08 noviembre 2006

The Hellacopters - Rock & Roll Is Dead

MC5 y Stooges estaban en los 60’, Sonic's Rendezvous Band y Radio Birdman dominaron en los 70’, y Celibate Rifles fueron los dueños de los 80’, pero los auténticos amos en los 90’ son los suecos Hellacopters. Jóvenes, emprendedores y virtuosos instrumentistas hasta decir basta, Hellacopters se ha labrado su propio nombre en Europa y Australia y por medio del sello Sub Pop conquistan el mercado americano. Con rock, rock rápido, extremadamente duro, y a un volumen más allá de toda razón, la banda ha obtenido las mejores críticas que jamas se hallan escrito para una banda de hard rock. En sus temas muestran sus influencias, sobre todo la de Scott Morgan, que ha tocado con ellos muchas vez así como también ha colaborado con Sub Pop; y las de Dictators, con los que han realizado varias giras europeas. Sus discos más aclamados son “Super Shitty To The Max” de 1998 y su continuación, “Grande Rock” de 1999. Hellacopters también ha editado un disco a medias con Gluecifer en 1999, “Respect the Rock America”. Pero el más increíble de todos, una sublime obra de arte y en la que se puede contemplar a Hellacopters en estado puro, es su disco en directo “High Visibility” editado en 2000.

  • 01. Before the Fall
  • 02. Everything's on T.V.
  • 03. Monkey Boy
  • 04. No Angel to Lay Me Away
  • 05. Bring It on Home
  • 06. Leave It Alone
  • 07. Murder on My Mind
  • 08. I'm in the Band
  • 09. Put out the Fire
  • 10. I Might Come See You Tonight
  • 11. Nothing Terribly New
  • 12. Make It Tonight
  • 13. Time Got No Time to Wait for Me

What the MC5 and Stooges were to the '60s, what Sonic's Rendezvous Band and Radio Birdman were to the '70s, and what the Celibate Rifles were to the '80s -- that's what Sweden's Hellacopters were to the '90s. Young, strapping, and rocking out to almost cartoon-like proportions, the Hellacopters have made quite a name for themselves in Europe and Australia. And a deal with Sub Pop had them targeting the States. The rock -- fast, extremely hard, and loud beyond reason -- has gotten the band noticed by several of their seminal influences, such as Scott Morgan, who has performed with them many times as well as collaborated on a single for the aforementioned Sub Pop label, and also the Dictators, with whom they have done several European tours. Releases include 1998's Super Shitty to the Max! and its 1999 follow-up, Grande Rock. The Hellacopters also teamed with Gluecifer for a 1999 split release, Respect the Rock America. White Trash Soul appeared in early 2001, followed by the European release of High Visibility. That record wouldn't see American soil for a whole year (while it was a major-label release at home, it appeared on the independent Gearhead imprint in the States), while they garnered awards in their home country. Universal opted to release the band's next full-length set, 2002's By the Grace of God, on both sides of the ocean, while fans who were having trouble keeping up with their many singles and compilation tracks got relief with two odds-and-sods compilations, Cream of the Crap! and Cream of the Crap!, Vol. 2. Despite being filled with old-fashioned rock & roll, the band's 2005 release was titled Rock & Roll Is Dead.

Hellacopters - Before the fall live

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