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About Prime Mover

In the promo letter for our previous album, we stated that Prime Mover was a different band. That annoyed a few critics - one wrote that he had to admit that we were different, but that we next time also should try to be good. Great idea! We hadn't thought of that, but now with our new album "Imperfekt" we'll try to be as good as possible.

Bad joke aside - our basic philosophy is still the same. The bandmembers are influenced by many different styles of music, and we spontaneously mix it all into a stew that suits our tastes. That one of us loves bluegrass, another headbangs to death metal and a third prefers grunge is perhaps not that obvious (?), but the fact that most of us like progressive rock might be easier to guess.

How unique and exciting our musical mixture is can of course always be debated, but something that at least is unusual is that our lyrics are written in our mothertongue - the kind of Swedish spoken by a 6 % minority in Finland. We started out singing in English, but changed to Swedish on our previous album, and we got so much positive response that we've now decided to continue that way. This time we have by request also translated the lyrics into English. The translations can be found on the album page.

We got a lot of positive feedback for our previous album "Prime Mover Alias Drivkraft" - thanks a lot! Now we hope that "Imperfekt" sounds even better, despite its title. A common theme for the lyrics is how people in today's society try to fulfil demands and live up to expectations. It isn't easy, and very rarely something feels like it's perfect (not even our new album…?). The title for the album isn't perfect either, because in Swedish the word "imperfekt" is used only as a term in grammar.

At its best, however, the ambition to create something can be a strong prime mover (pun intended), which helps a person's development. We hope that at least a little bit of Prime Mover's driving force is reflected in our music and that it gets spread to our listeners!

The history of Prime Mover in a nutshell

Michael Karlsson and Roger Nyman started recording various stuff together way back when they were kids in the late 80's. This was in Nykarleby/Uusikaarlepyy in Finland. As time went by, they learned how to play the guitar and bass respectively, and started forming bands, writing songs and recording demos.

The early recordings sound quite horrible today, mostly because they were made using stone age technology (4-track tape recorders, in other words). But around the end of the 90's the digital recording technology for computers had its breakthrough, and it endlessly increased the amount of possibilities for musicians who aren't professionals. By that time, Roger and Michael had become better and more ambitious musicians, and therefore decided to try to record some own music that was good "for real". A friend of theirs, Dennis Nordell, was brought in as he was the best singer they knew, and the first release the group completed was Prime Mover's debut cd-r "Mr Zingelmann" (1999). It was a 40-minute concept album about a young man trying to find his own identity.

Sebastian "Kebu" Teir guested on keyboards on one track on "Mr Zingelmann", and became a full member on Prime Mover's first real album, "Put in Perspective" (2001). He brought with him the talented young drummer Kenneth Lagerström. Overall, "Put in Perspective" was well-received. Most people seemed to like the songs and thought the musicians did pretty well, but the sound and recording was criticized.

In the 00's, the band members slowly but surely completed their studies and got jobs - and what else can you do when you earn some money, but buy recording equipment? The third album, "Prime Mover Alias Drivkraft" (2004), sounded considerably more professional than the earlier works. This was not only because of the equipment. The arrangements, for example, got some new elements - interesting flavours were brought in by using acoustic guitars, bouzouki, violin, trumpet, and more backing vocals than before.

On "Prime Mover Alias Drivkraft" the lyrics were for the first time in Swedish, instead of English. The reason was that nobody had seemed to take any notice of the lyrics on the earlier albums, although they had been quite carefully written. So hoping to get more reactions the band decided to express themselves in Swedish. The legendary French band Magma always seemed to be so exciting with lyrics in their own language (Kobaian). To do something a bit similar Prime Mover didn't even need to invent any new language: the band members' mothertongue is the kind of Swedish which is spoken by the 6 % minority in Finland - unusual enough in itself.

The media attention Prime Mover received for "Prime Mover Alias Drivkraft" was more than expected. The band members were interviewed by several regional newspaper, webzines and national radio stations. Nationwide radio stations also aired our music in Finland, Germany and even Chile. Almost twenty reviews of the record have been written by music sites and magazines, such as Zero Music Magazine (Sweden), Harmonie Magazine (France), Rumba (Finland), Prog-Nose (Belgium), The Dutch Progressive Rock Page (Netherlands), and Babyblaue Prog-Reviews (Germany). The criticism ranged from appraisal to disgust. For instance, ProgressoR (Uzbekistan) ranked it among the top ten progressive records released in 2005.

"Prime Mover Alias Drivkraft" turned out so well, that the band quite soon afterwards started working on the next album. "Imperfekt" (2007) was at first intended to be an EP with only three songs, but it got expanded several times and the final result was an over one hour long album with eleven songs. At this point it's hard to say exactly how the band's music has developed, but overall the songs are perhaps a bit more complicated and progressive than the "Drivkraft"-material. The album also has a slightly darker feeling, and is less influenced for exampled by traditional folk music.

Prime Mover has never played live, and will probably never do it. This is simply because it would be too much trouble to arrange it, when all the members live in different cities. But nevertheless Prime Mover shouldn't be called a "studio project", as the band is almost constantly active in some way and has worked like that for many years. The line-up is also permanent, so far no band member has ever left the band.