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: Rave On! (by crunchy.dk 17. December 2003)

Rave On!
“Heartbreak Stroll/The Christmas Song” is the new double A-side single from The Raveonettes (only released in UK and USA). In Denmark Crunchy Frog release it in an EP-format with 2 great bonus tracks from the “Whip It On” sessions. The album is available now in the shops and on http://www.vibrashop.com

“The Christmas Song” has already enjoyed a lot of succes: Denmark’s biggest music radiostation “P3” chose the song as Single of The Week and since its release it has remained on the top 5 airplay chart. Furthermore the leading British musicmagazine NME has proclaimed this irresistable song to be the greatest ode to Xmas since Phil Spectors legendary album “A Christmas Gift For you From Phil Spector” from 1963.

Recently The Ravonettes were in Denmark to perform on the Danish National Radio Award show “P3 Gold”, which took place in Copenhagen the 4th of December. Here The Raveonettes played 3 songs live at the show which was aired both on radio and television. Shortly after their set they received the award for Artist of the Year. In his improvised speech Sune thanked Crunhcy Frog and complained that he couldn´t smoke and drink in the concert hall. Then it was off to the bars to celebrate all night before going on a 6 am flight to Cleveland, Ohio to play at the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame at a Buddy Holly tribute show.

Soon The Raveonettes will finish their US tour and after that Sune and Sharin will take a short and well deserved Christmas Holiday break after one glorious year, where they have
played more than 200 concerts, been in nearly all major music magazines, appeared in countless numbers of radio/tv programmes (including David Letterman) – as well as having received brilliant reviews for their album “Chain Gang of Love”.

The hard work is now being rewarded: The Ravesters have been nominated in the “Band of The Year” category at the Danish Music Critic Award “The Steppenwolf”, which takes place on the 30th of January 2004. Sharin is number 20 on NME´s list of the hottest artists in 2003 along with other prominent artists such as Outkast and Justin Timberlake. “Chain Gang of Love” is on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list over the top 50 albums of the year. And the music critic, Robert Hilburn, from L.A. Times has tipped The Raveonettes to be potential favourites at next year’s American Grammy Awards. He´s usually right in his predictions, so we cross our fingers and wait in excitement!

Next year the tour continues, the new video to the single “Heartbreak Stroll” will be premiered, the Danish musicprogram “Rundfunk” on TV2 will air a special feature about The Raveonettes the 2nd of january, and the 8th of february the band will co-headline an NME Award Show along with Har Mar Superstar in London. Stay tuned for more news in the new year!

From the Archives:No fillers, all killers! (by crunchy.dk 28. August 2003)

No fillers, all killers!
Well, it´s been some damn good and glorious days for our international rrrrock star darlings – The Raveonettes. Aug 25th the sexy and whippy duo released their much awaited second album Chain gang of Love. The album has been one overly hyped album this year and the expectations have been unbelievably high. Actually soooo high that one could almost only fail… But did they? The answer is pure and simple: NO!!

Since the album has been out in the shops the critics have been clapping in their nasty hands and dropping superlatives all over this Great album. Simply The Raveonettes and Chain Gang of Lfove is praised and hailed as one of the best things to come out of Denmark since porn and Carlsberg (or was it remoulade?).Here´s some of the highlights of what the press wrote:

NME (music mag): “It’s a brilliantly controlled explosion of feedback and melody – the perfect distillation of rock’s most vital components. Time to go join the real leaders of the pack.” (8 out of 10). Bang Magazine writes: “Chain Gang of Love is the coolest ‘Best Of The 60’s’ compilation you’ve never heard.” The cool gay mag Attitude rates it with a big 5, and writes: “Drop-dead cool leather clad genius” and Britain’s biggest music mag Q gives it 4 out of 6 stars.

The Danish press are in general just as excited as the international press:

Album of the month in one of Denmark’s biggest men’s magazines, M, and with a top rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Politiken (newspaper): “…Raveonettes are making rockmucic cool, sexy and trendy again…” 5 out of 6 hearts.

Jyllandsposten (newspaper): “…this album deserves a prominent place in danish rockhistory.” 5 out of 6 stars.

B.T. (newspaper): “…you just smile euphorically and think; yeah, baby!!” 5 out of 6 stars.

Denmark’s leading music magazine, Gaffa: “…a piece of magic and original rock culture…” (4 out of 6 stars)

Chili (youth magazine): “…it´s just as spell-binding as it´s cool…” 4 ouf of 6 chili´s.

But the Danish triumph doesn’t stop here. Also the radio stations have been giving a warm welcome to the album. The wicked single, That Great Love Sound has been played repeatedly and was single of the week on P3 (the Danish national radio music channel) – and the single is steadily climbing up the charts on the mainstream hitlist. To top all this, the spectacular video to That Great Love Sound is enjoying quite a bunch of spins on MTV!

Not too shabby – and let’s end the tale with Rolling Stone editor, David Fricke’s splendid description of the new album: “No fillers, all killers!” Go join the Chain Gang, people – you won’t regret it!

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: Beat City… I mean; Beat World (by crunchy.dk 20. November 2002)

Domination of college radios

Hard work get’s you somewhere. Very hard work get’s you everywhere. So is the case with The Raveonettes. They have just ended a considerable tour of the US with the release of “Whip it On”. The mini-album is allredy the 2nd most played on college radiostations all over the country.

The band is now gearing up for their takeover of the UK, where they will play as toursupport for Joe Strummer (The Clash) all over the islands. So if you are in the area… don’t miss out!!!

 

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!

From the Archives: The Raveonettes sign BIG US-deal! (by crunchy.dk 30. September 2002)

The Raveonettes signs historical deal!

Yes, it is true – and it is more than that: It a dream come true for The Raveonettes!

Since the Danish release of their debut EP “Whip It On” on May 27th things has moved very fast for the band. Already before the release the band caught the attention of editor David Fricke from Rolling Stone Magazine, who praised the band as “The best new garage band” on rollingstone.com after seeing a live show in Aarhus, Denmark. July 25th they played at the legendary rock club CBGB’s in New York and by then the interest from international labels had already exploded. Last week they went to play in London and now it’s a fact: The Raveonettes has signed a world wide deal with Columbia (Sony) in America.

The figures are top secret but are reported to be “not too shabby”! Actually to our knowledge a deal of this dimension has never been done between an Amercian label and a Danish band. And the best thing is: The Raveonettes are still full of crunch, since all releases in DK will be handled by your favorite label Crunchy Frog.

Sune Wagner used to be the main man of grungy trio Psyched Up Janis, but a few years ago he decided to split up and head for a less commercial and much more grindy “cut to the bone” sound. And now The Raveonettes has acchived more in 6 months, than Sune’s former band Psyched Up Janis acchieved in 6 years.

“Whip it on” will be released by Columbia this Fall, but unfortunately the supposed follow up EP, the socalled “Chaingang of Love” white Bb Major EP, is not due to release – in stead a full length album will be released next year.