From the Archives: The Mopeds Puts APAN back in JAPAN (by crunchy.dk 16. March 2006)

Sun feb 26

The Mopeds – goes to Japan…

Somewhere over Sibiria I might have slept for fifteen minutes but most of the time I didn’t. It’s always like that, I don’t fall asleep until we start landing. But bad films and whiskey eases the pain.

It rained when we arrived at Narita, Tokyo international airport. The customs had gotten sloppy since the first time we came. Then everybody had to open every bag. This time, all we did was fill in a form. Do you carry guns, drugs, animals or deadly decises, yes or no?

Bonnie Pink, Narumi, Asuka and Taco were there to pick us up. It was great to see them again and to get some blood back into one’s feet. We drove to Ebisu to have lunch at Heavens and visit the Taisuke office, then back through the constipated Tokyo traffic to check in at the Hotel. Petter, Petter2 and I chose japanese style. That means shoes off indoors and you sleep on futons on the tatami floor. Very exotic.

After a quick shower it was off to Asakusa and a cool boutique called The Three Robbers. They had had our album for sale in the shop and like that wasn’t enough we all got to pick a garment each. Petter2 and Sven took knitted rocker jackets, the original three chose blue loden coat windbreakers and Yebo, who was too big to fit into any of the clothes, got himself a very small chair. Then we saw an Old temple and went to eat Sukiyaki.

When you’ve been awake for forty hours and just had a heavy dinner with lots of beeru you might be a little tired. But we went to the convenient store to get more beeru and a jar of sake. There was a special reason, Sweden vs Finland in the Olympic icehockey final. Watch the pictures and weep if you are from Finland.

Monday feb 27

Breakfast at Yoshinoya in Roppongi and coffee at an eighties café with plexiglass chairs and bunny-rabbit cappuchino on the menu. They even played Wham! in the sound system. Then we went off for rehearsal and sound check at Shibuya O-Nest. Between the soundcheck and the gig we did some meet and greet at HMV and Tower Records in Shibuya. Comparing the Tokyo musicstores to the ones at home is like matching the Moomin troll to Mike Tyson – just not fair.

The premiere gig was chaotic but fun. The place was full and alot of old friends showed up. Petter2 had some trouble finding his capo and everybody was jet lagged and culture chocked, but all in all we rocked the house right.

The after party began at Roku bar in Shibuya. It’s run by Akiko Ohno, an old friend of ours. It actually resembles our favourite spots aroud Möllan in Malmö,ie cosy and cool. Then we went to eat at a Nabe restaurant. It was delicious and resembles nothing you can get in Malmö, especially not at two o’clock at night.

 Tuesday feb 28

We got up early. Shaky and with sunglasses we embarked the minibus for Osaka. The weather was freezing and rainy but that’s perfect for riding a van. Bonnie and Narumi drove our car and Asuka followed in an old Toyota bus with all the gear.

The first stop was just like any old pit stop in Japan. You buy local souvenirs, eat some eel domburi and get some eel candy and green tea. Maybe you grab an octopus fish cake on a stick before you get back on the highway.

We didn’t see mount Fuji, the fog was too thick. When we had arrived in Osaka we checked in at the Hotel, then quickly off to dinner in Daikanyama. The reastaurant was packed and looked very traditional. We had raw horse meat with ginger and garlic, shockingly strong mustard and vegetables in a good broth, okonomiyaki (pancake with cabbage, dried bonito, mayo etc), tacoyaki (octopus knoedels) and tons of other stuff. Of course we had beeru but also plum wine with soda, a fresh thing to drink with your octopus.

Yebo had taken the bullit train to Osaka so when we got back he was waiting in the lobby. We went out to a bar to get some more fried shrimps, okonomiyaki, yakitori and beeru. I wasn’t hungry when I went to bed. But I woke up after an hour and I couldn’t get back to sleep.
Wednesday march 1

This rainy morning was set aside for shopping in the American Village, Osaka’s youth quarters. We scavenged the shops for sneakers, clothes and stupid plastic gadgets. Sven found a new pair of brown Nike AirForceOne sneakers, an essential component to his style. David almost bought a new bass.

After the Sound check at Shangri-La we rushed back to American Village to do some meet and greet at HMV and Tower. Then back to the venue to get concentrated. The concert was great. We made some ajustments in the set lists and threw in some songs we noticed people had wanted to hear at the Tokyo gig.

The promoters took us to an afterparty at a famous Chicken restaurant: Raw chicken, chicken nabe (steamer), raw octopus, raw sea slug, spicy Korean dishes and lots of beeru and sake. Another splendid meal in the land of Nippon.
Thursday march 2

Nagoya, here we come. Another day on the highway to fame and fortune. We found the venue, got the stuff in and checdked the sound at Club Up-set. There was a severe resonance around 120 Hz. At one time the vibrations made some screws fall from the light ramp in the ceiling. When the sound check was over we had hardly played anything. Not a good feeling, you don’t want to end up like Curtis Mayfield because of a bad sound check.

We got Mos burgers for lunch. They make great little hamburgers in Japan. There were record stores to visit down town so we took a cab. When we got back to our back stage room Taco had fixed a Doughnut bonanza, the right stuff if you want to get in shape for the show. So, all sugared up we went down the steep ladder from the backstage penthouse to the stage. The sound was suddenly good and this one of the best gigs on the tour, performance wise.

It seemes like I’m writing alot about food. Well, when the food you get is as good as it is in Japan it would be blasphemous not to write about it. This night we had a big plate of Sashimi (raw fish), Nagoya style deep fried chicken wings, sushi, misotori (chicken scewer with miso) chicken balls, strange vegetables and the usual beeru and warm sake. The local promoter got, in his own words: punsch drunk with alot of sexy energy.

Friday march 3

Petter2 goes to the sauna in the morning. A Japanese sauna has certain rules you can take part of on this picture. The others tries to catch as much morning sleep as possible. Sven and Petter buys six different types of coffee from the vending machine without finding a drinkable one. Today we travel back to Tokyo.

Two hours of powershopping is all we get, there has been changes in the schedule for tomorrow. We start at Kiddyland on Omote Sando, then to Shibuya. I win the starshopper award with two kitchen knifes, four Pokémon, two bags and new glasses (including the optical examination).

At seven we have a rehearsal with Bonnie Pink, our friend and patroness. The rehearsal studio is close to a supermarket where we can get foodstuff and Japanese liquor to bring home. Petter2 buys all the plum wine in the shop. The originals have lended a room at the Swedish embassy for this stay and after we checked in there we go back to Shibuya to meet old friends at Roku. And a good time was had by all.

Saturday march 4

Morning starts with promotion at the Taisuke office. We are interviewed about the Swedish forest! Then a very ”Lost in Translationish” photographer takes us to a park to get some pics. Before he starts he tells us that he learned the meaning of the word ”wild” from Bob Marley’s old photographer, and now he wants first to take some ordinary poseing pictures and then some ”wild”. The shoot takes two minutes, I guess we’re good at being ”wild”.

At two we have sound check at Club Que in Shimokitazawa. I realize the place has become much better equipped since last time we played here. But the legendary Yamaha combo is still there. For some reason I choose to use their shitty Twin Reverb instead, which I will regret at the gig.

Shopping in Shimukitazawa is good, there is alot of silly stuff and a relaxed atmosphere. Yebo gets some sox with impossible slogans on like: It eats beacuase it is delicious” (and a picture of a cupcake), “Standard!!! Pran Dornatts” (Standard plain doughnuts), “Basketball Club” (and a picture of a football). The show is sold out and some people can’t get in. It seemes like we have a crowd in Tokyo. The gig is fine and the cover we do with Bonnie Pink went better than it ever did on the rehearsals. I was very surprised to hear that Petter and Petter2 had had compleately f***ed up sound on stage. It was just like their monitors had been switched during one of the opening acts.

The line to the merchandise is in the staircase so we decide to stand outside to sign autographs. Then someone tells us we can’t do that and we have to stand in the stairs. It all gets pretty hectic and if our old friend Rieko hadn’t run off to buy new pens it would have been worse. The goodbye after party is at a local reastaurant and not surprisingly, the food is delicious. Then we go to a nearby bar and have some more. We pack our things in the morning.
Sunday march 5

At eight in the morning Bonnie, Narumi, Asuka and Taco drives us to Narita airport. This tour has been one long pleasure all the way through thanks to them. Now we have to try to get all the plum wine on board. It doesn’t work, we have to send one package by FedEx. Once again our fantastic hosts step in and take care of the shipping. When the last bag is checked in we say goodbye to our Japanese entourage outside the second security check and that’s the end of this tour diary. Millions and millions of thanks to BONNIE, NARUMI, ASUKA and TACO.

/Jens

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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/

From the Archives: Swedish trio, named after a funny vehicle, releases new album! (by crunchy.dk 21. March 2005)

The Mopeds is the best (and only) Swedish band on Crunchy Frog. Catchy tunes across the Öresund are now captured on their long awaited new album.
Hailing from Malmö and the vibrant musical environment surrounding the Tambourine Studios they have emerged as an exciting fresh band with a distinct sound and great songs.
As a follow-up to their 2001 release ‘The Land Of The Three’ the trio is now ready to release a brand new album cleverly entitled ‘FORTISSIMO’.

The Mopeds started up their own studio in Malmö, Sweden called Gula Studion a couple of years back and have recorded great artists and albums such as Franz Ferdinands breakthrough debut and the forthcoming albums from The Cardigans and Crunchy label-mates Junior Senior.

Besides being skilled producers and studio engineers the band members are also very used horn players on several studio sessions and live shows. Recently Petter and Jens blew the brass at Kira And The Kindred Spirits’ performance at the Danish Music Awards 05.

On April the 4th 2005 the world will witness the coming of FORTISSIMO. 11 loud, edgy, poppy, experimental, rocking, witty and orignal songs.
An album infused with electric energy, intense singing, clever humouristic lyrics and characteristic barytone saxophone. FORTISSIMO is produced by the bands themselves and will be out in the whole of Scandinavia.

The release will be supported by live shows all over the place so make sure to catch The Mopeds on a stage near you – ’cause the trio is famous for their explosive and unforgetable performances.
As a live act The Mopeds reinforce themselves with sax and extra guitars.

The first single of the album is the song ‘Television Time’ which has already been rocking your radio and soon will shake your TV as well, ’cause a new musicvideo is on the way.

Here’s the complete tracklist for FORTISSIMO:
01 Extremely Ordinary
02 Refused Demoland
03 Heading For The Stars
04 Television Time
05 Unbelongings
06 Loverman
07 Gotta Beware
08 Steal A Girl
09 Monkey Mercedes
10 Bragadoccio
11 Phonogram Sam

Go get it, cowboy!

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: 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: A full Vibracrunch 3 report (by crunchy.dk 12. September 2001)

It was surely one hell of a fine day. On Saturday 11th of August Crunchy Frog presented a bill of 13 superb artist from Denmark, Sweden and USA.
The weather turned out to be OK, the crowd was growing all day and the Swedish beer was cold and kept on coming – and the music was startling: mean and crazy from Angus & Graves and James Kochalcka, moving and moody from Wynona, Glorybox and Rhonda Harris, oisy and poetic from Diefenbach, Hell On Wheels and Thau, and groovy as hell from David & The Citizens, The Mopeds and Superheroes.

The third edition of the annual Vibracrunch one day festival included not one, but two stages: the big tent stage and the small and cozy lounge stage. Local heroes David & The Citizens kicked the day to a funky start on the big one, and the good people of Malmö started pouring into the VC3-site.

Among the musical peaks was Quit Your Dayjob, who spanked the ears of the audience with their focused and punked up in-your-face electro/guitar tunes.
And the theatrical rubber show Angus & Graves introduced their own performance in both Swedish, Danish and English wearing elaborate swimming gear. They performed a show that made believe that there is still new musical ground to be explored. Saturday Frank thrilled people with their Waits-garage sounds and the “ethnic” Glorybox (US/DK/N) gave a perfect evidence of why they are so popular in the Benelux.  Denmarks best post rock band Diefenbach kicked up the volume on the guitars, Rhonda Harris took them down again and delivered (as usual) a great and intense concert. The newcomer Moonbabies (who was quite unknown to at least the Danish part of the audience) was an interesting new aquaintance.

Copenhagen based country rockers Wynona seduced us all with their melodic indie country. And when James Kochalcka played his second show at Vibracrunch3 on the big stage, people where wise to all the tricks: the dino choreography, the Swedish (!) heavy rocker Ozzy Osbourne and best of all: James’ funky magic finger (his dink!). Whenever this crazy American visits Europe he gains a larger and larger crowd of fans. Among these are Hell on Wheels who – despite the fact that they played earlier on the same day at the Arvika Festival – insisted on driving to Malmö to play and – more important – to hail and enjoy mr. James Kochalcka Superstar. As usual the HoW-liveshow was startling and excellent, and they gained many Danish fans as well.

A most amputated version of THAU – only 2 fourth of the band played under the name “AU” – gave a world premiere of songs from their new album “All It Takes Is Everything” (out September 10th) accompanied by recorded drums, strings and organs. Though the dimminutive band explained the absence of brothers Nalna and Yebo with a “double tour of Europe” (Roffe and Fzat playes northern Europe, Yebo and Nalna the southern part), which would double the income of this lazy band. But that explanation was ruined when Yebo entered the stage and sang the last song of the gig and received great applause by the audience.

Day turned into night before The Mopeds played one of their best shows ever, supported by Patrik “Muso” “Paddy” “Bas Morgansen” Bartosch of Eggstone and a thrilling brass section – which of course meant a kick ass sax solo, you didn’t think was even legal these days. Mopeds presnted a long string of hits and included recent radio favourites “Dina Tried Her Silverbow”, “The Right to Be Unfunky” and “Steppin’ On Fire”.

As the big crescendo of the day superheroes was flown in from sunny France to play a gig of extraordinary show quality. Lead singer Thomas Troelsen showed his more devilish sides spitting, spacing out and putting his hands all over his 1,5 meter body – where everybodies eyes could see! The show was recorded by the Swedish National Radio (P3) and is to be heard later this year – as well as Rhonda Harris and Glorybox, which both as well ended on national tape.

Whoa, it’s hard to sum up such a smashingly happy day of thrills, chills and high quality music. VibraCrunch3 was indeed a great success, and we have received nothing but praise by the fans and participants. What we still need, though, is some more pictures from the concerts to post on this very page. As you see we have a limited supply as of now.

Looking forward to next year!

From the Archives: VibraCrunch3 – FINAL SCHEDULE!!! (by crunchy.dk 31. July 2001)

Get ready for Vibracrunch 2001
It’s time for the annual one day festival in Malmö called Vibracrunch (it’s a part of the Malmöfestival throughout the city). It started out as a Swedish-Danish collaboration, featuring some of the best bands from the two countries – among these several from Crunchy Frog and Swedish Vibrafon Recs. And even though Vibrafon is now only a warm memory and pop history, the event continues with both Swedish and Danish acts.

VibraCrunch3 features loads of good bands on two stages at Uppsala Bastionen only 200 metres from Centralstationen in Malmö (Malmö central train station). It’s all free and all day on the 11th of August from 14H (2pm) ’til 01H (1am). Enjoy all these fabulous bands:
Superheroes (dk)
The Mopeds (s)
Rhonda Harris (dk)
James Kochalka Superstar (us)
David and the Citizens (s)
Wynona (dk)
THAU (dk)
Hell On Wheels (s)
Glorybox (us/n/dk)
Diefenbach (dk)
Quit Your Dayjob(s)
Saturday Frank (s)
Moon Babies (s)
Angus & Graves (dk)
+ DJ Martin Theander (malmö)

From the Archives: Beer and party at Mopeds-release (by crunchy.dk 30. July 2001)

Beer and party when Mopeds album was released
The beer was cold, the women were warm and the band was hotter than ever. It was the release party for the splendid Mopeds album “The land of the three”and besides the band playing a deeply touching concert featuring phenomenol brass work of some Swedish youngsters, among them a promising sax player who could become the next David Sanborn – which of course will piss off the old devil – only better dressed the brand new Mopeds video for the song “Dina tried her silverbow” was shown whenever the situation needed it. And the rumours are all right: The video made by Danish animation duo Spild af Tid (Waste of time) goes pretty well with the damn tasty Urquell.