Category : Hasse's Blog
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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.
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."