The Vault Blog
Tragedy - in so many waysPosted: November 22, 2018 14:38:23 by ANDERS JAKOBSON
This quite cool looking poster made its way to the internet this week. It’s marketing a show in Uppsala, Sweden, October 13 2003 when Nasum and Disperfect Days supported Tragedy.
This is one of those shows that made its mark in my memory, but perhaps for the wrong reasons.
To begin with, I was super psyched about playing with Tragedy. It was pretty close to ”a dream coming true” at that time. Also, Swedish National TV (SVT) came to the show solely to interview us for a segment in a weekly show called ”Studio Pop”. That was really exciting. This was when ”Helvete” was still sort of fresh and getting a lot of attention in Sweden.
Uppsala is not especially far from Örebro and it’s even closer to Stockholm so the day’s traveling was easy as pie. I guess the plan was that we would leave Örebro in the early afternoon. My girlfriend and I had been to my parents and borrowed a car and then to the rehearsal room to loaded in the usual equipment to save some time before picking up Mieszko. We parked outside my apartment building and had lunch or whatever. Suddenly the phone rang and it was my father. He said: ”I’ve gotten a phone call from the police and they said that there has been a break-in in the car!”.
I quickly went down to the street, and sure enough, the back window had been smashed in! The only thing missing was a huge bag that was stuffed with some drum hardware, my stickbag, my DW double pedals and most alarming of all, our backdrop. Anger and panic!
As time suddenly wasn’t on my side I went to a gas station to rent a mini van and then to the music store and got some new pedals, a bunch of sticks and the hardware that was missing and then we were on our way to Uppsala.
I believe I was pretty shook up by all the craziness and I can’t say that I remember much of the day. I do remember the interview with SVT (which as far as I know isn’t featured on YouTube) and I remember talking a bit with the Tragedy guys, who actually were more impressed that I was the drummer of Krigshot as well a Nasum member... After Tragedy’s show I gave their drummer the sticks I had bought. It wasn’t my model and I figured he needed to have sticks more than I did as they were on a proper tour.
The day after I called the police and made a theft report going into extreme details describing the bag and it’s content. Then I filed a report to the insurance company and eventually got some money to cover some of the losses. But nothing more than that happened.
…until a few months later when I got a call from the same music store where I stocked up on new stuff the day of the theft. They said that a guy had walked into the store with the bag with our stuff! I went there and picked it up and it was all there (except for the stick bag if I remember correctly). I got a phone number to the guy and called him. He told me that he had found the bag outside his home just across the street from my place, which means the thief broke into the car and then went past my place to dump it across the road! He had taken it to the police, where they obviously not check the lost and found with the filed theft reports! In three months he got ownership of the bag, but just took it across the street from the police station to the music store as he figured SOMEONE probably was looking for it.
So I got my stuff in return, and we got the backdrop once again, which was great. It was featured on the final Nasum show 2012.
On a little side note I must obviously add that Tragedy’s latest release ”Fury” is the one of the best records of 2018!
Nasum vs England/IrelandPosted: October 22, 2018 19:55:33 by ANDERS JAKOBSON
I stumbled upon a YouTube clip from Nasum’s show in Dublin 2002. This has been on the video platform since 2006 and I have never seen it before. Strange, but never the less exciting to see after all these years. It’s nearly ten minutes long and includes six and a half songs, i.e. these:
1. The Idiot Parade (second half)
2. Den svarta fanan
4. A Welcome Breeze of Stinking Air
5. Fatal Search
6. The Black Swarm
7. Multinational Murderers Network
Since Mieszko says ”We are Nasum from Sweden” after the first two songs I am slightly baffled by the song order. ”The Idiot Parade” and ”Den svarta fanan” were usually songs played at the end of a set but on this particular night they were… first? Very weird.
Unfortunately I have no saved setlists or notes from this tour but I have some memories from the only proper UK/Ireland tour Nasum did, six days in May of 2002.
This was during the trio years. Mieszko, Jesper and I were the band and prior to this tour we had been in the US in 1999, Europe in 2000 and Scandinavia and Japan in 2001 with several one-off’s and festival shows scattered around over the years. On the Scandinavian tour, supporting The Haunted, we befriended Bo Lund who was (and by all means, still is) a great sound engineer from Denmark. We brought him on the Japan tour and we brought him to this little spring tour in jolly old England.
The tour was scheduled to start in London at Mean Fiddler May 3. At this time Jesper was attending the university of Lund in southern Sweden so he went to Copenhagen and flew to London with Bo, while Miezsko and I went two hours to Skavsta Airport to catch a Ryan Air flight to London. As we had boarded the flight the troubles began. To start with, take off was postponed 30 minutes. Then the captain said that there was a technical error in the data system and they had to contact the Ryan Air headquarters in Dublin to figure it out. Then they had to turn off all of the electricity and then we had to leave the plane.
In true low-fares flights fashion the information was scarce but finally we got word that a technician from Dublin had to be flown in to fix the problem and that meant a six hour delay and that there are no guarantee that it will be fixed right away. Further more there were no guarantee that all the passengers would get a seat on the next flight to London. Chaos ensued!
I called our booking agent at the time and asked him to check out quick options. Skavsta Airport is an hour away from Stockholm and the big Arlanda airport. He found a some flights but they were ridiculously expensive. In the meantime we got a message that it was possible to reschedule our flights to the Västerås Airport, 90 minutes away by car. We saw this as the only option for us to get to London and possible make it in time for the show. I called a friend that lived near Skavsta and begged him to drive us to Västerås but it was impossible, but Mieszko found two guys in suits that had booked a taxi so we tagged along.
In Västerås everything went smooth and we landed at Stanstead Airport outside of London after two hours. We got on the express train and while in London we caught a cab and came to the venue litteraly 15 minutes before stage time. I remember saying hello to Bo and Jesper and then getting to the stage and putting my cymbals on the stands and then getting dressed for the show and then: SHOW TIME. The only great thing about all this hassle was that there was no time to get nervous!
This tour had another huge set back and that was that our merchandise wasn’t delivered in time for the first show. We had printed a large number of t-shirts at our usual place in Örebro and ordered a delivery to the venue in London, but they never got there. And we never got them during the tour and we did all six shows without having anything to sell. This meant that our income on this tour was almost next to nothing. We got some money for each show but most of it covered the nightliner bus and the agents fee. It was terrible.
A few weeks later the merch boxes came back to the printers and they really took our side and demanded the delivery firm to pay half of the printing costs, which they did so ultimately we got a bunch of merchandise pretty cheap.
All the hassle aside - it was a fun tour. The Dillinger Escape Plan was the headlining band and a band called Rabies Caste opened the shows. It was quite a kick to see DEP a few nights in a row. Really, really cool. They also had a merch guy in their crew, whose name I absolutely not can remember, who introduced me to the movie ”Donnie Darko” which became an instant favorite.
The tour was pretty short, only six dates, then the touring party continued without Nasum for another week but with Genocide Super Stars taking our place so Mieszko kept his place in the bus. I guess Bo Lund stayed as well so Jesper and I fucked off back to Sweden to different airports. I remember reading the Mötley Crüe biography ”The Dirt” on the flight back home. That I remember, but I can’t remember that merch guys name?!
This clip brought back some memories. The shows in Dublin and Belfast the following day was the first and last times Nasum played in Ireland. That never happened again, which makes me slightly sad.
The working titles of HelvetePosted: October 11, 2018 16:59:09 by ANDERS JAKOBSON
"Helvete" celebrated 15 years earlier this year. While going through some boxes in the basement I found this pages in a notebook from the moment Mieszko and I made up the final track order and distributed the samples between some of the songs.
The notes in parentheses are descriptions of the breaks between the songs, which are nothing out of the ordinary, but the fun thing about these pages are working titles. Some of them are basically the name of the band that the song was in some way inspired by, while others are a description of the unique thing of the song. And then there are the weird ones...
(Click on the image for a bigger version...)
Here’s the list with some short explanations to why the working title was chosen. As most of the titles are in Swedish all you non Swedish-speaking people can see this as your first lesson! Here we go:
1. Arslet (Violation)
The title is Swedish for "The Arse", which stems out of "arsel" being an intensifier, as in "arselsnabb", "arselmangel" and so forth. "Violation" was a song "fast as an arse" or something. It really makes no sense in English…
2. Tool (Scoop)
The main riff in "Scoop", as played as intro, chorus and outro has a certain Tool vibe.
3. Ryckig (Living Next Door to Malice)
This is Swedish for "Jerky" which is a way to describe the short breaks and stops in the beginning of the song.
4. Plockriff (Stormshield)
Swedish for "Picking riff", which sort of describes the unique parts of this song.
5. Krånglig (Time to Discharge)
Another Swedish "-ig" word, meaning "complicated". Apparently Mieszko thought my riffs and/or arrangement was a bit of the complex kind.
6. Snapcase (Bullshit)
I would imagine that this reference to the hardcore band is connected to the final part of the song that sort of sounds like Snapcase.
7. Breach (Relics)
Yet another title referencing another band. We loved Swedish Breach and they certainly inspired this track.
8. Snabba (We Curse You All)
Swedish for "The fast (one)", as if this song is faster than any other on the album?
9. Mycket grind (Doombringer)
"Lots of grind" is the translation of this title, which came out of the multiple blastbeat parts in the second half of the song.
10. Carcass/Metallica (Just Another Hog)
Well, how about that? Two "band titles" in one song! The intro made us think of Carcass for some reason and the following verse riff is basically a version of Metallica’s "Battery" riff. Thus: "Carcass/Metallica".
11. Punkgrind (Drop Dead)
This song was inspired by the hardcore punk based blastings of Drop Dead, so the working title and the final title is no surprise…
12. Mycket käng (I Hate People)
"Käng", short for "kängpunk", is the Swedish word for crust punk or d-beat based punk. The word "känga" or "kängor" is actually "boot" or "boots". Anyway, this particular title means "Lots of d-beat parts".
13. Grindig (Go!)
Well, you know the "-ig" words by now, so this is "Grindy"!
14. Crowbar (The Final Sleep)
Yep – Crowbar brought the inspiration for this song.
15. Fladder (Slaves to the Grind)
The title means "Flutter" and is a reference to some riff in the song that has some quick finger movements.
16. Jeppe 1 (Breach of Integrity)
Jesper’s first Nasum song.
17. Death glatt slut (The Everlasting Shame)
This is a weird one. "Death" is not a reference to the band, but to "death metal", and "glatt slut" means "happy ending"… Of the song, that is, you pervert! So: "Death (metal) happy ending (of the song)".
18. Bisvärm (Your Words Alone)
"Bisvärm" is a descriptive word for a certain type of riffing that was made popular by Eucharist and At The Gates (among others) in the 90’s. It’s "Bee swarm" in English and you know what kind of riffs I am talking about.
19. Thrashgrind (Preview of Hell)
Thrash metal + grind core = thrashgrind.
20. Jeppe 3 (Illogic)
Jesper’s third Nasum song, obviously.
21. Suffer the Nasum (Whip)
This was the song we wrote with the sole intention of bringing Shane Embury to the studio to track some bass (which also happened). It has a certain Napalm Death vibe, and perhaps some extra inspiration from "Suffer the Children".
22. Orientalisk (Worst Case Scenario)
The title means "Oriental" which came out of a long intro to the song that we cut during the mixing process. It was a semi-improvised part that had a certain oriental sound, and it was featured all the way until the mixing when we decided it was too weird and that song benefited from a more direct start.
Would you like see more stuff like that? Support the Go fund me page for The Rare Nasum or buy the "Inhale/Exhale" rehearsal for as little or as much you want. There are lots of stuff in the vault just waiting to be unearthed…
Happy birthday, Inhale/Exhale! Let's celebrate big!Posted: May 26, 2018 14:16:48 by Anders Jakobson
Today it's the 20th birthday for "Inhale/Exhale". It was originally released May 26 1998. It's strange how time flies. In one way it doesn't feel like 20 years have passed, but it another way it really feels like that. Nasum has done a lot over the years, but still... Wow! 20 years!
My life has had a number of mile stones and this album is certainly one of them. Without the unexpected success of the album I had never been where I am today musically, so thanks for that "Inhale/Exhale"!
Obviously I want to celebrate. Today I launch a celebration page for "Inhale/Exhale" with a number of nuggets from the vaults, for example a 25 song in studio-rehearsal from 1997 with five songs NOT used on the album! This is pure gold for the die-hard Nasum fans, and I hope to be able to bring more stuff like this from the vault in the future.
The rehearsal is available FOR FREE at TheRareNasum.bandcamp.com which I hope can develop to be a home for a number of rare audio stuff, because I have lots. But to be able to locate everything and prepare it for free releases like this first rehearsal, I need some funds and I have put up a GoFundMe page for this sole purpose. Obviously you can donate funds through Bandcamp or just directly by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd really like to do a focused excavation of the vaults and get all this good stuff out there for everyone to enjoy.
But today we celebrate "Inhale/Exhale". Don't miss the celebration page with the rehearsal, comments and some other stuff. There ARE more to come...
The design that would not leavePosted: March 21, 2018 17:16:07 by ANDERS JAKOBSON
Back in early 2000 I started working on a t-shirt design for Nasum. I had a rough recycle symbol that I combined with an eye. I combined that piece of graphic with the logo and a clever phrase, ”Eye see lies”, a play on words from the ”Inhale/Exhale” song ”I see lies”. I remember that Mieszko liked it. However we never printed it and did a completely different design instead with a very famous mosquito picture and the text ”The Black Swarm”. That became the second official ”printed by the band” t-shirt from Nasum, see the Merch History for this design.
When we were about to embark on the seven week long tour with Napalm Death in the fall of 2000 we made one (1) design with the recycle graphic inside a ring with ”NASUM - GRINDCORE…” repeated. This single design was supposed to be our income/salery for the tour, as all of the other money went to recoup the tour support Relapse paid. Today I would not go on such a long tour with only one design (although we had ”Inhale/Exhale” and ”Human 2.0” design, but they were Relapse’s and not ours).
Years later that version of the design, minus the tour specific back print, was reprinted but with green color. I liked that combination a lot.
The recycle graphic stayed in the back of my mind, and followed me with every new computer I got. It inspired the ”Shift” graphics and it’s also featured in the footer of nasum.com.
On the US leg of the Farewell Tour in 2012 we decided to quickly make a limited edition t-shirt for Maryland Deathfest and the only thing I had available in high resolution in my computer was the recycle graphic. So 50 t-shirts were made and sold in a few minutes.
This design will not leave me alone. That’s quite obvious. And while I was going through the archives looking for something else recently the old file was there again, wanting to be used. So I did a ”Recycle 2018” version. I added a new and better eye and polished the edges slightly. I decided to have the logo at the bottom to get a triangular feeling and finished off with some ”distress”. The new bottle green color more or less happened by incident and it looks really cool.
The t-shirt is available exclusively from Selfmadegod Records. Check it out!
First Nasum gig ever on YouTubePosted: January 23, 2018 10:56:56 by ANDERS JAKOBSON
After 22 years and change, I’ve re-experienced the first Nasum gig EVER as a video has been uploaded to YouTube. Sweet memories? Well, not entirely…
Where to start? Perhaps by telling the complete story. The recording of ”Industrislaven” became Rickard’s last effort as a drummer and singer of Nasum. We recorded it in February of 1995 and when the release of the MCD drew nearer half a year later we got an invitation to do a show in Berlin as a sort of release party. Rickard said that he didn’t want to do any shows and departed from the band. We weren’t really drowning in grindcore drummers at that time, but we managed to find a stand in drummer in Per ”Perra” Karlsson. A former local guy that had moved around in Sweden and made a little career as a death metal drummer in Suffer. Perra was a solid drummer who perhaps didn’t really get the crust punk side of Nasum, but could deliver some mean blast beats when needed.
We did a few rehearsals with him and taught ourselves how to sing and play our own songs. Mieszko and I decided to split the vocal duties and I got to be the guitar player while Mieszko handled the bass. A weird line-up for sure.
Somewhere along the way we got a gig in Åstorp in the south of Sweden, on the way to Germany. Mieszko and I had been there a year or two earlier with our punkband Charles Hårfager, so that became the very first Nasum show. I don’t remember a lot of details apart from Mieszko breaking a string on the bass during soundcheck so we had to borrow a bass from one of the other bands, most likely Arsedestroyer. It’s also possible that we borrowed a double pedal from their drummer as well as I have a slight memory of Perra complaining about some mysterious screws in the pedal.
So, this show is what has been added to the many millions of videos on YouTube. The video is just 16 minutes long and it’s hardly the entire show. There should be at least 10-15 minutes missing before the clip begins. Sadly, I don’t have any old notes about the setlist, but I would suspect that we started with ”Löpandebandsprincipen”, ”Cut to Fit" and a few other ”hits” from ”Industrislaven”. But we’re not getting that in the clip, we start of with a poorly played cover song instead. Ouch!
This is the playlist in the video:
1. Dom styr våra liv (Mob 47 cover... sort of...)
2. Krigets skörd
6. No Time to Waste
7. Stalemate (Napalm Death cover)
8. Re-create the System
10. Dolt under ytan
11. I helvetet
12. Smile when you're dead
13. For some reason just improvised noise
The last ”song" is embarrassing as hell! Perra alternates between blast beats and d-beats while Mieszko sings and plays ”something” and I’m going full on Sonic Youth on my poor guitar, perhaps as a result of a broken string? So pointless! We did something similar the next day when we improvised ”black metal”, which the Germans seemed to like though…
As for the show at Knaack Club in Berlin I remember two things in particular: 1) When I saw the ”Industrislaven” MCD for the first time I was so extremely disappointed with how the front cover had turned out as it wasn’t at all as we had wanted it to be. (Another disappointment was when I listened to it and realized that the track-list had gotten fucked up… [read more here]) 2) Perra lost his notes after the Åstorp show and although we sort of wrote them all over again it was obviously a psychological thing and most of the arrangements got screwed up.
I wonder if there are some videos from that show as well… If so, get in touch!
Back to the first show with some final reflections:
* I wish the clip was complete because I like the songs! Many years passed until the next time Nasum played live and became a touring band, and most of these songs didn’t make it to future setlists as we had the albums to chose songs from.
* I was slightly afraid of hearing the vocals, but it sounds quite OK in this clip. I guess a crisp soundboard recording of the show would have unveiled the truth. It’s quite fun to see long-haired me and Mieszko on stage. I would say that we only shared a stage in this manner - upfront, that is - three times in total, so it’s quite special.
* Also, one can argue who wore the worst outfit in the clip - me in a Nasum t-shirt and khaki pants or Mieszko in his white long-sleeved shirt? Goddamnit...
Anyway, thanks to Anders Nilsson who uploaded this clip, and thanks to Jonas Alfons who was the original promotor and who held the camera back in 1995. And obviously, thanks to Perra who shared the stage with us those two days in September 1995. For a current dose of Perra, check out Dreadful Fate.
Preorder brand new official merch!Posted: November 20, 2017 18:12:02 by Anders Jakobson
About five years ago we opened the Nasum shop again after the Farewell tour had folded. We had a few boxes of leftover merch that since then have sold out. There were also some stuff from related bands and during the years a number of "new" releases have been added (like the 7" version of "Domedagen" and the vinyl represses of all the albums and "Grind Finale").
But no new Nasum clothes. Until now - today you can preorder a brand new design and the classic Nasum logo in the first time printed with gold ink, and we will do a totebag with the logo as well.
Here's a mockup of the brand new design:
Actually, this design was originally created while we were preparing designs for the Farewell tour and we opted not to print it then because we had so many designs to choose from. I really liked the design and wanted to do it someday, and with some minor adjustments that day is finally here.
This design was made by Robert Samsonowitz (rbrt.org) who designed the "Shift" CD/LP back in 2004, and some elements from the album artwork can be spotted in this design.
As Robert is doing a year long tour (summer 2017 to summer 2018) with his old hardcore band Adhesive where ALL profits goes to Médécins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) a part of the sales of this particular design will be added to Adhesive's fundraiser.
As of now we're accepting preorders for the three new items, where the t-shirts have a lower price. We are also taking preorders for t-shirts in bigger sizes (2XL-4XL) that will be printed on demand and not be stocked once the preorder is over.
The preorded expires mid-December so place your orders right now at the merch page!
Scarecrows IV: The t-shirtPosted: June 22, 2017 13:37:37 by ANDERS JAKOBSON
On the very first Nasum recording, ”Blind World” - the split 7” EP with Agathocles, I wrote some lyrics to a song Rickard wrote. It was ”Scarecrows”, in which I described stale politicians as scarecrows ”on a field”. A few recordings later I wrote ”Black Visions” for the ”Smile When You’re Dead” split 7” EP with Psycho and yet again I used scarecrows as a description for politicians not doing anything. So the song got the parenthesis title ”(Scarecrows II”).
Then, yet another few recordings down the line, I concluded the trilogy with "The Final Confrontation (Scarecrows III)” on the ”World In Turmoil” 7” EP. I don’t know why this theme didn’t continue on further recordings (although that type of ignorant politician described as scarecrows certainly figured in numerous lyrics during the years), but now many years later ”Scarecrows IV” is here - as a t-shirt.
I was contacted by Darius Alas, an artist in Estonia who wanted to do a t-shirt design and when we started discussing ideas I re-read some old lyrics to see if there was something to work from and got stuck on ”Like scarecrows on a field, you stand stale and quite” - the chorus from the original ”Scarecrows”. That felt Nasumish and easy to work with from an artistic point of view.
So Darius got cracking and after a couple of weeks the design was finished and is now available from Selfmadegod Records. It’s a great design and doing a white t-shirt for a change felt really good and fitting for the design. Thanks a lot for your work, Darius!
Check out his design studio Midiankai Arts at Facebook.
Nasum vs SoundgardenPosted: May 18, 2017 20:52:54 by ANDERS JAKOBSON
The sudden and tragic death of Chris Cornell struck me really hard as I've been a fan of his and Soundgarden for many years. I am especially fond of the later Soundgarden albums, "Superunknown" and "Down on the Upside", from their first period. I've listen to them countless times. I really liked the dynamic within the band, where all the members contributed with songs. Matt Cameron is an amazing drummer that has a style that I really liked, but obviously the big selling point was the soulful and amazing voice of Chris Cornell.
As I write this it's been confirmed that he took his own life, which saddens me a lot. Rest in peace...
Back in the 90's Soundgarden actually inspired a few Nasum songs, how strange it may sound. I believe the working title for "Feed them, Kill them, Skin them" was "The Soundgarden song" as Mieszko borrowed some ideas from "Jesus Christ Pose". Here are the songs, listen as see if you can spot the similarities.
Then we have "When science fails" that I probably took a lot of inspiration from "Spoonman" when it comes to the rhythmic drum beat that opens the song...
One final note - the image of Cornell is from an early show in Stockholm. My friends in the Örebro band Cripple went there and handed him a t-shirt that he wore that night. What a guy!
Grindcore parking lotPosted: January 26, 2017 11:24:23 by Anders Jakobson
Believe it or not, but this parking lot is the birthplace of Nasum. Obviously it hasn't always been a parking lot. Once upon a time there was a run down house here that had a few rooms for bands to rehearse in. The house was called Bokcafét Räven (roughly "The Bookclub The Fox") that might or might not have had some illegal operations on their agenda. In the early 90's I started rehearsing with my crossover band F.R.M.T. in one of the rooms. It was small and probably smelly but it was my very first rehearsal room and we had a lot of fun playing there every week.
A while later we started to share the room with some youngsters. Two of them were called Rickard Alriksson and Dan Wall and as F.R.M.T. disbanded I started a new band with these two younger guys. That band was Necrony. That eventually led to the forming of Nasum, first as a side-project to Necrony, then as our main band.
Before we ultimately moved out of this room we shared it with a little outfit called Millencolin, but nobody probably remembers them anymore...
Today, soon close to 30 years since I first moved in there, it's a parking lot and it's been that for quite a while. I go by this place quite often and remember the crazy and creative times we spent in that room.
Anders and Rickard rehearsing some Necrony stuff inside Bokcafét Räven, 1992. Photo by Mieszko.