Snake and Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band
Edgy and groovy rock duo from Copenhagen, Denmark firing it up with hammond organ, drums, screeching guitars and vintage synths. Snake and Jet concoct a most funky cocktail with elements from blues, rock, punk and even synth-pop in their unique retro-modern style. Lyrically the duo used to live by a less is more approach, but their latest release will show that they are not afraid to put words where guitars used to roam. It will please your indie ears as well as make your feet dance.
Shiny Darkly are one of those rare once in a long while that is well worth the wait. The noise rock trio has an unbelievably established sound considering their average age of only 21! The boys draw their inspiration from 20thgreats such as Joy Division, Jesus & Mary Chain and 13th Floor Elevators. Shiny Darkly is high voltage, narcotic, drone-like universe you’ll never want to leave.
”Thee Attacks are a mod-looking four-piece from Aalborg in north Denmark. Soulful vocals complement a ’65-era Townshend guitarist, who whacks out Have Love, Will Travel-style riff after riff. So good – and with no covers – they’ll easily move beyond the garage and could crossover to become a successor to The Hives. Primitivist über-producer Liam Watson is here and smiling along.” – Kieron Tyler, MOJO Magazine
Apparat Organ Quartet
Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, Apparat Organ Quartet is, despite the name, a 5 piece band: 4 keyboardists and 1 drummer. They sometimes describe their music as „Machine Rock and Roll”, and indeed the band’s sound veers between danceable floor-fillers and headbanging anthems, all served with a mixture of Kraftwerk-inspired electronics fused with Daft Punk-like Robot voices and hard-rock drumbeats, with beautifully
melancholic melodies soaring over the whole mix. Effortlessly switching between the dancefloor and the mosh-pit, AOQ at times sounds like a more danceable Motorhead – if they had been born in Dusseldorf, and plugged Moogs into their Marshall amps instead of guitars. The band is not afraid of echoing the epic grandeur of 70’s and 80’s stadium rock, but this is always tempered by the band’s metronomic Krautrock sensibilities.
The Tremolo Beer Gut
They are here to put the URF! back in surf! They love tremolo, they love beer and they’ve got guts! The Tremolo Beer Gut plays old school surf & western, a genre they’ve thought up themselves, which draws inspirations from the ultra cool rough twangy guitar sound of 50’es and 60’es surf as well as the great film music of Mancini, Barry and Moricone. The songs are short and instrumental (apart from occasional shouting and carrying on). TBG has made it their style to use the same cover-photo for all their releases, they just change the color and design a little bit. As they say: “You can’t improve on perfection – and by the way: when you’re drunk, it’s easier to remember the color of the sleeve than the name of the record!”
Behind the name “The Malpractice” is singer and componist Johannes Gammelby, who might be a known name in certain indie-circles. Part guitarist and part screamer in the infernal/demonic pop band Beta Satan, and also the Maestro behind the Morningside Records band, I Am Bones. The Malpractice is the solo project of this multi talented man and Crunchy Frog welcomes him to the flock.
What do you think of when you hear the name “PowerSolo”? ‘Round Denmark way, the moniker apparently conjures the trash-rock psychobilly legacy of Hasil Adkins, the Cramps, and Southern Culture on the Skids. Powersolo may be a power trio, but in this case, the prog-metal acrobatics of rush are replaced with something they call “donkey punk.” Two tremolo-loving chicken-scratch, rail-thin guitarists Kim Kix and Atomic Child. And drummer J.C. Benz playing his trade on just a snare, bass drum, and floor tom. It would’ve been good enough had PowerSolo hailed from the Land of NASCAR. But the fact that this exercise in B-movie punk-a-billy is coming from Aarhus, Denmark, adds plenty of delicious cognitive dissonance. “The next song goes out to Grandma. It’s called “Stupid Little Bitch!””
Lars and The Hands of Light
Lars and The Hands of Light is the sweetest and coolest band in the crunchy roster. Edgy pop music is the key word, and Lars and The Hands of Light delivers, like that’s all they ever done. And actually that is was front singer Lars has been doing his whole life. He was guitarist in the success band Junior Senior, and he was also a part of the great rockband and duo Wolfkin. Lars and The Hands of Light are here to stay, and god damn it, they will!
JON SPENCER and MATT VERTA-RAY are HEAVY TRASH. There is a secret place where even the best-intentioned rockabilly explorations are scarred by dirty guitars, bad dreams, and lust gone wrong…Where murder ballads rub up against filthy R&B and frantic rock’n’roll…Where country ruminations drip with echo and sadness… This is where Spencer and Verta-Ray fermented their very souls and gave birth to HEAVY TRASH, the perfect soundtrack for boozy all-night throw downs, pettin’ parties and psychedelic fright shows.
Beta Satan are not out to please. They don’t care about you. They don’t care about your mother, your brother, your girlfriend or your dog. Or what you think about their music. Mixing avant-garde, melody and outbursts of heavy synths and guitars this is unique with a vengeance. And they have come to rule your world. So bow down and worship. Elitist, prophetic, defiant, sonic violence in a pop-coating from Denmark’s self-appointed band of genius.
Oliver North Boy Choir
Beautiful spheric vocal in a minimalistic partly acoustic, partly electronic musical universe. Oliver North Boy Choir is the first band at Crunchy Frog who solely releases their music digitally. ONBC thus partakes in the the growing tendency in the music business away from the restraining album context. ONBC is free to release singles and b-sides every few months and are always close at hand at any download platform.
Innovative pop music sprinkled with guitars and synth sounds of yesteryear. Sterling is the first Crunchy Frog band with strictly Danish lyrics. The 3 guys are not only handsome and well-mannered but also gifted with a playful and poetic stance towards both their native language and the backlogs of rock – in the field between Beach Boys, Pixies and Danish band Kliché. Even if you don’t understand a word of Danish, Sterlings great melodies and sometimes experimental tunes will fill you with utter joy and a thirst for the works of Kierkegaard, Andersen and Oehlenschlæger.
Kim And The Cinders
Kim Kix – the PowerSolo front man – shows new sides of his many talents in this band together with his brother by birth, Bo, and their brother in spirit, Horatio. Their debut album was recorded in the deep dark Swedish woods with no running water or electricity. Just a mobile studio in a Volvo and a gasoline power generator. And like the woods; the songs, lyrics and emotions run deep on this record. A world of beauty, sorrow, love and pain.
First Floor Power
Crunchy Frog is proud to announce another new band under the crunchy rooster: the Swedish band First Floor Power. First Floor Power is releasing their third album “Don’t Back Down!” on May 5th 2008. It has been quite a while since the last album by FFP, but now they are finally back with their truly exceptional and personal pop music. FFP is Sara Wilson (Bass, guitars and lead vocals), Karl Jonas Winqvist (keyboards and lead vocals) and Per Lager (Drums). Sara’s sister, Jenny Wilson has left the band, but she couldn’t resist making a guest appearance on this new album. Look forward to FFP’s energetic and melodic pop music, which – in their own words – aim for the hearts, not the charts!
This addition to the crunchy roster is none other than the legendary noise-rockers from 18th Dye. We have been fans since they reigned on the indie rock scene in the 90es. The band broke up in 1995 after having released their 2nd album “Tribute to a Bus”, but fortunately thought the better of it and started playing some live shows. Found out that the old magic was still there, and started to write new material. 2008 saw the release of “Amorine Queen”. Here the band continues to elaborate their oeuvre and thrill both the die hard fans as well as new audiences.
If you took The B-52s, Beck Hansen, Run DMC, The Cramps, Michael Jackson, DJ Shadow and Rolling Stones and cramped them into two human beings – one big one and one small – you would probably end up with the dynamic duo: Junior Senior –the active word being ‘dynamic’. Junior Senior aren’t exactly characterized by being a homogenous mass. It is the very interaction between Junior and Senior which is the dynamo (seems we’re wearing this metaphor thin) in the band. Junior is a little whipper-snapper. Senior is a colossus of a man. Junior is straight. Senior is gay. Junior and Senior are very different, but together they are Junior Senior – a team through thick and thin.
Armed with flaming beats and bee swarms, giraffes and lethal lyrics the Desert Fox epo-555 sets the scene for the trench war between good and evil. In this dry and dusty univers the only real outlaw is the ruthless epo-555 electronica-based noise rock in which polemic poetry is mixed with poetic politics, popular music programming, and spiced up with careless curiosity, good faces and foul play until the souls are on fire and the Fox is howling at the moon.
Wolfkin is a non-ordinary rock-outfit that take you for a trip through their own fantasia, where mirages of orchestras, string-sections and otherworldly sceneries are invoked amidst the duo’s hall-of-mirrors band. Treacherous tales and adult themed adventures, are sung with great pathos and cheeky self-relativity by two male singers whose vocals weave together in vibrating contrast between cold-hearted cynicism & devotional romanticism.
To quote Alexei Sayle: “They are mad, but they’ve got a good watch”. This is by all means the most weird and entertaining band not only of Crunchy Frog but the entire European rock scene. The inspirations are many and varied. Names such as Butthole Surfers, Beck, The Residents and Tom Waits says more about the approach than about how the music sounds. The band mix excellent pop songs with all possible genres and strange instruments (toys, bullhorn, theremin, jingle bells and accordion).
The Mopeds happen to be the most beautiful band in the world – and what’s even more beautiful: they are the first Swedish band signed to Crunchy Frog. Their world class poptunes are catchy and crooked and just makes you want to dance and have a ball. Intelligent pop with humour and style. The boys in the band run one of the original famous Tambourine Studios in Malmö, Sweden: Gula Studion and have also produced records with many great artists such as Dr. Kosmos, Etienne Charry and Ray Wonder.
Ever since The Raveonettes released their debut album, they have been one of the most hyped and hailed bands in the world of rock ´n´ roll, becoming the first danish rock act ever to break internationally. The music is melodic, orginal noiserock taking the best from the last 45 years of the glorious pop and rockscene mixing it all in their very own way and style. The lyrics circles around the darker side of city nightlife, strip joints, dive bars, leather dress, kinky sex, lost love and the beat. Rave on to the wicked, wild & whippy sound of The Raveonettes!
Learning from Las Vegas
Though they have never actually been in Las Vegas, the band have learned a great deal from Robert Venturi’s book on postmodern architecture, from which they took their name. Though the band has got a more traditional than experimental approach to song writing they are far from mainstream. The sound of the band has over the years moved from classic indierock, over moody melancholy to straight up rock’n’roll, but always with a twist.
The latest album – Richard and Liz – was produced by labelmate Thomas Troelsen from Superheroes and brings the band to new levels of greatness!
The sweetest designer drug from the Crunchy Lab is called ‘Superheroes’. It is young, fresh, catchy and most addictive. Since the band released their debut album ‘Dancing Casanova’ in 1998 they’ve made a great impression on musicfans and critics. They have developed their own special synth-based indie pop in great style and expanded their steady growing fanbase to cover the whole world. Live Superheroes are famous for their energetic performances that always makes the crowd go nuts.
Although warned several times by the Crunchy Frog chief psychologist, THAU has gone ahead and released 3 albums and a mini-cd. All their records have met with great reviews – both national and international – but they are unfortunately still a well kept secret outside of their hometown of Copenhagen. Their greatest influences are American bands but they also have a distinctly Scandinavian sound to them. This is not easy listening music, but if you indulge in the universe of THAU the reward is so much greater!