Truckfighters (from Sweden), Fatso Jetson, Last Days of Ancient Sunlight (Members of 400 Blows, Totimoshi and Sabertooth Tiger), Hellbeast of the Night

Truckfighters (from Sweden)

To hear Truckfighters’ music, is to hear the sounds of the desert. It’s in their wide open expanse, it’s in their grand open groove and dust-caked metal riffs. You can hear progression and imagination. This is a band bred on the California badlands, on sprawling vistas and parched wilderness.
There is just one thing. They’re from Sweden.
“We have the exact opposite weather and landscape to California,” says the band’s guitarist Niklas ‘Dango’ Källgren. “But there is a wilderness there, so I think we share something with people who make music in desert landscapes: we both do it in places where there aren’t many people around. Maybe that’s why we can tap into those sounds. You can create big empty spaces in music whether you are in the California desert or whether you are in Sweden.”
These are sounds that they have been making since Niklas teamed up with bassist and vocalist Oskar ‘Ozo’ Cedermalm in Orebro, Sweden in 2001.
A succession of drummers have come and gone – “We have a very Spinal Tap relationship with drummers,” says Niklas, “our original drummer quit the band because he smoked too much weed, our next one damaged his wrists … we keep having problems” – but now the powerhouse playing of Andre ‘Poncho’ Kvarnström drives their groove.
Over the course of five EPs and three previous albums, they have honed, tautened and expanded their sound, moving from out-and-out riffing to more melodic, crafted songwriting. Yet, inherent in everything is the fuzzed-out mania that defines them.
“That fuzz is the sound in my head that I want to get out,” says Niklas. “The new record just has more of everything we’ve ever done. It’s melodic and groovy but very progressive too. The songwriting’s better.”
That new record was forged from jams that the band then worked hard to convert into songs. Importantly, they say they have never attempted to write to a style. Instead, their songs come from the heart.
“We never, ever sit down and work out what we’re going to do, we just do it,” says Niklas. “We try to make music that will last, that will be around for a long time. We’re not aiming to write anything hip, we try to be timeless. We’re not trying to adapt to anything that’s popular or write hits, and I think that’s our strength.
“I think people like us because they know we’re writing music we love. We’re not chasing a crowd, we’re doing what makes us happy and that gives our songwriting a lot of integrity. We do things they way we like it.”
It has earned them comparisons to Queens Of The Stone Age’s early sound, and that band’s singer Josh Homme is a fan who appeared in a 2011 documentary about Truckfighters.
“They’re a big influence – I tell people that we sound like Queens Of The Stone Age and Tool, but we’re definitely more metal that Queens Of The Stone Age,” says Niklas. “We’re more like their first album. We’ve got those fuzzy guitars, but we’ve got progression too.”
And ambition. The desert rock scene in Sweden consists, more or less, of just them. Unafraid to plough their own furrow, they have forged ahead and spend months on the road touring the world. Being in front of crowds, sweat-sodden and crazed is where they are happiest. It’s why a Truckfighters show is such a wild, free-form, charged affair.
“Playing shows is the greatest thing you can do in a band. You can play people the music that you made, and see that exchange of energy,” says Niklas. “The energy is the key, it’s a give and take thing with the crowd. We get excited by the people there, the songs, the volume and the power and so we go a bit crazy. We don’t allow things to get boring, we keep things new and exciting live. Every night when we play, we want the show to be crazy.”
It’s why they can’t see anything changing soon. With their fourth album primed and ready to explode, they will be on the road for a long while yet: bringing the fuzz, the fury and desert sounds of Sweden to sweltering venues and raucous crowds. And as they’re up there onstage, know that this is what they were born to do, this is what they love.
“It’s important to point out that we do only what we love,” says Niklas finally. “We don’t really care what other people think of us, we’re doing this for ourselves. We always have.”

Fatso Jetson

Fatso Jetson was formed in Palm Desert, CA, in 1994 and are often credited as one of the fathers of the desert strain of stoner rock made most famous by their slightly younger neighbors Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. This might be strange considering that the genre was in full swing at the time of Fatso Jetson's inception. The reason for the group's immense stoner credibility is that key membe
rs of the group played in seminal local "desert" bands Across the River, Yawning Man, and the Sort of Quartet: each of them being groups that the high school aged Kyuss members would frequently see perform at parties. While musically similar to some of their stoner brethren, Fatso Jetson incorporate a broader variety of musical influences that includes punk,blues, jazz and surf music. That is not to say that the band isn't capable of dishing out supremely heavy riffs.. Certainly grounded in dense hard rock, Fatso Jetson experiment with many musical textures, angular instrumental epics, and bizarre lyrics to create a punk, blues art rock all their own.

When guitarist/vocalist Mario Lalli and cousin/bassist Larry Lalli kept bumping into drummer Tony Tornay at desert parties and at the Lallis' own club, "Rhythm & Brews" located in the desert town of Indio CA, the trio decided to start playing together and have remained as a unit since. After performing with former Black Flag guitarist and SST Records' owner Greg Ginn's band, Fatso Jetson were offered a chance to record for Ginn's legendary influencial SST label. In 1995, the group recorded their debut "Stinky Little Gods" and followed that up in 1997 with "Power of Three" -- both discs appeared on SST.
Brant Bjork(Brant Bjork & the Bro's,Kyuss,Fu Manchu) briefly joined up as second guitarist and appeared on two 7" releases . The band then teamed up with Bongload Records, who then released Fatso Jetson's third full-length disc, "Toasted", in 1998. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Goss (Masters of Reality.Queens of the Stone Age).
Guitarist and old friend Gary Arce (Sort of Quartet, Yawning Man) joined the band to record thier fourth LP "Flames for All" in 2000 for Artist Frank Kozik's Mans Ruin Label .
Fatso Jetson also contributed to "The Desert Sessions" releases that Josh Homme (Kyuss,Queens of the Stone Age) organized, bringing desert musicians and other creative like minded rock musicians together to collaborate. At these sessions Mario Lalli co-wrote two songs with Homme ("You think I aint worth a dollar but I feel like a Millionaire" and "Monster in the Parosol") these would eventualy make their way on to the Queens of the Stone Age albums "Rated R" and "Songs for the Deaf"
It was Homme's record lable Rekords Rekords that would release the next Fatso album in 2001 "Cruel and Delicious". For this session the band was joined by Vince Meghrouni (Bazooka, Mike Watt, BellRays) on Sax and harp adding a new dimention to Fatso's hard to pin sound. The band continues with this line up in 2009.
A Fatso Jetson Live record released on vinyl only available from Cobraside records in 2007 would be the latest form the band.
A new full length LP "is planned for a Feburary 2010 release with a european tour to follow in April including a debut at Holland's "Road Burn Festival".

Last Days of Ancient Sunlight (Members of 400 Blows, Totimoshi and Sabertooth Tiger)

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