From the Archives: VibraCrunch – The 7th Edition (by crunchy.dk 10. July 2005)

This year’s VibraCrunch Festival will take place Friday August 26 in Malmö. First band wil play at 17:00, so come early and enjoy the best spot in Malmö. Please note: The venue site will be moved from Bastionen to the larger Mölleparken (a 3 stage festival area situated in Kungsparken). See the bottom of this page for a road map. It’s a result of years of massive success and because we care to make you feel even better. And still it it’s not only cheap, but musical madness for FREE.

The lineup is a mix of both label mates, Danish, Swedish and International artists. Rockabilly à la John Waters with Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray’s Heavy Trash, indie galore with epo-555, dance lessons with The Mopeds, spy-fi soundtracks played live by Tublenco, a reunion concert with 18th Dye and much more… Fun factor is guaranteed!

The lineup is now confirmed. Please read on…

LINEUP
The Raveonettes (DK)

Sune Wagner and Sharin Foo started out at Crunchy Frog by releasing two albums. The first was full of whipping songs of lost love in a minor key and the second in a major key was about summer raids and untamed girls. They were a great success and as Rolling Stone wrote recently, Raveonettes was »history on the march.«

Their new album is full of inspiration of some of the sixties’ all-time greats, such as Everly Brothers, the pre-punks Suicide and Velvet Underground. It’s the beauty of trash aesthetics and retro tunes in a new amalgamation. Even though it’s less fuzzy than the initial matching dual albums, we still love their heartbreaking sound and songwriting. So much they even fit the VC7 poster colouring pretty darn well: pink dreams, black suits and white noise. Crunchy Frog proudly presents The Raveonettes exclusively for the Malmö Festival.

Bandsite: http://www.theraveonettes.com/

Heavy Trash (US)

Heavy Trash — Crunchy Frog’s latest signing — is a dirty beatnik duo of Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray. If you loved the early work of Mr. Spencer (Blues Explosion, Pussy Galore and Boss Hog), you’ll enjoy his new outfit. Wrapped in stylish suits and quiffy hair, he has transformed into what oldschool American glamour and filthy rhythm’n’blues is all about… Mr. Verta-Ray (Madder Rose and Speedball Baby) is a master of the twangy guitar. Armed with six razor sharp strings and crisp grooves, he has only one mission: To soothe all of the lonely hearts out there.

Heavy Trash is on this occation backed up by Kim ‘Kix’ Jeppesen (Powersolo) on upright bass and Crunchy’s head honcho Jesper ‘Yebo’ Reginal (Tremolo Beer Gut) on drums.

Bandsite: http://www.heavytrash.net/

18th Dye (DK/DE)

Artrockers Sebastian Büttrich, Piet Bendtsen and Heike Rädeker have reformed after ten years! The band formerly desribed as »breathtaking pop tussles with a breathtaking guitar assault« was kindly asked by Crunchy staffer Jessica to pick up drumsticks, fuzz pedals and newly found inspiration. Their track record is still strong and impressive: 18th Dye was originally discovered by indie darlings Yo La Tengo and signed for Matador Records in the mid-90’s, they were invited to record three Peel Sessions for BBC and their second full length album, Tribute To A Bus, was recorded by Steve Albini (the recording mastermind of albums by e.g. The Pixies, Nirvana, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The Breeders). And here they are: The Danish/German indierock sensation once again back on the block — but actually their first gig in Sweden — 18th Dye will be feeding back again!

Bandsite: http://18thdye.org/

The Mopeds (S)

The Mopeds represent the best of intelligent and wacky pop music from Sweden. Malmö is their home town and Crunchy Frog have kindly asked the local power trio to give a sightseeing tour through musical nuggets that are geeky, yet sexy… Subtle, yet extreme… Retro, yet innovative… All that stuff that make them a must-see live act. Not to mention their production and horn skills, which have been used in the past by releasing artists like Bob Hund, St. Etienne, PowerSolo, Superheroes and Eggstone. Their studio, Gula Studion, has also been an outlet for music by The Cardigans, Junior Senior and Franz Ferdinand. And yes, the list continues.

The Mopeds’ latest longplayer FORTISSIMO has set new standards in r’n’r show biz. Now amps can be cranked up to 11 — just that extra notch. But trust us, The Mopeds will treat your ears well with their sexy tunes and if »you wanna dance, but you don’t know how to« — a key phrase of the song Loverman — The Mopeds surely will give us all a serious lecture this Friday night. So, why hitchhike when The Mopeds will take you for a ride?

Bandsite: http://www.themopeds.com/

epo-555 (DK)

A year has passed since The Crunchy Crew signed epo-555… And what a year! The debut album, Dexter Fox, received massive media compliments and was rated with nothing less than star constellations. Reviewers were thrilled by the new Danish sound of indietronica — 90’s indiepop belle epoque meets electronica beat reflections and bit crunching effects. As a result the longplayer about the fictive, heroic Fox was nominated for a Danish Music Award and considered as one of the most outstanding albums of 2004 by Danish National Radio, DR Online.

It isn’t a secret that epo-555’s main inspirations are shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. But just as obivious as their inspirations are, the quartet certainly have created they own perceptive, heartfelt sound and raison d’etre. Within a short period of time they’ve succesfully played at most Danish venues and festivals, and since March ‘05 the epology continued in U.S., Iceland, Germany and Scandinavia. Consider epo-555 your favourite drug: Beautyseeking layers of sleepy guitars blended with melodica and twilight vocals can be strongly addictive! Please welcome epo-555 back again at VibraCrunch.

Bandsite: http://www.epo-555.dk/

South Ambulance (S)

The Stockholm band South Ambulance was formed in late 2003 with the ambition to write good music on Saturdays and record it on Sundays. Two years later the self-titled debut album was released presenting music that could have been Stone Roses’ third album with high climbing walls of chords and great melodies. Soon, South Ambulance may not be a Sunday band anymore. As a great man once said: Everyday is just like Sunday. VibraCrunch is most importantly on a Friday where you will fall in love with the band that gives an emergency heart massage. Please welcome South Ambulance to VibraCrunch.

Bandsite: http://www.labrador.se/artists/southambulance.php3

Figurines (DK)

It might be a secret to some, but Figurines is one of the most hard working Danish indie bands at the moment. Touring has been a dayjob during the last half year where they’ve been constantly on the Autobahn from venue to venue in Germany. Alongside concerts, their second album, Skeleton, full of catchy cuts has just been released this summer. Before signing to Morningside Records, playing gigs were the only advertising since little or no money could be afforded to do promotion. And the reputation as an excellent live act has obviously been spread throughout tastemaker fanzines to music lovers.

The band formed in the mid-90’s by youngsters, started out with inspirations of both British and American alternative rock and has now turned into a very talented quartet. In front are Christian Hjelm’s characteristic high-pitched vocals that are backed by a powerdriven setup of tearing, melodic guitar riffs and bass. There are no additional spicy effects layered upon their music. It’s plug’n’play, baby — crisp and clean with natural grains of grease. So genuine that it somehow reminds you of patinated pictures from your childhood. Straight from stuck in the middle of suburbia to concert halls and festivals, doing powerful and yet subtle guitarbased indierock with a gentlemans touch of rhythmic complexity — is sounds so fresh you can imagine tasting Grandma’s strawberrys on a summer evening. Even though, it isn’t strange fruit or forbidden fruit. It’s Figurines.

Bandsite: http://www.figurines.dk/

Tublenco (DK/S)

My name is Enco, Tublenco… Inspired by film noir, spy movies and bizarro car chasing music, a collective of seven Swedish and Danish sparetime agents formed Tublenco in 2004. They use the sounds of the past and the beats of a new millennium to generate a swinging mix of villains and heroes. The selfdefined genre is called Spy-Fi — a meltdown of rare groovy surf’n’roll with a modern fingerprint of electronic sound-scope. The group has written a special plot for this occation: A tasty fondue of evil twang, juggernaut beats, rude rock and electro-fusion… Shaken and well stirred.

Bandsite: http://www.tublenco.com/

Death To Frank Ziyanak (DK)

Named after the lead singer, Death To Frank Ziyanak isn’t about committing suicide but about being outlaw to the bone. Driving through highways with the car stereo speakers in shredding mode, they sing lyrics from the gutter with howling attitude. Even though they’re young, after two well received EP releases, they’ve proven themselves to be able to play rock with the big guys.

In the land where music is in grayscale only and Jack Daniels iced with tequila is the only drink; DTFZ would be your favourite horror tweepop band. The rebel duo — on drums and axe with additional bass for the occation — is on the run from Interstate Police. Wanted dead or alive — well, mostly dead — they prove that 3 chords are still going strong and expressive: One for your gut, one for your blood-red lips and the last for your dancing feet. Long live Frank Ziyanak!

Bandsite: http://www.deathtofrankziyanak.com/ / http://deathtofrankziyanak.mymusic.dk/

Bazookahosen (DK)

The nightmare of genetic engineering that is Bazookahosen, continues to amaze and amuse. Denmark’s proud exponents of thrash-noir are guaranteed to make you forget, if only for a few scant moments, the poor, stunted lives of the five individuals who created it. Formed by a group of friends in Copenhagen, 1998, the five band members set out to create their own brand of music and the outcome is an ever-changing blend of genres from blues to noise jazz with a gypsy flavor. Their music has been called Modern-Primitive — showcasing a smorgasbord of block rockin’ beats — DIY biscuit-tin banjos and cigar box guitars spliced with harmonica’n’scratch space-castanets and bass clarinet.

Bandsite: http://bazookahosen.dk/

PRACTICAL INFO

First of all, VibraCrunch is for free. No ticket dealing, just good ol’ fun and fantastic music. As stated above, the venue site has been moved from Bastionen to the larger Mölleparken situated in Kungsparken.

You can buy beer and food at the festival site, and of course records and t-shirts. As a special note to all the beer loving Danes: It is NOT allowed to bring your own beer to the festival area in respect to the people who have the concession for selling beers. So if you bring your own beer, then you have to sit outside the fence while drinking them. Sorry for this inconvenience, but as the festival is in general free you may be able to afford a few cold draught beers.

Link to the official Malmö Festival site: http://www.malmofestivalen.nu/

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