From the Archives: VC5 – better than ever! (by crunchy.dk 28. August 2003)

This year VibraCrunch celebrated its 5 year anniversary in Malmö. And what an absolutely splendid night we had! More than 4000 dedicated musicfreaks & fans showed up to move their feet and feel united for 7 hours of crazy beats, funky stuff, indiepop and pure ol’ rock ‘n’ roll – making it the biggest crowd so far at vibeful Vibracrunch.

With kind of a dream line up (according to some people the best ever) and all the bands being up for some serious party business after giving all they had and a little more, the night was destined to be magic! To top everything we were also lucky as the weather was with us. It started out pretty bad with rain and dark clouds early in the day, but later the sun arrived (thank you, weathergods!) turning everything into a beautiful Swedish, yet indian summer, which (almost…) made everyone forget all about the loooong beer queues and the not so cool and very expensive Swedish cigs – well, you can’t win em’ all!

Our own Danish rock bastards – Baby Woodrose – was the opening act. And what a show! These guys surely know how to get in gear with their nasty sound and catchy rock tunes – and it was certainly a thrill to see the dust rise, as the crowd moved along to the beat and riffs.
The cool and superb indieband from Sweden – First Floor Power – was the opening act on the main stage and they instantly made everyone smile with their warm, catchy melodies.

(Due to technical problems we don’t have any pictures of FFP at VibraCrunch…plase send us one, if you have!)

Powersolo delivered a burning and powerful performance with their Rockabilly-garage-punk-country songs. A little less conversation and a little more action, as The King would have said. We are very proud of these guys. Check them out!

When the day faded into night it was time to kick some ass and chew some bubblegum (and to drink, of course) as Superheroes took the stage by storm. Drunk Danes and smashing Swedes joined together in utter madness to this legendary band and sang along to all the hits (Johnny really had fun tonight!). All of them drooling over Thomas T’s well shaped naked torso.

With a bag full of new material from their forthcoming album (out on Crunchy Frog October 6th) as well as oldies but goodies like all time favourite, Ten Thousand Songs, Learning From Las Vegas gave an intense concert. They created a magic moment at the Lounge Stage. And with a jolly jumper in guitarist Jesper Sand, the band made sure the guitars did the talking!



Next in line on the main stage was the Scandinavian kings of dub – Dub Sweden. This band was a great crowdpleaser (in the most positive meaning of the word). They are enjoying quite a big success in their home country and for for the Danes – not all of ’em sober at this time – this was the perfect introduction to an excellent party band you can jump around to and have fun!
A wonderful bunch of native Malmoe people playing some wicked shit. As usual the band, led by singer and guitarist Henrik Andersson (who is originally from Umeå) kicked off in high gear. Melodic stuff and breath taking ballades – just how you like it!
To finish an unforgetable night of pure pleasure and joy it was Danish band, Mew’s turn to take over the main stage. Due to their much (well deserved!) hyped, new international album, “Frengers” and their spectacular stageshows, they sure had something to live up to. To judge from the huge and excited crowd, Mew fulfilled everyone’s expectations with a mindblowing and heartful finale on a grandiose day. Only the people made of stone didn’t have a little tear in their eyes by the end of the night.
Thanks to all of you out there making VC5 a goddamn extraordinary experience for everyone. See you next year! Roger, over and out!

From the Archives: It’s Vibra time again and it’s FREE (by crunchy.dk 22. May 2003)

The time for the annual VibraCrunch festival is getting closer each day. Put an X in your calendar on August 22nd – music starts at 6:30 pm and since smaller and bigger bands are mixed in no particular order, make sure you are there early so you DON’T miss your favorite band. Crunchy Frog has had the pleasure of setting up a slot at the Malmö Festival since 1999, where it all started out as a collaboration with Crunchy and our sister label from Malmö, Vibrafon (R.I.P.). During the years we have presented such excellent artists as: Junior Senior, Swan Lee, Rhonda Harris, Wynona, Glorybox, Diefenbach, Knallert, Dipper, Ray Wonder, First Floor Power, David and the Citizens, Ny Akustik, Revlon 9, Moonbabies, Quit Your Dayjob and of course all bands from the Crunchy family. This year we’ll celebrate our 5th anniversary – hence VibraCrunch V. As usual you can expect an outstanding set up with some of the coolest Danish and Swedish Indie bands you can imagine. The program is ready now. So feast your eyes on this golden and 100% FREE lineup (more details at the bottom):

MEW (DK):

We are most proud to present the band who hang out with Courtney Love and supermodel Helena Christensen, and has fans such as R.E.M, who dedicated one of their songs to the band at their recent gig at the Midtfyns Festival, DK. Their latest album ‘Frengers’ is a beautiful journey through dreamland and should be found on every night table in the universe!

FIRST FLOOR POWER(S)

One of Sweden’s best indie bands. The band has grown a great live audience in Scandinavia due to their constant touring. Signed to cool, Swedish indie label, Silence Records, they released their debut album, ‘There is Hope’ (produced by Jonas Jonasson of Bob Hund) in 2000. They got a new album out in late August.

SUPERHEROES (DK)

Crunchy Frog’s very own pop/rock darlings. They always deliver A++++++ liveshows, but you probably already know that. If not… there is no excuse not to go see this amazing band in Malmö and their ONLY gig in the Øresund area this year!

LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS (DK)

A well known secret from Crunchy Frog. This band plays beautiful indiepop and is about to release their third album this fall. Come out and see this fantastic band before everybody else starts talking ´bout ’em, and hear all their new songs before your lazy neighbour. He might have heard the single ‘Yale Keys’ which is already in heavy rotation on Danish radio, though!

DUB SWEDEN (S)

Dub Sweden from Stockholm has played at numerous clubs all over Sweden as well as big Rock festivals (e.g. Hultsfred in June). Their songs have been on high rotation throughout different radio stations in Sweden. Expect Rock, pop and…dub..??.

BABY WOODROSE (DK)

The opening act at this year’s Roskilde Festival. Probably Denmark’s next big export success, with their high energy, psychedelic Rock ´n Roll music. But first stop: Malmö.

HANK (S)

Malmö’s very own Hank, plays Pop/Rock in an intensive and melodic way as only the swedes can do it and they are ready to conquer the world. Don’t miss it.

POWERSOLO (DK)

These guys play as if they were coming straigt outta the swamps of Southern Loisiana; playing catchy Rockabilly-garage-punk-country songs. Come and swing your asses off, or your mama will be very dissapointed.

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.

From the Archives: The Ocean Diver EP – out now and forever! (by crunchy.dk 28. April 2003)

The Ocean Diver EP – out now and forever!
April 28th saw the realease of a brand new EP from Superheroes – a must for every lover of quality music!

Besides the single track “The Ocean Diver”, this EP contains 3 live songs, taken from the Roskilde Festival and the Danish National Radio P3 Award show 2003. Furthermore our heroes have also put 5 videos into this delicious cocktail:

Turn Me On – A high-energy, in your face picture assault that matches the up-tempo song. The idea behind the video was to take random pictures from the Crunchy Frog and Superheroes archives, give them a good shake, and then make a video out of that.

Someone Else – This video, nominated for “video of the year” at the Danish Music Awards (Grammy) 2003, is a voyage into the more sombre side of Superheroes. In the video, referred to by director Peder Pedersen as his “most moving video of his career”, you see situations with people crying. Even though this may sound a bit “arty” it successfully underlines the melancholic mood of the song.
The alert viewer will notice that several members of Superheroes can be seen in the video!

Wasting Time – This animated video tells the story of a lonely man and his empty life, his only companionship is talking to his coffeemaker and watching TV shows.

Cool Girl – Shot live at Skanderborg and Roskilde Festivals (infront of some 40.000 roaring fans) + Crunchy X-mas 2003.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you get the single and the new video for the song, Ocean Diver.
A video pieced together by the legendary Danish cult cartoon “Bennys Badekar” (Benny’s Bathtub) from 1972. The video is a spectacular fusion between the soft and melancholic notes of
“The Ocean Diver” and the marvelous fantasy world of Benny and his magic bathtub.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic EP from the super-gang.

From the Archives: Superheroes out in Holland, Belgium, Sweden and Norway (by crunchy.dk 28. March 2003)

Crunchy Frog’s sharply dressed and until now, nationally treasured band, Superheroes is out on the pulsating and vigorous label Virgin (Norway Sweden) – founded by eccentric richboy and balloon fanatic Richard Branson – in Sweden and Norway. And south of the Danish border they have been picked up by the cooler than cool indie label PIAS. So you see, they are an international treasure now…

Norway, Sweden and Benelux have gone on an extreme diet consisting of “Turn Me On” as appetizer – just to make the mouth ache for some more. As the main course they all get pampered with the steaming hot and spicy variety of songs from the album, “Superheroes”. Sweden, in addition to this, also has a side order with an assortment of mixed Superheroes hits on a special bonus cd with 10 extra tracks taken from earlier releases and b-sides. All these Superheroes treats can be digested in the company of the band when they play in Norway, Sweden and Benelux this spring:

04-02-2003 Dodger @ Smålands Nation, Lund SWE
04-03-2003 So What, Oslo NOR
04-04-2003 Kulturkammaren, Norrköping SWE
04-05- 2003 Fritz’s Corner @ Debaser, Stockholm SWE

04-17-2003 Ekko, Utrecht NL
04-18-2003 W2, Den Bosch NL
04-19-2003 Viva Velinx Festival, Tongeren BE
04-20-2003 LVC, Leiden NL

Album out in Benelux on March 24th, and Sweden and Norway on April 7th.

First major review from Holland; it’s a 5/5 in the leading music magazine “Oor”.

Check out Thomas and Asger’s interview with MTV Upnorth here

From the Archives: NY and SXSW got a crunchy injection! (by crunchy.dk 24. March 2003)

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Mid-March saw a crunchy invasion of bands from sunny, but cold, Scandinavia. Mission: To rock the US – first New York and later the same week to get sun ON and BBQ and margharitas IN the white North European bellies, … Continue reading

From the Archives: Crunchy bands rock the US (by crunchy.dk 7. March 2003)

Shows in NYC and at SXSW (Austin, Texas)
A whole bunch of Crunchy Frog bands will depart for the United States of A to play shows for all them tired and huddled masses.

Even though several CF acts have toured and show cased in the US, the first band to really break this vast territory is The Raveonettes. They are actually already touring the States and will also be in NY and Autsin on the same dates as the rest of the Crunchy Bunch.

Check these shows out if you are anywhere near on the following dates:

March 10th:
Mercury Lounge, East Houston St. New York
The Mopeds, Superheroes & Junior Senior
Bowery Ballroom, Delancey St. New York
The Raveonettes

March 13th:
Friends, 6th Street, Austin, Texas
The Mopeds, Superheroes, Junior Senior, The Tremolo Beer Gut + special guests: PowerSolo
Empire, Austin, Texas
The Raveonettes

YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON ALL THIS CRUNCHY ACTION. SHOW UP!

From the Archives: Talking ’bout nomination domination (by crunchy.dk 10. January 2003)

Yeah, now it’s official: Crunchy Frog are nominated to no less than 9 Danish Music Awards (=Grammy’s), so now the goal is to buy up some major labels, start smoking cigars and go play some golf!

This year have brought the world releases from three crunchy bands, and all them earned three nominations each:

Junior Senior: “Hit of the year”, “Band of the year” and “New name of the year”
Superheroes: “Band of the year”, “Video of the year” and “Singer of the year” (Thomas Troelsen)
The Raveonettes: “New name of the year”, “Best rock album” and “Best singer” (Sune Wagner).

Not too fucking shabby…but let’s see what happens on March 1st. (Note: the only DMA any CF act actually won was The Raveonettes: Best Rock Release of 02: Whip It On.)

Some awards have already been handed out. Yesterday DK’s one and only (or so it seems) music mag Gaffa announced their Gaffa Awards, all selected by the readers. The big winner was Junior Senior with 3 awards as “Best new band”, “Best music video” and “Hit of the year”. Thomas Troelsen from superheroes picked up the award as “Singer of the year”. In December Junior Senior picked up the “Hit of the year” award, when Danish National Radio P3 (DK’s Radio 1) handed out their P3 awards, and in October Junior Senior won Danish magazine Chili’s one and only music award.

Late January will bring the Danish Critics award “Steppeulven”, with Thomas Troelsen nominated as “Vocalist of the year”, The Raveonettes as “Hope of the year”, Sune Wagner (Raveonettes) as “Musician of the year” and Move Your Feet (Jr. Sr.) as “Melody of the year”. And early February will bring Danish Deejay Awards, where Junior Senior are nominated as
“Club hit of the year” and “DJ’s favorite”.

And in Sweden Superheroes have been nominated by the prestigious SAMA-award for “Best Scandinaviasn Album of 2002”.

From the Archives: What can we say …? Crunchy X-mas rocked! (by crunchy.dk 5. December 2002)

The Crunchy X-Mas show in Copenhagen was a huge succes – 1500 people came to celebrate and experience the full roster of crunchy bands playing. Thanks to everybody who attended and to our wonderful staff both from Vega (the venue) and CF HQ. Everybody did a fantastic job. For the back stage and afterparty action check out another news item on this site called “Behind the music: The underbelly of the frog”

The show started with a brief welcome by one of our founding fathers of CF: Mr. Jesper Rofelt. He presented the humongous electrically lit Crunchy Frog logo which hovered above the stage all night and spred love, peace and sweet sweet crispness. Rofelt then presneted the REAL presenter of the evening Mr. Karsten Irving “Show” Schiøler, who also happens to be the lead singer of Tothe Int’l. And thus the party begun….

TOTHE INTERNATIONAL hasn’t played live for quite some time, but MAN are they back in great form! They played a few of the classics and spellbound the audience with their mix of great music, weird instrumentation (with Yebo NOT playing drums on most songs but instead organ, theremin and megaphone) and whacky stage show (whith their manager Rud standing in the back with a white cowboy hat, looking mean as f***). One of the best highlights was when they played their contribution to the Xclusive Crunchy Xmas Covers-sampler. They did a wonderful country rendering of Junior Seniors “White Trash”, and also a powerful “Momma, I’m a Communist”, which in turn happens to be the song that was covered for the sampler by…..

THE RAVEONETTES who gave a loud (the loudest of the evening!), energetic and truely electrifying show. Looking cool as always the band was clad in black, only exceptions (as a reviewer pointed out) was Sunes red scarf and Sharins white cleavage – uh baby.

THAU was next band on stage after one of the 3 half hour breaks of the night. Introduced as the band without whom (…etc.) they entered the stage together with the “5th member” Soma Allpass Hammarlund on cello, organ and percussion. The band kicked off presnteing a retrospective of songs from the first, second and third album. At this point the room had filled to the maximum capacity and it was nice to see that the Crunchy Frog fans actually had the attention span to listen to difficult music and not get bored or go to the bar in hords. It is in fact a great tribute to the music lovers out there, that although many came for Superheroes or Junior Senior, they actuelly gave the more underground and weird sounding bands a chance, and generally dug them as well. This certainly proved to be true during the Thau show as well as some of the later ones. The concert climaxed as Thau played “This Is OK” which transformed itself into “I Touched Her Legs” by Superheroes, and at the last song “Na Ni” when Per Sunding of TBG and Tanja of Superheroes joined them on stage.

JUNIOR SENIOR was the band that made sure that EVERYBODY got their ass in gear and got the party started right. As always Senior was the master of ceremonies and Junior did a fantastic piece of guitarwork. The Rhythm Prophets (as they call themselves) Yebo and Filip were tight like hell and the girls Anna and Lullu (with 3 l’s!) had never looked or sounded better. That band just is a treat to watch and hear.

Even though they don’t like being labeled a “party band” it is pretty damned hard to stop a party from erupting when they play. On stage they were joined by the always great Lars I Lommen and Thomas T (Superheroes), and for the last song Senior asked the audience to join the band for a orgasmic overpopulated version of “White Trash”. Again it is a tribute to the fans that the stage wasn’t trashed and everybody just had a great chaotic time.

LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS was next band up, and this was the awaited first time they presented a lot of the material from their forthcoming album, which is being recorded at the moment – it will be out before summer ’03. They also had a few of the old classics on the program this night and it was a pleasure to revisit songs such as “10.000 Songs” and “DataBankMemoHaiku”. With new member Jesper Sand (from Thau) as a strong pressence on guitar and backing vocals the set up we almost didn’t miss the newly departed member Per, who used to play the keys in the band (but we still miss you… come back!). Thomas T from Superheroes who is producing the new album helped out with some keyboard parts on stage. It was so nice to hear the lads play live again. Stay tuned for the album people. It is gonna be great!

THE TREMOLO BEER GUT – now there’s another band that hasn’t played live for some time. Apart from 10 minutes at a street party during summer, the band has been spread out doing their own stuff in other bands and as producers etc. This was truely a home coming. Per just finished the Cardigans record as producer. Sune has been travelling the world with The Raveonettes, Yebo has kept busy with Crunchy Frog and Junior Senior and Jengo is still the Fruit King of Denmark. It was such a thrill for the guys to be together and that wasn’t even all: on organ and theremin we witnessed the genius of Mr. Bas Morgansen (aka P. Bartosch of Eggstone), and on backing vocals 4/5 of the B-team from Roskilde Festival 2000: Show (Tothe Int’l), Satan Beck (Pleasure Machine), Magnus S (Cardigans) and Simon Beck (Sun Lounge). All in all a pretty happening bunch of cool cats.

Despite the lack of rehearsal the band played a wonderful show and topped it off with the entry of Senior who did the vocals for “Cool Cig’s” which in his version on the XCXC-sampler became “Cool Dicks”. A gay anthem with witty rhymes such as “mono” rhyming with “homo” (?) etc.

As a surprice Tanja from Superheroes showed up with a huge dildo and tried to ram it down Yebos throat… some happy camper from the audience went home with a trophy this night…

THE MOPEDSunfortunately couldn’t make the sound check during the day, so they had a bit of technical troubles and was suffering with some bad sound. BUT it was a treat to see and hear the band again – back on Danish soil.

They brought Patrik B and Sven on Sax as guests, and did an entertaining show playing all their hit songs and speaking their funny brand of Danish in-between the songs.

SUPERHEROES was the most delicious treat, saved for last. Everybody knows they are the best live band in the State of Denmark, and they certeinly had no difficulties living up to that (no offense to the other great CF bands).

Even though the audience by now had listened to 7 shows and had been drinking for 5 hours, it was no sweat for Thomas T and his troops catching the eyes, ears and hearts of every single person in the audience. The band simply grooved and played like there was no tomorrow.

Thomas T was a lean mean crowdsurfing, stagediving, waterthrowing, stripping machine. We are talking ACTIONPACKED!

Joined onstage by most of the other bands and a lot of the CF staff for the last song “In Control of the Beat” the superheroes finished the night in great style.

Oh what a night to remember (if you weren’t too drunk). We hope everybody had a great time and enjoys the record we did for each other and all of YOU!

Watch out for more pics, behind the scene revelations and after party scandals… Check out “The underbelly of the Frog”

From the Archives: It’s gonna be a Crunchy Christmazz (by crunchy.dk 22. October 2002)

Get your Christmas spirits going on the night of Crunchy X-mas, one hell of an evening with all 8 crunchy bands performing live – and a free exclusive CD for all guests. That’s right: Junior Senior, Learning From Las Vegas, The Mopeds, Superheores, The Raveonettes, THAU, Tothe International AND The Tremolo Beer Gut + a free cd AND international DJs as weel: DJ Theandernaler, DJ Crillinator and DJ Franke – all for 180 DKR.

The time for a racing pulse, clammy hands and warnings from your financial advisor is moving closer; Christmas is the name of the Beast! But this year you will be prepared, or at least you will have the resistance to stand up to this demanding season. We – the good and kind people at Crunchy Frog – will give you an injection of pure energy, joy and X-mas love.

Saturday the 30th of November we proudly present the ultimate concert experience of the year in Store Vega, Copenhagen. It’s gonna be one hell of a night with all your beloved crunchy bands performing live, surprises, DJ’s and a buttload of ho ho ho’s. Spread the word: Crunchy X-mas is the only rock’n remedy for this years holyday-blues. As a guest you will receive a special crunchy treat you can’t buy for money: A CD containing crunchy bands covering the songs of other crunchy bands. The bands have done all recordings and honestly: it is one cool cd! With this funky tracklist:

Tothe International: White Trash (written by Junior Senior)
The Raveonettes: Momma, I’m a Communist (Tothe International)
Learning From Las Vegas: Veronica Fever (The Raveonettes)
Superheroes: St. Christopher (Learning From Las Vegas)
Thau: I touched Her Legs (superheroes)
The Mopeds: Awestruck (Thau)
The Tremolo Beer Gut: Deep under the Chinese Snow (The Mopeds)
Junior Senior: Cool Dicks (The Tremolo Beer Gut)

Tickets are available right now (but only 1000 of them, so hurry up!!!). Get’em on billetnet or www.vega.dk

From the Archives: Crunchy Frog bands in NYC (by crunchy.dk 10. October 2002)

CMJ action!
Yesterday’s NEWS…
Soon the streets and venues of New York City will resonate with the sound of CRUNCH!

Just before and during the annual CMJ Festival several Crunchy Frog bands will play shows. The most promintent is the Crunchy Frog Showcase at Arlene Grocery (95 Stanton Street)on October 29th. At this show YOU can experience The Raveonettes, Junior Senior, Superheroes and THAU + special guest star James Kochalka Superstar. If you live in NY or is visiting you do NOT want to miss out.

The running order will be:

7 pm: James Kochalka Superstar
8 pm: THAU
9 pm: Junior Senior
10 pm: Superheroes
11 pm: The Raveonettes

During CMJ we have the following shows set up:

Oct. 30th, 11.30 pm: Junior Senior @ Galapagos
Nov. 1st, 7 pm: The Raveonettes @ The Elbow Room
Nov. 1st, 11.30 pm: Superheroes @ The Cutting Room

You KNOW you gotta be there, so show up goddammit!