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Träden (Träd, Gräs och Stenar): September 28, 2018 Music Hall of Williamsburg

October 30, 2018

The concentration of great psych bands coming out of Sweden these days is astounding: Dungen, Goat, Hills, Centralstödet, The Janitors. That’s just to name a few that are on my radar and I’m sure I’ve barely scratched the surface. But the most well-known psych band to come from Sweden  is almost certainly Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Trees, Grass and Stones) and they undoubtedly loom large for the younger generation.

Today they’re called Träden, but shifting band names and performers has always been part of the deal for the group that started off in 1967 as Pärson Sound, which became International Harvester, then just Harvester, before settling on Träd, Gräs och Stenar in about 1969. Despite their reputation as DIY hippies—or perhaps because they were just that—a wonderful amount of documentation survives, with recent archival releases highlighting how incredibly vital and popular their music still is today. Though Pärson Sound never released a proper album, a three-LP set documents their early experimentation. International Harvester/Harvester released two records, Sov gott Rose-Marie and Hemåt, both recently collected as part of the Remains box set. And more than six LP’s worth of live Träd, Gräs och Stenar material was collected in a box set from Anthology Recordings a few years ago (their studio albums from the 1970s remain sadly out-of-print).

Träden is just the latest iteration of this band, using both names interchangeably on tour (their first to hit the U.S. since 2004). The sole original member of the band is Jakob Sjöholm, who joined in 1970 (in time to play on the second studio album, Rock för Kropp och Själ). He’s joined by musicians from some of those great bands I mentioned above: Hanna Östergren (Hills) on drums, Sigge Krantz (Archimedes Badkar) on bass, and Reine Fiske (Dungen, The Amazing) on guitar and vocals. Their live repertoire includes songs from their new self-titled album, as well as older Träd, Gräs och Stenar songs like “Rock for kropp oct själ” and the well-known “Sanningens silverflod.” “När Lingonen Mognar” appears on Träden’s album, but was also originally released on Harvester’s Hemåt. Whether you call them Träden or Träd, Gräs och Stenar, the music itself is timeless.

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Träden (Träd, Gräs och Stenar)
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD, DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [1:16:46]
01. Hymn
02. När lingonen mognar
03. Rock for kropp oct själ
04. Punkrocker
05. Tamburan
06. Tänkte bara undra
07. Sanningens silverflod
08. I ljuset av din dag
09. Hoppas du förstår

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Makthaverskan: April 6, 2015 Saint Vitus – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 7, 2015


As is all-too-common these days, Makthaverskan had a difficult journey to the U.S. from Sweden for this gig, having canceled at least two New York dates last month due to visa issues. By the time they rolled into Saint Vitus for this sold-out headlining gig, the band needed to be worth the wait. They’re a young band, in age and in feel, with frontwoman Maja Milner’s lyrics the stuff of youthful confusion, heartbreak, and rage. Compared to the twee, prettified sound more commonly associated with their hometown of Gothenburg, Makthaverskan have a harder edge, but while they may be heavier and more aggressive than, say, Always, they aren’t exactly Pharmakon, either. That’s to say, Makthaverskan’s music is angry without being ugly, a dose of dream-pop with Milner’s belted “fuck yous” on top.

The band whipped through this set, a mix of material from their latest record II and their debut. Milner proved more than able to push that voice of hers live, and the band had no problem filling what’s usually New York’s top metal venue with a wall of sound to go with it. The standouts included early-set favorite “Antabus”, as well as the band’s latest single “Witness”, both not coincidentally chances for Milner to let loose. I was equally impressed, though, with the straight-up dream-pop number “Asleep” that would have closed the set. The song gives a large nod to Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and their fellow late-80s English indie poppers (and thus, indirectly, to Makthaverskan’s hometown), and that’s not a bad thing. This crowd agreed, chanting for an encore until we got “Inside of Me” from their debut album. It’s about, in broad strokes, not wanting someone to leave, and that’s also how we felt about Makthaverskan. They’ve got plenty more to show us.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones inside the soundboard area, together with a board feed provided by Saint Vitus engineer Jeff. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff))>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, adjust levels, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (harmonic exciter, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 38:44]
01 Outshine
02 Vi Var Manniskor Fran Borjan
03 Antabus
04 Slowly Sinking
05 It’s You And It’s I
06 Witness
07 No Mercy
08 Something More
09 Asleep
10 [encore break]
11 Inside of Me

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Goat: April 23, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 28, 2013

[Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

The impenetrable Swedish collective Goat became a lot better known in the gap between when PopGun Booking announced their U.S. debut at Glasslands and when the show finally happened — by then at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their first proper release World Music is exactly that — European psych-rock mated to the sounds of the Western Sahara. Shocking Blue meets Group Doueh. Made up of a rotating cast of villagers from the Swedish town of Korpilombolo who have been playing together for several decades (or so the story goes), the current players in Goat would seem to manage the rare feat of being a holy trifecta of mysterious, entertaining and authentic. Even if the Swedish psych rock tag is the easiest, Goat is hardly mystical stoner music, with a heavy, danceable backbeat. Their stage presence is geared to that, as well as maintaining their mystique. All of the players appear in masks and tribal costumes, and two dancer/singers perform up front. The result is a swirling, colorful fantasia of sound and positive rock and roll unlike anything else I’ve seen. Even if the band’s shadowy origins turn out to be less fanciful than they originally appear, this will still be a band to have on your list for the festival circuit this summer and beyond.

I recorded this set with MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones and a custom made analog preamp for a warm, natural sound. The result is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Danato and the rest of the Music Hall team for their hospitality and assistance, and to Goat’s team for permitting the recording.

Stream “Disco Fever”

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Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Aerco MP-2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and effects)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks Tracks [Total Time 1:04:54]
01 Diarabi
02 Golden Dawn
03 [tuning]
04 Disco Fever
05 Stone Goat
06 Let It Bleed
07 Dream Building
08 Run To Your Mama
09 Goathead
10 [tuning2]
11 Goatman
12 Goatlord
13 Det Som Aldrig Förändras / Diarabi
14 [encore break]
15 [unknown] The Sun the Moon

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