On Friday, August 14, we will release “New Kings of Pop”, a great new album with The Mommyheads. The idea was that the band would tour in Scandinavia in connection with it, but the tour is postponed until the spring of 2021. Hey, it’s two reasons to celebrate.
We are very happy and proud to release the American indie band The Mommyheads on vinyl. Last year’s Future You was a smash and the upcoming New Kings of Pop is fantastic. In connection with the release of the new album, The Mommyheads would also come to Scandinavia and conduct a tour together with Swedish band Eggstone. But as we have long feared, it simply became impossible to launch the plans under the current circumstances.
But we should not grieve over this, because there is so much to celebrate. Partly the new album, partly that the plan is for The Mommyheads to come to Scandinavia next spring instead.
Adam Elk of The Mommyheads was so happy when the first copies of the LP arrived in New York that he sent us a short video:
You can help
Releasing records and trying to get attention around the music is a pretty tiring job. Above all, setbacks of this kind affect the artists, who are both extremely eager to meet their audience and are without income.
Do you want to help? There is a lot you can do. In our eyes mainly:
Help yourself. Listen to The Mommyheads and dive into their music.
Tell others about The Mommyheads. Give examples of your favorite songs.
Buy New Kings of Pop. Go to your local record store and ask them to take the record. (If you live in a territory where we don’t have distribution, you can always order it from us.)
Is there a good playlist with The Mommyheads?
Not all records with The Mommyheads are available on the digital platforms, but many do. We have compiled a playlist if you want to have a taste of the band’s music.
With the album Morte di Seeburg, Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks ended a two-decade-long renewal of rock music. The final album was supposed to be a soundtrack, but the film never came true. However, it turns out that the album inspired the author Maria Grund, when she wrote the crime novel Mortal Sin.
Detective Commissioner Sanna Bergling is the name of the hero in the crime novel Mortal Sin (or Dödssynden in the original Swedish language). The book is Maria Grund‘s debut as an author. She is already a screenwriter, and has been based in New York and London. Which may explain why there has been a great deal of interest in translations of the debut book in advance. The Swedish original edition is published by the publishing house Modernista.
She turns off the radio, turns on the old CD player, and accelerates. Robert Johnson and Punchdrunk’s “Rabbia Fuori Controllo” crackles from the speakers as farms and crofts pass by. Meadows, fields and dark forests…
If you are the publisher of the said album, it is of course a bit dizzying to see this in writing. But the album turns out to have marked Mortal Sin even more. On her Instagram account, Maria Grund herself writes:
The soundtrack for my book. Or rather, for me while I was writing the book. It meant so much to me that my favorite track on the album – Rabbia Fuori Controllo – is actually IN the book. The song is the heartbeat of my opening scene and it is was playing inside my mind as one of my main characters – Sanna Berling – came to life. But more than anything, it is incredible music. Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks are sadly no more, but they have shapeshifted into a new group – Cantona Gut System – launching new music in April. Stay tuned. Find Rabbia Fuori Controllo on Spotify!
The Mommyheads are back and record label Fanfar! releases their album “New Kings of Pop” on vinyl and digital. In connection with the record, the band will tour Scandinavia together with Sweden’s indie cult heroes Eggstone.
It is difficult to place the American band The Mommyheads within any specific box. No single genre is broad enough to capture the band’s imaginative and willful pop music. This is especially evident on the new album, New Kings of Pop, which is released by the Swedish label Fanfar! in August.
The Mommyheads was formed in New York in 1987, while the band’s members were still in high school. Early on, the band’s music was characterized by experimental ideas and rule breaking. Influences from British post punk bands like XTC were evident from the beginning and over time The Mommyhead’s own sound has evolved into a kaleidoscope of unexpected flashes of classic pop and rock like The Beatles and Queen.
It went so well for the band that they got a deal with the major label Geffen. This also marked the end of the band’s first incarnation. Their introduction to the music industry resulted in the album The Mommyheads, negotiations at the law office and the fact that the members completely lost their interest in playing music ever again. The Mommyheads disbanded in 1998.
But the fans had not forgotten The Mommyheads. On the contrary, the rumor about the band’s unusual music began to spread in Scandinavia. This led to the attention of the band’s members and around 2008, The Mommyheads was again a band that wrote songs together, rehearsed and released records.
Since the last album, Future You, The Mommyhead’s albums are released in collaboration with the Swedish label Fanfar!
The LP “New Kings of Pop” will be released on vinyl and digital on August 14, 2020. In conjunction with the release, The Mommyheads will be touring in Scandinavia with Eggstone.
Today, June 5, 2020, the artist and songwriter Karl Martindahl is 40 years old. We celebrate the occasion and remember when he deputized as the singer of The Mommyheads.
Karl Martindahl became widely known as a participant in the Swedish television program Fame Factory during the years 2003-2004. He has also participated in Melodifestivalen and has had a band together with Alice Cooper’s guitarist Ryan Roxie.
In addition, Karl Martindahl is a devoted admirer of The Mommyheads. Something that led him to join in as a singer in the band, when Adam Elk more or less lost his voice during a period of the Scandinavian tour in 2010. We would say that it went quite well. This clip is Jaded, recorded in Sundbyberg.
In the spring of 2020, Fanfar! releases the debut album with Cantona Gut System. Robert Johnson and Johan Skugge opens your mind to dreams that your ears have never heard.
A few years ago, the legendary band Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks closed business with a worthy end, the masterpiece Morte di Seeburg. The obvious central figure Robert Johnson even went so far as to sell his guitars and intended to devote his free time to boxing and snooker. But then again, it’s okay to change your mind.
Together with Johan Skugge, who was also a part of the last edition of Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks, Robert now returns to the cinematic music – but with the new band Cantona Gut System all the controls has been turned a few more turns, in every direction. The debut album Yoko: The Best Beatle will feature music that hasn’t been heard.