Artist: THE CREMATORS / Title: “S/T” / Genré: PSYCHOBILLY / Format: CD-EP / Label: HEP TOWN RECORDS /
I received this record some months ago, but haven’t reviewed it until now. It’s not that it’s bad, cos it isn’t. They’re a good bunch of lads who have played with the likes of The Last Resort and if you like psychobilly, I think you’ll like this. It’s just that over the last few months, I’ve grown tired with fast and loud music. I’ve listened to punk and it’s subgenrés for 20 years+ and want to explore some different music, so recently, I’ve been listening mainly to country, bluegrass and cajun. In fact, this review marks the end for now (maybe I’ll come back!) of this blog.
But enough about me.
I really like this record, they play a good mix of punk and psychobilly. Some tunes are more punky in their energy, whereas some are more 50’s rockabilly in their sound. You can’t review this record without mentioning the guitars either, cos I really like ’em, as do I the voice of the vocalist. He could easily sing with an oi! band as well as with a psychobilly band, he’s got loads of bollocks to it, as well as a melodic singing capacity which I like.
If you like psychobilly, you’ll like this record, so get it if you’re smart!
The Cremators play live at Musikparken in Helsingborg, Sweden at 11 pm.
OFTB: Introduce the band and give us a bit on your history!
C: Well hello there, we’re The Cremators and we play kick ass, flamin’ hot rock’n’roll. There’s five of us, all handsome devils of course…Lucas Arson (Lead vocals), Rev. Hellbound (Double bass & backing vocals), Boogie Ollie (Guitar & backing vocals), Mac Gayver (Guitar) and Mad Max (Drums).
The band was formed in 2004 in the southern swedish city of Hellsingborg, when the Rev. started learning how to play the big bass and pulled some people together to play psychobilly. We released a couple of demos but had some trouble with first one guitarist and then the other quitting, but since we found Mac and Ollie it’s been no further problems like that. This is the ultimate Cremators-lineup and will hopefully stay that way!
OFTB: Do you find inspiration in your music from psychobilly only, or do you look to punk and rockabilly as well? What do you think of artists like Hasil Adkins?
C: Oh yes. To just restrict our influences to ”pure” psychobilly would make the music we write too fucking boring. We draw inspiration from all the kinds of music we listen to. Psychobilly sure, but also punkrock, hardcore, metal, surf, country, rockabilly etc etc…
One should always remember that psychobilly has always been a blend of different styles, and that’s what makes the music so cool.
Hasil Adkins…ahh he was a true hillbilly nutjob, his stuff is so crazy you gotta be normal not to like it. And we for sure are not! Only sad part is that none of us ever got to see him live before hi died. But I bet he’s waiting for us in hell, so I don’t worry too much!
OFTB: A few years ago, a lot of skinheads became psychobillies. Have all or some of you been skins and, if so, what made you change subculture?
C: I (The Rev.) is the only one in the band who has ever called himself a skinhead. I was also punk before that, but I don’t bother too much about labels nowadays. It seemed more important when I was younger. None of us in the band calls themselves ”psychobilly” either, we’re all grown up individuals and don’t feel the need to be a part of a conformist subculture anymore.
The reason I ”hung up the boots” was just that I got sick of the whole scene and the narrowmindness within, and then the same thing when I quit calling myself ”psychobilly”. Now I’m just me and the music I listen to, the clothes I wear and the people I hang out with is a mix of all the different subcultures I’ve been through.
OFTB: Where do you see the band in a few years?
C: Hmm. Since we have started to get some attention in Germany, which is the first step on the road to world fame, I guess it wouldn’t be an understatement to say that we’ll be the new Nekromantix or Mad Sin in a few years…hehehe
Seriously, we’ll see what happens. We’re gonna start recording our first album this fall, and hopefully some label will sign us, but if not we’ll just release it ourselves. No use in just sitting around waiting for something to happen.
And yeah, we want gigs…lots of them. It’s on stage we’re at our best!
OFTB: What is a ”good gig” for you? Where is the ideal place to play and what is the ideal crowd like?
C: The ”ideal” gig is somewhere with people who understand what we’re doing and who are juiced up enough to go nuts in the pit.
If it’s psychos, rockabillies, punks, skins, ”normal” people…we don’t give a shit. As long as you dig us, we dig you!
Oh, did I mention, we want more gigs!!
OFTB: What do you think of ”raggare” (Swedish for ”teds” for our international readers)? Do they listen to your music and come to your gigs?
C: Well, here in the south you don’t see too many of them so I can’t say much about it. There might have been one or two on some of our gigs but since no bottles were thrown at us, I guess they liked it haha
OFTB: Which football clubs (if any) do you support? What do you think of this year’s allsvenskan?
C: None of us are active football supporters, but of course it’s great that Helsingborg is doing so well this years.
OFTB: What do you think mr Hamrén must do in order for Sweden to qualify for the 2014 world cup of footie?
C: I know too little about football tactics to have an oppinion on this, but it sure is gonna be interesting how the new generation of swedish players will be doing in the qualifications. And hopefully Hamrén will make the traditional swedish football a thing of the past. Somewhat effective, sure…but sooooo boring!!!
If you wanna contact The Cremators, don’t hesitate… We have a six song EP out now + great looking t-shirts, patches and pins. So if you’re interested in buying anything, offering us a gig or just writing us loveletters, please do so through myspace or firstname.lastname@example.org
Over & out!
Top Swedish oi! band Prins Carl has lost their guitarist and need a new one. If you play the guitar and live within commuting distance of the band (Västerås, Sweden), get in contact with them! You’ll find their myspace among my links.
Artist: ANTIPATI / Title: FRÅGOR SOM RÖR DET ALLMÄNNA /Genré: OI! /Format: CD / Label: KJELL HELL RECORDS /
In Swedish, we a saying which goes “He who awaits something good never wait too long” and that is certainly a fitting saying for this record, firstly, cos it was delayed, secondly, cos I have long awaited an all-Swedish language oi! record from Antipati. On their last full-length, they had a few English and a few Swedish songs, but my lasting impression from “On repeat” was that the Swedish ones was the best.
In fact, I would say (no offense to the visigoth Gatans Lag) that they are the best who’s dunnit in Swedish for a long while.
Musically, then? Well, in my review of their first full length, I said they had Agent Bulldogg and West Side Boys for schoolteachers in music class and I still sense some WSB in their more melodic numbers and there is some Bulldogg too, but over all, I think they’ve developed a sound of their own and it would be unfair to compare them with others and say “oh, they sound just like…”. No! Fuck that! Antipati is a proper band with a style of their own. Sometimes melodic, always hard and with a hoarse voice from Robban what really does the trick.
Lyrics, it’s just what one would expect from Robbans fairly misantropic views. He’s doing a lot of booting this time, handing out slaps and kicks to politicians, the telly, mainstream “punks” and society in general. The irony behind all this is that Antipati does not hide their contempt for politicians, but I do believe quite a few would like to vote for them if they was a party. To be fair, there’s a few subculture and drinking songs too in there.
A great record! Get it, even if you don’t know Swedish, the music alone makes this a Swedish oi! classic.
Artist: 2ND PINT /Title: “TAKE US HOME” / Genré: OI! / Format: CDR / Label: NONE (DEMO) /
I received this record weeks ago and have actually had a bit of a bad conscience for not having reviewed it in proper time, but it’s summertime and you know how it gets, aight?
On the other hand, I have mostly listened to country this summer and my mind is a bit blank when it comes to punk/oi!, so they have the advantage of being the first punk band I listen to for a while.
This band is, like Prins Carl, connected to Anarkopunx records, but, like Prins Carl, they have not released this darling on that label, but distribute it themselves. I hope this is not the end for non-political bands on AP records, cos Robban has a good ear for good nonpolitical music.
This band, then? They’re good.
First thing which strikes one is the vocalist, he has a good cockney accent, in fact, it’s so good I wonder if he is actually a real cockney. Come to that, he’s got a hoarse voice that at times remind one of Hodges of the 4-skins.
That is where the likenesses to the 4-skins end though, cos this is not aggro music. Musically, it reminds me of either a harder Chron Gen or a more melodic Ejected.
Lyrically, it’s closer to Vicious Rumours, drinks, birds and some violence stuff.
Best tune on this disc is “Paul the guru”.
All that being said, it’s not a very good record, just a good one, I like it, but I’m not overenthusiastic about it. I think they sound like a lot of other Swedish bands sound right now and I would like to hear some variety.
Still, the record is that good that I can recommend it to fans of oi!/punk. I would rather listen to stereotypical oi! than some emo shit.
Artist: HIGH HOPES / Title: “AT THE END OF THE DAY” / Genré: HC / Format: CDR (DEMO) / Label: NONE (DEMO)
This is a good little record, I really like it.
What you get on this ‘un is 80’s inspired HC. Musically, it reminds me of bands like Bold and Turning Point. The usual youth crew stuff, that is.
Which is perhaps why I am surprised to see (or hear) no straight edge references on this ‘un. Do these geezers drink and smoke? That’s their biz and I won’t let it affect my view of them.
Lyrically, it’s posi-stuff, the wonderful idea (which I fully subscribe to) that one man can make a change.
So, to sum it up, what you get is fast, but not too fast, HC with a few semi-melodic bits to it, plenty of good moshing can be made to this, there’s a few sing-along momenets too.
Not groundbreaking in any sense, but they’re really good at what they’re doing.
Best tune on the record is the title tune.