Posted in music on January 4, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Curtain Call for TSOOL, Stockholm 12/22/2012 (via @alfredoanazco)
TSOOL

You said, "My idea when we started this band was that we were going to peak around 2012." Did you really believe that

Ebbot Lundberg: Yes, I always did.

Why did you say that?

EL: Because I knew it could happen. And it did. For The Soundtrack Of Our Lives is an alternative stargate to something more relevant than this specific era in our timeline.

[To Matthias] Ebbot said he thought the band would peak around 2012 - do you agree?

Mattias Bärjed: Yeah.

Why did he say that?

MB: I don't know. Maybe he always felt that it was a limited time for TSOOL as an active working band, and I totally agree on that. Maybe he had it all planned. Anyway, it's the right decision to call it a day. The music is still here and that's what counts. On this last ride I guess we all try to avoid all the bullshit that's been sucking a lot of energy out of this band during all the years. - [The Quietus]

Sweden's The Soundtrack of Our Lives played their last-ever show in their hometown of Stockholm right before Christmas (12/22). It marked the end of a 17-year career making riff-heavy psych-rock, and the band's history goes back even further to 1986 if you figure that many of the members played together in equally-awesome (and much punkier) Union Carbide Productions. The split was not amicable and the band spent the second half of 2012 on a farewell tour that also promoted the band's seventh and final album, the very good Throw it to the Universe, though that tour did not include North America (though they played here the year before).

TSOOL has played the U.S. many times, however, and anyone who saw them knows they were one of the best live bands of the '00s. I still remember seeing them at Bowery Ballroom in October 2001 when the band had just released their breakthrough (and best) album, Behind the Music, and being knocked back by their mastery of rock moves, showmanship and general badassery. (I also met Joe Strummer at that show, about two months before he died.) Even when touring one of their lesser albums, TSOOL always -- always -- put on a killer show. The band's final show in Stockholm was an epic, 33-song set that concluded with "Instant Repeater '99" from their 1996 debut, Welcome to the Infant Freebase and there's video of that below, along with the setlist.

As for what's next, TSOOL have one last record coming out, a five-song EP due out sometime this year. Meanwhile, guitarist Mattias Bärjed has a new band Free Fall who just released their debut single, "Power & Volume," which you can stream below, along with TSOOL's Throw it to the Universe.

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SETLIST: The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden, 12/22/2012
First Set
Throw It to the Universe
Firmament Vacation
When We Fall
Where's the Rock
Freeride
Waiting for the Lawnmowers
If Nothing Lasts Forever
Confrontation Camp
Broken Imaginary Time
Busy Land
Reality Show
Black Star
Mantra Slider
Second Set
All for Sale
Solar Circus
Lost Prophets in Vain
What's Your Story
Faster Than the Speed of Light
Second Life Replay
Sister Surround
The Flood
Tonight
You Are the Beginning
Nevermore
21st Century Rip Off
Encore:
Lifeline
Jehovah Sunrise
Grand Canaria
Galaxy Gramophone
We'll Get By
The Passover
Shine On (There's Another Day After Tomorrow)
Instant Repeater '99

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Comments (23)

Looks like the singer is gonna be a dad #ifyaknowwhatimean #fat

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 4:01 PM

There's one person on here who loves this fucking band. He's gonna be upset.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 4:17 PM

I wish I knew who they were. No idea.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 4:26 PM

There's one person on here who loves this fucking band. He's gonna be upset.
Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 4:17 PM

it's me. i am upset.

Posted by tsoolyJ | January 4, 2013 5:13 PM

me too...great live band. saw them several times since Behind the Music came out. always drew a crowd as well.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 6:20 PM

who??

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 7:38 PM

great band! seriously rock and great live.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 8:33 PM

it's about time. jersey needs some gas pump jockeys.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 10:04 PM

best band on the planet. sad to see the end

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2013 10:44 PM

10:04 - They live in Sweden dumbass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2013 8:15 AM

Yeah 10:04, do your homework before ya get snarky, okay spanky? Great band, I celebrate the entire catalogue. I look forward to the reunion in 5 years, not to mention the offshoots in between.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2013 10:56 AM

me no cry

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2013 3:40 PM

I liked them too...their last album was wonderful!

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2013 8:23 PM

Next to fall: Elbow

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2013 8:52 PM

great band, saw them live at Irving Plaza and they were amazing
too bad they leave us

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2013 8:40 AM

Fantastic band. Always gave 100% when I saw them play. Every album is a gem. Will miss them.

Posted by Chappy Jennings | January 11, 2013 11:08 AM

I get it, being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man is the new not being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man.

Posted by Download FireFox 2013 | February 27, 2013 5:53 PM

My beloved fiance loved this band and turned me onto them several years ago. Unfortunately, my Mikael was diagnosed with a brain tumor in Dec. It started to mess with his short term memory, so I don't know if he knew the band was calling it quits. He passed away 2 days ago. I am saddened by the news of this band calling it quits. I live in the US and never got to see this band but my fiance made sure I have all the CDs.

Posted by TheresalovesMikael | March 8, 2013 11:21 PM

If only he had downloaded FireFox 2013 he would have still been alive to find out.

Posted by Download FireFox 2013 NOW | March 9, 2013 12:09 AM

fuck. here's to hoping that this "firefox2013" person dies a slow, painful death in jail. you are a terrible human.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 12:18 AM

I love this band- they are to me the best rock band of the 21st century & Union Carbide lets not even start praising them here! So I say this with great remorse. It was my birthday - They played at Poisson Rouge in the village (NYC) - I was just thrilled I was finally going to see them. They were horrible. Ebbot made a sarcastic remark about the sound man being from San Francisco. There were literally no vocals. The audience seemed ok with "the mix". We left probably mid show. Interestingly there were no comments/reviews about the event. It almost seemed we we "got into" a private event. But this was a bad evening almost as bad as the Gomez show my wife dragged me to several months earlier- I had no defense for whatever it was they were doing that night.

Posted by rhoffman | March 20, 2013 9:13 AM

^saw them the next night at Bell House and it was perfect..sometimes it happens..sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 9:46 AM

You are the beginning is a amazing song

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