The Usurpress/Bent Sea mini album will be out in the end of this month. We’re writing new material and hopefully we will record the first half, 6 songs, of the next album in Jan 2014. Meanwhile, check out some photos from our trip to Obscene Extreme Festival in July.
Summer is almost over, we had a blast at the great Obscene Extreme Festival in July, wish I could write some more about it but I haven’t recieved any pictures from it from Calle or Påhl. Anyway, I want to write a bit about what Usurpress is up to at the moment. The split-10″ with Bent Sea is still not out, however Dirk informed me today that their layout is “90% done and the vinyl master is on its way. I’ll hurry and get this to you a.s.a.p.” so hopefully it’s on it’s way. Really looking forward to this release since the Bent Sea-songs are really great and our stuff is by far the best we’ve ever done, I think a lot of eye brows will be raised when people hear it. Right now we have no gigs planned and we’re in the process of writing new material for our next release which will be another full lenght album. So far we have about 4 songs completed and they sound the way we want Usurpress to sound. Hopefully the album will be recorded in spring 2014.
We have also participated in some other projects since I wrote here last time and I thought I should tell you a bit about them as well. Steffe did a re-union/farwell gig with his old band Diskonto in August at Motala Hardcore Festival toghter with Madball, Municipal Waste, etc. It was a crazy and wonderful weekend.
The same weekend that Steffe (and Calle) spent in Motala, Påhl and his brother Erik recorded 20 songs with their death/goregrind-project Regurgitated Innards, some of the songs will most probably be released as a 7″ on a German label. Check out this wierd band on: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Regurgitated-Innards/439202826194378?fref=ts
Danne, finally, have recorded 2 new songs in Studio Erebus Odora with his other band, hard rockers Iron Lamb. If this recording will be released is yet not decided. He has also, very temporary, reformed his old prog band Turabus for an exclusive gig on the Melloboat Festival which takes place on a ferry across the Baltic Sea. More info about it here: http://www.melloboat.se/en/
Usurpress will play alongside legends Master and the excellent Entrapment (NL) at the D12 Club in Uppsala Thursday 6:th of June. Should be fun.
More info here: http://www.facebook.com/events/399271573520712/
Usurpress are booked to the Obscene Extreme Pre-Party “Thirst for Grind Vol. VI” in Prague on Wednesday 3:rd of July. Some other bands confirmed are Entrails Massacre, Jesus Ain’t In Poland, Ratbomb, etc. Should be great! More info here: http://www.facebook.com/events/439000956176683/
See you in Czech!
Day I, Friday:
Woke up at 3:00 in the morning to go to the airport, had our first beer at 05:15. Arrived at the Ateneo Squat in Dragoncello outside Rome at about noon. Drank beer for a couple of hour, slept for a few hours. When we woke up we decided to stay in our dressing room/bed room because there were less annoying chickens and ducks there. When the power was on and the bar opened we headed to the actual venue. There was quite a lot of people there already and from what we could make out of the sound check the sound was good too.
We played 3:rd out of 5 bands and it was a really good slot, lots of people and some action in the pit. Good show, not much more to tell.
Afterwards we hung out til quite late, talking to people and such. Great start of the tour!
Day II, Saturday:
Off to the main reason why we went to Italy in the first place, Into the Void Fest in Bologna. Pretty uneventful and not too long drive, except for the fact that Cedro, our driver, was the proud owner of the crappiest GPS in the Western world. Anyway, we ended up at the venue, Freakout Club, without too many problems. Freakout is probably THE rockclub in Bologna, lots of quite big bands are playing there. We started to drink complementary vodkas immediately and Danne did an interview for some metal magazine while we sat up the distro and met some familiar faces from the last tour. Everybody was in a good mood.
Time to play, lots of people – Great! We played one song then the bass amp stopped working. Got it fixed, played one song then the bass and guitar amps stopped working. Got it fixed, played one song then the strap of the bass stopped working. Got it fixed, Calle started to play the song totally wrong, probably stressed out of his life. Not a good way to start the gig. The rest of the gig went smooth but we thought people would think we sucked because of all the technical breakdowns so we hid in the distro.
It turned out that the Italians couldn’t care less about the amp situation, lots of people said we were good so in the end even Steffe was in an ok mood again. We left Freakout very late since the girl we were supposed to sleep at, Jex from Saturnine/Children of Technology, had lost her keys in a drunken haze. We didn’t mind one bit though, it was fun to hang out with all the Bologna people all night.
Day III, Sunday:
Woke up extremely late and headed directly to Jesi for the last gig. Nobody in Bologna had ever heard about Jesi and more than one promply said “That place does not excist in Italy!” so we were a bit nervous that absolutely nobody would show up. We were wrong, when it was time for us to play it must have been 120 people there, not bad for a Sunday. The gig went without problems and after the last band we went to another club to watch some grind band. They had however aready played when we arrived so we went back to our gig place and socialized untill bed time. The morning after we went home. End of story. All in all, 3 very entertaining days and despite the amps in Bologna we did 3 good gigs. You can’t really ask for more, can you?
Just a short studio diary with some pictures, nothing fancy. In fact, the session was pretty eventless since everything was running so smooth that there isn’t that much to tell about it.
Day I, Friday:
We arrived in the studio around 18:30 (6:30 pm), there was no problem finding our way there since we had chosen to record in Calle’s little studio which in fact is located in our rehearse place. He have done some recordings there before, including two pre-productions of Usurpress, but this was the first “real” recording. Not sure if we would be able to handle the recording ourselves, we had brought Påhl’s brother Erik Sundström to handle everything technical.
Me and Calle had already done a crude drum sound check when we recorded a demo of the songs the week before so the actual soundcheck took very little time. We did the drums to City of the Nomads and after that Calle was pretty tired, having worked all week and shit. We decided to take a break and instead Påhl recorded the guitar parts for the instrumental intro Eternity Denies History using a click track. It took a while so Calle was pretty drunk when he had to record the drums (well, percussion actually) for it but he did a great job anyway.
By now it was pretty late so we decided to call it a day, sat down and drank beer and talked instead. Me, Påhl and Erik left after an hour leaving Danne and Calle in the studio.
Day II, Saturday:
I arrived in the studio at 10:00 in the morning to drop off some beer and shit before I headed to do some other stuff. When I got there, the door was open, the lights were out and Calle was asleep on the couch. Wierd. When I got back halv an hour later, Calle was awake but looking dead, Danne was drinking beer, looking torn and miserable and the Sundström Bros were eating sallads.
It turned out that Calle and Danne had ventured to a bar last night, met some old guy that was not interested in socializing with them but extremely interested in buying them strange and very expensive beers. They left at 3:00 in the morning very drunk.
I was starting to expect the worst, Calle looked in no shape to play anything what so ever but after I had bitched and yelled at him for a while he started to play anyway. Danne was not remotely interested in sitting next to his drum kit for the next couple of hours so instead me and him carried a sofa and a table outside and sat down there instead, it was really nice.
Much to my surprise, the drums that we heard in the background sounded quite good and after a while Calle came out with a beer in hand and told us he had nailed it. Good man!
The rest of the day we did guitar and bass without any problems at all. Me, Calle and Danne left around 21:00 (9:00 pm) leaving the brothers in the studio to polish the guitar sound a bit.
Day III, Sunday:
Another day, another surprise. It turned out that Påhl and Erik had stayed in the studio and written and recorded a goregrind song by themselves last night. Sounded pretty good actually. We built a temporary “booth” for the vocals and then started with the vocals right away and it went smoothly as fuck, Påhl did some backing vocals as well. Then we moved on to do a rough mix, concentrating on the most crucial parts like guitar harmonies and clean vocals. We left at around 16:00, Erik stayed to play and record a keyboard part for Eternity Denies History on his own. That was it.
Today, Fri 22:th of March, we will enter Is Charged Studio with Erik Sundström to record 4 new songs. The titles are:
Enernity Denies History (short instrumental song)
A Tidal Wave of Fire, i: Empty Triumphalism, ii: Carved in Filth, iii: The Styx Runs Dry
Unleash the Serfs
City of the Nomads
The first two and one of the two last will appear on our split with Bent Sea, the remaining one we will save for a future project.