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PNKSLM Recordings are beyond excited to announce the second full length from Stockholm’s Les Big Byrd. Consisting of Jocke Åhlund, Nino Keller, Frans Johansson & Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona, Les Big Byrd have been consistently one of the most exciting bands at the forefront of the Swedish Psych music scene. Following on from 2014’s “The Worshipped Cats” LP (A Recordings),“Iran Iraq IKEA” showcases the band perfectly with their strongest collection of songs yet.

Les Big Byrd’s second album “Iran Iraq IKEA” has been one of the best out of Sweden of the year, and we’re now on our third pressing! To celebrate, we’ve made a very special reissue, with an exclusive sleeve pressed with gold foil.

Keeping to the gold theme, the deluxe package also includes an exclusive matte gold coloured vinyl, and an exclusive Iran Iraq IKEA t-shirt – only 75 available!

originally released October 12th, 2018
Record Labels:
A Recordings
PNKSLM
Höga Nord Rekords

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Stockholm’s Les Big Byrd are back with their new EP “Roofied Angels” due out on June 26th on limited edition 12” vinyl and with the A-side and title track released digitally in May. Roofied Angels is the first piece of new music from Les Big Byrd since 2018’s acclaimed Iran Iraq IKEA LP outside of the instrumental “Snö-Golem” 7” from last fall and the English language version of the band’s 2017 hit “Two Man Gang” which was released in May 2019. The 7 minute fuzz-blizzard “Roofied Angels” might just be the best thing the band’s put their name to yet, melding Motörhead and Shangri-La’s influences into their krautrock infused psychedelic rock, while bringing to mind the heavier side of the band’s 2014 debut LP They Worshipped Cats and was recorded during the sessions for the band’s upcoming third full-length.
Releases June 26th, 2020

 

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As Swedish noise quartet Les Big Byrd release their new single,Snö-Golem we look forward to a limited edition 7″ vinyl due to hit the shelves soon. The Swedish four-piece Les Big Byrd appeared in the spring of 2011 like a freshly hatched egg, if not a noisy, mind-bending, reverb-drenched, guitar-heavy drone pop egg, but fresh nonetheless.

A limited edition 7” single released ahead of their imminent European tour, the heavy ‘Snö-Golem’ is the first taste from Les Big Byrd’s upcoming third album, due for release in the beginning of 2020. The Stockholm-based four-piece show off the krautrock influences in their sound more prominently here.

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Their sound is a melodic, melancholic, psychedelic masterpiece that is both manic and understated, you could pop this four in your headphones and lose whole days to it, it’s a glorious noise.

Their first release, single Zig-Smile, came with a remix by Carli Löf of Savage Skulls and Stay Gold fame and was met with rapturous applause from pretty much all corners.

Their first album, They Worshipped Cats, saw the light of day in 2014, and was described by Gothenburg Post as a heady mix of krautrock and psychedelics, and it is hard to argue with that.

The band’s second album, Iran Iraq Ikea was released in the autumn of 2018, and according to lead vocalist, Jocke Åhlund, it is about “ageing and feeling pissed off” with the wider world. If you haven’t heard of Les Big Byrd, “Snö-Golem” gives you a snippet of their heavier krautrock sound, it was released on September 19th digitally, the limited edition 7” vinyl is due on the shelves on November 29th.

Les Big Byrd is Joakim ÅhlundFrans JohanssonMartin “Konie” Ehrencrona and Nino Keller and their third LP is due out at the start of 2020.

Stockholm’s Les Big Byrd has appeared more and more in my internet destinations, and, if you’re reading this, they have likely been appearing more frequently in yours too. It seems they’ve got a new release of some sort every few months – all the better for fans of their fast paced, mad synth space rock. This time it’s “Stockholm Death Star” – a four song EP – put forth by Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe’s A Recordings as if to demonstrate just how prolific they are, there’s since been a further Les Big Byrd release, a 12″ picture disc). If you’re familiar with “They Worshiped Cats,” the band’s 2014 debut full length, this one follows partially in its footsteps and partially veers off, allowing for paced structuring and a few more traditional hooks than the former.

the opener, “Stockholm Death Star,” is a tight, instrumental, motorik endeavor. It’s full of weird flourishes that seep into the pounding riff that underpins it all. It’s the sound we’ve come to expect from Les Big Byrd but somehow bigger than their last effort.

Up next, “I Woke Up in a Dream,” while still utilizing the steady beats and bass, channels a more laid back feel, something much more like dream pop than the preceding track. The slow delivery of vocals elevates the spacey interludes toward something very much like a pop song; it’s catchy, too, in different way than anything we’ve heard from them before. Only “Vi Borde Prata Men Det Är För Sent” from their debut hinted at this type of sound.

“Vapour R.I.P.” slows the whole thing down and polishes the record nicely. While still showcasing those reverb drenched guitars, washes of synth and electronic flourishes, the closing track is something like a ballad, complete with the pre-chorus builds. “They Worshiped Cats” had nothing quite like this.

If it’s to be believed, the band met Newcombe in a record shop and got talking, which eventually led them to Newcombe’s studios. One can only hope that was the case. Either way, if “They Worshiped Cats” didn’t convince you, “Stockholm Death Star” will. We’re dealing with a prodigious, versatile crew.

They Worshipped Cats by Les Big Byrd (A Records)

Overall this is an album that feels like it has its roots in the 80s with all of the things that dates so much of 80s music these days stripped out. Then add in a healthy dose of Spiritualized, and you begin to get the idea. It is more electronica than guitar-based rock, more Krautrock than space-rock, more realistic than abstract, and more groovy than dissonant. In short it is a great psych album which I look forward to dancing to again and again. Finally, a word on the cover; which is a brilliant picture of a Jesus figure destroying 50s spaceships with laser beams coming out of his eyes. What a fantastic image intimating that Les Big Byrd have come to save us:

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Les Big Byrd from Stockholm, Sweden has become a favorite around here. Their newly released EP ‘Liquid Sky’ continues their signature style of tight, rhythmic psychedelic and progressive space rock. This one is highly enjoyable… Get lost in it.
http://www.rotation11.com/albums/Les-Big-Byrd/Liquid-Sky/

 

 

 

 

 

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While they may look like aging mods who are letting their coifs go a bit, Les Big Byrd are Swedish garage and dance rock vets (Teddybears, Fireside, Caesars) who’ve come together to conjure up some sly, Kraut-y psych-rock. They’ve just released an EP, Stockholm Death Star, on Anton Newcombe’s A Recordings Ltd imprint.

And today we’re premiering this title track from their next EP, which came out May 13th on Hoga Nord. It’s a cool, grimy, ’60s spy flick instrumental that gets dragged up into the sky to go flying around with a stray analog synth.

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