Entries tagged with: TSOOL
by Bill Pearis
Curtain Call for TSOOL, Stockholm 12/22/2012 (via @alfredoanazco)
You said, "My idea when we started this band was that we were going to peak around 2012." Did you really believe thatSweden'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).
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]
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.
by Bill Pearis
Wounded Lion @ Shangri La
After Wednedsay and Thursday... I spent most of Friday afternoon -- the hottest day of the fest, well into the '80s --at Sailor Jerry-sponsored East Side dive Shangri La where Chicago label Trouble in Mind was throwing a party in the back yard. Their party at Scoot Inn the year before was one of my favorites of SXSW2010 and I'd have to say the same the same of 2011. The label, run by husband and wife Bill & Lisa Roe (who are also in CoCoComa), is mostly a 7" label, releasing great singles from some of the best garage-pop artists around. Many of whom were there at Shangri La.
I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own. Look for Night Beats debut LP out on Trouble in Mind this summer.
While Cheap Time were playing, I noticed Lars Finberg milling about the yard...what was he doing here? The Intelligence were definitely not here, was his side-project Puberty playing and I didn't know it? No, he told me he was playing drums for L.A.'s Wounded Lion for their Austin shows. I was already looking forward to seeing WL, now even moreso.
I was getting a little antsy and decided to walk around the East Side a bit, stopping by Cheer Up Charlies where I caught a few songs by Norway's Tôg (who are in NYC as we speak) before heading back to the Trouble in Mind party to catch Nashville's The Paperhead. Looking a bit like Red Kross, the band -- all about 19 I think -- are trippier than anyone else on the bill. Their debut just came out on TiM.
Next up Wounded Lion, whose self-titled debut was one of last year's more underrated records. I think seeing them live would change naysayers opinion, they were one of the rockin'est, most fun shows of the week. Two singers: main man Brad Eberhard does the heavy lifting and guitar playing, while singer/percussionist Raffi Kalenderian is more in the Bob Nastanovich of the band, going apeshit with the tambourine and generally keeping things entertaining. There is much switching of instruments. They also let Lars Finberg take lead vocals for the Intelligence's "Turned to Puke." I really thought they'd do "Pony People," a Wounded Lion song that The Intelligence covered on Fake Surfers, but no. Great, great set.
I then Sprinted over to the BrooklynVegan party at Swan Dive for John Grant. Friday was hot and Swan Dive didn't seem to have AC or even ceiling fans and it was an oven in there, but it didn't matter. Another of my favorite shows of the week. I'd seen him play solo at Mercury Lounge, but this show was with Midlake, his backing band on last year's amazing Queen of Denmark. With the band, Grant's late-'70s leaning epics came to lush life. The drums sounded gigantic. So did Grant's voice. All that was missing was sequined clothing and glasses that made points of light look like starbursts. Highlights for me: power-ballad "Mars" and "Chicken Bones" which is some kind of sonic collision of Gordon Lightfoot and Harry Nilsson.
John Grant @ Swan Dive