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DRAHK VON TRIP

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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DRAHK VON TRIP is a six piece band from Malmö, Sweden, performing progressive psychedelic acid rock. This is strongly influenced by 70's prog and spacerock with female vocals, featuring ethnic sounds, blended with expressive lyrics. The music and lyrics create various moods and a suggestive feeling, often built up through a soft and floating shape into an intensely wild and chaotic state.
The process of creating the music together starts with free form jams.

Three of the members, Göran, Mats and Ralph, have played together for around ten years in a band occasionally named "Mr. G", dealing a lot with improvisations and also working as a band supporting and performing together with improvised theater and happenings. The band felt a need of widening the musical horizon and a decision was made to find new musical soul mates.

After a while Twodox showed up and joined the band with his strange kind of instruments as playing, later on also the guitarist Micke popped up with some spacy, jazzy and trippy approach. Finally Susanne joined with her violin, flutes and dark mysterious vocals. This together with Görans' fluid and adventured drumming, Mats' spacey guitar melodies and aggressive tone, Ralph with the singing bass and sense of structural grooves formed DRAHK VON TRIP as it is today. Sometimes individually created themes, melodies and songs are blended in to the process so called 'Collective Spontaneous Real-time Composing'.

After a lot of jamming and gigs the band recorded the promo EP "IS US" in September 2004, available in two different versions. The Demo brought a lot of attention to progressive radio stations, magazines and internet sites. And then 2005 the first full length studio album "Heart & Consequence" was released - 10 songs which are hard to categorize. A folky, spacy, psych and symphonic blend using a diversity of instruments. DRAHK VON TRIP has also recorded the mysterious trip called "Major Breeze" for a selfreleased limited edition. It features two long jams (67 minutes!) from the rehearsal room in May 2006.

Additionally the band offers several recordings of jams for free on their homepage and their myspace site


Line-up:
Göran: Drum Stunts and Percussion, Physical Suffering
Susanne: Lead Vocals, Violin, Flutes, Melodic Wavering
Mats: Rhythm, Lead and 12 string Guitars, Noisy Devices & Backing Vocals
Ralph: Caterpillar Bass & Smoke Rings...
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3.96 | 5 ratings
Heart & Consequence
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Major Breeze
2006
3.95 | 3 ratings
Drahkish Waters
2007

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Is Us
2003

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 Drahkish Waters by DRAHK VON TRIP album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Drahkish Waters
Drahk Von Trip Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars This self-released album is the result of several 2007 band sessions. Unfortunately DRAHK VON TRIP has disappeared into something like a winter sleep for some time and hopefully there will come up a new spirit after a while. The traditional connections to other swedish jam bands like KAABEL and ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE may help to reach for some new inspirations.

Here we have three exciting jams provided with a special repetitive style which brings them even close to krautrock here and there - obviously differing to the 2005 studio album 'Heart & Consequence' with shorter and diversified songs. Suzanne's vocals are more rare, lacking of lyrics and totally improvised as well. She concentrates more on violin and flute contributions and predominatly cares for the unique elements of the sound. The emphasis is on jamming by all means - often dominated by extensive twin guitar work, coming up very trippy in parts with the support of some spacey synths. The band members are proving a fascinating interaction in any case considering the live character of the recordings.

A very sensitive guitar work dominates Dream Walk - dreamy as the song title implies - starting with flute and a groovy repetitive rhythm section - the warm-up for a trippy second half furthermore with great cymbal/bass drum work and Suzanne's improvised vocals - a wonderful elaborated piece of work! The 34 minute lasting Drahkish Waters can be considered as the centerpiece of this production - mesmerizing if nothing else without boring in any case. A very powerful one - missing words for this. Waiting Hurry is provided with more leanings to the OSC style - very groovy - high speed jamming and you don't know where this trip finally ends ...

A special and fantastic DRAHK VON TRIP show! Fans of extensive jamming with the emphasis on spacey and psychedelic sounds will enjoy this for sure.

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 Heart & Consequence by DRAHK VON TRIP album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.96 | 5 ratings

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Heart & Consequence
Drahk Von Trip Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Stop the mainstream now - performing with heart and consequence ...

Great debut of this collective which celebrates 'spontaneous real-time composing' for what also several other swedish bands are known. Just to mention KAABEL or ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE (OSC) for example. So the songs are often the result of endless jams, just the essence of them, 10 songs which are stylistically hard to categorize. The psychedelic element is dominant, the band acts with much variety and links to the 70s (prog) rock. Additionally théy use a lot of effects and native instruments. Vocals are accent free and so you're sometimes willing to suppose the band is from the States and not from Sweden.

The album starts with birds' twittering and Didjeridoo. One of a kind, a brave opener, has very accessible melodies and is also complex indeed - tricky and eclectic with a dark atmosphere ('you're eating my mind'). Susanne's vocals are top-notch and serve a cosy touch but can also be harsh when the song explodes with heavy guitars and drums. This is excellent song writing (if they ever did so in a classical way but I don't think it's spontaneous), one of my favourites. Autumn is initiated by the african Udu which sounds like a tabla. The band is playing similar to JEFFERSON AIRPLANE with speed variations, melancholic with wonderful vocals once again. The following two songs are somewhat ANEKDOTEN like, very powerful performed whereas Ode to a goddess is a perfect mix of Psychedelic pure and heavy Rock. The song ends suddenly and it sounds like even Suzanne had been surprised about that. Long distance call shines with a groovy rhythm, great guitar work and an eastern european polka interlude.

'This is a man's world' the main refrain is revealing with Gahn. Yet another very dynamic and heavy killer song. Daddy's dead mysterious, clutterlng, weird with Digeridoo once again and R.A.M.M first of all convinces because of Göran's excellent drum work. In a world of trouble they find their way with safety, similar to the opener exellently arranged and musically perfect. As for a highlight you can listen to simultaneous vocals and guitar playing with a native american atmosphere.

This album contains no weak song which is not quite natural. Highly recommended - one of the best of the year 2005 I could listen to.

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