A couple weeks ago we did a piece on some stuff bubbling up from the underground Danish scene. Again, there is so much good material coming out these days that it’s tough to grab ahold of everything and keep track that it would be almost a full-time job to keep up with it – it’s a fun job nonetheless. This time around, we’re going to cover some tracks that are centered specifically around Aarhus, and ¾ of them coming from the punk/post-punk corner.
Brooch – “Blood Spitting”
This is a new duo/collaboration consisting of Mikkel Holm Silkær (Yung) and Ben Stidworthy (Ought) formed out of a musical kinship after their bands toured together last winter. Stidworthy (from the Montreal-based group) stayed on with Mikkel in Aarhus at the end of the tour and they ended up writing tracks together – “I rode back to Aarhus with Yung after we toured together last winter,” Stidworthy recalls of Brooch’s origins. “Every day, Mikkel and I would write and record one song at their Scando-office rehearsal space, and then go out in the evenings. These songs emerged from us without discussion or direction, and I feel they captured an energy that was resonating in black and white.”
The resulting 2 song single will be out on Tough Love records, the English label that puts out Yung’s records in Europe. The lyrics are poetic, the vibe here on the track is dreamy and has quite a cool indie feel, possibly in stark comparison to say, Yung’s more full-on assault, and I definitely dig it and looking forward to hearing Mikkel’s contribution that evidently, he’s very proud of. As you might know, it appears Mikkel has been very active outside of Yung the last few months, releasing his first solo EP under the name Holm, and now this lovely artifact. You can get your hands on a pre-order (limited to 300 copies) – Here.
Modest – “Dugout”
Speaking of the Aarhus post-punk scene, Shordwood records (Mikkel Holm Silkjær’s own label) is putting out this lovely track by locals, Modest. All I really know about Modest is from the blurb that Shordwood put up over the release of this disc: “Modest is Julius Lykke, Stinus Kruse, Jacob Tjerrild and Jacob Ahlers. The four boys hail from Aarhus, Denmark, and have been playing as Modest since they met three years ago. Keeping live appearances to a minimum, they have devoted most of their time to writing and perfecting their sound. The two songs on Pretty Sure It’s Honest, show Modest at their best yet. Modest manages to capture a sound, which might remind some of a whole other decade, but their forward momentum is undeniable.”
The blurb is like the scene itself, confident but accurate. “Dugout” is a great track, just a modern update on classic post-punk vibes (Joy Division, Field Mice, etc…) and if you’re into collecting artifacts from the scene (you should be), this’ll be a nice item to enjoy in your collection from a band with ‘forward momentum’.
tots – “Centerpiece”
Now, I honestly don’t know anything about this band except they recorded this track last week in the local Cable Hell Studio and that’s where Spökraket used to record (still run by ex-member Johnathan Højgaard) among a bunch of other groups in the psych and punk genres. What I do know is – I liked this track and it has a classic punk vibe (Saints, Libertines, Television) and sounds raw and good (as it fucking should). If I could find them on facebook I’d throw up the link, but until then you can find them on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
Olm – “Tarvelige Tæve”
I’ll be the first and last to admit that SOA doesn’t do enough on the Aarhus metal scene. It’s been the most consistent and successful scene, only after possibly gangsta rap from Aarhus V. Olm is a trio of scene veterans who I know at least one of them, (Ritter, Bass) has been in Nil By Mouth. Olm make Danish language sludge metal with growling vocals and heavy riffage. They’ve only got a 3-song EP up on Spotify/Itunes, but they’ve been added to the impressive list of bands playing at this year’s Royal Metal Festival in Voxhall, representing Aarhus of course. It doesn’t get more fucking jysk than their record title either; “Prø-Li-Å-Hør-Hær”. If you haven’t come across that phrase yet, just ask the next person you see. It’s the real sound of Aarhus actually. Follow Olm on Facebook here.
As always, if there’s something you’re really into that we need to know about it, send it in. I’m tired of people saying that there’s nothing going on – that’s just bullshit.