Sweden, a country that has produced some of the greatest rock’n’roll known to man in the past couple of decades, and is showing no sign whatsoever of letting up. Thank fuck. The Awesome Machine, The Hellacopters, Truckfighters, Silver Devil just to name a few. Purebred rock’n’roll, one and all. Which brings me to Greenleaf. They began as a side band for Tommi Holappa of Dozer, but in 2009, in the wake of Dozer announcing their hiatus, Greenleaf climbed into the driver’s seat, dropped the clutch and hit the road albeit with Tommi being the only constant member throughout their existence. Their recent tour of Australia was also an excellent showcase for what a behemoth these guys are. So now, several LP’s later, released with an almost frightening regularity brings us to Hear The Rivers, yet another epic collection of tunes by Greenleaf.
‘Let It Out’ kicks things off with a stomping drumbeat, and a snarl of over-distorted bass soon follows. Tommi’s guitar and Arvid Hällagård’s vocals link the whole shebang together. Continue reading →
Swedish fuzz-rockers Truckfighters never stop touring. They were only last here a year ago with sold out shows and Australia doing what we can to adopt them as our own. With another successful run of dates in 2016, it was Melbourne’s turn to once again completely lose their shit over the Truckfighters! Continue reading →
For the last 15 years or so, Sweden’s Truckfighters have been releasing some of the slickest fuzzrock known to man. Which includes several great LP’s, and a few EP’s and split releases, all which have been well received. Add the furious live show, and you’ve got the perfect storm. I recently had the chance to speak to guitarist ‘Dango‘, and hit him up with a few questions.
ElJefe: Sweden has a long history when it comes to producing great rock’n’roll. What’s your theory behind this?
Dango : Well, our culture actually makes it very easy for people to learn an instrument if they want to, and is mostly encouraged by parents when you are young. There are lots of music schools as well. Also, we have very cold winters, and people tend to stay in, so bands get a lot of time to work at what they do. But also, a lot of bands tend to work more in isolation; there isn’t a huge scene where everyone helps each other out.
Holy Serpent opened up the massive line up and instantly capsized the room. The sun was still appropriately pouring in through the front windows of Yah Yah’s for the earlier than usual set of desert styled doom. The band have recently been signed to US Label Riding Easy Records, who are known for only releasing gold in the stoner / fuzz / doom soundscapes and Holy Serpent fit right in. It was an impressive set and especially considering it was their third ever show. Some extremely massive drumming and what seemed like one set long rumbling bass note that was just bent in and out of shape; an absolute stand out as well as some of those guitar solos. It seems that Holy Serpent have already perfected their repetitive sludgy riffs that are timed perfectly like a needle skipping on a record, flawless and smooth. Very much looking forward to seeing these guys again.
“Probably the best band in the world” – Josh Homme
This quote is probably the equivalent of Arnie’s “I’ll be back” in the music world. Are Sweden’s Truckfighters the best band in the world? That’s a pretty big ask, maybe some fans favourite band, that’s for sure. One thing though if you’ve never seen them live is that no matter what you think, when you’re there watching them kick arse and go non stop for an entire set, at that moment you will undoubtedly turn to the person next to you and throw the biggest doublehanded devil horns you’ve ever done!