Archive for February, 2010

Opeth interview coming up

February 12, 2010

The Dear Jean Journal is currently preparing an interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt, frontman of Swedish death metal giants Opeth. Opeth is about to kick-start their twentieth anniversary tour, starting off at Cirkus in Stockholm March 30th, 2010.

Hopefully, the interview will be posted within a week or two. Til then…

Norweigan love affair

February 12, 2010

We know that Norweigan singer-songwriter Ane Brun already uses the Dear Jean gig bag. Soon Norweigan pop artist skOOm does too…;

“I just paid for your magnificent gig bag (which looks absolutely fabulous!! Finally someone understands you need fashion for your guitar as a rockstar..) :-)”

– skOOm –

Dear Jean salutes Rosa Parks

February 4, 2010

Mother of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks, was born February 4th, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955, triggered a wave of protests throughout the United States.

It may appear as nothing extraordinary today, however in 1955 it was exceptional in the moderately integrated American south. Her action was not the first of its kind, but unlike previous actions of civil disobedience, Parks’ action sparked a massive boycott of public transportations which grew into the start of the American civil rights movement. Parks soon became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. Her quiet courageous act changed America and its view of black people.

Mrs Parks peacefully passed away October 24th, 2005.

Dear Rosa, today, on your birthday, we celebrate your memory.

Black Sabbath reincarnated at Berns

February 3, 2010

The Dear Jean Journal attended the Wolfmother gig Monday night, February 1st, at Berns Salonger in Stockholm. Despite of highly set expectations, I was truly blown away. Here comes this old school rock n roll band from Sydney, Australia, with flawless seventies looks and a perfect Black Sabbath sound you could only dream about in 2010. Not only is Wolfmother the coolest band name in present time, they produce the best seventies rock n roll sound since … well, since the seventies.

Sure, the metal clichés are present at all time. However, it’s pretty much impossible not to surrender to this band. Wolfmother is more or less flowing over of enthusiasm and the sound is rich, wild and heavy. The self entitled debut album from 2005 borrowed covetously from metal pioneers as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer. Composer, singer and lead guitarist Andrew Stockdale was born in the mid seventies, yet he sounds like he was there in that time, side by side with these giants. One can imagine the Tony Iommi posters on the childhood walls.

Wolfmother live is at its best when letting the progressive rock getting out of control, leaving you with the perfect combination of Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. The songs often spin out into long breaks and solos, making the simple three-chord rock n roll into somewhat sophisticated but yet psychedelic jam sessions.

However, it’s not always for the better. The solos are never uninspired but occasionally they leave you hoping for something more. And some sessions may have been a bit too long to keep the interest at a constant high level. Nevertheless, the frenetic sound is very effective and the contact with the audience is intense at all time. Wolfmother at Berns the other night could very well be the best live experience of this year…