From the Archives: Holy smoke! Red lights and reverb! (by crunchy.dk 6. May 2008)

What happened to VibraCrunch?
A lot of people have been asking us that. The little annual festival in Malmö was beginning to become somewhat of a nice tradition, but we felt that it actually grew too big the last couple of years. The cosyness of the early years started to go down the drain, as the stages became bigger and the Malmöfestival around VibraCrunch grew. So we decided to take a breather and rethink the whole thing. We are now talking to Folkets Park in Malmö about doing something nice and intimate where people can go see one band and discover another – like in them good ole days of yore. We will of course not hesitate to let y’all know about the progress. Hope to be back with a nice event after summer!

And while all this is being rethunk we thought we’d offer a teaser. Which is a little something we call:

HOLY SMOKE!
Why holy smoke? Well it was inspired by the choice of bands. The Tremolo Beer Gut (who of course are well known for their excessive use of smoke at their shows) will be the centrepiece of the action and flanked by two great artists, who also happens to be their good friends: Sci-Fi SKANE and Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band.

What a great line-up, eh? Hard to resist? Well, why resist! Get your butt over to Malmö and take part in this great feast. Here’s the lowdown:

The whole thing will take place at Amore in Malmö, which is a short walk from the central station (check the map attached to the flyer above). It’s a really cozy little place which holds a couple of hundred people – so it will be tight and packed and funky all around. It is a restaurant as well, so you can arrive early and get some nice food in your Gut before going for the booze!

We are still planning away, but if the wheather is nice, some of the shows will be outside in the cosy court yard. We’ll have live music and DJs from 10 pm.

Please come back right here and check for updates. We’ll make all info available as it comes into existence!

DJs will be: Bombi Beat and Jessi-Q – and more will follow. Running order will be:

22.30 Snake and Jets
23.30 The TBG
01.00 Sci-Fi SKANE

Tickets will be 100 SEK at the door.

TRAINS LEAVE FOR COPENHAGEN EVERY HOUR AT 22 MINUTES PAST THE HOUR (00.22, 01:22 ETC), so you can get back to Cph all night if that is your wish.

Learn more about the bands!

SNAKE AND JET’S AMAZING BULLIT BAND

Listen, read, watch more at their WEBSITE and MYSPACE-PAGE

THE TREMOLO BEER GUT

Listen, read, watch more at their WEBSITE and MYSPACE-PAGE

SCI-FI SKANE

Listen, read, watch more at their WEBSITE and MYSPACE-PAGE

From the Archives: VibraCrunch – The 7th heaven (by crunchy.dk 13. September 2005)

Finally it’s here.. The VC7 review
The 7th VibraCrunch sure was a blast. On August 26th Crunchy Frog presented a bill of 10 awesome artists from Denmark, Sweden, Germany and USA. The weatherman promised us rain, but not on this watch… The sun was out with a bit of chilling wind. Loads and loads of people showed up to atend the FREE Crunchylicious festival with musical madness and swedens finest lager beer. VC7 was held at a new venue – a 3 staged festival area situated in Mölleparken, Malmö.

There was excitment about the new venue and everything turned out to be a-okay apart from a stupid Swedish beer policy making it impossible to enjoy a beer in front of the stages. Something that was quite a pain in the butt for many among the public.

The hole thang started at 17:00 with the crazy tones of Bazookahosen. They delivered a spectacular performance, even though the crowd was a bit thin. Song after song more and more people started showing up, getting a glimpse of Bazookahosens excellent stageshow. Due to tecnically problems we don’t have any pictures of them, but if you were there and got some snapshots – please e-mail them to us at info@crunchy.dk and we will put them up along with your name.
The next band to take a shot at the audiance was Tublenco. Tublenco delivered a frantic stageshow with dancing chorusgirls, Mr. Tublén himself in a cowboy hat and cool shades and even a guy on tablas. Funky, loud and very danceable. We are looking forward to hearing some more demos from this outfit. Cooooool stuff.
After Tublenco came the crazed, fun lovin’ band who got their name from a funny vehicle. We’re ofcourse talking about The Mopeds.

Their 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 and that’s just what they did at VibraCrunch7. It was sooo loud that the rest of freakin’ Malmö could hear the concert -HOT DAMN!

Next up was the weird danish band Death to Frank Ziyanak who delivered trio-rock with an edge. They have several really great songs and a weird shitkicker kind of cool that you don’t see too often.

Unfortunately for DTFZ it was early in the day and many people opted for the damned beer stalls and listened from afar. Regardless of this the band gave it hell and gave us a great show.

The Stockholm band South Ambulance was up next. They have the ambition to write good music on Saturdays and record it on Sundays. This day they played on a friday and it was a fucking amazing concert. We especially loved the dude with a beard and big curly red hair!!!
Unfortuanally we don’t have any pictures of this band either – so again, if you were there and got some snapshots, send ’em to us at info@crunchy.dk and we will post them with your name – Thanks!

epo-555 is known for mixing loud rock, alternative country, electronica, catchy popsongs and a lot more with intelligent lyrics. This night was no exception. They were actually the first band to get the tent filled with people and they got what they wanted. No one could resist the music and soon everybody was mesmerized by the band.

Heavy Trash rocked y’all back to the 50s with their oldschool rock’n’roll. A nice mixture of rockabilly, surf, blues and country in the coolest rebel style.
Matt Verta-Ray gave it hell with his amazing twang-guitar and explosive solos backed by Jon Spencer’s mean rhythm guitar and craaaazy Elvis moves.
The band was joined by Kim “kix” Jeppesen from PowerSolo on upright, surfin’ bass and Jesper “Yebo” Reginal from The Tremolo Beer Gut on stompin’ drums.
Together they made the audience explode and hungry for more. A very dynamic and awsome band.
Figurines is one of the finest bands right now on the Danish inde rock scene. Their latest album is of a very high standard and the lads didn’t let us down this night. The lead singer is quite a star and is the focal point of the live show. The songs are expressed with passion and skill. Great VC7 show.
The highlight of the evening for many among the Crunchy Staff was the reunion of 18th Dye. Although Basti had a few problems with his guitar and the powersupply, the Dye was back in style. BIG TIME. Seeing Piet pounding the drums like he was born to do, hearing Sebastian let it RIP on the distorted guitar and just the sheer pleasure of witnessing the queen of cool on the bass guitar – all three of them on same stage, in perfect sync and determined to surpass whatever high points they had in the past … was such
a treat! We hope to hear much more from this legendary group in the future.
The band almost everybody came to see and hear – The Raveonettes. The tent lifted off the earth to the tunes of “Love in a Trashcan” from the new album “Pretty in Black” and the ol’ “Attack of the Ghost Riders”. The band was in excellent shape
and they made a sensational performance, blowin’ people’s eardrums to oblivion.

Sune and Sharin in front doing their thang, while the rest of the band got their backs covered. A truly amazing live band.

Here at Crunchy HQ we can’t thank you people enough for supporting us – Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

We hope to see you all again next year for some more fun and music.

Thank you!

From the Archives: The 1-2-3 guide: how to get to VC7 from Copenhagen in 3 easy ways (by crunchy.dk 22. August 2005)

A hitchhikers guide to VibraCrunch 7
People, people, PEOPLE!!! Once again, we got a great line-up ready at this year’s 100% FREE ADMISSION VibraCrunch festival, and once again it is time for you to find your way to Malmö, Sweden.

We shall gracefully provide you with all the info that you will need to safely find your way to the festival venue on Friday 26/8 @ 17:00 hrs.

How to get there:
1. TRAIN:
The trains run at an interval of 20 minutes at the following minutes past the hour:

Dep. Kastrup .16 .36 .56
Arr. Malmoe Cental Station .38 .58 .18

Follow the red dots from Malmö Central Station (upper right corner) to Mölleparken. The map can also be downloaded as a printable PDF file here (330 kB)

When travelling back again at night, the trains to Copenhagen will depart from Malmö Central Station at 0:22 and every hour on through the night (1:22, 2:22 etc.).

Check DSB’s timetable for Kystbanen as a printable PDF file here (330 kB)

2. FERRY:
Departures from Copenhagen @ 12 noon, 5 pm and 8:45 pm
Fare, one way: 65 SEK (students 40 SEK)
More info HERE

3. CAR:
Get on the E20 highway, cross the bridge, keep following E20, then get on E6 to Malmö. Details HERE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can buy beer and food at the site, and of course records and t-shirts from all the bands that have any. As a special note to all the beer loving Danes. A couple of years ago it was OK to bring your own beers right into the stage area at Bastionen. It is no longer allowed in respect of the people that have the concession for selling beers. So if you bring your own beers, then you have to sit outside the fence while drinking them. Sorry for this inconvenience, but as the festival is in general free you may be able to afford a few beers.

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