Thursday, 25 July 2013

PERKELE




























"forever"
Year:    2010
Country:    Sweden
City:    Götenborg
Label:    Bandworm
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!









Perkele started in late -93 by four guys, Ron vocals and guitar, Jonsson drums, Olof Bass  and Anders Guitar. Perkele recorded their first demo tape ”Nu får det vara nog” in the beginning of 94 and next one ”Det växande hatet” in late 94, the band did so many gigs that they became a well known punk band in their hometown, the sound was back in the days very fast punk with Swedish folk musical  influences a sound that you still can hear even today. After a while Anders got tired of playing music and left the band and Perkele became a three member band. It still worked and they wrote new songs for a new demo tape ”Aktion” that was recorded in 95, it sounded better and better. Perkele was now spread in whole Sweden and made gigs from south to north. Soon the bass player Olof left the band after some trouble and Perkele was now looking for a new member to grab the bass. Jonsson and Ron met an old friend to Ron with the name Chris at a party. Before Perkele, Ron and Chris had a band called Aids together with Olof and Anders. Chris was asked to join the band and in -97 Perkele was on stage again and started to plan a recording of a Cd,   since the recording of ”Aktion” things had happened to the sound of Perkele, Oi! and Ska influenced the sound more and more, it was mixed with the sound of Swedish folk music and gave the sound to the Cd ”Från flykt till kamp”, released -98 in 540 copies at Ron’s own label,  today it’s very rare and the band hardly has no copies of it themselves. First hard to get it out to people, but they sold some copies every month at gigs and through friends who were selling it in their hometowns. Some copies also reached France and Germany, this was the bands first connection outside of Sweden. After a while Ron was writing new songs again, this time in English and the sound once again turned more to the Oi! direction. The first songs ever written in English was Working Class followed by Raise your voice and then more and more songs were written and Perkele decided to record a demo to send to record labels and so they did. Six songs were sent to record labels around Europe  and soon they got an e. mail from Bronco Bullfrog Records in Spain. They were really into releasing a fullengt album and Perkele went into the studio to record the rest of the songs. 2001 the album ”Voice of anger” saw the light and the people around Europe got to know the band Perkele from Sweden. Perkele was now making their first gig outside of Sweden in Denmark and also a lot of more gigs in Sweden. Somewhere in this mess the band found out that they wanted to  try out having a fourth member and Ron met Richard at a party, Richard was a friend to a friend and Ron learned that he could play bass and soon he was in the band. Chris was now playing guitar with Ron and now the  four member band Perkele was once again going to enter the studio to record the album ”No Shame”. The songs were influenced by Rolling Stones, Status Quo, Ac/Dc, Oi! music, 77 punk and of course old classic british such as: Sham 69, Cock Sparrer or Cockney Rejects. 2002 ”No Shame” was released by Blind Beggar Records who found Perkele at the compilation ”Brewed in Sweden”.Just before the release Richard decided to leave the band because he had to solve some things in his life. Perkele became a trio and once again Chris became the bass player. The ”No Shame” album was a success and gave Perkele the opportunity to get to Germany, France, Ireland, Norway, Belgium and Prague. The crowd and support of the band was now growing bigger and people was singing along loud at the  concerts.
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