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Sound Pollution Newsletter

by: Steinmetal (posted by Mike) - 2011-06-03 15:00:03

Sound Pollution has issued these updates in their latest newsletter.

The Knockouts on tour with Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot!

The Knockouts starts off the summer supporting no one less than rock'n'roll icon and legendary Stray Cats front man Brian Setzer on the Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot Tour! First show is on the premiere night of the 10 year celebration of the Azkena Rock Festival on June 25, in Vitoria Gasteiz in Spain, to a crowd of over 50,000 people! Following are support slots in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden, ending with a bang playing the Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland - capacity 8,200!

The Knockouts tour dates with Brian Setzer:
June 25 2011, Azkena Rock Festival - Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain
July 19 2011, Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
July 20 2011, München Bryggeriet - Stockholm, Sweden
July 22 2011, Helsinki Ice Hall - Helsinki, Finland
(Additional dates may be announced)

The Knockouts singer/guitarist Johan Frandsen is featured in a two page spread in FUZZ Magazine (June, 2011 issue #4) - the number one and only guitar magazine in Scandinavia, talking about his inspiration and The Knockouts rollercoaster ride so far:
”Without Brian Setzer I would never have played guitar in the first place... He has always been one of my biggest influences. It´s a milestone and an honour to be able to play with members from the Stray Cats once again...”

Gretsch guitars, Fender and the legendary TV Jones are all proud sponsors of both The Knockouts front man Johan Frandsen, and Brian Setzer!

The Knockouts new single "I Want You To Want Me" (cover of the Cheap Trick classic) will be released worldwide on June 7.

Among The Vultures, The Knockouts latest full length album, recently won the 2011 American Independent Music Awards in the category Best Punk Album!

The Knockouts will also do the following gigs:
28 May 2011, Harry B James, Stockholm, Sweden
11 June 2011, Huset (All ages), Huddinge, Sweden
1 July 2011 Peace & Love Festival, Borlänge, Sweden
16 July 2011 Tivolirock, Kristianstad, Sweden
29 July 2011 Helsingborgsfestivalen, Helsingborg, Sweden

Bullet - back from a highly successful European tour!

Bullet is back home in Sweden after an incredibly successful European tour together with Enforcer and Skullfist. The guys played 17 gigs with stops in Germany, Holland, England, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.

It is now three months since the release of Bullet's third album Highway Pirates which debuted in the Swedish charts at position #3, and remained in the charts for a long time. In Germany the album peaked at position #60.

Highway Pirates has received smashing reviews in the media – with album of the month award and highest position on the “Richterskala” section in Germany’s Rock Hard, album of the month award and highest position in the “Soundcheck” section in Sweden Rock Magazine to name
a few.

Sator - time to conquer Europe!

After a couple of years of silence one of Swedens all time finest exports
of rock n´roll Sator released their new album Under The Radar on February 25. The album has united critics and listeners alike and has recieved nothing but praise from everything to the biggest most
important media to small webzines. The album debuted on position #7 in the Swedish sales chart, claiming position #11 the second week, and remained in the charts for a long time. Sator has with their new album proved that they're still hungry and vital, and keeps the crown as being the only true active Swedish rock'n'roll act.

Sator has toured Sweden since March and is now preparing to conquer Europe this fall after doing a string of festival gigs this summer.

Under The Radar was released in Europe on April 29.

Imperial State Electric Straight to number #1 in the Swedish charts!

The new mini album from Imperial State Electric - In Concert! - went straight to number one in the Swedish Midprice charts!

The mini album contains six covers that were a part of the band's set list during their recent tour, recorded in the studio.

Nicke Andersson:
In Concert! is the new mini album from Imperial State Electric. Recorded in the studio! It contains six songs culled from the set of our recent crusade throughout Europe. Although I regard my compositions highly, the importance of our rock'n'roll heritage cannot be stressed enough. From Chuck Berry to the Runaways, these songs rapidly became a big part of the Imperial live show. Now you can enjoy them at home fresh from the studio! Sacrilege or homage? You decide. I think In Concert! kicks ass.

The Gloria Story

Load your love guns, here comes the next big thing from Sweden: The Gloria Story!

The Gloria Story is a good looking, awesome sounding band of brothers with talent for writing genuinely good rock'n'roll tunes, with a lot of passion and soul in them. The new album Shades Of White is released on June 24th, and is produced by legendary Anders "Boba Fett" Lindström of The Hellacopters in Kingside Studios, Stockholm. Shadows Of White contains 10 powerful rock songs that bring vintage Kiss, Thin Lizzy and Cheap Trick to mind, always with a contemporary twist. The album mixes vintage elements with modern day power – making it one of the most vital and catchy albums of 2011.

The Gloria Story is famous for their powerful stage performances featuring guitar destruction, loads of flamboyant posing and high-flying split-jumps. Shades Of White is designed to capture that unique energy and power. Newspapers have labeled the band as "the bastard sons of the Hellacopters and T-Rex" and that's pretty much the sound you can expect from this melodic, raw yet amazingly catchy album! The Gloria Story's debut single "Oh No" released last year sold a massive 20,000 copies and was platinum awarded, and saw the band appearing a lot on both TV and radio shows, as well as doing more than 50 shows in Sweden 2010-2011, which brings the total to over 100 shows since the band started out in 2009. "On No" reached #1 on iTunes Rock and #1 on KlickTrack.

The band will tour Sweden in support of the new album, with shows in Stockholm, Västerås, Gävle, Gothenburg and Skövde finalized so far.


On July 23 the debut from Swedish metal act CellOut hits the stores, containing 10 awesome tracks of heavy guitar sound combined with solid melodies and good songs with a mainstream demand. The album was produced by CellOut and Michael Phelan, mixed by Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Deftones, Static X) and mastered by Dave Collins (Linkin Park, Soundgarden).

Sound Pollution label Black Lodge to conquer China

World famous Sound Pollution label Black Lodge will have a sampler CD included in the next issue of China's biggest metal magazine Painkiller Magazine. Featured on the 20-track CD are Bullet, Bonafide, Mean Streak, Hellfueled, The Kristet Utseende, Death Breath, Elvira Madigan, Merciless, Harms Way, Faceshift, Construcdead, Maze of Torment, Insania, Raise Hell, Face Down, Mörk Gryning, Rutthna, Serpent Obscene, The Storyteller and Månegarm.

Mean Streak - Total success in Japan!

Mean Streak released their critically acclamied second album Declaration Of War on January 28th, which instantly entered the Swedish charts. The interest for the band is also huge in Japan, where they went to perform a series of gigs in conjunction with the album. Check out the liveclip below! Please note that the vocals are not mixed properly yet, and that there will be an edited version of this clip.

Mean Streak live in Japan:

"In For The Kill" video clip:


The Exploding Boy

The new album, The third album, The Black Album!

The Black Album is the third full length release from the Swedish indie-post-punk-wave sensation The Exploding Boy. The Exploding Boy is one of the most talked about Swedish alternative pop/rock bands in the whole of Europe, were the band got amazing reviews for their previous album ”Afterglow” (2009).

The band followed up the release of Afterglow with more than 30 live shows in Germany alone. The singles ”London”, ”Heart Of Glass” and ”40 Days”, from the above mentioned album; all climbed up to top 10 on the official German alternative chart (DAC). The Album was voted as ”Album Of The Year” in Belgian magazine Dark Entries, and Swedish magazine Zero called it ”the best album of the year within the genre”. It also ended up on the top 10 lists in the ”Best of the year” readers’ poll in several alternative magazines.

With the new album The Exploding Boy show their high quality in song writing. The title track from the first single of the album (“Human") entered the German Alternative Chart at position 9 last week, and climbed up to position 8 this week, and also recently climbed to No.1 on the Stockholm Student Radio (THS). This in mind and the first reviews of the album is pointing towards another success.

Along with the release of The Black Album The Exploding Boy will do some promotional shows around Europe. The first one, the official release party, will be held at King Kong Club in Berlin (DE) on the 26:th of May. There will also be a second release party in the bands hometown, Stockholm, Sweden at Debaser on the 7:th of June.

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