With a long experience from making music with Loosegoats, Songs of Soil and as a solo artist, it's no surprise that Christian Kjellvander's stop at Debaser Medis the 2 December 2016 is filled to the brim with great songs and guitar-playing. Kjellvander takes us to an alternate soulful universe with feelings and emotions that are so much larger than in everyday life. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60798.
A night with both Hurula and Les Big Byrd is bound to be great! Stockholm was in for a treat last Tuesday 29 November 2016, when Les Big Byrd opened for Hurula at Vasateatern. Both are high-energy bands playing loud, which made the clash with the velvet and chandeliers of the theatre all the more obvious, something for punks to rebel against. Full gallery of Hurula is at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60777.
Sweden's largest island, Gotland, is known for Ingmar Bergman, sunny summer days and peculiar rock formations known as "rauks". And of course garage rockers Pascal. Last Friday, 18 November 2016, they came to Debaser Medis for a rare show, so all fanatical fans showed up. I got a few shots of the band, with the full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60691.
Can artists playing alternative rock become classics? If that's the case, Dinosaur Jr. is definitely one of those groups. However, I guess they don't really care, they just get up on stage and play. I had the opportunity to see their gig at Debaser Medis on 8 November 2016. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60633 and also a review.
With autumn comes concert season, so it will be hectic with shows for a couple of weeks. Last Friday, 4 November, saw an intimate show at Debaser Strand with charismatic Swede Kristian Anttila. He singlehandedly won over the audience with only an acoustic guitar and lots of humor! Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60603.
In October, I covered shows by Angel Olsen (22 October) and Black Mountain (27 October) at the same venue. The full galleries can be found at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60491 and http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60562 respectively.
One of the exciting things about photographing concerts is the unexpected experiences. When I signed up to photograph Sunn o))) I was aware of their reputation as a loud band, but I didn't really understand just how loud... 120 decibel is just a number until you feel the vibrations in your body, and although I wore protection for my ears it still took two days for my hearing to be back to normal. Full gallery is available at the Gaffa website.
As an extreme contrast to the hardcore concert with Refused last Wednesday, Tindersticks still express very intense emotions with their music, and especially with the lyrics. Tonight, 24 April 2016, at Södra teatern in Stockholm they played for a very concentrated audience, listening to the band and the soothing voice of Stuart A. Staples. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/58709
Dennis Lyxzén is singer in several bands, but regardless of which band he's performing with, he is one of the most energetic singers around. He came with his band Refused to Nobelberget just outside Stockholm on 20 April 2016 and didn't disappoint. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/58679
Guitars, loud volume, flickering strobes... Amazing rock show as always by A Place To Bury Strangers at Debaser Strand in Stockholm on 13 April 2016. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/58655