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"Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" has been reviewed by Artrock.se
(or Göteborgs Artrockförening). The reivew has
just been added to the review-pages.
The reviewer calls us (almost reluctantly :) for unique, since that's
how he considers our blend of music. He also thinks the songs belong
musicwise to the Swedish political progressive rock movement and
thinks we blend folk, jazz and rock quite well. His favourite song
was "Vykort från Södern" (credits to Roger!).
Very soon, you will be able to hear Prime Mover on an FM radio station
at Siberia, Radio Penguin! Apparently the people there are
trusty fans of progressive rock music and they even have a radio
show playing progressive rock there, run by Serge Tikhanoff. As
a proof, Serge send us a picture of the Siberian progessive rock
fans. Or is it the DJ and his technical assistant? Anyway, they
seem to be very happy when they found out that they soon can listen
to Prime Mover on the radio also in Siberia!
Happy birthday, skivkraft.com! It seems that we all forgot about that
our site now has been up and running for a year, since November 3rd, 2005!
During the last year, our site had more than 7000 visitors and the annual
average was over 20 visitors per day! Nice to see that we have that many
fans (yes, we do have other things to do than visiting our own home page
to raise the statistics :). To thank the active visitors, we have put
another song from our latest record available, Några
bagateller. We removed the full version of "Vykort från södern" to
be fair to those that have bought the record.
The web radio station Aural
moon now also have "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" in their playlist,
and "Begagnat liv" was aired yesterday. If you want to listen to the record
on Aural moon, please make
a request for Prime Mover.
From now on, Mark Staudte (Marketing Director at Flight Valkyrie) is our
contact and spokesman in the United States.
Welcome to the team, Mark!
The newsletter of the Rock Special Interest Group (SIG) of British Mensa,
Feedback, has written a nice and short review of Prime Mover alias
Drivkraft, that you can read on the review-pages.
The progressive rock playing radio show Progdependent on national
radio channel afk
max in Germany plays our record as well. If you we're listening last
Sunday you might have heard Vykort från södern. But you can also download
the song from our web page in case you missed the show... :)
All our CDs at Garden
Shed in Tokyo are temporarily sold out, but don't worry: a new shipment
has been sent out, so next week you will be able to buy both our CDs from
Garden Shed again. We thought that 50 CDs would last longer in stock than
three weeks! On the other hand, Prime Mover records have not been available
in Japan before, so you guys must have been very hungry for it! :) Nice
to see that we have that many Japanese fans!
A new review has just been added to the review-pages.
This one is from Prog-Nose,
a rock e-zine in Belgium. The reviewer says that "These guys honestly
cherish their ambition to explore new musical ground, which remains the
basic idea of prog." Thanks! We totally agree with him: that is what prog
is all about - exploration.
Two new music magazine reviews can be found on the review-pages:
One from Rumba
and one from Harmonie
magazine. The reviewer in Rumba were mostly offended by our supplementary
info-letter (!) while the review at Harmonie Magazine praised us for being
authentically progressive and having introduced a new style! We never
cease to be amazed by the contradicting comments we recieve on a daily
In order to keep the site up and running and not discouraging our fans
from downloading our songs, we have been forced to reduce the audio quality
on the mp3-clips on our web page. When we get more bandwith, we will upload
better quality mp3s, but for now we'll have to do with 96 kps.
Thanks to a recently made deal with the record shop Garden
Shed in Tokyo, our fans in Japan can now order our records directly
The traffic on our web page has rapidly increased during last month: over
40 visitors per day!
We have opened up the first official Prime Mover forum on Melo's
Progbazaar, where you can discuss with the band, and about the band.
Our keyboard player, Kebu, functions as moderator of the forum. Please
feel free to start new topics and you don't need to only discuss Prime
Prime Mover can nowadays also be heard on Progradio.com,
which is an Internet radio channel playing all kinds of progressive rock
music. You can listen
to this station online if you have Realplayer
Our friends at Overhead
has also quite recently released their second album, Metaepitome, which
has recieved good reviews.
If you happened to listen to the national radio in Chile on June 6th,
you could have heard the track "Öppen" from Prime
Mover alias Drivkraft!
That's right, a radio show called "La Fuerza del Acero show"
plays Prime Mover on Radio
Atraxion 102.5 FM in Chile. Soon the whole world is aware that there
is a swedish speaking minority in Finland... :)
the Uzbekistan Progressive Rock Pages, has reviewed "Prime Mover alias
Drivkraft", and it is probably the most enthusiastic review Prime Mover
has ever got! This is of course a great encouragement for the band, especially
as the review is very well written (in English) and obviously by a true
expert of progressive rock.
These are some quotes from the review: "Their 'Alias Drivkraft'
is indeed the repository of several different styles and is an outstandingly
fresh sounding album. Not only fresh, though. This is seminal material,
abundant in virtues and free of drawbacks." - - - "All the participants
are masterful musicians, tirelessly weaving an intricate web of patterns,
regardless of whether they mellow the vocal lines or are in their free
instrumental flight. Their singing and playing is so inspired and performed
with such amazing ease, that I am certain that they did the most beloved
work of their lives when they rehearsed and, later, recorded this stuff.
It's definitely thanks to their passion for creation that the magic has
found each of the songs an appropriate place for living."
Well, what can be said about a review like this? It makes you pretty
much speechless. But it is particularly nice that someone has heard that
the album for the band really is "the most beloved work of their lives".
True. We'll see how we follow it up. Thank you Progressor!
Two new reviews of "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft": a very positive one
Ears, and an ok one on Tuhma.fi.
It's encouraging that the "true" prog fans really seem to enjoy the album.
The band members are looking forward to the summer, and having
time to record the next album. Eleven new songs have been chosen, and
most of them are basically fully composed (lyrics still missing for three
The Swedish music site Metica.se
has listened to Prime Mover alias Drivkraft
and written a review about it. The reviewer generally liked the record,
but got confused when we switch styles from song to song. The review has
been added to the Reviews-page and is in Swedish.
Reviews keep flooding about Prime
Mover alias Drivkraft, so we have renewed
including the latest review from Progg.se,
which is a truly positive review, stating that there is not a single weak
track on the entire record! Keep your radio tuned at Radio
Vega at 15 o'clock today...
A new review has been added to the Reviews-page,
Prog-Reviews by Christian Rode. He seems to really have understood
the essence of our record. The review is in German, but we will try to
get a translation for this site soon.
Rode also kindly provided us with a translation of the (old) semi-legendary
German review of our demo "Mr. Zingelmann". But the question
remains: why did we get 2/15 instead of 1/15 back then? ;)
will appear in a direct sent interview tomorrow at 15 o'clock in Radio
Vega to give you some more Prime Mover stories and songs.
A bunch of reviews of "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" are now up on
our Reviews-page. There are still some
more reviews coming up.
On the 18th of March there was a very big article about Prime
Mover in the newspaper Keskipohjanmaa. It was written by Jouni Nikula
(a musician himself in his spare time, check out Requiem!),
and had a big, almost psychedelic picture collage made by our Sebastian
(picture to the right).
During the easter weekend, Radio
aired a half hour long interview with Prime Mover. The interview
was very well made and can be listened
to here. Unfortunately the interview is only in Swedish.
The news from 2004 has been
moved to the Old
A new, positive review has been published at the Dutch
Progressive Rock Page (DPRP). Dries Dokter says that "all the tracks
have been created with just enough loops and solos and not one note more.
The resulting music is in a way soothing and calming but never dull. The
production of this album is also crystal clear and the cover artwork,
by Aija Lumme, is also very good, I would very much like to see it in
is original size." Nice!
This year Prime Mover also for the first time got a grant of 500
euros from Svenska
Kulturfonden (the foundation for Swedish culture in Finland). It is
very welcome, we certainly need it.
We have also made a few small updates on this website. The audio
clip of "Folk är inte kloka" is now different from the one we first uploaded.
The links-page has also been updated.
The interview that Michael and Kebu made with Stationen
has now been published and can be found here
(in Swedish). Radio Vega
will air another interview with Prime Mover on the 27th of March at 11:15
in the program called Egocentrum.
This date is preliminary and may change. Audio clips from all songs on
Mover alias Drivkraft" have been uploaded to give you a better overview
of our album. Go check them out!
Simultaneously as the pessimistic review from noise appared, its very
opposite appared on Imperiumi.net.
This review gives a high score, 4+ out of 5!
Prime Mover is working on new material. More than enough material for a
full length album has already been written, but the songs of course need
to be developed further. Demo versions are circulating, some lyrics are
written, and some stuff has even already been recorded and polished enough
for Prime Mover's next release. The new songs seem to be quite different...
but we won't tell you more than that. Not yet. ;-)
Another new review of "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft"
is now on the web, this one on www.noise.fi.
2/5, and by far the most negative one so far. Oh well, it's all a matter
of taste. Some of the things that this guy critisizes the most are other
reviewer's favourite songs on the record. Anyway, of course a certain member
of Prime Mover will go to the gig that the reviewer's own band has in Turku
in April, and beat the living crap out of him! ;-)
Prime Mover is now also included on www.progg.se,
under the name Drivkraft, because the guy who has the site likes that name
more! Cool, ok by us! :) There are already some flattering comments there,
and a proper review is also coming up.
It can also be mentioned here that Henrik Jansson's article about
Prime Mover in Åbo Underrättelser (29.1) was surprisingly big - almost a
whole page! Very nice.
Tomorrow Kebu and Michael will do another radio interview, this time
for Radio Vega's program "Egocentrum".
reviews of "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft"
has been published. The Swedish magazine Zero
Music Magazine has written a review, and the Finnish music site Desibeli.net
has also reviewed the record. Both reviewers gave it 3 points out of 5,
although the reviews were more positive and encouraging than the score
they gave. The reviews are yet not available in English, but we will soon
translate them an make them available here, as we have done with reviews
of our previous releases.
the winner of the free record is... Styrox "Båbb" Stroganoff!!
No, seriously! It's our dear bass-playing friend at 1G3B.
Prime Mover wants to congratulate Båbb and point out to our fans
that the competition was not arranged, it was simply a weird coincidence!
The world truly is a small place... :)
is your chance to win a free copy of "Prime Mover
alias Drivkraft", if you live in Finland (quoted from Nöjesmagasinet
Det finlandssvenska bandet Prime Mover grundades på 90-talet av
Michael Karlsson och Roger Nyman. Från vilken liten österbottnisk
stad kommer dehär musikerna? Vinn orkesterns nya skiva Prime Mover
alias Drivkraft. Svara per e-post, senast torsdagen den 27 januari, firstname.lastname@example.org
eller per vanlig post, Nöjesmagasinet, PB 62, 00024 Rundradion.
Mover alias Drivkraft" has recieved a lot of attention this week.
Michael was interviewed by Radio
X3M and the band was re-issued at their Demoweb.
Kebu was interviewed by Nöjesmagasinet
where songs from the record has been played a couple of times during the
week. A local newspaper, Syd-Österbotten,
has published an article as well.
has now the first published review of "Prime
Mover Alias Drivkraft".
Unfortunately, it is written in Swedish. The score was 3.5/5 and the final
comments were "Maybe I would have liked to see a somewhat higher
density and weight in the expression (of the music), but the bottom line
is that this is a highly interesting music, and its realisation has demanded
a whole lot of artistic courage."
Mover Alias Drivkraft" can now be bought directly from the webshop of
our official distributor, Firebox.The
price is 11,50 €. Just type "Prime Mover" into their search
engine and select the record. Alternatively,
you can still buy
it directly from us but the availability is limited.
Happy new year! "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft"
has already received some attention. The song "Begagnat
liv" has been played on radio (Radio
X3M, Finland), and the whole record can be listened to (but in poor
quality) at the jukebox on Musikstationen
(in order to listen to it you need to register and understand good enough
Swedish to navigate throuh the pages).