Some new punk ballad stuff coming up! Been preparing for this new unit for the last few weeks. Something as unusual as a cover band. I have been working with drummer Johan Björklund for 14 years now and with bad ass singer Lindha Kallerdahl for 10 years. We decided we needed to celebrate that by forming a cover trio! So fun! Now we’ve been rehearsing and recording tunes by Avicii, The Cure, Foo Fighters and Chaka Khan for a couple of days. We’re stoked and just wanna get out and play. While in Gothenburg I also laid down some guitar tracks on Johan’s new solo album. That music sounded great. Now you have some wonderful music looking forward to! Can’t wait!
Lately I’ve been getting into the music of Queen and the guitar playing of Mr.May. I was asked to play guitar for a Queen production featuring a large orchestra and a huge choir. I really dug into the tunes and tones of Mr.May, thinking that this will really put the trusted Line 6 Helix to the test. 10 years ago I was a part of another Queen production. Then I was relying on another Line 6 product, the M13. I must say guitar technology has made a huge leap in 10 years. While the M13 really got me into the ballpark for the tones, it didn’t have the amp modelling or the snapshot features of the Helix. Helix is also a big upgrade in terms of sound quality and useability. Right now in this production I’m using it without an actual amp, relying on the modelling of the unit. This is a great way to work when you need total control of your stage volume while retaining the sounds of a pushed amp. I run two FRFR speakers as monitoring and then direct out to FOH via the XLR outs. On may 6th we’ll be playing a show at Västerås Konserthus, Sweden. Will be really fun!
Due to the release of THE SONIC E’s album “Dope Regards” november 1st, Västerås Tidning wrote an article on the band. It’s in Swedish and the band explains their hopes for the future. At the moment our main goal is not to play live, but to get a good receivment for the album. Check out the album at iTunes and Spotify. We put in a lot of work into it. Besides writing lots of tunes we made a real effort to getting the technical side of things to work. All the members also put in a lot of work to get our debut tour happening. Then I took the material into my mixing studio where I mixed all the tunes except two that were mixed by Mats Nyman. The cover layout/photo was also made by me.
Les Pickadoles performed a blistering set at the Katrineholm Jazz & Blues Festival. Arriving from different parts of the country we gathered at Djulö Herrgård in the afternoon to get our tunes together. The site was crowded and the weather was really good. Some clouds, nice temperature around 20 C and no rain. We had a list of about 10 tunes that we rehearsed on the spot. As usual we had a rough idea of what we were going to do, but as always there’s plenty of room for spontaneous impromptu stuff. We had the last spot in the festival program so we took the opportunity to enjoy some fine jazz by Erik Hassle and Lars Jansson among others that were playing prior to us. We made a little remark to each other that their stuff really differed to what we were doing and we kind of asked ourselves, will this work concerning the traditional “jazz festival” sense? As we headed up on stage those concerns flew away like a little whinchat as the crowd gave us a warm welcome. It was a really mixed crowd with both old and young, men, women and others. Everybody got soaked up in the music! Me, I couldn’t remember what I was doing. Time flew. All of a sudden it was the last song and it felt like we just started playing. It’s always a blast playing with Gustaf and Morgan. Those guys can put out some earth poundering noise and rock out like freaks from outer space, but at the same time they have a fantastic sensibility and the ability to really listen and embody themselves with the music. Just wow! Can’t wait ’til next time!