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The distribution of "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" will be handled by Firebox.
This is a nice step forward, as it among other things means that the album
will soon become available from the Firebox net store, which has very
fast and reliable service.
"Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" can now also be bought in Helsinki
from the record store Keltainen Jäänsärkijä on Urho Kekkosen katu (next
Michael was today interviewed about the album by Henrik Jansson,
who will review it in Åbo Underrättelser and Vasabladet. In ÅU there will
also be an article about it. These will probably be published sometime
in the middle of January.
December 17th, 2004:
"Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" can be bought in Turku from Jack Sundstens
record store (Hämeenkatu 16).
The new album "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" is now done. It looks and
sounds excellent! We are trying to organize some proper distribution for
it, and it looks promising right now. More about that later. But if you
are totally desperate for hearing the album and want it right NOW you
can let us know via mail, and we'll see what we can do... ;-) The album
is mid price, in other words very affordable. More information about the
CD can be found under Works - Drivkraft. We
have also uploaded an mp3-file of the song
November 25th, 2004:
"Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" is being manufactured right now, and will
hopefully become available around the 8th of December.
Our web site has recieved a face lift!
Our web site has been moved to a new domain, and has a shorter domain
name as well: http://skivkraft.com/primemover.
The album "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" will be released by the band's
own record company Skivkraft, which was founded last Friday. As all the
material is done now the cd can be pressed soon, and should be available
September 23rd, 2004:
The mix is done! Kebu fixed a couple of small final details, and now there
is no real reason to continue polishing it. Just the mastering left, and
of course deciding where to press the cd.
September 20th, 2004:
Last Friday Michael met up with Kebu to finish the mix of the new album,
"Prime Mover alias Drivkraft". A betaversion of the mixed master cd was
burned, and it is definitely very good by now. Could be released. The
front cover is done. It looks like this:
This time there might be a booklet with lyrics coming with the cd.
September 8th, 2004:
Still mixing. Kebu in particular is excited by the music and is working
hard on it. By now all six tracks are ok, but not yet totally excellent.
Since the last update one of Kebu's friends, Olivia, has contributed
backing vocals for "Utbränd & slutkörd". The result is very nice. Kebu
also re-recorded some of his own intro vocals for the song.
Last weekend Michael visited a relative who is a professional painter,
and took photos of some paintings that could be used for the "Prime Mover
alias Drivkraft"-cover. One of the pictures has so far been liked and
praised by everyone who has seen it, so it might well get used. More about
August 17th, 2004:
The mixing is progressing. "Öppen" and "Begagnat liv" are now basically
The nine songs on the new Oilfield-demo, "Poetically Correct",
are downloadable here.
All the info (liner notes, lyrics, etc.) is still here.
August 2nd, 2004:
The percussion for "Vykort från södern" was recorded in a fast and furious
session last Friday. Kenneth played and KeBu recorded. That was the very
last session for "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft"!
Meanwhile, Michael and Roger have also finished the new Oilfield-release,
"Poetically Correct". All the nine songs on it might get downloadable
as mp3s - sooner or later. If you want to know more about it, go here.
July 26th, 2004:
The final mixes of the upcoming album "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" will
be done in the middle of August. Artwork etc. isn't yet made - any suggestions?
Last week Roger and Michael had a studio session together on Thursday-Sunday.
It happened in Oravais, in Michael's grandmother's now empty old house.
It was a pretty intense session with the guys being active around the
clock. The experimental and provocative Men in the Moon-stuff that was
started two years ago was now finally completed (yet to be mixed, though),
Roger did all the remaining bass tracks for the upcoming nine song Oilfield-demo
"Poetically Correct", which means that one is pretty much all done too,
and Michael recorded the lead vocals for the band Space Bar Hoppers' upcoming
demo (four tracks) and also for the thrash song "Trail of the Dead", which
is a ten year old Mirror Image-song, written by Christoffer Frostdahl
and now recorded for the first time ever! All in all, a lot of fun and
a unique experience! Some pictures were taken, and a couple of them will
probably soon be uploaded here.
June 22nd, 2004:
Yesterday Michael did the backing vocals for "Öppen". It turned out very
nicely. Now that song is all done!
Michael has also spent hours editing and sticking together Dennis'
best lead vocal takes from last Saturday, and by now it's all pretty much
June 21st, 2004:
It has happened! Last Saturday Dennis did all the remaining lead vocals
for "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" at Michael's place. The session went
much more smoothly than expected, so the Sunday became a day off. Dennis
had no problems with any of the material, the only thing that got changed
was the melody in the last part of "Folk är inte kloka", which was transposed
up an octave because that suited his voice much better.
One thing was forgotten, however. Michael was supposed to take
some photos, but concentrated so much on the music that he forgot to.
Oh, well... That's better than forgetting for example to record a verse
or something like that. ;)
All in all this means that the album really very soon will be done
June 16th, 2004:
Dennis' lead vocals will be recorded in Turku the upcoming weekend. It
might take two days to record the remaining three songs - "Folk är inte
kloka", "Öppen" & "Vykort från södern". There's some quite demanding stuff
A percussion session with Kenneth for "Vykort in södern" might
also happen simultaneously, if everything goes well.
June 1st, 2004:
KeBu has added backing vocals to "Begagnat liv" and "Några bagateller",
and has also done some more mixing. Soon it's time record the remaining
lead vocals as well. Which means that "soon" is also the word to use when
talking about when we will be done with the recordings for "Prime Mover
May 17th, 2004:
Last Friday Kenneth recorded the drums for his last two Drivkraft-songs
("Öppen" & "Folk är inte kloka"), with KeBu engineering and producing.
The session didn't get going very well at first, and Kenneth was wondering
if he's perhaps too jazzy these days for playing rock. But then they took
a break, and when Kenneth sat down again behind his drums he found out
how to get a bit more volume from the headphones... And all of a sudden
his playing was great! In a couple of hours everything was done.
Now only some vocals have to be done to complete the recordings.
There are plans to record lead vocals with Dennis sometime in early June.
Three songs left. Some backing vocals will probably also get done in June
by Michael and KeBu.
Michael's Oilfield-project is also progressing, but slowly. Last
Saturday he did his last lead vocals, for the track "Doctor Ockmey", which
now finally some three years after the music was written has lyrics! When
Roger adds the bass to a few more tracks all the Oilfield-stuff will be
in the can. Nine songs: "Complication", "The Scum of the Universe", "One
Word, Three Heard", "Tanja", "Having A Bad Day", "Runnin' Around", "Now
and Then", "Doctor Ockmey", and "Syödäänkö karkkia" (mp3 here).
Now, which one doesn't fit in?! ;)
April 26th, 2004:
Backing vocals for "Begagnat Liv" and "Några bagateller" were recorded
last weekend. Michael did his best howling to annoy the neighbours. :)
April 13th, 2004:
The first intended vocal sessions did not take place - Dennis lost his
voice the day before because of some evil flu, and Michael, who was supposed
to "produce", couldn't talk because of some nasty dental surgery.
So everything was postponed, but the session *did* happen yesterday,
April 12th. Yay! The lead vocals were recorded for three tracks: "Några
bagateller", "Begagnat liv" and "Utbränd & slutkörd". The session went
very smoothly, and it was nice hearing Dennis do some Prime Moving again
- it's been about three years since the previous sessions! Michael also
grabbed the opportunity to sing a few lines as backing vocals in "Utbränd..."
This should mean that some tracks are now completely recorded,
but you never know... As for the remaining tracks, we aim at recording
the rest of the drums in May and the final vocals in June.
March 30th, 2004:
Looks like the first proper vocal sessions with Dennis will take place
in Turku this weekend...
March 24th, 2004:
KeBu made a couple of raw mixes of the Drivkraft-tracks with drums. You
can definitely hear that the drums were recorded on 8 tracks this time,
compared to 2 (!) on "Put in Perspective"...
Another new Oilfield-track, "Runnin' Around", has been completed
by Michael and Roger. You can hear an mp3 of it here.
The entire song, 3,26 min, 192 kbps. Just some simple, straight-forward
March 8th, 2004:
Progress again in the recording of the Drivkraft-album! All of a sudden
Kenneth and KeBu found some time for recording drums, so they gathered
in Fat Funk Force's rehearsal space in Helsinki last Friday and got the
actual session going on Saturday.
The result was stunning. "Begagnat liv", "Några bagateller" and
all of the "Utbränd & slutkörd"-suite were done right away on Saturday.
The guys continued the session on Sunday, but were so tired after the
creative burst on the previous day, that only "Vykort från södern" was
done on the second day. A great weekend, anyway!
So now only two tracks are without drums... Guess it would be about
time for doing some vocals now, too.
Oh, and by the way, early on last week Michael recorded the acoustic
guitar intro for "Begagnat liv" that KeBu came up with. It still hasn't
been definitely decided whether it will appear on the album or not, but
at least it's documented. :)
March 2nd, 2004:
The violin session went very well. Tomas "Hammas" Högväg showed up with
a violin built by his grandfather as the chosen instrument (cool!), and
in just a little over an hour the Drivkraft-violins were recorded. The
tripled part in "Folk är inte kloka" now definitely sounds very folky,
and Hammas also added an own touch to the parts in "Utbränd & slutkörd".
He is an active folk violinist, and that can be heard. Before the session
Hammas was a little unsure of one part in "Utbränd & slutkörd", because
it is in a key uncomfortable on the violin, but his first take was usable
Because the Drivkraft-stuff was done so fast Hammas also improvised
some noisy avant-garde violin on the Oilfield-track "Having a Bad Day".
With some suitably weird effects added it sounds... hmm... "far out".
February 25th, 2004:
An mp3-teaser from the upcoming Oilfield-demo, featuring Michael and Roger:
It's the entire song, 3,28 min 128 kbps.
February 23rd, 2004:
Time for some violin! Next weekend our old friend Tomas Högväg will visit
Michael in Turku. He'll bring his violin and record some quite folky parts
on "Folk är inte kloka" and "Utbränd & slutkörd". It will probably turn
out very nicely.
Otherwise very much hasn't happened musically in the last couple
of weeks. Michael and Roger have meanwhile been working on the next Oilfield-demo,
which will probably be done by summer. The joke "Syödäänkö karkkia" is
already done (see below), and several other ones have all the guitars,
programmed drums and vocals: "Complication", "The Scum of the Universe",
"Runnin' Around", "Having a Bad Day", "One Word, Three Heard" and "Tanja".
In addition to those "Doctor Ockmey" and "Moonlight" (working title) have
the guitars, drums and some keyboards recorded. The lyrics for those last
two aren't finished yet, however.
February 3rd, 2004:
Last weekend KeBu had a big surge of inspiration, and in a recording frenzy
completed all his parts - keyboards, bouzouki and what not. On Sunday
he worked on the Drivkraft-material for about 13 hours...
"Folk är inte kloka" now has all the needed bouzouki and trumpet,
plus a longish, moody keyboard version of the main theme as an outro.
KeBu also made some rough mixes of all the songs. Looks like the
intro for "Utbränd & slutkörd" will turn out different than expected.
Now the texture guitars get a lot of space, and the organ is brought in
later than before. KeBu has some other interesting suggestions too - it
remains to be seen what the final product turns out like.
So now it's time to record drums and vocals...
January 22nd, 2004:
Alright, KeBu is done with the keyboards for both "Vykort från södern"
and "Folk är inte kloka"! He still wants to add bouzouki to "Folk..."
and also intends to redo some parts in his epic "Utbränd & slutkörd",
but after that he's all done.
KeBu has mostly used sounds like Moog, Mellotron, Hammond, Rhodes
and regular piano, but for example on "Vykort..." he has also added a
lot of programmed latin loops (the track has one part with kind of a latin
feel). He has also recently bought a clavinet (finally!), so there is
a risk for that sound appearing somewhere...
One really cool thing is that Kalle Sandqvist, who plays with KeBu
and Kenneth in Fat
Funk Force, did trumpet parts last weekend on both "Folk är inte kloka"
and "Vykort från södern". That's something new for this band.
January 14th, 2004:
It's been a while since the last update - simply because basically nothing
Prime Mover-related has happened. Everyone in the band has been very busy
doing other things. But now, a couple of days ago, KeBu has recorded all
the keyboards for the long multi-part epic "Folk är inte kloka". Lots
of stuff on that one... On this weekend we will also have a guest musician
playing the trumpet on that track. That will be very interesting... KeBu
will also try to do "Vykort från södern" ASAP, and then after that he's
done with his keyboardparts.
Michael has recently been doing some other music projects. The
70's hard rock coverband he's the vocalist (only!) in recorded a quick
four-song demo right before Christmas. A positive surprise was that Michael's
computer and Cubase SL actually managed to record all the backing tracks
simultaneously without crashing! Nice. ;) Michael has also been recording
quite a lot of things for the upcoming Oilfield-demo, plus programmed
some drums and prepared tracks for a small thrash metal project. More
about that later...