THE SKULL DEFEKTS new album “DANCES IN DREAMS OF THE KNOWN UNKNOWN” is released April 8th 2014 on LP/CD and digital on Thrill Jockey Records.

When the Skull Defekts entered the studio in the Spring of 2013 with nothing more than a collection of loosely organized riffs, they set out to record their most extreme, challenging rock record. Much to the band’s surprise, what emerged were their most incessantly listenable, approachable songs to date. The Defekts merge the coarse vitality of punk with the ritualism of folk dances to create music that is addictive, wondrously discordant, and rooted in a belief in the overwhelming power of pure sound. Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown is the Swedish group’s third release as a quintet, with the legendary Daniel Higgs joining Joachim Nordwall and Daniel Fagerstroem on vocal duties and acting as the group’s spiritual ringleader. The Defekts have long acted as the backbone of the Swedish experimental underground, but since their 2011 breakthrough Peer Amid, the group has emerged at the vanguard of a new wave of radical Scandinavian rock music alongside Iceage and the Posh Isolation label. 

From the opening patter of “Pattern of Thoughts” to the propulsive chants of “Cyborganization,” Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown feeds on the tension between lean and bright song production and the hefty, sometimes surreal sounds produced by Nordwall and Fagerstroem’s guitars. Daniel Higgs’ spontaneous, metaphoric poetry is as perplexing as ever, but it is delivered with a clarity not heard since his days fronting Lungfish. Album centerpiece “The Known Unknown” is centered around a driving riff, with Nordwall turning the song’s title into a mantra as intense as it is transcendent. Throughout, the group anchors their riffs with exotic sustained chords, adding a distinctly Carnatic flavor. 

Nordwall’s long history in the European experimental music community serves to reinforce the group’s place as one of the most forward-thinking rock bands working in the continent today. In addition to running iDEAL Recordings since 1998, Nordwall has released collaborative recordings with Mika Vanio of Pan Sonic, Kevin Drumm, and Mats Gustafsson, whose FIRE! Orchestra he recently joined. Although the Skull Defekts have ceased to perform or record noise music, that adventurous spirit is still a dominant part of their music. 

The Skull Defekts will tour Europe and the US as a quintet.

THE SKULL DEFEKTS new album “DANCES IN DREAMS OF THE KNOWN UNKNOWN” is released April 8th 2014 on LP/CD and digital on Thrill Jockey Records.

When the Skull Defekts entered the studio in the Spring of 2013 with nothing more than a collection of loosely organized riffs, they set out to record their most extreme, challenging rock record. Much to the band’s surprise, what emerged were their most incessantly listenable, approachable songs to date. The Defekts merge the coarse vitality of punk with the ritualism of folk dances to create music that is addictive, wondrously discordant, and rooted in a belief in the overwhelming power of pure sound. Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown is the Swedish group’s third release as a quintet, with the legendary Daniel Higgs joining Joachim Nordwall and Daniel Fagerstroem on vocal duties and acting as the group’s spiritual ringleader. The Defekts have long acted as the backbone of the Swedish experimental underground, but since their 2011 breakthrough Peer Amid, the group has emerged at the vanguard of a new wave of radical Scandinavian rock music alongside Iceage and the Posh Isolation label.

From the opening patter of “Pattern of Thoughts” to the propulsive chants of “Cyborganization,” Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown feeds on the tension between lean and bright song production and the hefty, sometimes surreal sounds produced by Nordwall and Fagerstroem’s guitars. Daniel Higgs’ spontaneous, metaphoric poetry is as perplexing as ever, but it is delivered with a clarity not heard since his days fronting Lungfish. Album centerpiece “The Known Unknown” is centered around a driving riff, with Nordwall turning the song’s title into a mantra as intense as it is transcendent. Throughout, the group anchors their riffs with exotic sustained chords, adding a distinctly Carnatic flavor.

Nordwall’s long history in the European experimental music community serves to reinforce the group’s place as one of the most forward-thinking rock bands working in the continent today. In addition to running iDEAL Recordings since 1998, Nordwall has released collaborative recordings with Mika Vanio of Pan Sonic, Kevin Drumm, and Mats Gustafsson, whose FIRE! Orchestra he recently joined. Although the Skull Defekts have ceased to perform or record noise music, that adventurous spirit is still a dominant part of their music.

The Skull Defekts will tour Europe and the US as a quintet.


THANK YOU OFF FESTIVAL!


SHORT APRIL TOUR!

We play a few shows in April! Excited!

April 24th DJ SET @ Nefertiti GOTHENBURG w/ Daniel Higgs

April 25th @ Truckstop Alaska GOTHENBURG w/ Daniel Higgs, Endless Boogie

April 26th @ Blå OSLO w/ Daniel Higgs, Tim Hecker

April 27th @ Marie Leveau XXX STOCKHOLM 


2012 -> 2013

2012 has been a slow year for The Skull Defekts. A few gigs, a collaboration with José Gonzalez, a cassette release and a vinyl LP. 2013 will see more stuff happening. A new album is recorded in January for Thrill Jockey again, Important is releasing the electronic psychdrone “OBSESSIONS” LP recorded by Nordwall and Rylander aswell as the “RESTLESS LEGS” CD with music by the same skulls composed for a dance performance, a new 12” on Skull Disk will be released, a few gigs are already booked, and we will work on new stuff with singer Ebbot Lundberg…

See you in 2013, all skulls alive and half dead! 

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NEW LP ON WHAT THE…? RECORDS!

Released today in New York City.


THE SKULL IS A TEMPLE


FLYER OF THE FIRST SKULL DFX SHOW EVER


DFX AT BABEL/MALMÖ. OCTOBER 6TH ‘12.


HYDROPHOBIC BAPTISM


THEATER OF ETERNAL MUSIC


Second song from our “2013-3012” 12” on Thrill Jockey Records.


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DFX IN ITALY, 2007.


Taken from the “PEER AMID” album (CD/2xLP Thrill Jockey 2011). Daniel Higgs, Joachim Nordwall, Daniel Fagge Fagerström, Henrik Rylander, Jean-Louis Huhta.