The Vault Blog
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.
Auction: Signed Shift LP from 2004Posted: December 14, 2016 22:12:42 by Anders
The story: "Shift" was released on CD and LP during the fall of 2004. Basically immediately after the release we embarked on our first headlining European tour. In the meantime Burning Heart promoted the album and got a deal with the huge Swedish metal/hardcore magazine Close-Up where a number of signed Nasum items were supposed to be part of a contest.
Burning Heart had promoted "Shift" by pressing a few white coveralls with the "Shift" artwork a some employees in gasmasks and coveralls (similar to the look in the "Wrath" video) gave away Nasum t-shirts at a Slayer show. We got these coveralls and gasmasks and signed them along with five copies of "Shift". Mieszko and I signed the stuff with gold ink at Burning Hearts offices while Urban and Jon signed them with silver ink at the last Swedish show for the "old" Nasum, at Fellini, Uppsala, December 4.
Well, the stuff were never submitted for the contest before Christmas and you all know what happened then. Since then, the stuff has been in the vault waiting for the right moment. Well, the right moment is sort of here now.
For the last nine years the Swedish national radio (Sveriges radio) and the P3 channel in particular have spent one week in December doing Musikhjälpen (The Music Aid) where three presenters are locked up in a glass box for 144 hours playing music all around the clock in benefit for a certain cause. The project is supported by the entire Swedish music industry (and many others) who donates stuff to auctions. It's quite a huge thing, really. Read this article if you want to know more and what the theme of the year is.
This year Musikhjälpen is broadcasting from Örebro, the birthplace of Nasum, and I decided it was time to give away one of the LP's for an official auction. The auction ends on Sunday and is held at Swedish auction site Tradera, but it's open for international buyers. All you need is a verified PayPal account.
• The auction
• Sign up for international buyers
One final note: As I wrote the signatures are in two different colors, and it's basically because we couldn't find a gold pen for the second part of the signing - we are not sorting the members in gold or silver status!
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE AND PLACE A BET ON THE LP! Thanks!
Rehearsal videos from 2010Posted: October 3, 2016 20:05:49 by ANDERS JAKOBSON
On this very day, October 3, six years ago, Nasum had the second band rehearsal for the 2012 Farewell Tour. At that time we were still in "feeling the songs" mode as it was about a year left until we finally decided to do the tour once we had had a few "feeling the songs" rehearsal with Keijo as well.
So, to put this into a timeline - in July 2010 I met the Stockholm guys for a nice Indian meal before a Converge show and put forth the idea of doing a (as in ONE) final show to end Nasum on our own terms. As the discussions started and everyone slowly started to like the idea, it developed into a tour since it would take as much time to rehearse for one show as a tour.
The Stockholm guys then started to rehearse a few songs every now and then and having a few beers or some Swedish fika while I was in Örebro not doing that... And in September we had the first band rehearsal totally in secret. As the second rehearsal got planned I decided that I had to tell my fellow Coldworker members what was going on, and my bass player Oskar asked if he could film the next Nasum rehearsal. So he did, and from the very noisy clips I've uploaded seven songs in six clips to YouTube, six years later. Here's a playlist:
The lost (almost) Nasum recordingPosted: November 16, 2015 17:19:04 by
An 18 year old recording with "Nasum" that most Nasum fans didn't knew existed was released as a 7" EP last week. Something for the die hard collectors to track down at once, because only 500 copies exists.
I write "Nasum" because it's Nasum but it's not a Nasum recording per se. To be perfectly clear: It's Mieszko and I doing some Swedish death metal.
The band was called Bloodshed and it was something we fooled around with for a few rehearsals in the early version of Soundlab Studios. I can't remember all the details but I guess it was born out of funny jams we had while rehearsing some Nasum stuff. All of a sudden we had some songs and made a three song recording. I played the drums and sung, while Mieszko played the guitar and the bass. When it was mixed I made a sleeve for the demo tape and we came up with a four piece line-up where only my name was the only real name. It was sent to a few fanzines and we made copies to anyone who were interested.
Then we basically carried on with Nasum and finished the songs that would be the "Regressive Hostility" recording. Bloodshed was just a fun little project for a little while, nothing more. Until now.
One of the few people that got the tape back in the 90's was Jonas Granvik who at that time made the fanzine Metalwire and sung in the death metal band Without Grief. A few years after the recording Jonas contacted me and wanted the lyrics for one of the songs as his band wanted to cover it. He raved about the demo and I found it amusing.
Fast forward to 2013 and Jonas contacts me once again about Bloodshed. Currently he works for Sweden Rock Magazine and wrote to fact check a detail as Lawrence Mackrory from Darkane had spoken about the demo in a little feature. Jonas suggested that the recording needed to be put up on YouTube or something for the masses to hear it. That didn't happen.
Almost a year later Jonas contacts me again and tells me that he's going to start a label and wants to release the Bloodshed demo as a 7" EP, and obviously I couldn't refuse the biggest fan of the band! I started to track down a master of sorts. I had a tape copy that was slightly distorted but knew there was a DAT-master somewhere. Once located I borrowed a DAT-player and plugged it in the computer only to realize that only one of the three songs remained on the master... Damnation! The whole thing was polished slightly by Dan Swanö while I put the cover together.
In the spring of 2015 (!) everything was ready to go, but it took another six months to get the recorded pressed. Today I got it in my hand and it's as always quite a tingling sensation to hold a physical release that bears your name. I've loved it every time the last 25 years.
The 7" EP is released by Bone Records in 500 copies, 100 in red vinyl and 400 in black. The only way to get it right now is to write to email@example.com.
It's been quite fun bringing this out from the vault. It really feels like a lost Nasum recording, although it's death metal the way Mieszko and I liked it back in 1997... Have a listen to the first track here:
Among the tapes of the pastPosted: September 2, 2015 17:42:35 by ANDERS JAKOBSON
A few years ago I realized that tapes were back in style. Not that they replaced vinyls or CD's but tapes were definitively back on the merch tables. That puzzled me slightly. Who has working tape players anymore? Well, I have...
Back in the day I had crates of tapes and I still do. It was very easy during the tape trading days to send a tape to someone and get something in return. New musical experiences came through a cassette and not through a lyric video on YouTube. A part from that it was really easy to record something on a tape, copy an album from vinyl or CD or just simply record yourself. Preferably in the rehearsal room.
For many years I've been longing for the day that I can go through all my tapes and make digital copies of them. Hidden on many unmarked - of course - tapes are pieces of gold. I know that I have a number of rehearsals and studio outtakes somewhere but I don't know exactly where, so the task of going through it all and cataloging everything is quite a big one. But I have started.
A wrote a little bit about it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. I shared the photo above and wrote the following text:
I'm digging through my many boxes of (mostly unmarked) cassettes in search of gold, and this is a prime example. This has an in-studio rehearsal recording of Mieszko and I working on songs for "Inhale/Exhale". There were 26 songs on the tape of which five (5!) never made it to the final record! It's not the studio outtakes I've been searching for but an instrumental guitar/drums rehearsal with excellent sound. On the other side of the tape there's a similar recording done for the "Regressive Hostility" songs AND a few hardcore:ish songs for a little project called Illuminate we fooled around with from time to time. This is prime nostalgia for me, going back 15-20 years in time.
In the future I hope to make some sort of companion thingy to "Grind Finale" with all this rare stuff I have on tape. It will not be a physical or even official release, but I want to do SOMETHING with all this stuff. Unfortunately, my tape player isn't really in it's best state so I have to find another one that will play the tapes in the best quality possible, or get mine cleaned and served. But I really want to share this stuff as soon as possible!
Well, now my tape player has been through some maintenance and it was totally worth the cost because it plays the tapes much better now and I can continue to look for the good stuff. Since the Facebook post I've found a few more rehearsals from some other sessions, most recently one featuring original drummer Rickard with Mieszko and I sharing guitar duties working on the songs for the Psycho split 7" EP and "Grindwork" recording. It hasn't got a crystal clear sound for sure, but it's something.
Consider this a first update on this tape project. Next time I will be more specific with what I have found and hopefully I will have found what I'm really looking for: the four discarded songs from the "Inhale/Exhale" recording. I know that they are somewhere...