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BASKERY TO RELEASE ALBUM NO. 4, LA RECORDED ’COYOTE & SIRENS’
The sisters of Baskery are back on European soil, after living and loving in the US for nearly 3 years. Their backpacks hold new songs, new experiences, new friendships and broken promises. But no hard feelings.
It all started with a move to Nashville, a request from the band’s American publisher. The trio traveled overseas without a master plan and settled down in one of the less hip parts of the city. Surrounded by Mexican diners, body shops, a couple of tattoo studios, numerous stray cats and all kinds of opportunists, the sisters built a home in the American south, where they got creative in their living room and on the porch of their wooden house on Leafland Avenue. They biked through every limb of Nashville and got to know and appreciate the city, where so many people with artistic dreams come to fulfil them.
A few low-cash-flow months later, the band basically lived on “chips y salsa” at the local Mexican, they received a call. The president of WBR Los Angeles had checked out the band on YouTube and wanted to meet with them. ASAP. The golden ticket to the city of dreams and angels became reality and the sisters boxed up their Nashville existence to jump on the carousel.
The band signed with WBR in the fall of 2014 and moved to LA, a city with a completely different beat to it than Nashville and the sisters were up for the change. Nearly one year passed before the recording, alongside with producer Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, FUN), took place in Glenwood Studios, Burbank. The studio luxury they experienced there was quite the contrast to some of their earlier recordings and the band embraced a completely new way of working together with Dawson and his assistant Mike Malchicoff. One evening, the sisters sat in front of the fireplace in the courtyard singing an a cappella version of ‘Cactus Baby’, when Bruno Mars appeared and praised their harmonies. He told them that he was occupying ‘Studio A’ for a few months to work on his new album. Baskery’s recording in ‘Studio B’ was finished in just a few weeks, then off to be mixed by Joe Zook (Katy Perry, U2, The Hives)
So far so great, yeah?
Fast-forward to the beginning of 2017. With a promising summer tour ahead of them, an album more than ready to take off and a band with growing misgivings, there’s the call from the manager. WBR is struck by an economic crisis and has to drop dozens of “developing acts”. Among them, the trio from Sweden.
“The news” weren’t really news to the band, but the fact that the songs were facing the shelf for an indefinite time, left them uneasy. There were talks of hunger strikes outside the WBR headquarters and launching a pissed off give-us-our-album-back-campaign, but after some eager dispute with the help from a feisty and dedicated New York lawyer, nine of the twelve songs, the ones not yet launched by WBR, were returned to the band.
On October 12 , eight of these exempt songs will be released. The band has chosen to call the album ‘Coyote & Sirens’, a dedication to life in Echo Park, the collision and interaction between urbanization and wildlife and the touching soundtrack of city wolves responding to the never resting Los Angeles emergency cries. The stray cats of Nashville lurk behind the opening track, ‘Shut the Catflap’, and all tracks on the album are inspired by the time, the life, in Nashville and LA.
No hard feelings, just feeling.
Enjoy a first taste from our upcoming album! Cactus baby available today on itunes.
You might think we've been crying wolf all this time ... Frankly, at one point even we doubted Coyote & Siren would see the light of day, but howl howl howl here it is! A few songs shorter than planned, (due to legal reasons) we give you 8 original tracks recorded in Los Angeles, CA. We're so proud of our newest family member.
Listen, plenty of ways to enjoy our eTown performance recorded in Boulder, CO last September. Below is a teaser, "Old Man" with Nick Forster on lap steel...
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greta bondesson - banjitar, drums & vocals
stella bondesson - double bass & vocals
sunniva bondesson - guitars & vocals
Stream the whole eTown episode of Frutition and Baskery here.
Today we release Cactus baby from our upcoming album Coyote & Sirens that's out on Oct 12! This acoustic version was recorded in Gold Canyon, Arizona while road tripping from coast to coast. Enjoy this love song!
one horse down
on a day like this
oscar jr restaurant bar
here to pay my dues
why don't ya
shame & dance
the queen & drone
rivers of home
throw a bone
rotten / boys
beat up the blues
as simple as this
The three sisters can't recall when or why they started playing, the music’s always just been there. In their late teens, the sisters joined forces with their dad, who for decades, was a one man band playing old blues and country tunes for a living. They named the band Slaptones and released two albums on EMI Sweden.
This foundation of classic "roots music and Americana" settled in their hearts, but also awoke the urge of breaking the rules of traditional music. Baskery is a band built on what three people can do together and it's all about turning the music on its head, blending the straightforwardness of punk with the subtlety of singer/ songwriting.
The first album, "Fall Among Thieves" (2008) was recorded in Stockholm, co-produced by Lasse Mårtén (Pink, 'Peter, Bjorn and John', Kelly Clarkson). "New Friends" (2011) the follow up, the band referred to it as the "gypsy album" since it was mainly tracked on the road in various hotel rooms and band apartments, then mixed in Berlin by Blackpete (Depeche Mode, Joe Jackson, Peter Fox). As a contrast to the first two albums which took several months to make, the third one "Little Wild Life" was recorded during ten days in an old dance studio converted to a studio in former east Berlin, co-produced by Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, J. Roddy Walston).
All three albums received great acclaim by the press and are released in numerous countries. The releases in combination with relentless touring have given the band a reputation as one of the music scene's most noticeable live acts.
Independency has always been important to the Bondesson sisters and in 2012 they founded their own production and publishing company, Mother Tarantula / Spiderling , under which they have produced and released two albums and one live DVD. Their projects are supported by the Swedish art council which aim is to preserve unique art and music. In both 2011 and 2013 the sisters received individual awards for their songwriting skills by Swedish composer’s society STIM .
In early 2014 the band started working with K obalt Music Publishing.
Baskery has successfully toured all over the world, performing at festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Shrewsbury Folk Festival (UK), SXSW (US), Colours of Ostrava (CZ), Portland Waterfront Blues Festival (US), California World Fest (US), Four Corners Folk Festival , (US), Winnipeg Folk Festival ( CA), Calgary Folk Festival (CA), Woodford Folk Festival (AUS), Peace and Love (SE), Storsjöyran (SWE), Lowlands (NL), Azkena Rock (ES), Bergen Fest (NOR), Toender (DK).
In 2015 the band toured in Europe and North America, performing with legendary artist Robbie Williams . The girls have toured with Gary Clark Jr , and Brandi Carlile , earning critical acclaim from Q magazine , Mojo magazine, Uncut magazine , and many more. The band continued touring throughout 2016, dotting Europe and North America with performances of their already legacy-laden career.
2017 was a busy year with multiple trips to the US. The band performed at festivals like Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Arroyo Seco, UtopiaFest and Bottlerock alongside artists like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alabama Shakes, Dr John, Mumford and Sons, The Meters, The Avett Brothers and more. They were invited to perform at the renowned live radio show E town in Boulder, sharing the bill with Fruition out of Portland. New music was recorded at their longtime collaborator Ray Kennedy ’s (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Ron Sexsmith) studio in Nashville, where they plan to return in 2018.
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