Two short clips of Svarta Skuggor and Vägen Till Förvirring live at Geggan 2013. Thank you Theresia Py!
Skogen Brinner Gegganfestivalen 2013 (by rockhenke)
Live at Backstage, Linköping, May 10 2013. Photos by: Andreas Törnqvist
The local newspaper ‘Corren’ made a really honest interview with Jesper. This is from 18th of April this year. Here follows some kind of bad english translation.
The Linköping quartet Skogen Brinner will release their debut album in mid-April at the renowned Swedish underground company Subliminal Sounds. But the singer Jesper Aronsson says he feels quite good to keep on playing in a pretend band. To claim that Skogen Brinner has worked for their obscure celebrity status is wrong. It’s rather that you can’t hide talent and good music, even though how much you try to be invisible and selective with your appearances.
- It’s both nice and a little sad for us, admits Jesper a bit questionable. We don’t like ourselves that much, so to speak, but it’s fun to play. The nervousness I had in the beginning and that I didn’t want to play has disappeared, but there’s still some left. But the guitarist David Forsberg’s nervousness has tripled instead, so he who was the driving person in the beginning has taken over all that.
Skogen Brinner has Sweden’s worst collective self-confidence, I have never heard them be satisfied with anything they’ve done. Now you Jesper, David Forsberg, drummer Jonatan Eriksson and bassist Joel Carnstam has recorded an album, anyway, do I dare to ask if you are satisfied?
- Well, I’m surprised that we finished it. There are always things you want to do differently and obviously things you are not happy with.
During the early seventies, the musical era that’s the basis for Skogen Brinner’s self expression did bands release two albums a year and in between that touring for several months. Maybe you shouldn’t work too much on the details?
- Maybe that’s what we should strive for, says Jesper. Just drop it and get it rough. We want to have the roughness, it’s just that we come up with new ideas all the time.
One can’t accuse you of being some perfectionists.
- No it’s rough and warped. It’s what we’ve always thought was good, it makes it a little more alive.
Skogen Brinners debut album was recorded with Jörgen Wärnström in his studio in Normlösa. Suitable, since the band’s music and lyrics have a close connection to the nature.
- It was back to my childhood neighborhood, I lived only one kilometer away when I grew up. Jörgen had great patience with us in the way that we are never satisfied with anything, something that was very needed.
Subliminal Sounds has previously released albums by among other Dungen and Kebnekajse.
- Yes, there have not been any “pretend bands” until we arrived.
- Yes, laughs Jesper. We are not as professional as others, those who can play for real. I don’t even know if it’s possible to be a real band nowadays, I get along pretty well with being a pretend band.
We’re really flattered to have been chosen to the famous and super awesome ‘Aquarius Records' (San Francisco) highlights of the week list. These are the very nice words they say about us:
“SKOGEN BRINNER 1st (Subliminal Sounds)
Oh yeah! Sweden strikes again! The great Subliminal Sounds label (who brought us Dungen, as well as reissues from the likes of Baby Grandmothers and Trad Gras Och Stenar) seem to have revved up their faux-way-back machine to bring us what sounds a heck of a lot like an early ’70s proto-metal reissue but in fact isn’t, the longhaired young rockers of Skogen Brinner belonging to the here and now, somehow. But man this sure sounds like 1971, sheer hellacious FUZZ filled heaviness, wild wailing retro-proto-metal-punk-garage action. The Skogen Brinner boys don’t hold back at all, and this stuff sounds too raw and real to be for calculated effect, it’s not mere ‘cool’ retro posing. No, playing what you hear here clearly comes quite naturally to them - maybe their parents raised ‘em on steady diet of Black Sabbath, Pentagram, and Wicked Lady? And the records of Swedish ’70s proto-metal masters November for sure.
The singing is almost all in Swedish, and is performed with manic, aggressive attitude, though both vocals and music don’t lack for melody when required - track eight, “Vargen Till Forvirring”, being a nice brief acoustic respite from all the fuzzed out madness. Mostly though, yeah, it’s hard hitting psychedelic freakorama, with lotsa fuzz guitar, some organ, echoing studio effects, and “hairy funk” grooves that would get Finders Keepers DJ Andy Votel all hot and bothered if he found this music on some vintage 45. Oh, and there’s even saxophone on two tracks, “Odjurtets Hamnd” and “Farsonas Berg”, riffing just as hard as the guitars. The only song with an English title and lyrics is called “Speed Freak”, if that tells you anything. That track somehow sounds kinda like Mainliner gone medieval & martial. Total biker metal brilliance, there!
Belongs in the collection (and in heavy rotation on the playback devices) of anyone who also loves Kadavar, Burning Saviours, Troubled Horse, Horisont, Danava, La Ira De Dios, Scorpion Child, and other current bands bringing these heavy ’70s sounds back. Ok, look - you know we love this sort of stuff. And we say Skogen Brinner have got the goods, get it!
Digipack cd or gatefold vinyl, both adorned with band portraits in ’70s underground comix style, perfect.”
Skogen Brinner live at Riche, Stockholm
'Fasornas Berg' live @ Bengans, Linköping. More clips HERE!
Filmed by: Reber Ali
Photo: Julia Edetun Wagner
Photo: Albin Carnstam