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FIRST BAND FROM OUTER SPACE

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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If you believe that "First Band From Outer Space" really is what the name says it is, then we'll tell you this story. We landed here on earth in the year 2002 and our base is stationed in Gothenburg, Sweden. The reason we came here is because we want to play rock music. Since we were unable to create sounds in the cold void of outer space, earth seamed like a good place to go.

Our rock n' roll sensor controls locked on a part of earth called Scandinavia. The machine couldn't pinpoint any specific location for our rockin' to take place so we had to choose one ourselves. When we first landed and asked around, everyone suggested the town Gothenburg on the west-coast of Sweden. The word is that the town is famous for it's original sound of music and high regards for rock n' roll. Gothenburg became our natural choice.

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3.61 | 17 ratings
We´re Only In It For The Spacerock
2005
4.14 | 62 ratings
Impressionable Sounds Of The Subsonic
2006
4.24 | 50 ratings
The Guitar Is Mightier Than the Gun
2009

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 Impressionable Sounds Of The Subsonic by FIRST BAND FROM OUTER SPACE album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.14 | 62 ratings

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Impressionable Sounds Of The Subsonic
First Band From Outer Space Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Great feel-good up-tempo space-rock epicness from Sweden.

'Impressionable Sounds Of The Subsonic' is the second of First Band From Outer Space's three albums. The style doesn't deviate much from the previous work but this time around they really nailed it, with great songs, soaring rock and all the oscillating synths, dreamy vocals, psychic flutes and fuzzy organs you'd wish.

I find it puzzling that everyone calls this a 'heavier' Hawkwind (I always thought Hawkwind was pretty heavy too), and the sound and power that FBFOS develops are almost exactly the same as you will find on any random Hawkwind live gig from the 2000s. Metal I don't hear at all, but you could say 'Impressionable sounds' is just a bit wilder then Hawkwind, with some extra raw power from the Stooges, which makes them sometimes sound like early Monster Magnet.

I've recently found a reborn interest in Stoner due to releases from Motorpsycho, Hypnos 69 and to a certain extent Astra, First Band From Outer Space fits nicely into that list of bands that found a way to marry vintage Progressive Rock to the retro alt-rock of bands like Kyuss and Monster Magnet.

First Band From Outer Space is blessed with the spirit of Hawkwind, with hazy vocal melodies and all the oscillating synths and bleeps you need for creating upbeat retro rock smothered in thick floating spacey sounds!

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 The Guitar Is Mightier Than the Gun by FIRST BAND FROM OUTER SPACE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.24 | 50 ratings

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First Band From Outer Space Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This third effort by Swedish space rocker First Band From Outer Space presents us with a band seemingly in the process of shifting their stylistic expression, and while still remaining within the space rock realms they are now heading towards a completely different part of it.

Their previous album basically came across as a heavier version of British institution Hawkwind, blending in some nice Sabbath-inspired moods. This time around only fragments and a few select segments remain of the former, while the latter has been almost completely eradicated from their sound.

They have traded this with a stronger emphasis on improvisation and light, vintage psychedelic sounds. As well as generally more elaborate constructions. The end result is a CD residing somewhere in between Pink Floyd, Oresund Space Collective and Hawkwind in overall sound, with a few passing nods in the direction of early 70's improvisational based psychedelic rock acts. Mostly good but at least on this occasion not quite managing to create as intriguing moods as on their previous efforts. A good album though, and one that fans of Oresund Space Collective in particular should take notice of.

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4.24 | 50 ratings

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Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Another great effort with the prognosis for a psych/space masterpiece - let us allow enough time and we'll see. Here we have four well thought out songs provided with spaced out jam periods here and there. They let the music flow based on their longstanding experience and make sure that something like boredom won't come up. This sounds like FBFOS are collaborating with Baby Woodrose's Dragontears - stylistically related, not rehashed though. A bit american west coast psychedelia feeling here plus some heavy psych excursions there - which forms the skeleton in order to embed wonderful improvisational spacey parts. The band are reduced to the three-piece core here on this production - so the multiple playful guitar contributions are mostly overdubbed.

As should be expected, the long title track makes out the centerpiece - a spacey intro lets you feel like an astronaut gliding through space and time supported by an extraterrestrial gripping synth work. A varied trip furthermore leads you through short heavier rocking storms provided with rare vocal presence ... as well as long grooving interplanetary voyages with excellently corresponding instruments in the vein of Oresund Space Collective. Finally you wonder how time flies - 23 minutes are vanishing in a snap!

Decorated with nice female/male vocals Turn Left To The Mexican Barbeque at first is made like Greateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band are struggling for supremacy - but this doesn't stay for long of course because they later fade into a fantastic relaxed flow which will please every space rock fan. The melodic Demons and Haze even has some singing along moments - sounds very retro - like a leftover from the 70's - including a gorgeous hallucinogenic finale.

Smokin' is a bonus track especially reserved for the CD production and a strong argument to avoid the LP version - no reason to miss this one (sorry to you vinyl aficionados). This is another example for an unexhaustible reservoir of inspiration. Again it's the variety which impresses - weird synth contributions - a jazzy groove - playful guitars. American west coast psychedelia competes with a Hawkwind adapted mood, also folksy impressions and hallucinatory floating parts. This new FBFOS output is a reliable addition to your space rock collection.

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 The Guitar Is Mightier Than the Gun by FIRST BAND FROM OUTER SPACE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.24 | 50 ratings

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First Band From Outer Space Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by spaceis

5 stars First band from Outer Space - The Guitar is mightier than the Gun Written by Scott Wednesday, 09 December 2009 20:24

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This was originally released on a limited edition vinyl LP on the Kommun2 label earlier this year in 300 copies. I think it is still possible to find a copy around but it is getting scarce now. Anyway, this is the digital version and it also features an extra 16 min track called "Smokin'". This was actually my favourite release in 2009 and it is nice to see it released in a nice digipack for the fans that are not into or can't play vinyl records. The opening track, "Demons and Haze" is an amazing composition with great dynamics. A real progressive space rock classic. "Turn left to the Mexican BBQ", is more instrumental but also very cool with male-female vocals and acoustic guitar to start before taking a turn left. The band still has that Hawkwind influence but they really do space rock their own way. The long 20 min title track is simply amazing. Very dynamic and it has so many parts. Cool stuff. "Smokin'", the new addition here, has a nice rolling bass line and very spacey vocal style in the beginning as the track travels forward and Johan lays down some awesome lead guitar. The gypsy music part is super cool and really catches you by surprise. A great evolving track and cool addition to the music from the vinyl LP. For all space rock fans.

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 Impressionable Sounds Of The Subsonic by FIRST BAND FROM OUTER SPACE album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.14 | 62 ratings

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Review by WOJTEKK

4 stars New record of FBFOS? So fast? No, impossible. Surely there are some outtakes, or concert. Yet it’s a new album with completely new material. Seems to me that FBOFOS adopted from artist of seventies not only a style, but also frequency of bringing out new records.

Reviewing the debut album of this bunch from space I teased them a little for excessive attachment to hawkwindy view of space- rock. Now it’s more progressive and more hard-rocky (once again bow from Swedish classic – November, but not only this). Also more members of the band – on the cover seven persons were specified. It’s not so unequivocally hawkwindlike, or at least not as it was on “We’re in It…”. Or it’s even more. I don’t know really… It’s felly secondary, but it’s bloody showy album and it’s perfect to listen to. They know what they want, and apparently it’s what should be. Amen.

Previously this was pretty rough, motoric playing, like on the earliest records of Brock and his respectable company. Much more electronic appears. Not only those effects cruddy like “whoosh”, “swish” like formerly, now there are few people, who normally play on various synthetizers. Rock energy of the debut was somewhat smoothed by much ampler sound and more complex arrangements. Music is more subtle and varied. All songs are connected and it’s creating some kind of musical entireness. Just like Hawkwind FBFOS can (already) connect on one record rocky fragments with electronic impressions, sometimes even in one composition. And is doing it so skillfully and fluently, that there is no feel of artificiality of such connection.

Better arrangements, better sound, better produced, musically better – this album is better than debut one.

In colors of the same factory appears Oresund Space Collective and it seems that some osmosis between those two bands is happening. FBFOS is still a band on property. But if it will still be as it is, Brock will calmly go on well-earned retirement, ‘cause he probably didn’t brought up any successors.

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Review by JohnnyC

5 stars An incredible 2nd album from these Swedes. Filled with HAWKWINDIAN influences, but adding a heavier approach in their sound. Tons of spaced out synth sounds and really hard hitting guitar melodies. The members are damn skillfulled, and this is one of my top albums of 2007 !

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Review by Pawned Heart

4 stars If you're not a fan of space rock, substitute my 4 stars for 3. If you are a fan, take my rating, bump it up to 5, and put this at the top of your to-buy list. Or, option three, if you're a Hawkwind fan, stop whatever you're doing - leave the iron on, forget your mother at the dentist, everything - and buy this album now.

A step forward from their previous album (which is good in its own right), "Impressionable Sounds of the Subsonic" has everything you could ever want: killer bass lines, screaming guitars, spacey synth, awesome percussion, and sublime vocals in English and Swedish. And, as icing on the cake, there's some really nice flute work, both mellow and raging.

So, for those out there who want to be transported to all corners of the (apparently square?) universe, go out and buy this essential space rock release!

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. First of all thankyou Joolz for bringing this band to my attention. When I heard that they were a combination of Psychedelic / Spacerock and Metal, two of my favourite genres I couldn't wait to hear them. Lets just say I wasn't disappointed. Three of the band members play percussion and the drummer is simply incredible, while vocals are in both Swedish and English.The flute is what really sets these guys apart along with the heaviness of course.

"Novaja Zemelja" opens with eerie sounds before spacey synths and drums come in. All of a sudden we can hear a baby crying. The song kicks in with a melody before 4 minutes. A nice chunky bass adds to the great heavy sound. Flute 7 minutes in as the song blends into "Utan Att Veta". These next three songs are killers ! I really like the heavy, spacey opening of this song with flute,heavy drums, organ and guitar. Some ripping guitar follows. Vocals arrive for the first time on the album in Swedish 2 minutes in. The drumming is outstanding on this track. "Mean Spacemachine" really reminds me of HAWKWIND. It's an uptempo tune that kicks ass. Vocals are in English and I couldn't turn this one up loud enough. It ends with some haunting flute and blends into "Impressionable Sounds Of the Subsonic".The flute continues as a guitar is strummed. What a moving flute solo as light drums are played and English vocals are sung. 3 1/2 minutes in the song gets heavy as drums, bass and organ create a full sound. It sounds awesome 6 minutes in, we're cooking now ! The song ends with some good outbursts of drums as the spacey sounds conclude the song.

"To Be Seen As the Underdog" is atmospheric as the wind blows. Vocals are almost spoken as guitar is gently strummed. Nice. Percussion comes in as song picks up in tempo breifly. "Grona Hander" opens with heavy drums and bass with synths. Flute comes in followed by a guitar solo. Swedish vocals and great drumming are replaced by a long interlude of percussion and spacey synths. Bass and guitar 10 minutes in. What a fantastic ending to this song. "Todo Pasara" has a powerful intro with a lot of bottom end as flute plays over top. The vocals come in and this is where they (vocals) sound the best on this whole entire album. Organ, flute, drums, percussion and guitar all get their turn in this great tune. "Sagarmatha 8848" is the final song. It opens in a powerful way with organ. It turns spacey 2 minutes in with flute.The melody returns 4 minutes in.The last 2 minutes are probably the only two average minutes on this album.

This is without a doubt one of the best Psychedelic / Spacerock albums i've heard so far. It fits my tastes perfectly.

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Review by Modrigue
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5 stars The future 21th century Hawkwinds ? The swedish band has quite evolved from their first release, and it shows. The line up has grown, the music is less raw, less chaotic, more structured and displays a larger variety of instruments. Vocals are more fluent and more spacey, due in part to the addition of a female vocalist. Impressionable Sounds of the Subsonic features top-notch stoner and space rock ! A mindblowing cosmic journey exploring all types of planets !

As in We're Only in it for the Spacerock, the album begins by setting up the atmosphere with synthetizers, guitars, drums and flute. The introduction sounds like a heavier version of Eloy. It goes on with Utan Att Veta which is maybe one of the best stoner tunes of the century ! Powerful and freaky ! The whole disc rocks and transports you in another universe far far away. From efficient heavy stoned riffs to relaxing moments through psychyedelic sounds and acoustic pieces, from trance rythms to bongos, through beatiful and angry flute playing, ISOTS has hardly all ! One can hear by moments influences from Hydria Spacefolk and Porcupine Tree. The disc finishes in an empty region of cosmos with an hawaian guitar jam !

One of the best space and stoner rock release ! If you like 70s' Hawkwind, Hydria Spacefolk, Monster Magnet and Pink Floyd, this album is for you !

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 We´re Only In It For The Spacerock by FIRST BAND FROM OUTER SPACE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.61 | 17 ratings

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First Band From Outer Space Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars First Band from outer Space is a young band influenced by 70s' Hawkwind and the stoner rock movement. Their first release We´re Only In It For The Spacerock delivers a raw, energic and powerful psychedelic metal. Heavy cosmic Jam into the universe !

The album opens with experimental old school synthetizer sounds which makes you immediately take off from Earth, to announce Sannraijz, a catchy trippy metal tune with reverb effects. The baby of Space Ritual ! Besides, Sometimes Going Too Far is The Only Way to Go ressembles a little to Hawkwind's Time We Left this World Today. The disc continues with Sannraijz 2, a pretty interesting acoustic version of the song featured before. But the highlights here are undoubtly the last two tracks. The title song features 20 great minutes of instrumental dark space rock improvisation with changes of music and rythm, alternating peaceful and powerful movements. This jam is sometimes reminiscent of Subarachnoid Space's music. The cosmic trip ends with the heavy Make yourself heard for the sake of the world, a mini space rock epic with beautiful flute playing !

We're Only In It For The Spacerock is highly recommended to Space and Stoner Rock fans, especially Hawkwind, Pink Floyd and early Monster Magnet fans !

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