free on bandcamp, including unheard demos.

To mark the occasion, here are some snaps from the second time I saw them play, in Melbourne back in 2009. While you’re at it you should also check out Matlakowski’s solo album that came out late last year. Released under the name Tam Vantage, you might notice that’s the make of the 12-string guitar he’s playing in the photos above. It will reward you for your time.

And while we’re talking about Australian pop, I must comment that it’s still criminal that The Passengers never got to release this song. I can’t listen to it without shedding a tear.

Date: March 9th, 2016
Cate: new releases

Eerie Wanda & Doug Tuttle

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Marina Tadic’s album with Eerie Wanda looks like it has been a long time in the making, considering the fact the video promoting Hum was posted in 2014. But Beyond Beyond Is Beyond have made good their word and finally released this album, which is a firm favourite of this year already. I’m so amazed by the track “Vinny” that I might even include in my DJ sets. You can definitely tell from the sound that some of Jacco Gardner’s group have been involved with the recording. Now we can only hope they do a proper tour of Europe.

Another of one of this year’s best records so far is the sophomore effort of MMOSS star Doug Tuttle. It Calls On Me is out via Trouble In Mind and is a great follow up to his self-titled debut. It’s mesmerizing, sparkling and bright and dull at the same time. Check out the Sparklehorsesque “Falling to Believe” below. I had to order these two records instantly – and actually they’re the first new albums I’ve purchased this year.

Date: March 9th, 2016
Cate: new releases

The Shivas & The Intelligence

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Here is a late find from last year – shockingly I did not know that one of my favourite groups The Intelligence had a new record out. I’d heard that the last one was going to be their last, but apparently not. Vintage Future picks up where they left off and even takes Finnberg back to slightly more experimental ground. It’s another classic In the Red release, with a great cover. Surprisingly, it made few waves. Surprisingly because it’s brilliant.

K Records revealed the first track from The Shivas’ new album several months ago – and the rest of the record is very much in the same vein. That is, more relaxed than we’ve become used to from this fantastic group. Better Off Dead is folky and jangly and considering all the sad things we’ve been reading about K recently, it’s something of a return to form. It’s probably also some of the last recordings done at Dub Narcotic studios, which Calvin had to sell off to pay debts.

Date: February 26th, 2016
Cate: new releases

The Higher State | Volume 27

The Higher State with Marty and Paul Messis have a new album, called Volume 27, out soon. Here’s a video for “The Worst of Their Treason”, the first song released to the public. The video looks like it’s shot in San Francisco a long time ago. Any know who the band in the film are?

Date: February 24th, 2016
Cate: new releases

The Creation Factory

I recorded one of the band’s songs when they played the Psychedelic Ballroom in LA, organized by The Blindspot Project. The Acid Test SF and Tony the Tyger were among the guest DJs. This band is amazing and have two imminent single releases – one on Market Square and one on local label Lolipop. I also stopped by their shop, where you could hear someone recording some guitar in their next-door studio.

Date: February 22nd, 2016
Cate: new releases, rediscovered

The Missing Souls & Miriam

Two bands who have mastered the art of making faithful cover renditions, but without losing the power of the original tunes. Miriam Linna released her first album in 2014, and Nobody’s Baby turned out to be one of the best records of that year. These were some of the best versions of 60s underground classics to come out since Fabienne Delsol was in The Bristols with Liam Watson of Toerag Studios. Then last year, a single called “The Hand Don’t Fit the Glove” appeared along with a tongue-in-cheek karaoke video. That song was originally done by Terry Reid, and is now included on a second LP with songs by as widely differing artists as The Beau Brummels and David Bowie. It actually came out in October last year, but I didn’t see a copy until this January.

Now, we all know Bowie passed away, but “You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving” was recorded before that. What more fitting tribute to David Bowie could there be on Record Turnover than a cover of one of his very best compositions, originally released in August 1965 under the pseudonym Davy Jones. Unfortunately he did make a habit out of leaving – the faked death of Ziggy Stardust wasn’t enough.

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Another band I’ve been missing out on is French garage masters The Missing Souls, whom I seem to have discovered last year but then forgotten about. Their 2015 release was a 45 featuring covers of “You Just Gotta Know My Mind” by Karen Verros/Dana Gillespie and “Bad Way to Go” by The Bruthers. That came out on a label called Dangerhouse Skylab, who will be putting out their debut LP sometime soon. On the strength of that single, they were picked up by Hidden Volume for a second 45. This one has got covers of the legendary Oscar & the Majestics, as well as The Uniques. It came out last month but this amazing video from two years ago really captures the energy of the song.

Pick up the 45 here, and keep an eye out for the LP which will features both of their previous a-sides.

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