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I wanted it to sound like live Livealbums did when I grew up as I'm not that big fan of those dry and studio sounding Livealbums that seems to be the fashion of today. Wait a second maybe I should say want it, as we're still mixing the audio recording to our upcoming Live DVD "No Place Like Home”. In case you're wondering why it's taking so long? The only answer I can give you is life, as in families, jobs, newly bought summerhouses etc (not particulary mine though). There's so many people involved in this project and believe me, everyone are doing their best to make it happen.

The previous week I went back to start mixing one of the bonustracks, which by the way is called "Chasing a Dream" at Studio Kjellaren together with Kjell Sandberg. As I hadn't heard it in a LOOONG time, the first thing that strucked me was how powerful we sound in this track (and I really mean powerful - Holy Mother of Christ!!!). If we'll be able to tame the wild horses just a tiny little bit, it will turn out an awesome tune. The studio is really good and Kjell is getting into the game more and more each day and I'm confident we'll have something extra here that will be a great contribution to the whole product.
Mixing the concert (approximately 105 minutes) has proven to be an extensive work and a tough test of my patience.

Right now we're moving at lightning speed though and it can't be that many hours before we're ready. I have to say I'm really grateful to have Petrus Königsson onboard since he always immediately knows what I'm looking for and by now he also has the knowledge of what the band is about, which is of huge help as we're making a document of this phase in the bands history.

When it comes to the visuals I have no news for now except for that Kicki Holmén and Thomas Schon has "completed the work" on the actual gig. Now they're focusing on extramaterial such as interviews and a documentary and of course they have to make a video for "Chasing a Dream" as soon as they have a suitable mix to work on. I told you it was a big project didn't I. There you have it...the latest update. To be continued.

僕は、自分が育ってきた時の、生のライブアルバムが鳴らしたようなものにしたかったんだ、というのは今日流行っているらしい、あのドライでスタジオレコーディングのようなライブアルバムはあまり好きではないから。ちょっと待って、僕は「したい」というべきだったかも、まだ僕たちはこれから出る予定のライブDVD「No Place Like Home」の音声をミキシングしているところだからね。念のため、君たちはどうしてこんなに時間がかかっているんだと不思議に思っているだろう?僕が与えられる唯一の答えは、生活、例えば家族や仕事や、新しく購入したサマーハウスとか(特に僕のではないけど)。たくさんの人達がこのプロジェクトに関わっていて、信じて欲しいのは、みんな事を実現させるためにベストを尽くしてるところなんだ。

先週からボーナストラックのひとつをミックスし始めるために戻ったんだ、ところでそれは”Chasing a Dream”と呼ばれているものなんだけど、Studio Kjellarenで、Kjell Sandbergと一緒にやっているんだ。その曲をしばらーーーく聴いてなかったので、初めに印象に残った事は、このトラックの演奏はなんてパワフルに鳴っているんだろう、だったね(それは本当に力強いって意味だよ---なんてこった!!!)。もし僕たちがこの荒馬をちょっとばかり手なずけられたら、素晴らしい曲になるだろうね。スタジオは本当に良くて、Kjellは日に日にこのゲームにのめり込んでるし、僕はここに、作品全体に大きな貢献するであろう、特別な何かをもたらすと確信してるよ。

コンサート(だいたい105分)のミキシングは膨大な作業、かつ僕の忍耐力に対するするきついテストになると証明されたね。ただ今、僕たちは電光石火の早さで進んでいて、僕らの準備が整うまでにそう長い時間はかからないよ。僕はPetrus Königssonを迎え入れていることを本当に感謝していると言わざるを得ない、というのは彼はいつもすぐに僕が探しているものをすぐ分かってくれるし、今では彼はこのバンドについての知識も持っている、それは大きな助けになんだ、僕たちはバンドの歴史の中で、この時期のドキュメントを作っているのだからね。

視覚面については、Kicki HolmenとThomas Schonが実際のギグについては「作業は完了した」というニュース以外には情報はないんだ。今彼らはインタビューやドキュメンタリーのような追加素材に集中していて、それから勿論、適切なミックスがなされたらすぐに”Chasing a Dream”のビデオを作らないといけないね。大きなプロジェクトだと言ったよね。これで・・・最新情報はいいかな。続きはまた。

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It's really nothing to write home about but how is it possible? How can music still be this fun? In the middle of trying to complete the No Place Like Home live DVD we started to work on the new material yesterday. Enthusiasm, focus and inspiration are some of the words that comes to my mind when I'm thinking about the session. And by the way, the guys seemed to like the new music and that makes everything a lot easier. A fabulous and sunny monday to you all!

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Sitting here doing the "final touches" mixing the No Place Like Home live DVD together with sound engineer Petrus Königsson. Right now I'm realizing we're doing two songs from FuturePast, two songs from Powerplay, two old TFK tunes and even two new ones as well as a couple of songs from our latest album HFMC. Yep, this gig is really turning out like a showcase of my last twenty years.

To be honest we didn't do much on this project this summer but better start late than never. Talking about it, over here it's all of a sudden summer again but right now it feels good to work on the studio tan for a while.

Toys in the attic

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photo by Hasse Fröberg

Toys in the attic...not really but I found some fun memorabilia. Cleaning and sorting out the attic is something we should have done ages ago but we always seem to find a lame excuse, to do it later. Anyway, our daughter Malvina is moving out of the house so we could not postpone it anylonger. Here we are with boxes of different stuff and furniture that Malvina has bought and repainted. The house is frankly a mess at the moment but this messy house is a part of life and I'm perfectly cool with that.

From one thing to another, the press cuts are from my post Spellbound pre TFK band called Solid Blue.
The live pic is me at 16 years of age playing in Östervåla Folkets Park back in 1980.


話は変わるけど、新聞の切り抜きは、Spellboundの後、TFKの前にやっていた、Solid Blueというバンドのものだよ。ライブ写真は、16歳の僕で、1980年にÖstervåla Folkets Parkで演奏してた時のものだ。

Solid Blueは、Spellbound解散後に結成されたハードロックバンドです。唯一リリースされたCD「Vol. III」には、Facesが好きなHasseの趣味を反映したように、Python Lee Jacksonの"In A Broken Dream”(Vo.がRod Stewart)が収録されています。スウェーデンですがいわゆる「北欧美旋律」的な要素はなく、むしろブリティッシュ寄りHRと言えましょう。ギタリストのSören Cederbergが、イタリアのサイトを通じてCDを売っていた時もあったのですが、現在は入手困難になっています。Sörenがバンドの「記録係」だったようで、彼のサイトで切り抜きのスキャン画像を見る事ができます。


SörenはSolid Blueの動画もいくつかアップしていて、それについてはこちらのエントリーで暑苦しく書きました。私は今でも時々観に行きますよ(^^;)。


positive vibes

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photo by momodisson

The people I spoke to while on tour, some of them I had met before, some of them I hadn't, made me aware of one thing. They wanted us to keep the positive character we have in our sound. If I'm to believe the majority of those people, that's what separates us from a lot of bands today. It's not that I don't understand what they're saying but a lot of our music is in minor (as if that matters) and lots of the lyrics are far from uplifting. Still, if that one thing is important to some and it's the impression they get of our music it's fine by me. In fact it's great!

7 new songs later and all of a sudden those small "tour chats" just popped up in my head. To you guys, I really don't know what to say except for that I've written the songs the way I always do. One thing is for sure, the world out there doesn't exactly help out making the music and lyrics positive but imho I think I've managed to keep the balance in a good and "typical" HFMC kind of way (so far).

After some time off this summer it's time to get back in the groove again. Petrus Königsson and me will soon start mixing the "No Place Like Home" Live DVD and it won't take long until me and the lads will start to work with the new material. As if that wasn't enough, Kjell Sandberg and of course HFMC will finnish off the recording of the new song within the coming weeks. Busy times ahead...me like!



夏の休暇の後で、そろそろ流れの中へ戻る頃合いだ。Petrus Königssonと僕はすぐに、「No Place Like Home」ライブDVDのミックスをスタートして、それから、僕と他の連中が新しいマテリアルの作業を始めるまでには、そう時間はかからないだろう。それだけでも大変なんだけど、Kjell Sandbergと、言うまでもなくHFMCは、来たるべき日々に新しい曲のレコーディングを終わらせるつもりなんだ。忙しくなりそうだ・・・好きだけどね!

New Studio

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photo from Hasse's facebook

I've seen some comments and posts lately that we're in the studio recording a new album but that's not exactly true.

HFMC has been invited to record for free in a new studio in Uppsala and of course we couldn't turn down such an offer. To make a long story short, Kjell Sandberg - the owner was once in the music business. He ran his own label/studio called Soundfront who was under the wings of Roadrunner, where he recorded lots of metal bands some 20 years ago. Well after a while he changed career but now his longing to produce music got so big he built a studio that got "completed" 2 weeks ago. Anyway, he contacted HFMC manager Johnny Taxén telling him he wanted us to try it out and here we are, 5 happy guinea pigs (=försökskanin, strange translation!) helping Kjell to try out all the different michrophones, amps, well everything the studio has to offer really.

The plan with this is to use the result on the "No Place Like Home" DVD. To make it work within the concept of a Live DVD, we've promised ourselves no overdubbs. It'll be the band playing an unreleased song live in the studio. To me this will make the product both better and more interresting.

About the recording of the follow up to HFMC. We are still working on it, writing songs and rehearsing. If everything works out the way I hope we're going into the studio before this year is over. Enjoy the summer everyone - puss!//Hasse


HFMCはUppsalaの新しいスタジオで、無料で録音できるという招待を受けて、勿論僕たちはそんな申し出を断ることはできなかった。話を要約すると、Kjell Sandberg - このオーナーはかつて音楽業界にいたんだ。彼はSoundfrontというレーベル/スタジオをRoadrunnerの傘下で運営していて、20年前はたくさんのメタルバンドをレコーディングしていた。その後しばらくして、彼は職を変えたんだけど、今は音楽を作りたいという切望が大きくなってきて、スタジオを建てて2週間前に完成したんだ。とにかく、彼はHFMCのマネージャーJohnny Taxénに連絡を取って、僕たちに試して欲しいって言ってきたんだ。それで僕たちハッピーな5匹の*実験動物(=försökskanin)はここで、様々なマイクとかアンプ、そう、スタジオで実際に提供しなければならないあらゆるものを試して、Kjellの手伝いをしているところなんだ。

「No Place Like Home」DVDに今回の成果を使う計画なんだ。ライブDVDのコンセプトの内で作業するのに、僕たちはオーヴァーダブをしないことを約束したよね。バンドはスタジオで、未発表曲をライブ演奏することになるだろう。僕にとってこれは、作品をより良く、面白くしてくれると思うんだ。

「HFMC」の次の作品のレコーディングについて。僕たちはまだ作業中で、曲を書いてリハーサルをしているところ。もし僕が望むようにすべての事が運んだら、今年が終わる前にはスタジオに入るだろうね。みんな、楽しい夏を - kiss!

*実験動物(=försökskanin) 英語では「ギニーピッグ(モルモット)」と翻訳されてしまうので、Hasseは「変な翻訳だね!」と突っ込んでいる。スウェーデンでは実験動物と言えばウサギ(kanin)らしい。

Kjell Sandbergについて調べてみましたが、ネットでは彼のfacebook以外の情報は見つかりませんでした。ミュージシャンとしても活動していたら、おそらくThe Metal Archivesに引っかかるのではないかと思ったのですけど・・・。しかし、彼が運営していたしていたSoundfront Recordについては、Discogsにカタログが掲載されています。

(Soundfront Records)
(Soundfront Studio)
(Kjell Sandberg)(同姓同名の人たちが混ざって掲載されている可能性はある)

彼が手掛けたと確認できた作品の中で、比較的名前が知られていそうなのはCrawlyかなぁ・・・うちにBuckshot O.D.のアルバムがあるはずなのですが、どこかに死蔵されていてクレジットなどを確認できませんでした○| ̄|_。

thanks to THE FLOWER KINGS Fan Club Japan

We Låve Rock

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photo from Hasse's facebook

Sometime late saturday evening we're going to play the last chords on our HFMC tour and why not end it with a bang! Yes we're back at the barn for the second year in a row to play for our Norwegian friends at We Låve Rock in Hurum, now on saturday the 21st of May.

After our show at Reginateatern a couple of weeks back I met a Scottish gentleman that I hadn't met before. He told me he was now living in Stockholm and he got to know about HFMC through a mutual friend. He explained to me he was blown away by our performance and the quality of our songs. On top of that he asked me if he could write a review and send it to me, I said sure and here it is. Thank you Andrew Coulthard, glad you like the show:

"Hasse Fröberg and Musical Companion – performance in Uppsala 24 April 2016

It’s always a pleasure to discover new bands, especially when they’re both original and comprised of genuinely talented musicians. So, when I was invited to Uppsala and the Regina Theatre to watch Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion, it felt like it might be a good opportunity.
It was.

Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion (HFMC for short) are Hasse Fröberg on vocals and guitar, Thomsson on bass, Ola Strandberg on drums, Kjell Haraldsson on keyboards and Anton Lindsjö on lead guitar. For many years Hasse has also been the lead singer for Swedish prog giants, The Flower Kings. HFMC is his own band, however, with a track record that includes three full studio albums and a European tour.

I arrived at the venue early, but the theatre was already filling up with expectant fans; an excited home crowd augmented by followers from as far afield as Germany and Japan. The band appeared to a rapturous welcome and, after the intro keyboard number Seconds, launched into Stop the Clock; a triumphant opening that perfectly show-cased their range and talents.

High energy guitar licks, rousing drum patterns, harmonic keyboards together with Hasse’s classic vocals combined to make a heavier rock sound. But that was just for starters. From there, the spellbound audience was treated to a seamless marriage of rock influences, balancing both the powerful and melodic to achieve an intoxicating effect. HFMC are masters of a fusion of genres and styles, including psychedelic, heavy rock, funk and jazz. There were hints of Rush, the original Marillion, Lizzy, Sabbath, Yes, Queen and a host of other classics. Yet the band at all times delivers music that is both original and unique.

Throughout the packed two-hour set they continued to demonstrate their versatility. Ballads led on from complex rock numbers or virtuoso instrumentals, including Hasse’s own superb guitar work. The sum effect establishes HFMC as masters of not only rhythm and melody but also mood.
At no point did the performance drag, with HFMC delivering energy and verve all the way to the closing notes. Stand out numbers included Chasing a Dream, Something Worth Dying For and Fallen Empire, along with the encore pieces Venice California and Stardust Are We.

In summary: a great evening that left this reviewer wanting much more."


HP: http://spellboundjp.web.fc2.com/


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