(Published on Groupee Music Hub, March 2010)
The Soundtrack of Our Lives
- Kristi Kates
Those not directly familiar with Goteberg, Sweden band The Soundtrack of Our Lives - also known affectionately as TSOOL - will probably, at the very least, remember the band's uber-catchy single, "Sister Surround," which featured Crombie-coat outfitted frontman Ebbot Lundberg dancing around (and jumping rope... er, jumping mic cord) along with his eccentrically-outfitted bandmates in a simple but compelling performance video.
Since then, TSOOL has released another album (2004's Origin Vol. 1), and Lundberg has produced for the likes of The Preacher and the Bear and The Oholics; but it would take an additional three years for the band's next album, their current set Communion, to surface back into the public eye.
A musical "reflection of the forces that are brainwashing our society," according to Lundberg, Communion's ( ) tracks include "Second Life Replay" (which Lundberg calls "a 'magic moment' in the studio,"), gospel-themed first single "The Passover," and "The Ego Delusion," which Lundberg says is his favorite to play live.
"It's my favorite to perform because it's making fun of Richard Dawkins - who wrote "The God Delusion" and "The Selfish Gene"," Lundberg says. "Unfortunately, it's the most difficult song to play live because of the static rhythm, which our drummer, Fredric, is not very fond of."
Fredric, of course, being Fredrik Sandsten, who shares bandmate duties with Martin Hederos (keyboards), Mattias Barjed (guitar/vocals), Ian Person (guitar/percussion/vocals), and Ake Karl Kalle Gustafsson (bass/violin/vocals), as well as Lundberg himself. Communion, as a matter of fact, stayed "all in the band," so to speak, as it was recorded at Svenska Grammofon Studion, which Gustafsson owns, and was recorded, mixed, and produced by Lundberg and Gustafsson themselves, as they aimed at an arena-ready sound with a message.
"It's an epic attempt to bring hope into all the bullshit you're being fed with," Lundberg explains, "the album is meant to be an interesting frequency raiser, so to speak."
So with all of this earnest, time-sensitive social consciousness going on, exactly where was Lundberg during his two years out of the indie-rock spotlight?
"I wasn't away," he says, "I was just busy producing those other bands. Besides that - I was writing, eating, and sleeping."
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