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

October 30, 2018
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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)
2018-09-28
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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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The Amazing: January 25, 2013 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 31, 2013
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The Amazing hail from Sweden and share some members with that country’s well-known retro-psych outfit Dungen (our most recent recording of them HERE).  While The Amazing also share some stylistic traits with that band, most obviously the stellar guitar work of both bands’ lead guitarist Reine Fisk, they also stand as a distinct entity. The Amazing’s sound is a more nuanced affair than the rock behemoth that is Dungen, and their songwriting is more wistful and textured.  Frontman Christoff Gunrup sings in English, and that combined with the instrumental approach gives The Amazing the caste of a folkier, almost countrified version of Dungen.  This show at Mercury Lounge found the band celebrating the release of their latest record, Gentle Stream, their second full-length LP and first to be released by our good friends at Partisan Records. The boys served up material from all three of their current records, with an appropriate amount of emphasis given to the latest effort. This was their final NYC show for a bit, but don’t ignore a chance to see these guys, wherever they may be.

I recorded this set with MBHO KA500N hypercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from the talented longtime Mercury Lounge engineer Kevin. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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The Amazing
2013-01-25
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli) + MBHO KA500N>MBP603>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (multi band compression on SBD, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity (set fades, additional EQ, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 54:41]
01 Head Beaches
02 [banter1]
03 Deportation Day
04 Dogs
05 [banter2]
06 The Fog>
07 Gentle Stream
08 Flashlight
09 Gone
10 When the Colours Change

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