From the Archives: Oh Yeah It’s Christmas (by kristina 4. December 2009)

It’s Christmas. YEY!

Crunchy Frog wishes everyone a very crunchy christmas. Gifts? Of course, and there’s two of them, and we know you wouldn’t be able to live without them.

So, we got two songs for you:

PowerSolo: Beam Mig Op Jesus – listen too it here

and

Sterling: Julesingle- listen to it here

Enjoy everybody and a merry x-mas, Crunchy Frog

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From the Archives: Sterling International on tour with Black Kids in Germany (in Danish) (by crunchy.dk 19. November 2008)

Our beloved Sterling has just returned home from touring Germany and all the glitz and glamour that follows. They were in Germany playing with Black Kids and in support of their first album in English, Celebrations. Read on if you want to know about how Sterling International conquered the hearts of Germany and Black Kids… but beware it is unfortunately all in Danish.

Dag 1
Dette eventyr starter alt for tidligt i Novopop Studios, hvor et usædvanligt morgengnavent Sterling får læsset en minibus af usikker herkomst med gear (ja, det er branchens ord for instrumenter). Forud er gået to dage, hvor der er blevet øvet på jyde-engelsk, så kapslerne sprang i hænderne. Nu skal det afsløres, hvor stærkt man kan køre sydover, før dækkene smelter. Vi skal være i Gedser klokken 11, og den er allerede over 7.

Efter halvanden time med Diablo og ”ånden i glasset” på færgelejet går vi ombord i Prins Joachim (færgen, ikke manden desværre), og lader Tyskland komme til os iklædt wienerschnitzler og tynd færgekaffe. Da vi vågner igen, er vi i Berlin – byen, hvor mure er noget, man river ned. Vi stiller fluks op på den hip-und-happening-junge-sexy-klub Lido i byens legendariske punker-kvarter – vistnok det største spillested efter stadion. Black Kids har allerede dekoreret backstage-lokalet med tidens herretrusser i alle farver, og vi svarer igen ved at grovæde af deres bedste chips.

Chok: Lydmand sov under koncert!
Som ånden i glasset har spået tidligere på dagen (men som vi undrende har bagatelliseret), viser lydmandens ur desværre London-tid. Han sover derfor trygt, og vi må starte koncerten uden lyd i vores monitors (branchens ord for højttalere) – ja, tilmed uden strøm på dele af scenen. Til gengæld har vi masser af højt hår og store armbevægelser. Efter 15 minutter dukker en flov lydmand op og arbejdsraseriet begynder at give pote. Klubben driver nu af hochspannung und lebensgefähr på den gode måde, og resten af debutkoncerten går gudskelov som smurt i dr. Oetkers levertran.

Efter den veloverståede engelsksprogede koncertdebut opstår der selvfølgelig palaver om, hvor vores kostbare gear skal tilbringe natten. Her kommer vores fremragende vært, Kasper Find for alvor på banen. Han har forinden overværet koncerten sammen med Bjarke fra Lily Electric. Et band, som Kasper er manager for. De foreslår, at vi da bare kan smide gearet op i deres øvelokale. ”KØBT!” råber alle med stemmer, der minder om Jim
Morrisons i karrierens efterår. Så vi siger pænt farvel til vores nye venner i Black Kids og sætter kurs mod Prenzlauerbergs værtshuse og en velfortjent fejring af vores internationale debut.

Dag 2
Denne dag er Sterlings eneste rigtige fridag på touren. Vi formøbler den ved velovervejede opkøb af sovjetiske synthesizers, skateboards, herreundertøj og billig receptpligtig ansigtscreme. Bum! Vi bliver hurtigt enige om, at Berlins tomme ejendomme ligner det rette sted at placere Sterling-millionerne. Der er SÅ mange penge at tjene. Det er helt vildt. Desværre viser et hurtigt telefonopkald til Danmark, at Roskilde Bank i denne omgang har skrinlagt disse planer på vores vegne. Vi runder dagen af med en asiatisk risbuffet med ekstra ris plus kædedans og ølstafet til tonerne af AC/DC.

Dag 3
´GPS’en tunes ind på Hamborgs sagnomspundne Reeperbahn-kvarter, hvor helt OK orkestre, deriblandt The Beatles, har trådt deres børnestøvler før os. Vi har i alt tre jobs linet op her, og de to skal spilles i dag. Det er planen at indtage scenen på Café Makrele bevæbnet med akustiske guitarer, melodika og rumsterstang klokken 18, og efter råd fra kørecomputeren forlader vi Berlin i højt humør halvanden time for sent.

Ny viden: Hunde elsker Sterling!
Ved ankomsten har vores førstemand på tangenter og clairvoyance allerede uddrevet Makreles dæmoner (på grund af forældremøde kunne han ikke være med i Berlin, og er som den eneste ankommet rettidigt til spillestedet). Vi når end ikke at pudre vores trafikrelaterede siddesår, før de første toner strømmer ud af svælg og instrumenter. Publikum synes begejstrede over de nedbarberede Lars Lilholt-versioner af sangene. To hunde lunter logrende rundt og giver sig endda tid til at snuse Mads i skridtet i flere af pauserne mellem numrene. Det er ren råhygge. Begge hunde spørger, om vi ikke skal
være Myspace-venner, hvilket vi selvfølgelig enstemmigt accepterer på stedet.

Men alt godt har en ende, og vi må længere ned ad gaden til næste job. Vi bliver løbende tiljublet af læderklædte, karseklippede mænd, som vil have os med hjem og studere botanik. Den går bare ikke, for vi er hyret til at spille på en klub, som egentlig slet ikke er åbnet endnu. Stedets lydmand, der til forveksling ligner DJ Ötzi, har øjensynligt ikke haft tid til at udforske anlægget endnu. Derfor ser deres snit til at benytte vores koncert til at eksperimentere med laaaaaaangt delay og andre lækre presets i effektprocessoren. Vi giver svar på tiltale og spiller så punket, at det svider i øjenene. Aftenen slutter i selskab med vores tyske pladeselskabsfolk Jan og Michael, som insisterer på at vise os deres køleskabe – og som giver os lov til at sprede papirtynde liggeunderlag ud over hele deres hjem. Snork.

Vi skriver snart igen. Godnat, og send flere penge!

Dag 4
AUFSTEHEN!!! Således starter vores anden dag i hansestaden. Vores værter, Jan og Krümel, vækker os med vanlig tysk præcision, friskpresset espresso og endnu et stramt program. Første stop i dag er et endnu ikke færdigindrettet Beatlesmuseum, som skal være skueplads for en fotosession med jeres allezusammens rockband.

Den unge fremadstormende hot shot italiener-fotograf Giovanni synes, at han mangler billeder af Sterling i sit portofolio, før hans lykke for alvor er gjort. Og som de gode samfundshjælpere vi er, stiller vi op uden spørgsmål. Naturligvis! Resultatet foreligger endnu ikke, men det er med garanti noget med alvorlige unge mænd, der skuer mod horisonten. Og ser seje ud. Og stærke. Rrrroaarr. Herefter krabber vi på café for at indtage latte og kringle, før turen går videre til radio-interview. Yumyum.

Et par timer senere vælter vi mætte og tilfredse ned fra vores café-stole og ind på Byte.FM (en radiostation med ca 30.000 lyttere i timen). Radiostationen sender fra en enorm bunker fra Anden Verdenskrig. Den største vi har set, og det siger ikke så lidt. Vi skal underholde med en akustisk udgave af Love Uranium (som under pseudonymet Lyssværd har huseret på P3 i Danmark) og tale løst og fast om stort og/eller småt. Det hele er overstået hurtigere end I kan sige ’Schinken-käse-schnitzel-aus-wiener-art-mit-obst-und-gemüse’, men ret så meget mere underholdende faktisk – hvis vi selv skal sige det.

Lige om hjørnet ligger spillestedet ‘KNUST’, hvor vi senere skal give aftenens koncert. Med med lommerne fulde af selvtillid dribler vi backstage og nyder en god bøf, før vi skal lege ”dumme-tunge-ting-ud-af-grimme-bil-og-op-på-vidunderlige-scene”-leg. Vi får tourens bedste lyd på Oles tromme-tam, som gavmildt tildeles stedets lyd-kvindes opmærksomhed i henved 20 minutter. Dette efterlader ikke så meget tid til hverken at kæle eller tænde for alle de andre ting, der trods alt også spilles lidt på. Det kommer dog ikke til at stå i vejen for drengene fra St. Erlings rocklokomotiv, og vi spiller, så taget letter og Mads endnu engang forstuver foden. Av-av, den var værre. Men vores tyske booker rå-elsker alt, hvad han ser og hører ved koncerten og lover os på stedet en 14 dages tur i Tyskland til februar.

I aften kan vi ikke blive og feste, thi vi er ventet i München og må videre med det samme. Vi krammer således pænt farvel til vores nye Hamborg-venner Jan og Krümel, og sværger ved alt, vi har kært at vende tilbage efter nytår. Vi når kort at konstatere, at vores minibus kan være i traileren bagpå Black Kids’ store tourbus, før vi i skiftehold starter den 800 km lange tur sydpå. So long Hamburg, we love you.

Dag 5
Ved solopgang ruller vi ind i den Bayerske hovedstad – pludselig iklædt lederhosen, seler og krydderpølse. Dørene åbnes foran hotellet, der straks begraves i restmühl og tomme RedBull-dåser, og vi starter dagen, som vi plejer derhjemme – med en lur. Showtime (som Julie Steincke har lært os, at det hedder) er klokken 21, så vi kan snildt nå at hvile ud efter nattens strabadser. Yeah.

Her i München hedder klubben ”59:1″, og er sjovt nok placeret i noget, der minder om et indkøbscenter. Vi gætter på, at stedet tidligere har fungeret som center-pub. De er skøre, de germanere. Det kunne vi aldrig finde på i Danmark, vel? Men det er skam et fint sted, ret punket i betrækket, og vores tyske promoter-forbindelse Jürgen hjælper os godt på plads. Jürgen er en munter herre med stålgråt Paul McCartney-hår, hvis claim-to-fame indenfor promotion sært nok er en fortid som tour-manager for et omrejsende Riverdance-show. Han taler engelsk som et tysk repetergevær fra krigen og er i dag særligt glad, da han skal sætte ”Crazy Champion” op i en nær fremtid. Der går ikke længe, før vi tilfældigt finder ud af, at han også skal sætte ”Tracy Chapman” op, så han skal nok komme til at spise kirsebær med de store en dag. Skål!

Til lydprøven overrasker Anders Bækgaard aka Mulle med en spændende ny baslyd, der mest af alt lyder som en helikopter med alvorlige maskinproblemer. Det viser sig heldigvis at være teknikken og ikke ungtyren med det lækre hår, der har problemer. Og da Mads har fået barberet underbenet og sat sportstape på, kan endnu et job gennemføres i fin stil. De kan sgu lide os, de tyskere. Men tiden flyver jo afsted, når man er så tæt på ækvator. Før vi ved af det, har vi tømt en kummefryser med øl og underholdt Black Kids dansktalende manager med anektdoter og Gasolin’-fællessang den ganzen Nacht.

Dag 6
Sidste dag med koncert er i Köln, og vi kører opstemte mod nordvest fra morgenstunden. Puha, det er også en lang tur, og vi fordriver tiden med diskussioner omkring mulighederne i en verdensomspændende naturalie-baseret økonomi med roen i centrum. Den europæiske fælles-roe ville stå stærkt, er der enighed om. Men lige så snart visionen om en ny og bedre verdensorden materialiserer sig for os, skal vi tjekke ind på vores hotel. Vi er der simpelthen allerede, hva’ gi’r I?

Vi fortsætter direkte til spillestedet, der denne gang bærer navnet ”Die Werkstatt”. Vi gætter på, at det engang har fungeret som fabrik, og koncerten skal foregå i en temmelig stor hal. Under lydprøven går det op for os, at vi er blevet bestjålet i München, og der mangler således en kuffert indeholdende Oles trommestikker, ørepropper og ravsmykker samt en vadsæk med Jonas’ underbenklæder. Donnerwetter! Black Kids træder for alvor i karakter her og tilbyder venligt, at vi kan låne, hvad vi mangler hos dem. Eller rettere, at Ole kan. Men det er også nok til, at vi kan gennemføre koncerten, der bliver spillet for en fyldt sal. Det er uden tvivl turens mest velspillede job, og publikum er vilde med os. De siger det ikke, men det er de – vi ved det. Dels fordi Black Kids forsanger under deres show til stor, stor jubel proklamerer ”I’ve got a huge boner for Sterling International”, dels fordi der handles for vildt i merchandise-boden.

Bagefter bliver vi inviteret til fest i Black Kids tourbus, hvor vi iklædt sorte kapper og ret naturtro hestemasker fejrer succesen i fællesskab til den lyse morgen. Yipee.

Dag 7
Nattens ståhej til trods er vi tidligt oppe – denne gang takket være tourmanager in spe Mikkel Hein aka Ham-Duk. Han har flot været bestyrer af keyboard-butikken turen igennem, og uden nævneværdig konkurence vinder han prisen som ”mest tjekkede medlem af truppen”.

Ud på eftermiddagen når vi sidste tank før grænsen, hvor vi på samme tid mod- og velvilligt skal tage afsked med Tyskland. Stablen af værdikuponer fra Autobahns toilet-monopol ‘Sani-Fair’, der turen igennem har ophobet sig i bussens forrude, veksles til gaver tiltænkt pigerne derhjemme.

Da den lille Fiat Ducato øjeblikke senere passerer grænsen til Danmark, sms’es der, så vablerne springer: “Red sengen! Smør frikadelle-panden! Vi er snart hjemme!”

From the Archives: Spröd Jul – a Crunchy X-mas (by crunchy.dk 13. November 2006)

Yes, Xmas is here again and this year we want to throw all you crazy kids a treat that treats you right. Maybe some remember the totally legendary Crunchy Xmas show in 2002, when all the Crisp bands performed in Vegas big room. It was a blast. You can check out some pix from back then right here.

Now there is no reason to try to do the same thing twice and fuck with a great memory. So this year we’ll make it even more special by throwing our party in the small room. This means that just 400 tickets are for sale. The tix are 175 kroner each. A neat sum to be sure, but for this you get a free gold beer, 6 shows by some of the worlds best bands and 4 groovy rock’n’roll DJS playing till the break of dawn! Check the poster and programme right here to the right. (PS: Junior Senior and The Mopeds could both not make the show because of other shows and travels, but they’ll be there in spirit and on the turntables).

Oh no – your beady little eyes are not foolin’ you. Heavy Trash will be coming from New York (well, actually from Greece where they’ll end their southern European tour the day before). Jon and Matt will even DJ together with the Crisp hosts Yebo and Jessi-Q after the live shows. PowerSolo will saddle up their reindeer in KronJylland and come to the grand city of Copenhagen to join their friends from epo-555, Sterling, Wolfkin and The Tremolo Beer Gut.

Now THAT – ladies and gentlemen – is the KICK ASS combo, that will rock your body and soul from 7 pm tp 5 am on saturday december 16th.

As a special treat the first 40 guests will receive a free special Levi’s t-shirt for the “Spröd Jul”-show. More tees will be offered in a raffle later on where you can also win exclusive Vans slip-ons with Crunchy print. Very cool and very rare shit, people. You NEED it. And you NEED to be there. Hey, WE need you there.

Tickets are available here for 175 + booking fee. In the door the tix will be 195 kroner.

From the Archives: YNDIGT LAND receives great reviews (mostly in Danish) (by crunchy.dk 2. November 2006)

YNDIGT LAND is a couple of days old and the critics are nothing less than thrilled. And why wouldn’t they be. There is absolutely nothing not to love on this outstanding album. Yeah, we like it too.

5 stjerner
”En hæsblæsende firetrinsraket af festnumrer fyrer Yndigt Land godt fra start og demonstrerer med imponerende selvsikkerhed og melodisk overskud, at Sterling er kommet for at blive.” – TJECK

5 Stjerner
”Perfekt balance mellem det eksperimenterende og det iørefaldende”. – CATAPULT

5 Stjerner
”Dette er den bedste danske plade i år.” – FOKUS

5 dutter
”Sterling er poppy rock, der hænger ved”. -PANBLADET

4 Stjerner
”Sterling har virkelig fået det maksimale ud af deres potentiale… Det fungerer, og det rocker..” – Berlingske Tidende

4 Hjerter
Sterling er fortsat et lovende bekendtskab med masser af talent i en musik i konstant bevægelse mellem charme og harme hos lytteren. –Politiken

4 Stjerner
”Det er vitterlig vittigt, og musikken strutter af smittende charme”. – JYLLANDSPOSTEN

5 Uer
”Efter den absolut overbevisende Solo danser Mama Sjus og det fugtige pausekys Estadio Camp-Let, er det tydeligt, at Sterling har strøget spejderskjorten og har fyldt brystet op med eftertragtede duelighedsbeviser – uden at lyde til at være blevet bare én dag ældre.” – UNDERTONER.dk

4 Stjerner
”…på ‘Yndigt land’ fortsætter bandet med at kaste om sig med sjaskcharmerende melodier og brandgode tekster, der ofte har et tilbageskuende skær.” – SOUNDVENUE

4 Stjerner
”Synth-popperne tilbage med mere fremdrift og ditto tyngde” – GAFFA

”Sterling … har fundet storformen og fået ild i den blege nordiske melankoli…
Sangene har retning og personlighed, melodierne har fået muskelaftegninger…. En bevidst dialog med egen danskhed, egen anglofili, eget selvhad og ego og alt det ind i mellem som gør livet så pokkers besværligt og underholdende” – INFORMATIO

From the Archives: CRUNCHY FROG & STERLING TOGETHER AT LAST! (by crunchy.dk 13. September 2005)

CRUNCHY FROG & STERLING TOGETHER AT LAST!
The absolutely coolest label in the Universe is very proud and honoured to announce the new band in the Crunchy familiy: Sterling.

After Sterling’s old label Bird Hits Plane crashed like a plane hit by a bird we saw the opportunity to sign the band. Sterling themselves was as excited about this as we are and wrote: ”It’s not bullshit… The future looks bright, exciting and crisp..”

For the first time Crunchy Frog has signed a danish-singing band, but nonethelessa band that we believe has international potential!

So one beautiful sunny day Sterling came to the Crunchy HQ and signed the papers. There was much joy and happiness and the whole thing was celebrated with a really nice (but lukewarm) champagne that Yebo dug out from some hidden stash of booze.

Sterling is one of the most exciting bands in Denmark at the moment. Their sound is truly fresh and original. In short: We like.

The new mini-album ”Estadio Camp-let” came out August 15th. The cd came to life with help from Morten Bue, Jens Benz (PowerSolo) and Henrik Balling and is a total feel good-project. Sterling have mixed new found confidence with a handful of golden hits, that didn’t get completely done before the recording of their debut album. On the bottom line stands six strong tracks, that reeks of joy of playing and huge talent. With ”Estadio Camp-let” Sterling proves that they are ready to deliver a truly great second album to the world.
First single from ”Estadio Camp-let” is the song called ”Ubesvaret opkald”, which is a Brian Eno tune with Danish lyrics by Steffen Brandt.

Give a very warm welcome to this great band and watch out for more news soon!

From the Archives: VibraCrunch6 ROCKED y’all! (by crunchy.dk 18. August 2004)

People, people, PEOPLE! Thank you one and thank you all for a most memorable day and night. Both the bands and the fans were all part of making VC6 the best one ever. We have no way of measuring how many was there but we estimate that during the whole day about 5000 people must have visited Bastionen. Some hung out all day and some just drifted to and from and checked their favourites out. All seemed to enjoy the good weather and the excellent cast of bands. Here is a report for all of you poor sods that missed out.

A central hang out between the two stages was the merchandise booth. Here it is manned by Thomas and Soren from the Crunchy Frog staff. Thomas, by the way, is talking to Kale, the mother of Yebo and Nalna – two of the founding fathers of Crunchy Frog. During the day several of the band members were present and met with friends and fans. One of the good things about VibraCrunch: the back stage area is so small that it is usual for the bands to actually come out and see each others’ shows and get drunk off their asses with all us other music lovers.

First band on was the totally terrific trio Talking To Teapots. They are Swedish last we checked, but entered the stage saying “Hello, we are from Poland”. MAD hatters alright. But not as mad as their special brand of music. Some sort of mix between The Beatles and The Residents. Reminiscent of the Copenhagen band TWANG you could say.

Talking To Teapots was the perfect band to kick off the whole thing, and they did a remarkable job before packing their stuff and going right to the Emmaboda Festival where they were to play later the same day.

As first band on the indoor stage the growing audience experienced Moon Gringo. The lead singer Mette and her boy-toy Anders (guitar+voc) had flown in from Berlin especially for their VC6 show. We were most grateful for this as was the rest of the band, who without the singers of the band would have had to do 40 minutes of instrumental euro-dance along the lines of, say, Eiffel 65. Thankfully this did not happen, and the MGs did a cool show. Great sound, strong performances and lotsa fine tunes from their latest album “Ingrid Superstar”.
After Moon Gringo left the stage it was time for a small set from Learning from Las Vegas’ lead singer and songwriter. Klaus Mandal Hansen is hands down one of the most talented songwriters in Denmark. Today he did a small acoustic set which really brought out the fine lyrics in the songs, and actually suited his voice really well. An intimate and poetic little concert for a seated audience enjoying the sun and cold beers. What more could you ask for?

Next band up was Sandy Mouche – local heroes from Malmö. The beautiful singer Helena in front made a great impression on the many Danes, that probably had never witnessed SM’s sweet sweet brand of pop music. Several songs were in French, which was a nice touch. For some reason girls singing in French is just, well, a really nice touch.

Sterling’s lead singer Mads took full advantage of the nice weather and sported a white badminton suit and red maracas. Apparently he’s trying to put some distance between himself and his moniker “The fat boy from Sterling” – and what can you say: there’s not one ounce of fat on that hunky body of his. He is indeed good enough to eat. Mmmmm.

Sterling had a really good show with great sound and lots of energy that beamed into the receptive crowd. Danish lyrics, indie pop and analog synthesizers is the mark of honour for the 4 piece band – at this occation joined by a keyboard player by the name of “He Who Rock!”

You can aaaalways count on an entertaining show from the skinny brothers and chickenman. The threepiece tour de force from Club Crisp. Yes! We are talking about the Power of Solo. The Soul of Powwow. The band you hate to hate. The band you love to love. That’s POWERSOLO! Yeah!

Kim Kix, Atomic Child and Jens Benz (and Fzattebassen stroking a gentle Moog bass off stage) blasted the crowd to oblivion with hits such as “Juanito”, “Oak Tree Girl” and “Kat Nazer”, plus old favourites such as “Stupid Little Bitch” (always dedicated to Grandma) and “Asshole”. If you haven’t witnessed the hillbilly genius of their spring album “It’s Raceday” then go out and buy it NOW!

All the way from Stockholm came Radio LXMBRG. A band we discovered recently at Crunchy Frog when their 3 track demo came our way. At once we tried to book them for VibraCrunch6 and luckily they agreed to take the journey for the benefit of the VC6 visitors. Sweet melodies and interesting soundscapes. Easy to listen to and easy to love. The Radio LXMBRG proved a most enjoyable relaxing experience between the actionpacked hi-energy shows from PowerSolo and Tiger Tunes.
Why is it always such a treat to watch a Tiger Tunes show? Apart from the actual music, which is great of course, it must be the fact that these guys seem to actually LOVE LOVE LOVE to play. Smiling faces all around. The sheer pleasure of making loud noises and making people dance and clap their hands seems to be the energy that gets Tiger Tunes going. Well, it is something of a treat isn’t it? Kaare – always the dandy – was wearing a Hawaii flower necklace and stirring up a frenzied crowd. The songs are a wee bit crazy and – between us – so is the band, but their melodies are sheer pop power. You gottta love them.
Bob Log III is something of a phenomenon. A one man band in an Evil Knievel suit and a pilots helmet with a telephone melted into the plastic shield. Performing rustling slide guitar sitting down playing a kick drum and cymbal with his feet + operating a prehistoric drummachine as well. All of this resulting in a most entertaining mayhem of screething almost inaudible vocals, fast pounding beats and deft fingerpickin’. At one point Bob got up and proclamed his 16$ spare guitar the cheapest piece of shit being played on VibraCrunch. He might be right about that even though Jon Spencer’s legendary Korean guitar he uses in Blues Explosion is supposed to have been purchased for a similar amount (sounding way better). Another of Bob’s great party tricks is to get two girls to sit on his lap while he plays a song. At this picture he is in Boob Scotch Heaven strumming along with a couple of chicks bouncing up and down in front of him.
Local boys Niccokick proved to be a huge draw for the Malmö crowd. When it was time for their show the tent was packed, and stayed that way the rest of the night. With their blend of indie rock they had the fans going from start to finish.
As the night started to fall the newest addition to the Crunchy family entered the out door stage. The summer night was a perfect setting for the eclectic pop sounds from epo-555.

This band is quickly gathering a good fan base – and with good cause. Their show at Roskilde festival received 6 out of 6 stars and the show at VC6 was in many peoples opinion way better. Intimate, poetic but also powerful and noisy at times. A magical sonic universe that continues to please and surprise you.

epo-555’s debut-album “Dexter Fox” is going to be released next month, and this night they gave several samples of the rich and varied flavours it contains. Here at Crunchy Frog we can only recommend that you buy at least 10 copies when it is out on September 13th.

Here is the lady of the beat Camilla “I was young and needed the money” Florentz in a focused moment playing her miniature keyboards during the highly addictive “Pre-Emptive Stroke”, which is the first single from the album.

As a symbol not only of the brotherhood of the Danes and the Swedes but also of the two soul mate record labels Crunchy Frog and Vibrafon Records (the two labels that started VibraCrunch 6 years ago) The Tremolo Beer Gut took over the main stage at 10.30 pm. Featuring The Great Nalna on lead guitar and Bas Morgansen on organ and percussion, two of the owners of each label was present on the stage at the same time to give the audience all the old school surf & western they could just about take without bursting in ecstacy. At this point the festival site was getting so crowded that the security guards had to close the entrance. A lot of people had to see the last shows from the outside the fence turning the adjoining closed street into one big block party.

As an added bonus the king of suave, the secret son of Elvis, the very cool Mr. Jon Spencer joined TBG for two songs: “Tahonga Lounge Babe” and the Beer Guts rendition of Blues Explosion’s “She Said”. The stuff of legend, kids! So damned cool! for the very last song Dr. Neuss even laid down a mean theremin adding the last touch of hysteria… and then everybody burst in ecstacy. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how it’s done!

You love Money Your Love and they love you. That is the way of the world and there ain’t no two ways about it. Money Your Love was last band on the outdoor stage. The crowd at this point was ready to get down to the danceable beats and melodic songs. The 3 hipsters in MYL did their best to give the crowd no good reason not to dance, and all the beer everybody had been drinking all day didn’t hurt either. All in all a hot show, that unfortunately was cut short by the stage manager. The thing was that due to some misunderstanding the last band on the other stage started a couple of minutes early. This shouldn’t have meant that MYL couldn’t finish their set, but – alas – it did. Apologies for that, but just all the more reason for y’all to get on out there and see the next Money show anywhere near you! (this picture by Signe Pedersen)
Last band of head liner of VibraCrunch6 was of course the Blues Explosion. Even though the band was on a promotion tour (and not doing shows) they agreed to come to VibraCrunch and give it hell as a special favour. What a goddamned TREAT people! The BX hasn’t played in Malmö for ages, and it’s been even longer since their last legendary show at Loppen in Copenhagen. And they came back in style. Fit, bold and mean. Classic tracks and loads of tunes from the forthcoming “Damage” album. Action, danger and pure rock’n’roll poured from the stage and into the grateful crowd.

What an incredible end to a wonderful day. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Crunchy love goes out to all the participants. See you next year we hope!

Vibracrunch 06 – Oh Yeah!!
Saturday the 14th of August at 14:30 will be when this year’s Vibracrunch Festival will take place as part of Malmöfestivalen in beautiful Malmoe, Sweden.

As always we promise to give you a full day of some of the finest Danish and Swedish music around, so don’t miss it!

We are happy and proud to announce the following acts, to appear on the festival:

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (US)
This great band has been one of the most respected, popular and critically acclaimed acts on the indie scene since the early 1990’s. Jon Spencer and his two band mates play catchy, anarchic and noisy rock ‘n’ roll. This band simply delivers the best freakin’ live show on this motherfuckin’ planet! Read more about them here

Moon Gringo (DK)
A very talented and catchy Danish indie favourite. Their brilliant new album Ingrid Superstar is out now. Go wear your Dirty Underwear! Learn more about this gorgeous band at www.moongringo.com
Money Your Love (DK)
This new sensation has surprised everyone with their stunning electroclash sound and great up-beat performances. Frontman Lars I Lommen is also part of Junior Senior’s band, where he does splendid backing vocals. Their debut album will be out in August on Drama Kings Records. Drama Kings
Tiger Tunes (DK)
The energetic blend of Commodore 64-inspired electro sounds and a dangerous kind of rock ‘n’ roll is quite a cocktail. However, the tigers deliver sounds so infectious that you can’t help dancing along on their terms – have a go! Tiger Tunes
Sterling (DK)
The former Gangway songwriter is their biggest fan. Their record has been recorded with Kliché’s old beat box. The Danish lyrics are about red wine, light sabers and love.
They are from Jutland (now with home field advantage in Copenhagen). They play unpretentious rock in a mixture between trash and “the good melody”. They are extremely sympathetic, but time and again they end up in verbal fights – what is there not to love about Sterling?
Talking to Teapots (S)
Since the beginning, back in 1989, Talking to Teapots has grown from a dreadful boyband into one of Sweden’s most cozy indie-lo-fi-rock bands. Last year Teapots played Emmabodafestivalen, which led up to the release of their debut EP; “Are You Talking to Teapots?” talking to teapots
PowerSolo (DK)
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. 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!””
http://www.powersolo.dk/
Bob Log III (US)
The fiercly one-man-army Bob Log III is playing primitive & cool blues-punk and noise rock distinguished by Latin-styled drum machine beats and vocal pressed through telephone microphones. Expect some crazy shit when Bob Log enters the stage wearing his motorcycle helmet and grabs innocent girls from the crowd to jump on his knees during the show. http://www.boblog111.com
Learning from Las vegas (DK)
This all time favourite Crunchy band delivered one of last year’s best Danish albums – the shining Richard & Liz. Since then the band has toured in Scandinavia and regrouped into a mighty trio, where their beautiful love-songs really come alive. Don´t miss their new line-up and live show. http://www.learningfromlasvegas.com
epo-555 (DK)
epo-555 is one of the best bands on the Danish indie scene right now – and Crunchy Frog’s newest signing. The Copenhagen based group has a truly unique sound that combines roaring noiserock, alternative country, electronica and beautiful poptunes with poetic and political lyrics. The result is astonishing and orginal and is inspired by bands like dat politics, Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, The Velvet Underground, bob hund, Flaming Lips and Calexico http://www.epo-555.dk
The Tremolo Beer Gut (DK/S)
Armed with their Hawaiian shirts, ties and vintage surf-rock the good ol’ Tremolos are back in action! This highly missed band is always a popular crowdpleaser, when they fire up their furious guitars and light their cool cigs. http://www.thetremolobeergut.dk/
Sandy Mouche (S)
The lovely Swedish band, Sandy Mouche plays gentle indiepop with a twist. The group flirts with their view of the idyllic French; The Riviera, red wine, worn out yellow piano keys on a detuned piano and warm coloured colduroy suits. http://www.sandymouche.com/
Niccokick (S)
Niccokick was formed in 2001 and consists of five guys from Skaane, Sweden. They play energetic and tuneful indie/retro pop that will make Neil Young and Stephen Malkmus faint of envy.
http://www.niccokick.com/index.asp?nav=index
Radio LXMBRG (S)
Radio LXMBRG’s musical influences range from simple pop and bombastic movie soundtracks; they create their music as a summery of musical genres ranging from the fifties and up until today. The band uses four elements – Analogue, Digital, Acoustic and Sampling. Their songs are performed by different vocalists.
http://www.radiolxmbrg.com/
Practical Stuff!
This map shows the excact location of the site. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from the Central Station.
For Copenhageners it’s nice to know that the trains back to ol’ CPH departs every hour all through the night. It’s free and no tickets are required – so just turn up in time to soak up all of the splendid music!

You can buy beer and food at the site, and of course records and t-shirts from all the bands that have any. As a special note to all the beer loving Danes. A couple of years ago it was OK to bring your own beers right into the stage area at Bastionen. It is no longer allowed in respect of the people that have the concession for selling beers. So if you bring your own beers, 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 beers.

Look out for much more info about this extraordinary and much anticipated day – It’s crunchy, it’s crispy & it’s coming soon!