The Swedish experimental rock band which started out as Persson Sound (archival recordings from 1967-68 released in 2001) and released their first two albums as (International) Harvester has once again taken on a new name. Träden, a name often used to refer to Träd, Gräs och Stenar, the name under which the core trio of bass player Torbjörn Abelli (dead in 2010), drummer Thomas Mera Gartz (dead in 2012) and founding guitarist Bo Anders Persson (retired from the band in 2008) released several brilliant albums in the early 1970’s and again throughout the first decade of the new millennium.
Following last year’s brilliant “Tack för kaffet”, long-time singer/guitarist Jakob Sjöholm (1970–72, 1980–81, 1995– ) continues working with Dungen’s guitar genius Reine Fiske (Paatos, Landberk, Morte Macabre, The Amazing, Motorpsycho, Elephant 9, etc) and bassist Sigge Krantz (Archimedes Badkar) under the shortened name Träden, Swedish for “The Trees”. Joining as new drummer is Hanna Östergren (Hills) but the former TG&S drummer Nisse Törnqvist (Amason) can also be heard on the new album.
In this latest edition, the band has played for sold-out houses all over Sweden and other parts of the globe. This autumn they will play three shows in Sweden before touring the USA.
Aug 25 Hammenhög, Skåne
Aug 26 Far i Hatten, Malmö
Sep 01 Fasching, Stockholm (Release concert)
Sep 21 The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
Sep 23 Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA
Sep 24 Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 25 Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 26 Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 28 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Sep 29 Root Cellar, Greenfield, MA
Sep 30 Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 01 DC9, Washington, DC
Oct 03 Wexner Center, Columbus, OH
Oct 04 The Hideout, Chicago, IL
Oct 05 Cropped Out, Louisville, KY
Released today on Sweden’s leading psychedelic record label Subliminal Sounds, their self-titled album not only retains the band’s original sound, the opening track “När lingonen mognar” is even a title lifted off of the 1969 Harvester album “Hemåt”. The album is released on CD, standard double LP and as a green vinyl version limited to 300 copies.
1. När Lingon Mognar
2. Kung Karlsson
4. Å Nej
6. Hoppas Du Förstår
8. Det Finns Blått
Through long, crescendoing improvisations, Träden has found their own unique path in the music world for decades, creating a music with room for everyone. Many younger musicians and friends of minimalist, experimental music have been inspired and followed, astonished that a bunch of Swedish hippies made the planet’s most hypnotic, moss-fragrant psychedelic trance rock.
“When we decided to record and release a new album it’s the people who are now in the group that plays on it. We have become a band again in the way that we can once again get out and gig more regularly. The name change is a way of freeing ourselves from the old band and its idiom, thus opening our minds to let the music find new ways, simply giving us more artistic freedom,” explains Jakob Sjöholm.
The new album was recorded at Träden’s countryside music workshop and in good old TGS tradition, much of the material emerged by jamming. Then there are some songs that demanded some toil and despair. It has been a process where everyone in the band has been deeply involved throughout the course of work, in all stages of the production; from the first musical notes to the last choice of colors and images for the album sleeve.
The music on the new album makes one to let go and be swept along in a soaring, endearing ecstasy, and be thrown into a wild but safe forest. Even though the band constellation has changed successively, the majestic roar continues. Sometimes the loudness is lifted out to the big, eccentric carpentry and chopped down to a nice “tree porridge”. Or on contemplatively growing songs, where the guitars’ winding and whirling calls to the very highest air bearings. Many fans describe Träden’s rough-cut music in almost spiritual terms. Träden answers with some mighty songs where the band reaches the mind-expanding oscillation that seems to only occur in their music.
1968 – International Harvester – Sov gott Rose-Marie
1969 – Harvester – Hemåt
1970 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Träd, Gräs och Stenar
1971 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Djungelns lag (live)
1972 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Rock för kropp och själ
1972 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Mors Mors (live)
1996 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Gärdet 12.6.1970
2001 – Pärson Sound – Pärson Sound (1967–68)
2002 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Ajn Schvajn Draj
2003 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Live 1972
2007 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Live – Från Möja till Minneapolis (DVD)
2009 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Hemlösa katter
2016 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Träd, Gräs Och Stenar (box with “Djungelns Lag”, “Mors Mors” and unreleased live material)
2017 – Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Tack för kaffet
2018 – International Harvester – Remains (5LP box with “Sov gott Rose-Marie”, “Hemåt” and unreleased live material)
2018 – Träden – Träden