Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007:
Away from Helsingborg to see
a weird gig in Lund

What I think:

Probably well over a year ago, I was visiting London for work, and my mate dragged me out to Camden to see a Japanese synth-punk band called Polysics.

There I was, having escaped from Sweden to a really cool little music venue above a pub in the UK waiting for a bizarrre Japanese band to come on, when all of a sudden, the supporting band come onto the stage and the singer/guitarist proclaims, "We're Quit Your Dayjob and we're from Malmö, Sweden!"


But it turned out that they were pretty good, in some odd way.

However, I couldn't resist confronting "Jonass", as he calls himself, at the merchandise stand later. The conversation went a bit like this:

Mark Base: You bastard.
Jonass: What?
Mark Base: I'm living in Helsingborg now, and I come back here for a break from all things Swedish, and here's this bloody band from Malmö. Bastards.
Jonass: Oh, you're living in Helsingborg? Do you know Landskrona?
Mark Base: Yeah?
Jonass: Well that's where we're actually from. We just say we're from Malmö because no one's heard of Landskrona.
Mark Base: I hear there's lots of crime in Landskrona.
Jonass: Yeah, that's because of us.

So, I bought a CD ("Sweden, We Got A Problem"), and left it at that.

Months later, I found out that they were playing in Copenhagen, opening for Gogol Bordello (whom my girlfriend had seen opening for Danko Jones), and decided to go online and book tickets.

But they were sold out.

So I sent the band an email. I reminded Jonass of our conversation in London, and cleverly implied that he tricked me into buying their CD, as I knew he was from Landskrona, and that there's lots of crime there, so I felt afraid that if I didn't buy the CD he would commit crimes against me.

Like mugging, or violence, or drinking on a Monday or Tuesday evening (seen by many as a crime in Sweden), or not paying my TV licence. Or something. Against me. Oh, nevermind.

I told him that he would hear from my attorneys if he didn't put me and my girlfriend on the guest list as recompense.

It worked. He gave me his mobile (US/CAN: cell phone) number, and told me to sms him on the day just to make confirm. It worked out.

Not only did we get in to a really cool sold-out gig, but we were on the guest list and got in for free. Brilliant.

My email must have been well-convincing, eh Readers?

Getting to the point, already...?
OK, so this past Sunday evening there was another gig in Lund, which is somewhere between Helsingborg and Malmö (past Landskrona, thank the Messiah's bloody toenails). My girlfriend had booked tickets and picked them up at a local gambling shop-place-thing (although she's not really the kind of girl who normally goes to those places - honest).

When we got to the venue, it started getting a bit weird. At the door, some bloke with a clipboard practically jumped on us asking if we were on the guest list. Er, no. He looked rather surprised at that. Glancing at his clipboard, it looked like it was about four pages long. With the text at a number 8-sized font.

We walked past him to the guy on the till and handed him the tickets. He took them and just stared at them for ages, reading them carefully, and not quite knowing what he was supposed to do with them. My girlfriend helped him out by tearing off the stubs and handing them over.

So it would appear that we were the only ones who had bought tickets.

When we got in, there was some sort of dinner thing finishing off. Apparently, there'd just been some kind of film festival there, and this was the tail end of that event.

What was odd about this scenario was that, dressed as we were, with me in my "You say tomato, I say fuck you" t-shirt on, and my girlfriend looking suitably luscious, we felt as though we were crashing a posh party, when in fact, were were probably the only ones who had actually bought tickets. (Cue Twilight Zone music.)

We went outside the bar to have a smoke amogst all the well-dressed riff-raff and noticed a little poster with the line-up and times for the bands performing. At that point it was about 9:45 p.m. (Svenska 21:45). Quit Your Dayjob wouldn't be on until 11:15 (Svenskar: work it out, for Christ's sake). We were a bit early.

But it turned out that there were other bands on beforehand.

One was a cool Danish "punkabilly" band, from the Danish part of Denmark, and the other was an amazing band called Sunshine Rabbits, the self-proclaimed "Founders of Furpop". They were strange-but-good. Here are a couple of photos (US/CAN: pictures):
My girlfriend actually knows this girl from the band. Her name is Lotta Wenglén, and she does her own stuff as well. It's pretty cool, and you should check it out. And she's really nice; she stopped to say hello to my girlfriend in the bar.
This one's pretty charismatic. I don't know her, but she seems like the kind of girl who would love to take tea with your mum (US/CAN: mom), and chuck it in her face. In a sweet and friendly way.

Their music can only be described as fun. It's kind of a tongue-in-cheek disco, rock 'n' roll, goth-punk sugar-coated loveliness. Makes you feel all sunny and warm and bubbly and caressingly violent. Nice mix.

Quit Your Dayjob were next. But there was an extra surprise for us. Before the band came one, the song "You Can Leave Your Hat On" began, and out came this:
Told you it was a weird night, didn't I?

Yes, there was a woman, dressed as a sheep, dressed in a red trenchcoat, about to perform a striptease for us. Due to the lack of expertise in this area (honest), I couldn't quite work out whether she was from New Zealand or Wales. But she was hot.

I was going to make some joke about mint sauce, but I think I'll leave it.
This little lamb took off her trenchcoat and her dress, and was left with nothing bit a skimpy bikini.

Which she proceeded to remove as well.
I think it was the glasses that really did it for me. I'm not ashamed to say that my trousers fit all funny for a few moments there.

While the audience was still gasping for breath, Quit Your Dayjob took to the stage.

One thing that's great about this band is that their songs don't generally last for more than two minutes, much like the early Beatles' hits.

Yep, straight to the point, then bugger off. I like it.

Looking at them at first, they seem like just another high-energy punkish trio, bringing joy and happiness to an otherwise deprived world:

But wait, what's this?

Within the space of about five minutes (or about seventeen songs), Marcass has stripped down to his boxer shorts.

But what he lacks in clothing, he makes up for playing funky keyboards and pointing at people.

As for the drummer, Drumass, he plays drums. And he does it well. He also helps to contribute towards what Marcass lacks in clothing. Which is a lot.

Overall, a great gig, but it was a weird evening. Wouldn't you say?

I had sms'd Jonass before we left for the show, informing him that my cat was dancing to their song "Pissing On A Panda" (even though it was just my girlfriend jiggling her legs around), and he replied by saying, "Then we've succeeded!"

There simply aren't enough pandas to piss on in Sweden, and it's time that the Swedish government did something about it. That's what I think.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lund...you are always so close, yet so far away.

" I knew he was from Landskrona, and that there's lots of crime there,"

hahahahahaahahaha true dat!

10:42 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be in the paddy wagon in Sweden for the Monday-Tuesday infraction. I don't get the sheep thing and the glasses concern me.

But it's great to have a post to read again.

And what's up with the microscopic sized font at the end of all your posts. I should get a treat for reading all the way down. Instead, I get tiny font. I'm so not going downstairs to get my uber magnifiers.

2:51 am  
Blogger Mark Base said...

daduck: Yep, that's how it is. Perhaps we'll meet some day.

Kellypea: Microscopic font? You're seeing something I can't see at all. I'll have a look in my blog template thingy.

8:24 am  
Blogger Tecken: glad said...

I see microscopic fonts too in your blog. But I thought you just like to "jävlas" with us readers... :P

9:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, maybe one day. Since you work at Ikea there in Helsingborg you might know my friend Caroline. Little scottish lass who who works in hmm...not sure where. In the offices I know that. :)

8:30 am  

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