Posts Tagged Hymn

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 RT 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: rediscovered

SIDE 77 | A Is an Alphabet Pt. Y

Here’s the next installment of alphabet soup, now artists and groups starting with the letter Y. X will follow shortly – although it was a pain to compile. Starting with one of the first tunes to feature ‘fuzz’ guitar – Beach Boys’ “Little Honda” performed by the masters of fuzz Yo La Tengo.

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: graphic design, rediscovered

SIDE 76 | A Is an Alphabet Pt. Z

We’re approaching #100, so I thought, what could be better than dedicating the last 25 numbers to the 25 letters of the alphabet? I’ve introduced a new series of lists on HYMN, compiling songs by artists and bands on each letter. Starting at the end, since X, Y, and Z are always the hardest – I present Part Z here.

The concept is that I simply browse though my folders of music files on my old harddrive and pick songs from each letter – stuff that I haven’t heard in a while or things that may be of interest to the general public. Check out the article on HYMN for the full tracklisting, including comments on each song (in Swedish).

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: February 22nd, 2016
Cate: new releases

The Alloy Six | Each Night 7″

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The first single (digital only) from The Alloy Six debut long player Turn Out the Lights is here. If you’re not familiar with the group yet, you should check out the interview I did with them for Swedish music site HYMN. Most of these guys have been in bands before – for example The Moving Sounds and The Fourtune-Tellers. “Each Night” however, is better than anything they’ve put their hands to in the past. Straight-up 60s garage, on the moody side – and the piano at the end really nails it.

The single premiered on HYMN a few days ago, and I think that’s still the only place you can hear it. So head over to the link above, and that reminds me: you should also check out their self-released 45 from last year. I actually forgot to write about it back then, but “Eye to Eye” is great and still available. Check it out on Spotify. The b-side “Be What You See” will appear on the album in a new version as well, along with ten new numbers.

Date: November 30th, 2015
Cate: Music

Gig photos

I’ve been to some great shows this autumn, as HYMN’s press representatives. Total Control, Burnt Ones, Protomartyr, Boogarins, Destruction Unit, La Luz, Sonny & the Sunsets, Golden Pelicans and Wand just to name a few. Here are my favourite photos from these shows.

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Date: September 13th, 2015
Cate: graphic design

Design concept for HYMN

During the summer I’ve been working on extending the visual identity for Hymn, which is now one of Sweden’s biggest online magazines for new music. The identity has been broadened to include co-branding, or events presented by Hymn. That could e.g. be a concert where the band takes prominence over the brand. Eventually, the plan is to introduce further colours into the palette. The concept is designed to handle unique band logos or layouts using varying fonts – shown here are Sectra and Haptik Rotalic from Grilli Type, as well as Playtype’s good old Signature. The stroke becomes an active element, shown in the slide below.

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The basic design relies on monochrome photos with burnt out backgrounds.

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In cases where suitable images cannot be found, the follow layout should be used.

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Suggestions for three new secondary colours.

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Date: September 2nd, 2015
Cate: Music

Golden Pelicans & The Pandoras

I’ve done some gig photography for HYMN recently. Here are some photos from Golden Pelicans not-so-well-attended Copenhagen gig. They actually played in Malmö too – a shame I missed that. Their new record is really ‘all killer no filler’.

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I was a bit worried about seeing a reformed Pandoras, but turned out the Kim Shattuck-led version were brilliant. Here are some photos from their KB18 gig, the first on their European tour.

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Date: September 2nd, 2015
Cate: new releases

Jessica Pratt live

I did a piece on Jessica Pratt’s recent, and second, gig in Copenhagen. Here’s a live video of “Greycedes” from the new album. See some of my photos from the night on flickr.