As previously reported here at Stargazed Magazine, Swedish guitar hero Reine Fiske  (ex-Paatos, Landberk, Morte Macabre, The Amazing, Motorpsycho, Elephant 9, etc)  is now one of the members of Träden, the new name of the psych rock legends Träd, Gräs och Stenar.

Reine Fiske is also an original member of the slightly more modern psychedelic rock band Dungen who will be at this year’s edition of Holland’s legendary Roadburn Festival for not one, but two special shows! One show for “Häxan” (their latest studio album, released in 2016 – not counting 2018’s “Myths 003” that Dungen made with  US band Woods) on April 18th, and one for “Ta Det Lugnt” (their international breathrough album from 2004) on April 19th!

Those who’ve been fortunate enough to catch Dungen in a live setting, are aware of the transformative experience in store, how they stitch together a fine and fiery tapestry of song. Dungen’s upcoming album “Live” is the golden, glimmering thread holding it all together. “Dungen Live” will be released through Mexican Summer on March 13, 2020. It is now available for pre-order as LP w/ Download and Digital.

The source material for “Live” was recorded in late November 2015, at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg and Victoriateatern in Malmö. Joined by Swedish sax deity Jonas Kullhammar (who brought his skills to “Allas Sak”), these were undoubtedly some massive experiences.  Fans of Reine rippers also need look no further. His classic burnt guitar tone and masterful touch is on full display within “Live”, as is his more recent propensity to build vibes with the Mellotron. Matthias and Johan are locked in as usual, the backbone, wildly swinging in the way they do. Gustav seems to be peaking here, directing currents of energy and melody with the precision of an air traffic controller. This thing gets air; it gives the sense of a band playing purely out of their own time, passionately reviving seldom-remembered histories of recorded sound. Dungen “Live” is a document of a band playing with and outside of time, passionately reviving their slowly storied history of sound.

A captivating ride captured and collaged from two shows in their native Sweden, “Live” covers all the peaks and valleys, the moments of intuition and inspiration, and the cosmic connectivity between a family of musicians that makes each Dungen show a spiritual shift. Entirely instrumental (including a footstompin’ cover of Doug Jerebine’s “Ain’t So Hard to Tell”), “Live” showcases what Dungen does best: create a vibe where none existed, build a mood out of circumstance, attack the music with a fan’s soul and a master’s scorching virtuosity. It extends moments out of their catalogue that seemed like they were already explored and breathes new life into them, at times graceful, at others rambunctious, and sometimes a little of both.

You can now hear the Live track “B1” here:


“Live” is Dungen in their own land, saving up stunning solos and fiery interplay for their home team, elements of their farthest-out and most inspired moments assembled into one piece of continuous music by producer Matthias Glavå. Dungen worked with Glavåon their second album “Stadsvandringar”, aka “2”, when the band was just gaining traction in Sweden and a bit beyond. Glavå returned to help Dungen capture the beautiful, crisp stillness of their 2015 return “Allas Sak”, and stayed on through the creation of “Häxan”, their interpretive soundtrack to the silent film “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”.

“Live” drops us into moments where Dungen’s right at the edge of the cliff, right at the point where they’re getting out of the time machine to bust into John Anthony’s studio right when Affinity is cutting their album for Vertigo, right at the point where you discover the break on a record that snaps into place over some hip hop track you’ve been listening to for years, and you play it over and over. It stirs memories of when those first import copies of “Ta det lungt” hit the record store, how we listened in awe and watched the customers turn around, that first shock of awareness, that anxiety over trying to take home what appeared to be the last copy on the shelf before someone else with the same idea beat you to it.

What makes “Live” really work is the notion that Dungen have this side in them at all times, the idea that all it takes is time and a response to get them into this form. Going through the band’s entire catalogue, growth as musicians is a constant. They’ve afforded themselves the luxuries of being able to go at their own pace, and one of the best things about doing that is that they’re always aware of where you came from, and they build on that to take themselves and the listener out to the rarefied spaces explored within. It’s an intense ride through everything that makes a Dungen show special, back to back to back. All the peaks, all the moments of improvisation and connectivity through sound. It’s pieces of everything you know about them, reinterpreted out of love and respect for the craft. All things that are unmistakably part of what puts Dungen in the top tiers of latter-day psychedelic soul expression. Please hold onto your ticket because it’s about to get punched.

Ain’t So Hard To Do
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