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PSEUDO SUN

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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Swedish act PSEUDO SUN was formed in 1994 by bassist Juba, formerly of Darxtar, nad the band is first and foremost his creative vehicle.

In 1995 his old friends Patric Danielsson (drums) and Björn Jacobson (guitars) to record tracks for a planned debut CD; but despite interest from record companies they didn't get a contract for this production at that point in time.

Come 1996 and Juba had assembled a more permanent band around him in the shape of Gunnar Öberg (guitars) and Calle Thalén (drums). Another recording session followed; but shortly after Thalén left the band.

As no record companies were interested in signing Pseudo Sun, Juba eventually decided to release the band's debut album himself. He picked four songs from the first recording session and two from the second for Pseudo Sun's debut album Future Memoirs, issued in 1997.

In August 1997 Pseudo Sun was back to scratch again, as Öberg left the band as well as the most recent recruit, drummer Sigge Olsson, leaving Juba with the task of building a new band.

It didn't take long before a new line-up was in place though, Mats Jassa Singh (guitars) and Eric Lindesvärd (drums) hooked up with Juba, and in 1998 it was time for new recording sessions, to start recording Pseudo Sun's second album Atomic Dogs Don't Bark. 1998 alos saw the band make their live debut at Jönköping Space & Rock Festival in August, and they had several other gigs later this year.

In the summer of 1999 the band's second effort was finished, but again the record companies that were approached didn't find the material to be suitable for signing - althoufgh several initially was interested. Pseudo Sun were also looking to expand their line-up with a keyboardist or a violin player at that stage, but at this point in time didn't manage to find any suitable candidates.

In March 2000 Pseudo Sun made a mini-tour in Sweden with former Hawkwind member Nik Turner, playing a mix of their own tracks and old Hawkwind songs, and they were kept busy as a live unit after this as well, with the appearance at the 4th North German Hawk Fan Festival in June as the highlight.

At the start of 2001 the band took a small break, after gigs and recordings for some tribute projects had kept them busy in the second half of 2000 as well, but when they assembled in March for a gig this was to be the last outing for this version of the band, as Singh left the band soon after. And while recruiting a suitable ...
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Future Memoirs
1997
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Atomic Dogs Don't Bark
2002

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Future Memoirs
Pseudo Sun Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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— First review of this album —
3 stars I wasn't aware first that ex-Darxtar bassist Juba Nurmenniemi is the head of this band. Yes, there are similarities indeed - space rock coloured songs, partially heavy and Hawkwind adapted, additionally provided with catchy melodies. Just another recommendable band from this Nordish country which seems to have a huge reservoir on musicians interested in playing such kind of music especially. Now 'Future Memoirs' is their debut holding six songs which reach for an approx. length of 45 minutes.

Juba is very present on the album, playing most of the instruments, except drums. Just like a solo effort where he gets some support from friends. His vocal skills are limited though - just to notice when you listen to the last song Signs of Life - the centerpiece for sure - where another (better) singer is aboard. A Black Sabbath adapted mood is significant for the start (and the finish) - heavy riffing guitars with a doom touch - but soon it all leads over to an up-tempo jam backed by synthy patterns.

The guitar work is impressing here first and foremost, alternating between spacey and heavy Deep Purple styled impressions. A fantastic, because very dynamic, piece of work in the whole. The album opener The Future Rears It's Ugly Head is much more grooving and mellow - twittering synths - a typical instrumental space rock tune. While Fulcrum of Time is rather trivial Hawkwind reminiscent The Time Traveller later appears in an interesting charming psychedelic outfit with multiple playful guitars - well done!

'Future Memoirs' is an album which owns a proper jamming component (which I like, yeah!) but also the trippy ballad Secrets of Infinity for example - quite varied as for the summary. For someone who has a preference on (thoughtful) spacey music this is a rather good catch - 3.5 stars.

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