Fordamning #10

FÖRDÄMNING fanzine #10, published by one M. Andersson out of Göteborg, Sweden, is now out and available for order here.

It’s one of my favorite modern ‘zines, partially because it mines such  deep-underground noise, experimental & abstract rock that I’ve truly never heard, nor heard of, 70+% of what’s covered here. And I like that – lots of limited-edition esoteric weirdness to contemplate trying to find, or at least try & stream somewhere online.

I’m not even much of a noise or soundscape listener – and yet Andersson’s a truly ear-to-the-ground chronicler of the cassette and CD-R underground, and makes me seek out the previously ignored. He throws it all together in a slapdash but eminently readable cut-n-paste style that really makes me want to ditch my own high-process fanzine style and go back to simple 6-page foldovers.

The new issue has a 1982 pic of The Fall on the cover; a waltz through the corners of the Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers catalog; an interview with a fella from the Pheromoans, reviews and more. Grab it here.


GROWTH are one of the lesser-heard great bands of our time. This live show in Santa Barbara from over the summer confirms it.

They’re a three-woman Swedish band, working out of Stockholm initially but now spread in different locations, making it difficult to record. To date there’s been one 45 and one cassette – a total of 4 songs, all fantastically dark, well-spaced, messy soul-eating garage blues, in the vein of Come, Little Claw and other leading lights of bummer rock.

Growth hoofed it across the west coast of the USA over the summer; I even helped them a ‘lil bit with the itinerary after writing them a frothing fan letter, but didn’t get to see them because I myself was living in Scandinavia over the summer, a mere 6 hours’ drive from them. They couldn’t put together any shows in my honor while I was there, probably because the entire nations of Norway and Sweden go on vacation June, July and August.

I think you’ll wanna check them out if you haven’t heard them yet. They’re still together, and Annie, Hillevi and Elizabeth promise new music later this year.

Buy their “The Flood/Turn” 45 on Human Audio or buy the individual tracks on Bandcamp.

Listen to their 2-song cassette on Ljudkassett.

Watch a video of the band playing “Blind Voice”.

Download this 30-minute set of the band live in Santa Barbara, CA this past summer. (thanks to Hoshwa of 5432 Fun for recording this in the first place).


Here’s a nearly un-Googleable band from Sweden called GROWTH that Tumblr user UrbanKill turned me onto yesterday. Dirty, slow and venomous garage poison that he compared to Little Claw, which I don’t see any reason to argue with.

This came out on Bandcamp at the very end of 2012, and like I said, other info is nigh impossible. Who out there can tell us something about GROWTH? Because this thing just made me erupt in hives.