Time for a long overdue update about what is happening in Scraps Of Tape-land.
2014 was a weird year for us in many ways, a lot of ups and downs, triumphs and losses.
We released our fifth album “Sjätte Vansinnet”, an album we’re very very proud of, and we did a little bit of touring
to support it, but due to various reasons there were some troubles and we kind of lost a bit of steam and pep.
To not burn ourselves out we kind of came to an unspoken agreement to step back a bit and take a bit of a break from the old cycle we’ve been going through since the early 2000s. Better to cool it for a while than push on without really feeling it, right? We’ve all stayed busy with various projects during this break and we’ll try to do an update soon about all of that. Exciting things are happening for all members outside of the SOT-bubble as well!
Last weekend we got together in the ol’ rehearsalspace for the first time since about November and continued work on what’s shaping up to be our next release. We’re psyched and excited to be playing again, and we’ve got skeletons for about 6 or 7 songs written already and many ideas to try out and riffs to arrange. We’ve also started to look into possible dates for a few shows this autumn, but nothing decided yet.
The noble beast lives. Hope all of you are well, and that we might see you waving back to us from the audience sometime soon.
“For me, Scraps of Tape is all about feelings. You feel it in your entire body. Which also is something I always strive for in my videos, because I think I’m a very emotional person. The idea of the video for “Hands In Hands” was to get the dirty, analog 90’s feeling. Which led to the idea to film the video with my relative’s old Video 8 camcorder. I wanted to capture the feeling of a classic Scraps concert. Black and white, dirty, powerful, emotional and up close. The video is filmed during a concert in Gothenburg. There is probably no better place to make a video for Scraps of Tape than on a stage, because they are one of the best live acts in Sweden.”
New Scraps Of Tape album coming up! Kick in the new year with this sparkling new tune!
Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for a wonderful year together. A lot of new tunes have been released this year, videos and artwork have been made. Love to all of you that make this wonderful things happening. It will be a completely packed year 2014 with massive releases coming up.
To celebrate the new year, we give you a glimpse of what to come. Enjoy We, The Leftheaded, the first track from the new Scraps Of Tape album Sjätte vansinnet! With this we look to the future with energy and a whole lot of love!
Stream the track from Soundcloud, or download for free or “pay-what-you-want” fromBandcamp!
Scraps Of Tape – Sjätte vansinnet
Scraps Of Tape. A quintet that is ever evolving and always going from strength to strength. There are no taboos or musical barriers that stands in the way of this band, one of the very best Sweden has to offer. It is a madness, the sixth, that washes over us. But do not be afraid, dare to embrace it. Sjätte vansinnet (Swedish for ‘The Sixth Madness’) is Scraps Of Tape’s fifth album is being released February 26th 2014. It was recorded during a couple of hot summer days in May 2013, in the Malmö-based Discrete Motion Recordings studio under the supervision of Erik Sunding. The album follows a common thread that the band carefully has created via the Grand Letdown (2009) and Resident Flux (2011), the two latest albums that cemented the band’s strength in writing, frankly, ridiculously awesome rock music. It’s indie rock that wants to challenge, energetic music that invites you to a sound just beyond the ordinary and templated.
The name ‘Sjätte vansinnet’ pinpoints much with us. That sixth sense that we all in the band seem to share, something greater than ourselves, which in fact may be some kind of insanity. It is something that drives us forward and gives us so much, while also pushing us closer and closer to the edge of the abyss. The sixth madness is this incredible gift given to us which eventually will probably destroy us, but until then we will enjoy it, and ride the storm until it throws us off. We think anyone who’s ever been part of a larger creative project knows what we are talking about. This is our sixth madness.
– Johan G Winther, Scraps Of TapeTracklist
A1. We, The Leftheaded A2. Fuga, A3. Hands In Hands, A4. Teardrop Fucking Dropkick, A5. Vultures With High Heels, B1. Among Haters, B2. Once We Were, B3. Log Cabin, B4. A Neverending, B5. Alla utom jag måste dö
15 Mar 2014 DE Dresden, Chemiefabrik
17 Mar 2014 AT Wien, TBA
18 Mar 2014 DE Erfurt, Stadtgarten
19 Mar 2014 CH St. Gallen, Grabenhalle
20 Mar 2014 DE Würzburg, Immerhin
21 Mar 2014 DE Chemnitz, AJZ
22 Mar 2014 DE Berlin, Schokoladen…and more to come!
This is the official video for the track “Wieldless” from Resident Flux.
Shot during the course of a day at the amazing galleri Krets in Malmö, when
we arranged and shot the cover for “R.F”.
A HUGE thanks to all who attended and especially to Goran Kapetanovic who shot and directed it,
and to Magnus Nilsson who edited it all together.
Not too long to go until the release date now, we’re super-excited and proud about this album
and we can’t wait to share it all with you.
Resident Flux is now up for pre-order in the TVR webshop.
Order it now and get it in your mailbox on the day of the release! The CD is packaged in a 28-page hard cover book with special artwork made for each track(including b-sides) by 12 different visual artists.
1. Håll Tjeften
2. Flera Meter Kort (feat. Mattias Alkberg)
4. TV Crown
6. A Feast Of Snakes (feat. Mizuki Ida)
7. The Memory Tricks (feat. Cecilia Nordlund)
8. Revelation Ghost
Resident Flux release tour:
21 Oct 2011 SE – Göteborg, Argostugan Release party w/ Cilihili
22 Oct 2011 DE – Malmö, Babel Release party w/ Cilihili
02 Nov 2011 DE – Kiel, Schaubude
03 Nov 2011 DE – Berlin, Schokoladen
04 Nov 2011 DE – Dresden, AZ Conni
05 Nov 2011 DE – Würzburg, Cairo
Summer is finally here and the swedish people are coming out of their caves and shells,
life feels ok again and the BBQ’s and summertime-drinks are a-plenty in our parks once more. It’s all goooood!!
Our new 7″ is being pressed right now, and will hopefully see the light of day in late May so keep a lookout and we’ll have some more info on this soon. Some shows around Sweden are also being planned for this spring.
As we hope you all know, our records are available on Bandcamp since a while back together with several other Tenderversion-releases, plus Marcus other project Ghostbike and now you can also get a hold of several Tsukimono-releases (one of Johans solo-acts), several of them long out-of-print releases.
We’re done with recording the new album (+ some other stuff)!
12 songs; 8 first-takes, 2 second-takes and 2 third-takes.
2 of the songs and a bunch of lyrics written in the studio.
Not too bad for just 4 days right?
We’re super-pleased so far, everything came out sounding just like or better than we envisioned. We wanted to record as much as possible live and with minimal amounts of overdubs and that’s how we did it. The last two albums we spent two weeks each in the studio on, and were really meticulous about everything and that was awesome too, but we really didn’t want to do that again.
(Per, not worried at all right?)
We met Per and Olle when we played in Berlin together with their bands Division Of Laura Lee and The Change (R.I.P) in 2009 and we got along from the get-go.
We kept in touch with them talking about the possibility of maybe recording something in the future together and what kind of sound, ideas and feeling we’d want to try and go for if that happened.
Then as we got further into writing the new songs and getting a feel for them we realised that Welfare Sounds would probably be a perfect pick, and in retrospect it really was. Whatever happens from now on with this record the recording was probably the easiest and least head-ache-inducing recording-session we’ve ever done. Super-fun and creative!
(we managed to gulp down 3 whole bags of coffee in 4 days)
Truth be told we were pretty well prepared, having rehearsed the songs just enough to know them well and still have a bit of nerve to them, and a lot of the
success of the recording must be given to Fredrik, who nailed the drums and played like a fucking champ!
(Fredrik left and Jerker right)
The new songs have a real live-feel to them, tons of energy and heaviness without losing melody or dynamics. We’ve also been playing a lot with I guess you could almost say ugly and/or dumb riffs in a way, trying to push our playing into new territories and find new pockets of air and new expressions within our music, bringing with us our old producer Mathias “Kapten” Oldéns saying “VÅGA” from previous recordings into the writing of the new material.
(popular chair & pose) (these guys somehow managed to see about one season of “Curb your enthusiasm” too)
Mixing should start within a week or so and we’re pretty excited to hear the results, even though we are a bit sick of the songs right now.
Especially excited about the two new songs we wrote, which are kind of on the opposite ends of the SoT-spectrum from each other, and came together really easily and in a real blaze of creativity.
(Olle, probably listening to his beloved drum-sound)
Anyways, thanks to Per and Olle and to all our friends. Thanks for stopping by and keeping updated on what we’re up to. New material should surface within the next months or so. More updates soon.