New album "Tales To Be Told" out on November 6th!
In today’s society the old folk tales can be thought to belong to the delusions of the past. With their groovy riffs and beautiful melodies, Lykantropi takes us via the werewolf transformation back to the rock and folk music of the early 70’s. Sweet harmonies reminiscent of The Mamas & The Papas are layered with electric guitars and flutes into a witch’s brew. A witch brew that also can be compared to other mighty bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Coven and Blue Öyster Cult.
Over the past year, vintage rock phenomenon Lykantropi, based in the Värmland woods of Sweden, has made re-releases of both the self-titled debut album and the sophomore ‘Spirituosa’ in a new collaboration with Despotz Records. Now they are releasing their third album; Tales to be Told - a collection of timeless fairy tales that together form a distillate of the band's whole essence, both musically and personally.
Where the previous two albums largely consisted of material that has been written and composed over decades, ‘Tales to be Told’ contains almost exclusively newly written material, which the whole band has been involved in creating together. Martin Östlund says: “This time we have done everything together. We have come up with our own ideas and then arranged together. It is new for us to work in that way, but it has given us the best album we have ever made, with high quality both musically and lyrically.”
The mysterious, inexplicable and obscure have always been what primarily defines Lykantropi. Rock music that comes from the Scandinavian forest and wilderness, deforestation and mire, bottomed within our folklore, myths and legends. We can not see or touch it, but definitely feel it, experience it and pass it on. That kind of art is more difficult to define, and to master, but it is probably what has made the sextet from Karlstad one of the most promising new additions that has entered Sweden's rock scene in many years.
Tomas Eriksson explains the new album: “The song 'Kom ta mig ut' is so damn good and sweet. I love that it has several different parts that blend together. I also really like 'Världen går vidare'. The two are seven minutes each, ending Page A and Page B on the album, and are in some way a mainstay for the rest of the album. 'Världen går vidare' is about life and everything in nature that wants to grow. That darkness wants to dispel and life wants more life. Everything must have arisen from nothing from the beginning. Consequently, we should be able to suspect that even nothing strives to become something. For if NOTHING aspired to become something, reasonably nothing would have existed at all; there had still been nothing. A nothing that wanted nothing."
It quickly becomes clear that many of the lyrics on the new album are deeply personal, including the single 'Axis of Margaret' where Tomas Eriksson tells how he found his mother dead. Martin Östlund describes the song ‘Life on Hold’ and explains: “Loneliness has been a companion throughout my life, through my upbringing and adolescence. I was an odd bird and quite a bit of a thinker, but music was always my thing. During the special kind of isolation that the pandemic has entailed, however, much becomes extra clear. It gets quite personal. I feel confident in what I want out of my life. ”
'Tales to be Told' are timeless tales told from the band's own time capsule, far from modernity and topicality. A respite from human realism and the frustration over the prevailing social climate. Martin Östlund says about this: “My contributions on this record are not only about realism linked to the pandemic but also about people's views on things compared to how it has been before. Greed and riding free rides on others, the violence that we are becoming more and more aware of. I am dissatisfied with that and that makes it more important to me with an oasis and a place protected from reality where I get space for things that feel important to say. I may have listened too much to the informational radio, where there is a lot to be upset about but at the same time a lot that is beautiful.”
Lykantropi is a band characterized by the occultism of the 60s and 70s. Their rock music is spiritual and dynamic. Occultism clearly shines through on the title track 'Tales to be Told', which is inspired by the romantic vampire film 'Only Lovers Left Alive'. Martin Östlund says: “Ever since I was little, I have watched horror movies. I recorded them on VHS when they where on TV and watched them almost too many times afterwards. One summer, black and white classics were broadcasted with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. I still like horror movies very much, Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula from the 90's is still a favorite.”