Några frågor till Christer Pettersson!

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Sedan förra gången Christer Pettersson fick några väl valda frågor, så har det hänt en hel del. Sveriges i princip enda powerviolence band har inte direkt mognat sedan sist, men de har släppt ytterligare material. Inte för att ett sådant band någonsin behöver växa upp, förbi skyttegravarna, men ibland är det lite väl. Men det är väl precis så det ska vara. Förutom att bandnamnet är på snudd till genialiskt, så kan alla pretentiösa popkulturella experter leta saker som de inte skulle finna på annat håll. Eller jo, det kanske de skulle kunna, men det är rätt absurt att det återfinns här med. Förresten, det här är nog ingenting som hipsters borde läsa, men ni andra kan väl scrolla ner och ta er igenom denna korta frågestund, om ni överhuvudtaget är intresserade. Köp gärna deras vinylskiva om ni gillar detta.

Förra gången var det mycket engelska, nu är det bara svenska. Vad har hänt i Christer Petterssons värld sedan sist?

– Vi har spelat in låtar till en ny sjua som vi jobbar på att få färdigt. Nu börjar den roliga processen med att hitta folk som har mer pengar än oss och är villig att hjälpa till att släppa skiten.

Med tanke på att ni precis har släppt er debut-sjua på Defiant Hearts, så undrar jag; varför just Defiant Hearts?

– Det är samsläpp med Monument som redan har släppt flera skivor ihop med Defiant Heart, bland annat Undergång som är Franks andra band. Det var Monument som fixade hela den biten.

Hur fick ni Rohan Harrisson från Extortion att göra ert omslag och vad är syftet med det?

– Jag har följt hans arbete under flera år och alltid varit ett fan. Älskar mycket av det han gjort till Extortion. Det är ofta rätt speciella bilder med en starkt nihilistisk underton som jag verkligen dras till. Jag behövde bara skicka ett mail, han var på direkt.

Är det bara en nypacketering eller finns där någon ny låt som ni smugit in?

– Det är enbart en nypacketering. Tanken var att släppa det som en sjua redan från början.

Era texter är ju rätt så samhällskritiska, om man säger så. Med tanke på att det är rätt så turbulenta tider, så undrar jag om ni kan berätta vilka inspirationskällor som används till lyrikskapandet?

– Allt från tidningsartiklar till egna upplevelser och andra människors vittnesmål. Väldigt mycket handlar om hierarkier och hantering av makt. Vi lever i ett samhälle som bygger mer och mer på individers ”rätt” att trampa på andra för att själva få ut mer av sina liv, en rättighet som bevakas av ett statligt våldsmonopol. Den gamla socialdemokratiska modellen (pre-åttiotalet) som visserligen baserades på samma kapitalistiska grund inkorporerade åtminstone kollektivistiska element och en idé om att generell empati gagnade samhället. Nu är det bara fokus på jaget. Allt handlar om att ”unna sig” och fokusera på sig själv. Just nu är det människor som mer eller mindre förnekar förekomsten av sociala hierarkier, strukturellt förtryck och institutionell ras. Just nu är det människor som mer eller mindre förnekar förekomsten av sociala hierarkier och strukturellt förtryck som befolkar regeringen, det gör inte direkt situationen bättre.

Märkte att det är medlemmar från Undergång, Headed For Disaster och One Inch Giant som är med i detta band. Detta missade jag förra gången. Ni är med andra ord veteraner?

– Jo, det får man kanske kalla oss. Vi har spelat in skivor och turnérat och så vidare, men det är inte som att våra namn väcker något intresse hos folk. Vi har för få tatueringar tror jag.

Vilka popkulturella referenser står att finna i era låtar, med undantag för det mest uppenbara?

– Det är upp till lyssnaren att hitta, det är hela poängen. Vi står för våra stölder men då måste folk peka ut dem först.

Det finns en större mängd motiveringar till varför man bör köpa sjuan. Men jag vill gärna veta vad ni har för motivering?

– För att inget annat band låter som oss för tillfället. I alla fall inte i Sverige. Vi är dessutom 100% New Era-fria, det om något är ett gott skäl.

Kommer det hända någonting särskilt inom den närmsta framtiden?

– Revolution, skivsläpp, massavrättningar av oliktänkade och kanske en spelning.

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Recension: Inkvisitionen – Dö som lejon

2415768213-1Hardcore för hårdhudade människor. Inkvisitionen är ett namn som jag hört otaliga gånger på Lukinzine, då han matat mig med det bästa av den senaste punk och hardcore som finns därute. Fick upp ögonen för detta band på grund av det och tänkte att jag skulle recensera deras senaste släpp. Äntligen kommer det ännu mer hardcore som bryter sig ur den konventionella fåran och smiskar allt i sin väg hittills. När den första låten som går under namnet “Repris” kommer på, så vill man helt sonika brista ut i ett avgrundsvrål och cirkulera runt i rummet, samt slänga upp näven.

Den här skiten knockar mig ur mina bekväma tofflor och kör runt mig likt en virvelvind, då trummorna och riffen är så pass hårda att man försvinner ut i molnen och spottas ut i havet. Även om det är förhållandevist repetetivt så är ljudbilden utmärkt ur många avseenden och inte alltför finslipad, vilket gör att allting låter mycket mer brutalt än vad det skulle kunna ha gjort. Ser gärna en repris av denna låt igen och har därför satt den på rullning ytterligare en gång. Kaos, krig och erbarmlig död letar sig in i min skalle. För någonstans därinne finns det en icke-invigd hardcoreentusiast som vill ut ur skalet och bara röja loss totalt.

När man tror att den första låten var epitomen av vad Inkvisitionen innebär, så kommer ytterligare en jävla handgranat som sprängs i nyllet på en. Inte bildligt talat, men musikaliskt talat. Vi är alltså på den andra låten, vid namn “Dö som lejon“. Riffen innan skiten släpper loss totalt är fullständigt urartade och hela ljudbilden påminner mycket mer om något experiment än någon statisk hardcoreetikett kan frambringa. Här har man kopplat in alla bandmedlemmarna till en maskin som kan spotta ur sig sådana fullständigt galna låtstrukturer, riff och trummor.

Känns som att man påminns om varför man lever och det är säkerligen något som förgyller Decemberkvällen ytterligare. När man svettas i ögonhålorna, känner sig lagom fräsch och rantar runt i ringen. Det här, det är boxningshardcore för den hårdhudade människan. För en oinvigd så ter sig detta brutalt och primitivt, men det är långt ifrån det. Vad är det då? Jo, det är genomtänkt jävla hardcore som tar din puls och kör all-in direkt genom att släppa lös en fullskalig kaskad av allt det som gör att hardcore kan bli bra och faktiskt blir det.

Efter att man tagit sig igenom vad som verkar vara timmar, men som egentligen bara är strax över en minut, så är man utpumpad till max. Hjärnsubstansen har letat sig upp i innerväggarna och nerverna processar information snabbare än någonsin förut. Men vad händer då? De tar givetvis åt sig av äran och har döpt sin sista låt på ep:n till “Göteborgs bästa punkband” och här har de ett långsammare tempo, men fortfarande energin som var så närvarande i de andra låtarna på helspänn, ifall någonting skulle hända. Dock så kör de igång med en riktig manglare och krossar allt i sin värld, som sig bör.

När man tror att man hört det hårdaste som finns inom respektive genre, så hör man det här och blir totalt överkörd på alla sätt och vis. Det här är nog något av det snabbaste och hårdaste jag hört i år, om man inte undantar Christer Pettersson. Men de här grabbarna går utöver det och har kommit på väldigt hårda om än melodiska sektioner som för allting framåt ett snäpp, just för att de ska kunna knäppa mig på näsan och säga: “nej du, vi regerar trots att året snart är slut“. Jag kan bara hålla med, ni håller fanan högt och trampar in som om det inte vore någonting. Nog en av de bästa hardcoreplattorna jag hört i år, trots ett sådant litet antal låtar. Fy fasiken vad bra!

Harvesting #11: Q: Are we Phoebus? A: No, we’re Chrille P! [Part I]

Another day, another edition of Harvesting. This time I venture into well-known territory and drag you along with me. I’ve been doing a podcast-series about Swedish Punk and Hardcore, which solemnly died and this is what rose from the ashes of it. The difference between this edition and the podcast is that I’ll be including foreign hardcore and punk-bands into this. So this time around you’ll get to know the following bands a little bit better, whether it’s a review or an interview: Prowler, Grueling Sentence, Hassler, Christer Pettersson and Phoebus Beat Clan. The last two of these bands will also be interviewed in this edition, which will be in two parts. So you can look forward to Christer Pettersson and Phoebus Beat Clan being interviewed in this part of it. Enjoy this Part of the deal and I hope you’ll enjoy the second part of it too. The second part will be released tomorrow.

Prowler – Prowler EP

I rarely find any hardcore in the regions of New Zealand and Australia, but this band comes from the NZ area and surprised me a lot. The first track “Choker” sounds a lot like the older hardcore-sound of America, specifically bands like Poison Idea and the likes of it. It’s got the banging sound of early hardcore and everything seems to be in place. Even though the tempo could be a little bit faster at times, it’s a basic and pretty repetitive formula but with their own touch added to it like it should be. So in the end, it can be a little bit frustrating, but the song isn’t that long to begin with and it ends with a burst of riffs and fades into oblivion. However, the second track “H.R.D” is more of a melodic punk song.

With much more weight added onto the melodic parts of it and the less up-tempo feeling of it. A higher feeling of joy and a lighter feeling of the punk-oriented sound of yesteryear. The only thing that sets them off is the basic formula that they’ve employed with this EP, but since it’s one of their first, I can understand why. I also believe that there’s been a lot of things that have sounded the same, but I think Prowler distinguish themselves from that category by having such a variation in songs and the structure is easier to bang your head to than other bands that just do the same over and over again. So at least that part of it is intact and I’m looking forward to other releases from this band, but it seems like they’ve been quite inactive since they released this EP in the beginning of 2012.

You can buy their EP over at their bandcamp if you want to, but it’s a digital-only download release this time around. There’s also a possibility to download it for free, but I think you should give the guys some cash for what they’ve managed to put out there with this release.

Grueling Sentence – Metaphysical Decomposition

Time for some of the first grindcore in these series. One of the more interesting releases in that category this year. Beginning with the track “Bodies Subscribe“, the Moog does that it does best. There’s a lot going on here and I feel myself headbanging to this piece of crossover hardcore. A good combination of hardcore in the down-tempo parts, serving as a breakdown kind of thing. Even though the third song “Bloodless” only lasts for some seconds, it’s one of my favorite songs of the album. Almost as if you’d put some powerviolence on a grindcore record. I don’t know how well it matches, but it sure as hell lets off some well-deserved steam. I could keep going for hours, whilst listening to that single song. One of the later songs, titled “Immersed“, is also one of my favorites. I like everything about this record, but some tracks are better than others.

There might be a lot of variation in one single track, as they sometimes go from pure metal to hardcore and then directly force themselves into the hardcore category. But I think it’s great that bands like these get some light shining upon them, because they’re hopping from genre to genre and they do it good. Another song that is one of my favorites on this album would be the song “Destructive Purpose“, blastbeating the fuck out of me and leaving me with my jaw close to the floor. I try to keep up with the tempo, but they’ve surpassed me five times already. Even though it’s such a heinous tempo, they still manage to keep it controlled to a good degree at least. The riffs are insane and the drumming is out of this world, I don’t really care to much for the growling, but it serves the purpose of the sound-scape as a whole and is a good catalyst to the speedy tempo.

Either you buy it and download it for 5 dollars from their bandcamp. Or, you could add 5 more dollars and get the 10 dollar physical CD in your hand. I don’t think it’s limited, but I think you should get it just to listen through it physically and not via the player.

Hassler – s/t 7¨

If you like bone-breaking hardcore, you will like this. It’s fucking crazy, but at the same time catchy. Starting off with the first track “Asphyxiate“, which makes the whole world rumble beneath my feet. Inviting me to a darker world than what I know of, moshing around in my head until I fall down and puke on myself. With crazy riffs, catchy vocals and a murky sound-scape which could be described as raw-fi. I think I should begin to promote the use of that word in situations like this. I like the straight-forwardness of the song and it just takes me by surprise as it storms into my living room and occupies it. The ultimate setting for something like Hassler, with everything developing into a controlled mayhem with undertones of sweet old-school crust. Or maybe it’s just me being confused thanks to the sound-scape, because it sounds crustier. Next song that I like very much from this album is “Beatdown“, which is straight-up hardcore with rock-oriented rhythms and crazy riffing.

Reminds me of a lot of Swedish bands, but they keep the American sound intact at least. Could be compared to a noisier version of Damage morphed into something in between with Misantropic, but without the sharp sound-scape and overtly bass-ridden songs. The hooks in these songs are fucking amazing too and leave me even more surprised. I was thinking, at first, that this was just one of the basic and straight-forward releases but nothing more than that. Fortunately for me, I was wrong about that and these guys serve as an example, at least when it comes to the synchronization and harmony in between the instruments. The way they manage to manipulate the instruments into sounding so damn crazy is above me and beyond. One of the greater records this year, in the hardcore category, for sure. Canada, you haven’t disappointed me this time around.

Support this band with all the money you have and buy a copy of their record over at Schizophrenic Records.

Christer Pettersson – Play Fast

Are we spoiled in Sweden? Yes, we are. We have Christer Pettersson. It’s a combination of Swedish and English fastcore/power-violence. I’ve been awaiting that day and I found them some time ago. They pull it off with such excellence that it almost feels bad for me to review this gem. The first track “(We are) Christer Pettersson” blows my mind and it’s one of those fastcore gems that you can’t stop listening to. With some hints of Bruce Banner and the good old (real) powerviolence, swedish style! Second song “Våldsmonopol” is very much about trying to be even faster than in the first song. And I believe that it’s the point of this record, the fucking drums are insane and I stomp along with it just to annoy my neighbors. They’ll be power violence-enthusiasts by the end of this week alone. One of the best songs on this album is the song “Don’t Stop” which sounds like something in between Uzi Suicide and Charles Bronson (thy legendary pv-band) and that’s not something bad.

The obligatory sampling and the fucking nutty riffs, almost as if there’s no point to the song when it comes to vocals or sampling. A point I get though is the: “…and hardcore”, which is being swarmed afterwards with a ridiculous amount of in-your-face attitude and also one obligatory “mmhh… dee-rop“. I feel that there are a lot of wonderful power-violence and fastcore anecdotes on this album, the only thing I missed was a “let’s fucking go” or “go!“. Hopefully this band have inspired loads of metalcore bands from Sweden to put down their guitars and go for some crazy power-violence instead. Another great song, which is only great for its beginning intermezzo between guitars and drums, is the song “Simulation of Reality” which brings a real hardcore and fastcore fusion to the table, just to shove it down your throat. Great shit!

Buy their shit or download it for free from their bandcamp, but I’d suggest that you give these poor men some money so they can record some more power violence. Hopefully they’ll pinpoint all the other anecdotes that are worthy of revolving a song around.

I asked Tor from the band Christer Pettersson some well deserved questions that needed to be answered immediately. He accomplished it.

Why did you pick the name Christer Pettersson, how did it once start up and have you played in any other band before this one?

– Me and Jakob played together in a thrash metal band called Oppression a couple of years ago and had been jamming every now and then since Oppression folded. Around 2011 we started to talk about playing some fast hardcore since we’ve been crazy about Scholastic Deth and bands like that for a couple years. We wrote some songs and asked Frank from Undergång to handle the bass. The name was mostly a joke from the beginning but kinda grew on us.

Christer Pettersson is an iconic name and stands for so many things. The class structure, drug abuse, the way that you’re easily judged in the eyes of media and the public, no matter what the law says. The artist Hop Louie got the question why he’s been putting the face of Christer Pettersson in his art and replied that he felt a closer connection to the likes of Christer Pettersson than the swedish king or something like that. That’s an interesting way of looking at it and I, we, could relate to that. Plus, Christer Pettersson ends up right next to Charles Bronson in iTunes.

So you’’ve released a fastcore/powerviolence record in Swedish and English, but where have you gotten your influences from?

– A bunch of japanese bands like BREAKfAST, Lie, Exclaim, Jellyroll Rockheads and so on. A bunch of american bands like Spazz, Infest, Lack of interest. A few Swedish bands: Bruce Banner, I Quit and E.T.A.. There are so many bands out there and I can gladly hook you up with a huge list, just say the word.

What was the general thought behind your first album, what were you trying to accomplish and did you have any message you wanted to put out?

– High energy hardcore. Fast thrash. We wanted it to be intense and interesting. The lyrics are mostly dealing with the fucked up structures of society. Alot of people consider Sweden to be a free country but we still live within a capitalist hegemony. If you’re not productive then you’re useless and basically doomed. It’s more important to get homeless people out of the downtown area of Stockholm than to make sure they don’t starve. It’s more important to make sure that homeless people are thrown of the subway trains than to make sure they have a home to go to. There are cases of power abuse from the police every single day, there are kids being beat up by security for drawing a beard on a billboard. I would say that society at large have got their priorities wrong.

Are you going to release anything new before the year is over or are you planning to do anything else?

– Hopefully we will put out the ”Play Fast” recording on wax, time will tell. Other than that we’re gonna focus on doing some shows and maybe do a tour next summer.

Thank you for this “interview”! Final words?

– Stay in school and play fast as fuck.

I asked some questions for Nicke Svensson from the band Phoebus Beat Clan and he gladly answered them with long sentences.

Who are you guys and what would you say separates Phoebus Beat Clan from other bands?

– Ok, hi. The first time we rehearsed we didn’t really play instruments, we drank heavily and burned some weed, then we decided to build a 9 mm Submachine Gun from a really detailed drawing that Odd, our singer had brought with him. And since I do a lot of machine work in my spare time it just felt so natural that we all agreed to be a band from now on, that’s not really something that would separate us from other bands though I guess, but let me put it this way; some time back in here in Stockholm our Minister for foreign affairs Anna Lindh, was murdered by a person named Mijailo Mijailovic. That took place at a local mall inside the city called NK, then just the week after that another person violently drove a car in the extremely narrow streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town) causing several deaths of pedestrians.

Both Mijailo and the driver’s first words to the police after they were caught was that they had no memory what so ever of what happened or why they did it, only that they had this voice inside their heads repeatedly telling them to complete these horrible acts. Thing is this, right between these locations are the studio, it’s named The Dustward – this is where we rehearse and record, so if you look at a map and mark the local mall NK, the street in Gamla Stan where the driver finally stopped and The Dustward studio located in the ‘Phoebus Block’ in Gamla Stan you’ll get a perfect triangle. Make no mistake, this was a mind control attempt from the Swedish Royal Family, who also has their Castle building real close to this triangle, Bermuda had nothing to do with it, neither had Roky. We’re still trying to find out what our exact part in this blood curdling scenario is, but until we do I can’t really give you a good answer what it is that separates us from other bands, but it is something for sure – the voices inside our heads are growing louder by the hour, I guess you just have to stay tuned on that one.

How did it feel to record material for your first release and how did you go about it when recording?

– It felt great, human observers have two eyes and two ears but they only count as one, that’s a reassuring fact to feel while creating music, it cuts down the pressure to 50%. I mean the only thing we wanted to do here was to raise a great chromatic web the size of a spinnaker and then filter peoples minds through it, make them understand the importance of this virgin path of spiritual communication. We didn’t have any of the songs done before we recorded them – all we had was shitty iPhone recordings that always seemed to be somewhere else when we needed them the most. And our singer was deep inside the jungles of Borneo for like 5 weeks writing lyrics.

So when he got home we pretty much got together like we always do, got some good times going, feeling the inspiration and just jammed out the songs one by one at the time, then we had like two weeks of Sitar tuning, laying down some Wurlitzer, glockenspiel along with some other various medieval string instruments, this recording sounds pretty medieval, I mean in a sixties way, we feel it’s very sixties with medieval music – and we’re not even a sixties band, that’s how medieval we are.

Could you motivate why people should buy your upcoming release “Reincarnation Of The Circle Melts The Wheel”?

– Valentino Liberace’s feet. It’s actually quite simple, the world followed and admired Liberace’s fingers but it was his feet that got him to the piano, and that’s how we feel about it – elementarily, we are Liberace’s feet. Apart from that, just the good times, getting in contact with whatever you wanna call it, actually I could not tell you since I’ve never been in your shoes if you know what I mean, just ride the spectral transitions of electrical soundscapes and try to stay away from the dark side of Eden, eat all the apples you want to – fuck the serpent, get your kicks before the teddybear turns into a cloud.

So, what’s happening in the near future for you guys? Thank you for your presence! Could you recommend anything here in the end?

– We’re rehearsing at the moment trying to get a good live set going, we’re almost there so I’d say we’ll be performing live in no time. About the recommendations; Be aware, stay in contact, live your life to decode the lies inside the heart of rock ‘n roll, – one of the most famous Jerry Lee Lewis quotes of all times must be “I am right, I’m always right, once I thought I was wrong, I checked it out – I was right”. – So, he was wrong. He was wrong about being wrong and that is being wrong none the less and that’s one of the reasons that we don’t believe in rock ‘n roll, but we love Jerry Lee. Thank you.