Once you go to a concert with Daniel Norgren, you will never have a better time hearing about a truck. Daniel Norgren comes from Borås in Sweden, and now lives in smaller Rude where he, amongst other things, likes to drive around in his truck. The mix of good old blues, folk and country gives him his very own sound as he plays his minimalistic and sometimes drone-ish songs almost all by himself.
Daniel Norgren mostly tours without a band, as he plays guitar, drums and sings himself. This also contributes to his minimalistic sound, where he plays bass and snare drum with his feet, and guitar and vocals with the rest. He keeps his songs and lyrics simple but filled to the brim with honesty and personality. He does not play too much, barely uses any guitar effects except for some mild overdrive and reverb and doesn’t speak much on the stage either. Many of the songs is also just based on Daniel playing 1 or 2 chords.
Of course he sings about other stuff than his truck, but he always keeps his lyrics simple and understandable. This does not mean that they mean less though, songs like “Putting my tomorrows behind” and “I´m a welder” has certain sentences that put me right back home in Norway, giving me goosebumps.
As a man that clearly likes to fix his truck, he also likes to fix his own guitar gear. Except for his old Hoefner guitar, he likes to make his own pedals and amps out of different stuff he finds, e.g. typewriters and forklifts. This gives him his very own lo-fi sound on both records and live.
Reasons why you should check him out
I have been to several Norgren concerts, both in Denmark and Norway, and I have never been disappointed. Mostly it´s because the concerts have a sense of simplicity and purity, and most people should try to see a concert as down to earth as this. When he gets going and jamming in the same chord, its intense and meditative for both him and the whole audience.
He is one of those musicians who really just loves what he’s doing, and you really feel him when he´s playing. Be aware though, he might say he´s not feeling it that much tonight, or if the audience behaves badly, tell the audience to behave properly. (This isn’t a bad thing though, if the audience behaves badly they deserve to be told.)
What is most important for me, is the atmosphere and the serenity he brings along with him, as well as keeping an underrated genre alive. This is something everyone should experience at least once. The tour he is on now is the Alabursy tour, touring with his new album. I haven’t heard the new album yet, but he printed 500 copies on vinyl that he’s selling on this tour. I’m really looking forward to his appearance on Spot fest and so should you!