This year's VibraCrunch Festival will take
place Friday August 26 in Malmö. First band wil play at 17:00, so come
early and enjoy the best spot in Malmö. Please note: The venue site
will be moved from Bastionen to the larger Mölleparken (a 3 stage
festival area situated in Kungsparken). See the bottom of this page for
a road map. It’s a result of years of massive success and because we
care to make you feel even better. And still it it's not only cheap,
but musical madness for FREE.
The lineup is a mix of both label mates, Danish, Swedish
and International artists. Rockabilly à la John Waters with Jon Spencer
and Matt Verta-Ray’s Heavy Trash, indie galore with epo-555, dance
lessons with The Mopeds, spy-fi soundtracks played live by Tublenco, a
reunion concert with 18th Dye and much more... Fun factor is
The lineup is now confirmed. Please read on…
The Raveonettes (DK)
Wagner and Sharin Foo started out at Crunchy Frog by releasing two
albums. The first was full of whipping songs of lost love in a minor
key and the second in a major key was about summer raids and untamed
girls. They were a great success and as Rolling Stone wrote recently,
Raveonettes was »history on the march.«
Their new album is full of inspiration of some of the
sixties’ all-time greats, such as Everly Brothers, the pre-punks
Suicide and Velvet Underground. It’s the beauty of trash aesthetics and
retro tunes in a new amalgamation. Even though it’s less fuzzy than the
initial matching dual albums, we still love their heartbreaking sound
and songwriting. So much they even fit the VC7 poster colouring pretty
darn well: pink dreams, black suits and white noise. Crunchy Frog
proudly presents The Raveonettes exclusively for the Malmö Festival.
Heavy Trash (US)
Trash — Crunchy Frog’s latest signing — is a dirty beatnik duo of Jon
Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray. If you loved the early work of Mr. Spencer
(Blues Explosion, Pussy Galore and Boss Hog), you'll enjoy his new
outfit. Wrapped in stylish suits and quiffy hair, he has transformed
into what oldschool American glamour and filthy rhythm’n’blues is all
about... Mr. Verta-Ray (Madder Rose and Speedball Baby) is a master of
the twangy guitar. Armed with six razor sharp strings and crisp
grooves, he has only one mission: To soothe all of the lonely hearts
Heavy Trash is on this occation backed up by Kim ‘Kix’
Jeppesen (Powersolo) on upright bass and Crunchy’s head honcho Jesper
‘Yebo’ Reginal (Tremolo Beer Gut) on drums.
18th Dye (DK/DE)
Sebastian Büttrich, Piet Bendtsen and Heike Rädeker have reformed after
ten years! The band formerly desribed as »breathtaking pop tussles with
a breathtaking guitar assault« was kindly asked by Crunchy staffer
Jessica to pick up drumsticks, fuzz pedals and newly found inspiration.
Their track record is still strong and impressive: 18th Dye was
originally discovered by indie darlings Yo La Tengo and signed for
Matador Records in the mid-90’s, they were invited to record three Peel
Sessions for BBC and their second full length album, Tribute To A Bus,
was recorded by Steve Albini (the recording mastermind of albums by
e.g. The Pixies, Nirvana, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The
Breeders). And here they are: The Danish/German indierock sensation
once again back on the block — but actually their first gig in Sweden —
18th Dye will be feeding back again!
The Mopeds (S)
Mopeds represent the best of intelligent and wacky pop music from
Sweden. Malmö is their home town and Crunchy Frog have kindly asked the
local power trio to give a sightseeing tour through musical nuggets
that are geeky, yet sexy... Subtle, yet extreme… Retro, yet innovative…
All that stuff that make them a must-see live act. Not to mention their
production and horn skills, which have been used in the past by
releasing artists like Bob Hund, St. Etienne, PowerSolo, Superheroes
and Eggstone. Their studio, Gula Studion, has also been an outlet for
music by The Cardigans, Junior Senior and Franz Ferdinand. And yes, the
The Mopeds’ latest longplayer FORTISSIMO has set new
standards in r’n’r show biz. Now amps can be cranked up to 11 — just
that extra notch. But trust us, The Mopeds will treat your ears well
with their sexy tunes and if »you wanna dance, but you don’t know how
to« — a key phrase of the song Loverman — The Mopeds surely will give
us all a serious lecture this Friday night. So, why hitchhike when The
Mopeds will take you for a ride?
year has passed since The Crunchy Crew signed epo-555… And what a year!
The debut album, Dexter Fox, received massive media compliments and was
rated with nothing less than star constellations. Reviewers were
thrilled by the new Danish sound of indietronica — 90’s indiepop belle
epoque meets electronica beat reflections and bit crunching effects. As
a result the longplayer about the fictive, heroic Fox was nominated for
a Danish Music Award and considered as one of the most outstanding
albums of 2004 by Danish National Radio, DR Online.
It isn’t a secret that epo-555’s main inspirations are
shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. But just as obivious
as their inspirations are, the quartet certainly have created they own
perceptive, heartfelt sound and raison d’etre. Within a short period of
time they’ve succesfully played at most Danish venues and festivals,
and since March ‘05 the epology continued in U.S., Iceland, Germany and
Scandinavia. Consider epo-555 your favourite drug: Beautyseeking layers
of sleepy guitars blended with melodica and twilight vocals can be strongly addictive! Please welcome epo-555 back again at VibraCrunch.
South Ambulance (S)
Stockholm band South Ambulance was formed in late 2003 with the
ambition to write good music on Saturdays and record it on Sundays. Two
years later the self-titled debut album was released presenting music
that could have been Stone Roses’ third album with high climbing walls
of chords and great melodies. Soon, South Ambulance may not be a Sunday
band anymore. As a great man once said: Everyday is just like Sunday.
VibraCrunch is most importantly on a Friday where you will fall in love
with the band that gives an emergency heart massage. Please welcome
South Ambulance to VibraCrunch.
might be a secret to some, but Figurines is one of the most hard
working Danish indie bands at the moment. Touring has been a dayjob
during the last half year where they’ve been constantly on the Autobahn
from venue to venue in Germany. Alongside concerts, their second album,
Skeleton, full of catchy cuts has just been released this summer.
Before signing to Morningside Records, playing gigs were the only
advertising since little or no money could be afforded to do promotion.
And the reputation as an excellent live act has obviously been spread
throughout tastemaker fanzines to music lovers.
The band formed in the mid-90’s by youngsters, started
out with inspirations of both British and American alternative rock and
has now turned into a very talented quartet. In front are Christian
Hjelm’s characteristic high-pitched vocals that are backed by a
powerdriven setup of tearing, melodic guitar riffs and bass. There are
no additional spicy effects layered upon their music. It’s plug’n’play,
baby — crisp and clean with natural grains of grease. So genuine that
it somehow reminds you of patinated pictures from your childhood.
Straight from stuck in the middle of suburbia to concert halls and
festivals, doing powerful and yet subtle guitarbased indierock with a
gentlemans touch of rhythmic complexity — is sounds so fresh you can
imagine tasting Grandma’s strawberrys on a summer evening. Even though,
it isn’t strange fruit or forbidden fruit. It’s Figurines.
name is Enco, Tublenco… Inspired by film noir, spy movies and bizarro
car chasing music, a collective of seven Swedish and Danish sparetime
agents formed Tublenco in 2004. They use the sounds of the past and the
beats of a new millennium to generate a swinging mix of villains and
heroes. The selfdefined genre is called Spy-Fi — a meltdown of rare
groovy surf’n’roll with a modern fingerprint of electronic sound-scope.
The group has written a special plot for this occation: A tasty fondue
of evil twang, juggernaut beats, rude rock and electro-fusion… Shaken
and well stirred.
Death To Frank Ziyanak (DK)
after the lead singer, Death To Frank Ziyanak isn’t about committing
suicide but about being outlaw to the bone. Driving through highways
with the car stereo speakers in shredding mode, they sing lyrics from
the gutter with howling attitude. Even though they’re young, after two
well received EP releases, they’ve proven themselves to be able to play
rock with the big guys.
In the land where music is in grayscale only and Jack
Daniels iced with tequila is the only drink; DTFZ would be your
favourite horror tweepop band. The rebel duo — on drums and axe with
additional bass for the occation — is on the run from Interstate
Police. Wanted dead or alive — well, mostly dead — they prove that 3
chords are still going strong and expressive: One for your gut, one for
your blood-red lips and the last for your dancing feet. Long live Frank
Bandsite: http://www.deathtofrankziyanak.com/ / http://deathtofrankziyanak.mymusic.dk/
nightmare of genetic engineering that is Bazookahosen, continues to
amaze and amuse. Denmark's proud exponents of thrash-noir are
guaranteed to make you forget, if only for a few scant moments, the
poor, stunted lives of the five individuals who created it. Formed by a
group of friends in Copenhagen, 1998, the five band members set out to
create their own brand of music and the outcome is an ever-changing
blend of genres from blues to noise jazz with a gypsy flavor. Their
music has been called Modern-Primitive — showcasing a smorgasbord of
block rockin' beats — DIY biscuit-tin banjos and cigar box guitars
spliced with harmonica'n'scratch space-castanets and bass clarinet.
of all, VibraCrunch is for free. No ticket dealing, just good ol’ fun
and fantastic music. As stated above, the venue site has been moved
from Bastionen to the larger Mölleparken situated in Kungsparken.
You can buy beer and food at the festival site, and of
course records and t-shirts. As a special note to all the beer loving
Danes: It is NOT allowed to bring your own beer to the festival area in
respect to the people who have the concession for selling beers. So if
you bring your own beer, then you have to sit outside the fence while
drinking them. Sorry for this inconvenience, but as the festival is in
general free you may be able to afford a few cold draught beers.
Link to the official Malmö Festival site: http://www.malmofestivalen.nu/