In 2020, we released Cantona Gut Systems’ debut album Yoko: The Best Beatle. The Swedish music magazine Mono Magasin has named it the best album of 2020.
The LP Yoko: The Best Beatle is unique in Swedish music. Now, it’s only natural that we who are behind the record label Fanfar! thinks so, but regardless of opinion, one can probably state that Cantona Gut System debuts with something very unusual – an album that looks both backwards and forwards, which lifts up and which destroys with the same sharp hand.
This type of music usually faces some resistance, at least initially. Not least because of that, it’s incredibly fun that the magazine Mono Magasin has just named Yoko: The Best Beatle number one on its list of 2020’s best albums. As a bonus, we are really happy that The Mommyheads‘ latest album, New Kings of Pop, is also on the same list!
The best thing you can do is invest in these LP’s while they are still in stock.
This is how the magazine’s reviewer Peter Sjöblom describes Yoko: The Best Beatle in his review:
The album with the wonderfully provocative title Yoko: The Best Beatle (assuming you are easily provoked) is Cantona Gut Systems’ first, but the duo is not as unknown as it may seem. Both Robert Johnson and Johan Skugge come from relatively recently disbanded Robert Johnson & Punchdrunks, and this new project can be seen as the natural development of what the acclaimed instrumental band did, especially towards the end. Soundtracks to old Italian horror movies that never went to the cinema are of course a given reference, but Cantona Gut System adds even more dystopian shades. The horror no longer has Dario Argento’s strong colors but goes in blue-black, almost monochrome difficult-to-differentiate shades. This is so close to a Swedish version of Suicide’s debut album and Chrome around the time of Red Exposure. Dissolving a band as celebrated as Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks and then coming back with something even stronger, even more ruthless, even more visionary is both brave and praiseworthy. That it is the best I have heard from Robert Johnson in general only makes the achievement even greater.
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.
The legendary indie band The Mommyheads leaves New York to release their tenth album in Sweden. In August, “Future You” will be followed by a tour of Scandinavia.
Rarely has the term cult band fit as well as with The Mommyheads. The band was formed in 1987 – when the group’s members still attended college – and their imaginative and wayward pop music quickly reached a dedicated crowd of fans around the world.
It went well for The Mommyheads. So good that they ended up on a big label. But that was also the beginning of the end. They recorded an album for Geffen, but the company underwent a crisis and kicked out the band even before the album was released. The Mommyheads first encounter with the music industry was mostly surrounded by meetings and lawyers and the band disbanded with the feeling of never ever going back.
Ten years of silence followed, but it turned out that this absence only increased the fans’ interest. Through the internet, it finally became obvious to the band members – who had only met sporadically since the split – that people were talking more about them than ever before. Maybe it was time to give the band a second chance?
The Mommyheads were reformed in 2008 and has since then regularly released records and played live, not least in Scandinavia. The band has received special attention from Swedish fans, and it is a love that is reciprocated. Today, the band considers Sweden as their second home.
Therefore, it may not be so surprising that Edward Forslund from Riddarna and Pink Milk sings one of the songs on the new album. In Swedish. “Eldsjäl” is a bonus track on the digital release.
It is the Swedish label Fanfar! that issues “Future You”, the band’s tenth album since its inception. The Mommyhead’s music has landed in a relaxed mix of influences from pop’s entire universe and the imaginative and wayward kaleidoscope that has always been the band’s signature. The lyrics also reveal that this is a band that has matured. If they previously sang about rocks and spiders, today’s texts are urgent, contemporary.
American indie pop masters The Mommyheads releases the album Future You on Fanfar! this month. Now comes another strong outtake from the album; the video “Mutual Enemy”.
What is the song Mutual Enemy about? This is what Adam Elk, songwriter and singer of The Mommyheads has to say:
Mutual Enemy was also a labor of love. It’s a take on the current geo-political climate using the same stop-motion technique using animated toys? Spoiler alert: We give Robert Mueller a chance to tell us how he really feels at 2:16.
Adam Elk of The Mommyheads to Magnet
Mutual Enemy can be found on the album Future You, released by Fanfar! on August 30, 2019.
The first video from The Mommyhead’s upcoming album is as captivating as it carries an important message. Will “Woke up a Scientist” be the big hit this fall?
“Woke up a Scientist”, taken from the forthcoming album Future You, is a song about hope and the will and ability of young people to change our world. “Woke up a scientist” not only has a current theme, it’s also one of The Mommyhead‘s strongest songs.
‘Woke Up A Scientist’ is dedicated to anyone with an unbounded Imagination. In this case, my son literally woke up one morning and wanted to be a scientist. I filled in the lyrical gaps with my own interpretation of how the world could benefit from rediscovering the fearlessness of it’s own inner child.
Adam Elk, The Mommyheads
On August 30, 2019 we will release the new album from The Mommyheads, Future You.
Delirium Bullonate is the new single from Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks. The song is taken from the critically acclaimed album Morte di Seeburg.
Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks is one of the world’s most respected names in instrumental rock. Few have passed on the legacy of Link Wray with such grace and at the same time managed to bring in influences from Italian horror films, as well as pioneers of synth music.
The band’s eleventh, strongest and – perhaps – last album, Morte di Seeburg, is film music for a film that never reached the cinemas. The perfect soundtrack for your inner Italian 70s thriller.
The song from the album that might best sum up Robert Johnson and Punchdrunk’s entire career is Delirium Bullonate. Today it is released as a digital single.
This may well be one of the band’s very best songs. Enjoy!