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For Beardfish from Sweden, stylistic barriers are there to be torn down. Their unique sound mixes elements from a variety of genres, from prog through independent to jazz rock, classical music and metal, from sixties, seventies and eighties influences to the most contemporary and trailblazing variations. Their latest album, Destined Solitaire, is a musical adventure trip of the unusual kind, always exciting, always haunting, and at the same time as colourful as it is detailed. To cut a long story short: Destined Solitaire is an opus which offers much to discover. “There’s a whole lot of ... Read more

For Beardfish from Sweden, stylistic barriers are there to be torn down. Their unique sound mixes elements from a variety of genres, from prog through independent to jazz rock, classical music and metal, from sixties, seventies and eighties influences to the most contemporary and trailblazing variations. Their latest album, Destined Solitaire, is a musical adventure trip of the unusual kind, always exciting, always haunting, and at the same time as colourful as it is detailed. To cut a long story short: Destined Solitaire is an opus which offers much to discover. “There’s a whole lot of different styles jammed into the 76 plus minutes on this disc, even some hip-hop-flavoured stuff and some growling,” vocalist and keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom enthuses, adding: “We sweated our way through rehearsals and recording this time around. We always do – but this time was special.”

Beardfish’s multi-layered world of experiences is based on the close and consistent collaboration between the four band members, Rikard Sjöblom, Robert Hansen (bass), Magnus Östgren (drums) and David Zackrisson (guitar), which has proved that the band’s long-standing continuity in terms of personnel continues to produce ever more colourful blossoms. A strategy which has proven to be extremely successful! “We’ve built our sound around a growing friendship throughout the years, and we’ve come to know each other very well both as musicians and on a personal level,” Sjöblom characterises the atmosphere within his band. “There are days when we all love each other and days when we can’t stand one another, but it’s always turned out fine in the end so far.”

Highlighting individual tracks among the nine accomplished compositions on Destined Solitaire doesn’t seem to be an option in view of the compositional abundance which the current album presents its listeners with, yet three of the numbers definitely deserve a closer look, starting with the instrumental opener ‘Awaken The Sleeping’. Sjöblom: “I wrote this one as a sort of take-off from the Sleeping In Traffic albums. It starts off as a pretty typical Beardfish instrumental (from around Sane Day) with a quirky melody that steps in after a rather heavy opening. It’s a happy melody, and then it sort of drifts off and presents all the members of the Beardfish rockin’ combo before erupting like a volcano towards the end.” Then the title song goes on to present Beardfish from their metal-oriented side. “It has this hard rockin’ riff that we love to play and it even has some growling in the middle of it. Towards the end of the song it slides into this sort of jazz rock thing. I think this is the one that we, as a band, are most proud of this time around.” The four-minute ‘In Real Life There Is No Algebra’ has the musicians demonstrate their gift of wrapping even more commercial elements in their typical Beardfish sound. “The stick of the song has a kind of Steely Dan vibe going on, and there’s an attempt at rapping in there as well,” comments Sjöblom. “Lyrically, it’s about a guy trying to evolve from his current (reptile) mental state and transform into some sort of higher being (Albert Einstein)!”

Soon after the release of Destined Solitaire, the year 2009 is set to hold another spectacular highlight for the band from Sweden: Beardfish have been invited to join Dream Theater on the North-American leg of their Progressive Nation 2009 tour. “Mike Portnoy seems to really like us, he had us on his top ten list both for 2007 and 2008 and asked us if we wanted to join the Progressive Nation 09! We’re so thrilled about this tour and can’t wait to get out there and play! We hope to turn some new cats on to our music that may not get in touch with our stuff if it wasn’t for this tour!” This hope seems well-founded in view of the amazing Destined Solitaire!

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

For Beardfish from Sweden, stylistic barriers are there to be torn down. Their unique sound mixes elements from a variety of genres, from prog through independent to jazz rock, classical music and metal, from sixties, seventies and eighties influences to the most contemporary and trailblazing variations. Their latest album, Destined Solitaire, is a musical adventure trip of the unusual kind, always exciting, always haunting, and at the same time as colourful as it is detailed. To cut a long story short: Destined Solitaire is an opus which offers much to discover. “There’s a whole lot of different styles jammed into the 76 plus minutes on this disc, even some hip-hop-flavoured stuff and some growling,” vocalist and keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom enthuses, adding: “We sweated our way through rehearsals and recording this time around. We always do – but this time was special.”

Beardfish’s multi-layered world of experiences is based on the close and consistent collaboration between the four band members, Rikard Sjöblom, Robert Hansen (bass), Magnus Östgren (drums) and David Zackrisson (guitar), which has proved that the band’s long-standing continuity in terms of personnel continues to produce ever more colourful blossoms. A strategy which has proven to be extremely successful! “We’ve built our sound around a growing friendship throughout the years, and we’ve come to know each other very well both as musicians and on a personal level,” Sjöblom characterises the atmosphere within his band. “There are days when we all love each other and days when we can’t stand one another, but it’s always turned out fine in the end so far.”

Highlighting individual tracks among the nine accomplished compositions on Destined Solitaire doesn’t seem to be an option in view of the compositional abundance which the current album presents its listeners with, yet three of the numbers definitely deserve a closer look, starting with the instrumental opener ‘Awaken The Sleeping’. Sjöblom: “I wrote this one as a sort of take-off from the Sleeping In Traffic albums. It starts off as a pretty typical Beardfish instrumental (from around Sane Day) with a quirky melody that steps in after a rather heavy opening. It’s a happy melody, and then it sort of drifts off and presents all the members of the Beardfish rockin’ combo before erupting like a volcano towards the end.” Then the title song goes on to present Beardfish from their metal-oriented side. “It has this hard rockin’ riff that we love to play and it even has some growling in the middle of it. Towards the end of the song it slides into this sort of jazz rock thing. I think this is the one that we, as a band, are most proud of this time around.” The four-minute ‘In Real Life There Is No Algebra’ has the musicians demonstrate their gift of wrapping even more commercial elements in their typical Beardfish sound. “The stick of the song has a kind of Steely Dan vibe going on, and there’s an attempt at rapping in there as well,” comments Sjöblom. “Lyrically, it’s about a guy trying to evolve from his current (reptile) mental state and transform into some sort of higher being (Albert Einstein)!”

Soon after the release of Destined Solitaire, the year 2009 is set to hold another spectacular highlight for the band from Sweden: Beardfish have been invited to join Dream Theater on the North-American leg of their Progressive Nation 2009 tour. “Mike Portnoy seems to really like us, he had us on his top ten list both for 2007 and 2008 and asked us if we wanted to join the Progressive Nation 09! We’re so thrilled about this tour and can’t wait to get out there and play! We hope to turn some new cats on to our music that may not get in touch with our stuff if it wasn’t for this tour!” This hope seems well-founded in view of the amazing Destined Solitaire!

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

For Beardfish from Sweden, stylistic barriers are there to be torn down. Their unique sound mixes elements from a variety of genres, from prog through independent to jazz rock, classical music and metal, from sixties, seventies and eighties influences to the most contemporary and trailblazing variations. Their latest album, Destined Solitaire, is a musical adventure trip of the unusual kind, always exciting, always haunting, and at the same time as colourful as it is detailed. To cut a long story short: Destined Solitaire is an opus which offers much to discover. “There’s a whole lot of different styles jammed into the 76 plus minutes on this disc, even some hip-hop-flavoured stuff and some growling,” vocalist and keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom enthuses, adding: “We sweated our way through rehearsals and recording this time around. We always do – but this time was special.”

Beardfish’s multi-layered world of experiences is based on the close and consistent collaboration between the four band members, Rikard Sjöblom, Robert Hansen (bass), Magnus Östgren (drums) and David Zackrisson (guitar), which has proved that the band’s long-standing continuity in terms of personnel continues to produce ever more colourful blossoms. A strategy which has proven to be extremely successful! “We’ve built our sound around a growing friendship throughout the years, and we’ve come to know each other very well both as musicians and on a personal level,” Sjöblom characterises the atmosphere within his band. “There are days when we all love each other and days when we can’t stand one another, but it’s always turned out fine in the end so far.”

Highlighting individual tracks among the nine accomplished compositions on Destined Solitaire doesn’t seem to be an option in view of the compositional abundance which the current album presents its listeners with, yet three of the numbers definitely deserve a closer look, starting with the instrumental opener ‘Awaken The Sleeping’. Sjöblom: “I wrote this one as a sort of take-off from the Sleeping In Traffic albums. It starts off as a pretty typical Beardfish instrumental (from around Sane Day) with a quirky melody that steps in after a rather heavy opening. It’s a happy melody, and then it sort of drifts off and presents all the members of the Beardfish rockin’ combo before erupting like a volcano towards the end.” Then the title song goes on to present Beardfish from their metal-oriented side. “It has this hard rockin’ riff that we love to play and it even has some growling in the middle of it. Towards the end of the song it slides into this sort of jazz rock thing. I think this is the one that we, as a band, are most proud of this time around.” The four-minute ‘In Real Life There Is No Algebra’ has the musicians demonstrate their gift of wrapping even more commercial elements in their typical Beardfish sound. “The stick of the song has a kind of Steely Dan vibe going on, and there’s an attempt at rapping in there as well,” comments Sjöblom. “Lyrically, it’s about a guy trying to evolve from his current (reptile) mental state and transform into some sort of higher being (Albert Einstein)!”

Soon after the release of Destined Solitaire, the year 2009 is set to hold another spectacular highlight for the band from Sweden: Beardfish have been invited to join Dream Theater on the North-American leg of their Progressive Nation 2009 tour. “Mike Portnoy seems to really like us, he had us on his top ten list both for 2007 and 2008 and asked us if we wanted to join the Progressive Nation 09! We’re so thrilled about this tour and can’t wait to get out there and play! We hope to turn some new cats on to our music that may not get in touch with our stuff if it wasn’t for this tour!” This hope seems well-founded in view of the amazing Destined Solitaire!

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