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!
It’s been two years now since Bowie left this earth and he is greatly missed. I just read an interview with longtime Bowie collaborator Mike Garson where he told that in the seventies, Bowie had been visiting a psychic who had forecasted his death in january 2016. Garson says “(The psychic) told him he was going to die exactly when he died. There are a lot of psychics who are out of their minds and full of it, but this one was real. David knew it and didn’t doubt it for a second. He told me about (the reading) with certainty, accepted it and planned his future out based on that. He had 30, 40 years to plan out his life.”Reading this, it becomes more apparent that Bowie had a master plan and that he was in total control over his creative output right until his last breath. It’s all so staggering.
During the last few weeks I’ve seen many artists celebrating the life and times of Bowie by putting out shows and tribute concerts. Unfortunately I haven’t been asked to participate in any of them, although I really would love to. I know most of his songs and the love and passion I have for his music combined with the knowledge about the different styles of his guitar players would make me a goddamn perfect guitarist in a Bowie tribute band. However, I created my own little tribute by recording some Frippish/Belewish guitar playing over the Scary Monsters chord progression. I made some drum programming, recorded a few rhythm guitars and laid down a basic synth bass. Over that I improvised a couple of takes and here’s what came out. Hope you enjoy it! And don’t forget to call me if you’re planning to pay hommage to David 🙂
I’m very proud to have my shot featured on Parallel Activity’s new album “Rubicon”. It was shot in Skåne, Sweden last summer on a windy day. Please head over to iTunes and purchase the album. I’ts full of great tunes and stellar musicianship. Check it out!
November 1st, THE SONIC E “Dope Regards” (Simlas 011)
In the fall of 2014, the Swedish Improrockjazzoutfit Thymeshift merged with DJ/bassist/producer Jonas Färnlöf under the name of The Sonic E to explore and to some extent wipe out computer/human boundaries in a creative music creation process. Synchronized computers, venturous improvisations and innovative outsidetheboxthinking. The band worked intensively during the year and met regularly at Jonas cabin/studio in Västerås (not to be confused with Westeros) to test, develop and customize the music. The live-premiere took place in April 2015 and the band played half a dozen concerts before they went into Studio Västerås and immortalized it all. The recorded part of the project has been slowly matured and processed leading to this final result.
The Sonic E proudly presents: ”Dope Regards”. Don’t be squared…be Grabbed from Beyond!
Thomas Gunillasson – guitars, laptop
Jonas Färnlöf – voice, bass, percussion, laptop
Johan Björklund – drums, percussion, laptop
Thomas Backman – altosaxophone, clarinet, flute, voice, laptop
This song is of the 2015 album “Beyond Horizons” with Thymeshift. Originally it was written for a project I called “Reinbear” and is a part of a sequence of songs I wrote influenced by the different types of reindeers existing in the Sapmi language. A Busat-reindeer has large testicles or only one, very large, testicle.